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Specialized 2011 Preview: Yellow is the New Red

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The typically red Specialized trade show booth will welcome us in yellow after the company took first and second place in the Tour de France with Contador, Schleck, and the super-light Tarmac SL3 introduced at the last years bike shows. But expect plenty of attention to be focused on a brand new Roubaix SL3. In the mountain bike range new versions of the Epic and Demo will be in the spotlight.

Specialized 2011 Preview: Yellow is the New Red

The typically red Specialized trade show booth will welcome us in yellow after the company took first and second place in the Tour de France with Contador, Schleck, and the super-light Tarmac SL3 introduced at the last year’s bike shows. But expect plenty of attention to be focused on a brand new Roubaix SL3. In the mountain bike range new versions of the Epic and Demo will be in the spotlight.

Roubaix is the bike for endurance riders with supreme combination of stiffness, power transfer and comfort. In it S-Works version it weights less than 1000 g thanks to FACT IS 11r carbon construction. Bike weight is just a little bit above one kilo in other carbon versions, but all offer increased torsional stiffness and Zertz inserts for vibration damping. The frame also features a tapered 1-1/8’’ to 1-3/8’’ Cobra head tube with new monocoque FACT fork. The Roubaix will be available in six sizes with different versions of frame (carbon 11r, 10r and 8r).

The legendary Epic also gets an improved frame, with next generation Brain suspension – a project Specialized is working on together with Fox. The most noticeable difference with the new bike is in the rear swingarm’s massive chainstays and cleaner lines around the dropout. What is really impressive is Specialized also made a version with 142 mm rear axle – this greatly improves stiffness of the rear end and is something that you don’t see often in XC bikes.

The Epic will be also available in 29-inch version. The Camber is a new model with 100 mm of FSR travel, replacing the FSR XC series. It will come in both 26 and 29 inch versions. For fans of gravity the new Demo with 200 mm of travel, improved suspension and new compact frame is a new object of desire. The Demo is already one of the most popular models among racing privateers and with this improvement it will strengthen its position on the market.

 

 

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