Specialized To Increase Focus on 29ers
For 2014 Specialized launches complete new line-ups, with more 29ers, new bike families, a new suspension partnership, improved road bike construction, and niche market bikes.
The Epic is Specialized’s most famous bicycle in the range, with numerous World Cup victories, World Championships, and Olympic victories. The latest Epic comes with lighter and stronger, concentric pivot shock block, a new 5-position Brain with AUTOSAG function and lighter Kevlar hose, internal routing and SWAT.
SWAT stands for “Storage, Water, Air, Tools” that provides easy storage to basic parts and tools. The spare tube, tire levers and CO2 pump are stored in a custom-made plastic box on the down tube, while the multi-tool fits above the shock pivot in the top tube and the chain tool is hidden in the handlebar.
The weight of the new S-Works Epic World Cup in large size is 9.05 kg. The Stumpjumper HT also features a new, lighter frame with SWAT compatibility. The Camber gets an upgrade in the shape of the S-Works model, with 110 mm of travel and FACT 11m frame. The brand new womens’ 29er is the Rumor and is equivalent to the Camber. The 110 mm travel Rumor with an alloy M5 frame has dedicated geometry, with very low top tube, special suspension tuning options, and a number of women specific components.
The road range is an evolution of the current line. All Tarmac and Roubaix models feature the SL4 construction. Specialized will also release a number of special edition road frame kits devoted to the top athletes Boonen, Cavendish, Contador, Nibali, and Chavanel. The Roubaix family gets four models with disc brakes.
New niche bikes
Specialized also introduced two new niche bikes. The AWOL (Adventure With Out Limits) is a multi-purpose adventure bike, capable of touring around the world, commuting, and everything in between. It is compatible with all possible bags, racks and gear, plus it is also available with a split seat stay for drive belt compatibility. The Fatboy is a bike for the fans of so-called fat bikes.