2015 Specialized bike models launch
This week we headed to the Gold Coast to check out the new range of bicycles and products from Specialized. See below some of the new models that have been released and what has changed in the current range leading into the 2014/15 season. A big thank you to the crew from Specialized who did a great job entertaining us at the RACV resort Goldcoast.
Women’s Bikes and parts.
Specialized lead the way in bike development for the female rider. There isn’t a bike company on the planet that comes close to the range and quality of bikes and accessories for women. We are lucky enough to have met a lot of the girls who work at Specialied HQ over the years. Every year Specialized send out engineers and product managers to share with us what’s new and exciting in the bike world and just as exciting they ask us what we think could be improved. This is where you the customer comes into play as we are the shop front for this company and we hear loud and clear what is “Liked” and not liked by the female cyclist.So give us your feed back on what you like the look of. Whats new in the range this year I hear you ask? Read on
ERA Mountain bike “the ultimate race weapon”
This is Specialized dual suspension mountain bike. It features 29 inch wheels with the Brain Suspension in the rear which reads terrain you are riding to provide a consistent ride from uphill sprints to rough descents. As is in most of Specialized bikes it features custom tuned suspension and the new Myth saddle that will be a hit with the marathon rider.
Helmets. Specialized has a great range of women’s helmets again this year , and now all models including the Prevail has the “Hairport” Fit System to make it ponytail ready for more comfort and safety.
Myth Saddle : This saddle has been design for the female mountain biker, designed from research that mapped the actual female anatomy and features a new women’s cutout that is designed to reduce pressure and increase comfort. We look forward to some feed back from our Topgear Cycles female mountain bike riders on this saddle.
Jynx Mountain bike: New model for 2015 this bike is designed to be a go anywhere do anything bike. This bike has a dirt worthy spec that will give the rider great confidence in tackling the local trails with its 650b wheels. Prices start at $649 for this alloy MTB.
Ruby ; Endurance Road bike. The Ruby Pro Disc took out our BEST IN SHOW award. This bike not only looks HOT , it has an amazing spec. The new Hydraulic disc brakes from Shimano are going to be a hit for any cyclist that has had issues with long descents or lack of consistent braking. If you have small hands or not so strong fingers these brakes are going to give you confidence like never before. Not convinced read this NOW! http://www.bicycling.com/bikes-gear/new-bike-gear-previews/best-road-group-ever?cid=socBG_20140811_29410146
Grail Glove : This is a new glove from Specialized and a new way of tackling the pressure that comes from gripping the bars. We got to try these gloves on the dirt and the road. The are designed for those riders who don’t want any “bulk” in their gloves so they can get that feel of control that only no gloves can give you. These gloves are great and will be on this cyclist hands this summer. New Equalizer Gel Pad in the centre of the hand is the key to this model, Instore soon!
Vita Flat Bar bike. This bike has been around for a while and is a winner at Topgear Cycles. We sell this to the commuter, the fitness rider or the rail trail adventurer . This year Specialized have updated the alloy and the carbon frames on this female specific bike. Disc brakes on some models and a tyre clearance of 32mm for these gravel paths. Light , fast and great looking , perfect bike for those who want one bike to do all sorts of riding. [ however we do encourage that one bike is never enough:]
Another new product from Specialized. This shoe replaces the Tahoe which we have sold for over 12 years. It is lighter and more comfortable than the Tahoe and they have some bright new colours. Great price too at $119. They are SPD compatible , which is a mountain bike term for clip less pedals. Recreation or spinning these shoes are a winner.
How good was the Le Course at the Tour this year. Womens racing is fast and exciting and we want more of it on the TV!
The new bike on the block is the Diverge.This bike comes with the headline
“Adventure More” and replaces the Tricross and the Secture in the Australian range. With tyre clearance of up to 35c and the ability to fit mudguards and racks this bike will take you anywhere. Gravel road rides, commute, bike paths there is no limits here. It rides like the Specialized Roubaix with the same stack and reach of that iconic bike, but with a lower bottom bracket. Currently it will come in 3 Alloy frames and two carbon models. Bikes will start from $1299. All models have disc brakes for superior braking. Also 15mm thru axels on both carbon models and one of the alloy bikes. Check out tis video on what the Diverge can handle. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5sJg05BJXw
Roubaix bikes pretty much stay unchanged, all models now feature Specialized CG-c seat post for even more comfort on those rough roads. Look out for the Roubaix Comp Disc model with Shimano hydraulic disc brakes @ $3599
Venge; same as the Roubaix not to many changes here in this race proven bike. All models now come standard with S-Works Aerofly handle bars for even more Aero! Check out the new Venge Lunch Race model inspired my Specialized HQ in California for their famous staff lunch time rides.
Tarmac : This bike was relaunched in July , for those who didn’t catch the Tour, Nabali kicked arse and blew every one away on his new Tarmac. Check out Specialized website for more details on the Rider First Engineered frameset. Check out the pic at bottom of page of the Tarmac disc model.
Allez : Check out the new frame with the D”Aluisio Smartweld. Models range from $899 to $1999. [Sworks models $9999 with Di2 Wow!]
Enduro : This bike has been pushing the boundaries the last few years with multiple wheel sizes. 155/165 mm of travel and a range of 650B and 29er wheel sizes will have you rock’in the trails.
Epic : Light weight and stiff is what this bike is all about. The Epic features the
Brain shock that know’s the difference between the rider and terrain. After riding the World Cup model at the Nerang MTB park I was blown away how those big 29er wheels handled the tight single track. Partner them up with the Roval Carbon wheels for a winning combination. If your racing mountain bikes look no further than this classic dual suspension bike.Check out the new RS-1 fork from Rockshox
Jynx and Pitch: These are two new models in Specialized mountain bike range. Both bikes feature 650b wheels for a range of rollover capability and a range of fit. Xtra small frames available for those young riders wanting a quality bike to shred the local trails.
Camber FSR :
No major changes in the linup here .110mm of travel[ EVO model has more travel] will have you charging along all your local single track trails. One of my favourite bikes is the Camber Grom 24” bike for the kids who like to carve up the trails. This bike can be upgraded to 26” wheels , giving parents a bike that is going to get worn out before they grow out of it.
Stumpjumper FSR : Again this bike has had some mid season changes last year with the introduction of the 650B wheel size. Most models will feature Shimano Brakes this year for quality braking. EVO models offer more travel and a slacker head tube angle for those riders that want a more downhill oriented ride and build spec.
Fatboy Bikes: This style of bikes has grown in popularity in Aus , not for every one but a whole lot of fun to ride. These bikes turn heads like no other bike. Snow , sand or local single track trails, nothing will stop this bike from rolling forward over any obstacles.
Sirrus Flat Bar: Sirrus is Specialized’s range of flat-bar-road-meets-commuter bikes. The big story here is the all-new FACT 9r carbon disc frame. The new carbon frame is claimed to weigh 1,200g, to be more compliant than the Roubaix range, and all models, including alloy, offer fender and rack mounts. Unlike previous generations, the Sirrus frames are developed from the ground-up with increased tyre clearance and a 2cm-longer reach to suit the flat bar position. The new carbon frames look the business and will be a hit with your mates at the post ride coffee shop.
The kids bike range stays relatively unchanged for 2015 , with a few new models. The Camber 24” Grom and the Allez 650B road bike , sure to put a smile on the kids faces.
S-Works TT helmet. Based on the Mclaren TT helmet this will be a winner in the Aero helmet war. No other helmet comes close to this helmet for looks, and it just happens to be the fastest as well. RRP $399.
The Evade gets a Triathlon helmet, main change here is the new magnetic buck for lightning quick transitions. You have to try this to believe how good it is. New colours in the range for this year.
Command Post XCP dropper seatpost.
Just 35mm of travel makes this one for the cross country , gravel or cyclocross races
Flux Lights: This is a new product for Specialized this year. Some great innovation for the rider. Designed for both day and night time riding these lights will keep you safe on the road and trails. Also a super bright Flux rear light coming this year. Two models in front , Expert and Elite. The proprietary reflector creates an ultra wide beam pattern. All lights are USB rechargeable.
2FO shoes. [FO stand for Flat Out or Foot Out]New shoe for 2015, as ridden by the Troy Brosnan on the Downhill world cup scene. These shoes are a great look and will be a hit with shop staff and the gravity feed rider.
Grail Glove : [mens and womens glove]This is a new glove from Specialized and a new way of tackling the pressure that comes from gripping the bars. We got to try these gloves on the dirt and the road. The are designed for those riders who don’t want any “bulk” in their gloves so they can get that feel of control that only no gloves can give you. These gloves are great and will be on this cyclist hands this summer. New Equalizer Gel Pad in the centre of the hand is the key to this model, Instore soon!
Cadet mtb Shoe [womens model called the Cadette] .Another new product from Specialized. This shoe replaces the Tahoe which we have sold for over 12 years. It is lighter and more comfortable than the Tahoe and they have some bright new colours. Great for the commute or the ride with the kids. Great price too at $119. They are SPD compatible , which is a mountain bike term for clip less pedals. Recreation or spinning these shoes are a winner..
Some more random pics from the 2015 Launch