Specialized Reviews and News


Specialized Recon Mixed Terrain Shoes review

If you’re familiar with terms such as gravel grinding or groad, have considered signing up for Grinduro or Dirty Kanza, or simply like to ride your road bike where others typically won’t go, Specialized’s Recon Mixed Terrain shoes may be right up your (unpaved) alley. And they’re a great option for aggressive XC riders, too.

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Mtbr’s top 10 most read articles in 2016

What are Mtbr readers most interested in? If we use the top 10 most read articles of 2016 as a barometer, it’s reviews, reviews, and more reviews. Plus a smattering of interviews and product roundups.

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Mtbr Best of 2016 Awards: Plus Bike

What makes the Santa Cruz Hightower great? For starters, it’s not just a plus bike; it’s a trail ripping, do-it-all singletrack slayer that can be set up with 27.5+ wheels and a 150mm fork or 29er hoops and 140mm of front end squish. Click through to find out more.

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Mtbr Best of 2016 Awards: Enduro Bikes

This is a crowded field that has pushed the envelope of our sport. These bikes allow us to ride radical terrain at high speeds — and go uphill with relative efficiency, too.

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Mtbr Best of 2016 Awards: Protective Gear

As bikes get more capable and trails more aggressive, body and brain protection becomes more and more important. Here are the Mtbr picks for best pads and helmets on the market today.

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Behind the scenes with the Specialized EWS mechanics

While the cameras are pointed at the athletes, the mechanics wrench away, ensuring their riders can focus on the race ahead.

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Specialized Fuse Expert Carbon 6Fattie review

Hardtails aren’t dead. Not by a long shot. Specialized’s new Fuse Expert Carbon 6Fattie proves that thanks to its fun geometry, excellent parts spec, and agreeable price point.

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Specialized Flux Expert headlight review

The Flux Expert is a great commuter light that can be complemented with a helmet light for trail use. And while not a bang-for-the-buck winner, it is a sleek, high-quality device.

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Specialized Ambush helmet review

The Specialized Ambush is a full coverage helmet designed for all mountain use. In addition to impressive coverage, it also manages to deliver superb ventilation.

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2017 Specialized Enduro first ride

The Enduro 29er was a ground-breaking achievement when the 29er version was launched three years ago. This new one is an even more significant effort with better performance and versatility.

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2017 Specialized Enduro spotted

Rumors about the long-awaited sequel to the Specialized Enduro have gone rampant in the last couple of weeks. The outgoing model was a revolutionary 29er with 155mm of travel with a 165mm travel 27.5 sibling.

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Specialized Ambush Comp helmet first look

The Ambush helmet is a favorite for many riders due to its protection, fit and styling. Now the Big Red S has followed it up with the Ambush Comp, which comes in at a more affordable $120 price point, but has many of the same features.

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Enduro World Series shoe gallery shootout

Some very general observations: more riders choose clipless shoe-pedal combos over flats, bright colors are in, and based on what we saw at the front of the pro men’s and women’s EWS fields, FiveTen shoes are very popular.

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Pro Bike Gallery: Jared Graves’ Specialized S Works FSR Stumpjumper 29er

Jared Graves’s transition from Yeti to Specialized has not been perfectly smooth. After dominating the Enduro World Series in 2014, the Aussie had yet to match those results in his first campaign with the Big Red S. But now things are turning around. Here’s a look at the bike that helped make that happen.

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These limited edition Specialized models will change color throughout the Rio Olympics

After four years of waiting, the Olympics are back. To celebrate, Specialized is releasing a limited edition collection of bikes and kit with one of the best paint jobs we’ve ever seen.

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The Angry Singlespeeder rides an e-bike and doesn’t hate it

Some may think the introduction of e-bikes (aka MORBs) will ruin the sport of mountain biking. But after spending a few months on one, the ASS doesn’t think these contraptions will suddenly take over every trailhead across North America.

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Five Father’s Day gift ideas for cyclists under $50

Father’s Day is coming fast! Instead of getting him new BBQ tools or a necktie, here are five cycling related gifts he’ll actually love.

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Is this the new 2017 Specialized Enduro?

The last major update to the Enduro occurred in 2014, when they reworked the existing 26” chassis to accommodate 650B wheels. A new version is due soon, click to find out what it might look like.

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The coolest e-bike at the Sea Otter Classic

This one-of-a-kind electric bike was inspired by the custom motorcycle scene, but you don’t need to be a motorhead to appreciate this incredible piece of two-wheeled art.

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Specialized Turbo Levo e-bike

Specialized is throwing its hat in the electric MTB arena with the Turbo Levo FSR. Based on the Stumpjumper FSR 6Fattie, they’ve designed a bike that’s supposed to ride like a traditional mountain bike. Find out if they succeeded.

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Ultimate winter apparel for truly arctic rides

Dressing for wintertime rides is tricky business. The right outfit for that long chilly descent may be too toasty when the trail turns back uphill. Here’s a round-up of apparel that will keep you warm on truly arctic days.

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Specialized aims to be taken seriously in apparel arena

Mtbr interviewed Peter Curran, head of Specialized’s apparel design team, who among other things was responsible for the development of the company’s popular SWAT-equipped mountain bike clothing.

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Ultimate winter apparel for freezing rides

Unless you live in a perpetually warm locale, dressing for wintertime rides can be tricky business. The right outfit for that long chilly descent may be too toasty when the trail turns back uphill. Here’s a round-up of gear that’s worked great for us on freezing rides.

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Specialized Demo S-Works vs. YT TUES suspension comparison

After Aaron Gwin’s much publicized move from industry monolith Specialized to consumer direct brand YT, many have wondered how he will get along with the new bike. Here is a comparison of key metrics.

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Specialized cuts workforce, announces restructuring

Bike maker Specialized announced that it is restructuring and laying of 3% of its global workforce. Keep reading to find out why.

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