Specialized Reviews and News


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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Specialized Fat Boy Expert Carbon fat bike review

Depending on your perspective, needs and budget, the Specialized Fat Boy Expert Carbon is either the perfect (albeit expensive) fat bike, or somewhat limited. Find out if it’s the right big wheeler for you in our full review.

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10 top notch fat bike tires

Tire choice is critical. Intended use, durability, and weight all factor in to what kind of rubber you want on the road (or snowy trail). Indeed, when it comes to fat bikes, tires are arguably the most important component decision you’ll make.

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2016′s Hottest Fat Bikes – Part 1

From lightweight racers, to budget friendly cruisers, to do-it-all rigs, these are the fat bikes you need to know about.

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Top Ten Most Popular MTBR Articles of 2015

A look back at some of the most viewed articles and features of the year including flat pedals, affordable bikes. lights, armor, Specialized, Trek and more.

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Best new protective gear of 2015

Before you utter the words “hold my beer,” here are eight protective items you should consider wearing.

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2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Budget busters when money is no object

You know those Lexus “December to Remember” commercials? Well, screw that. If you’re in a tax bracket that permits the purchase of luxury automobiles as Christmas gifts, we suggest you skip the gas guzzler and instead shop from this more eco-friendly list.

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