Specialized Reviews and News


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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2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Gadgets for your cycling geek

Cyclists are inherently gadget geeks, fully capable of boring friends while arguing the finer points of minor bicycle componentry. To help them explore new topics of gadget geek conversation, here are 10 great gifts.

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First Look: Specialized launches new Riprock kid’s MTB line

Specialized’s newest kids model’s borrows tech from the adult market to help improve confidence and fun for everyone.

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Round up: Best value mountain bikes under $1000

27 interesting options for the entry level rider on a tight budget from brands like Trek, Specialized, Giant, Cannondale, GT, BMC, Scott, Rocky, KHS, Kona, Marin and more.

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First Look: 2016 Specialized Camber

The Camber has upped its climbing prowess with the integration of the new Brain rear shock and the RockShox RS-1 fork. But does it come at the expense of descending ability?

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Round up: Best new flat pedals

Some of the best tech and innovation is actually going in to these new flat pedals. Low weight, low profile, platform size and grip are the key elements.

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First Look: Specialized Stumpjumper and Rhyme FSR 6Fattie

Specialized adds to the 29er and 27.5 stable with a 3.0 tire version. Outer tire diameter is roughly the same as the 29er version but its character is quite a bit different with ultimate comfort and traction.

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First Look: 2016 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR

The Stumpy is back in the spotlight with a major revamp. Shorter stays, slacker head angle, wider rims and a cool SWAT door are some of the tricks up its sleeve.

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Tech: Specialized SWAT Door frame storage

Specialized takes the SWAT concept to the next level by using the utilizing the frame down tube for storage of air, tools, food, hydration and anything else that will fit.

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Sea Otter: Manufacturers putting real resources into kids bikes

Sea Otter Classic reveals growth in pint-sized mountain bikes designed with geometry and components made just for junior.

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