Specialized Reviews and News


Best bike marketing video ever?


Yeah, we know. Many of you are not fans of this whole e-bike thing. But no matter what you think of electric powered two-wheelers, you have to give the marketing team at Specialized props for this video.

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2019 Specialized Turbo Levo e-bike first ride review


The 2019 Specialized Turbo Levo is version two of the landmark bike and it addresses three years of ideas, suggestions, and complaints about the previous model.

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Best Mountain Bikes Under $1000


What if your current disposable income window is around $1000 — and you still want a new mountain bike? Well, you’re in luck. While not overly sexy (or light) there are plenty of decent entry-level type MTBs in that price range.

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Specialized Boulder Experience Center opens


The new Specialized Boulder Experience Center officially opened its doors this week in Boulder, Colorado. A full range of demo bikes and high-end bike fitting are among the offerings.

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Video: Matt Hunter discovers South Africa


You hear them before you see them, their whistles, threading through the forest like wisps of pure stoke smoke caught on a stiff South African breeze.

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Specialized Purgatory review


With a retail price of just $60, the Specialized Purgatory is one of the most affordable tires in the trail category.

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Specialized Fast Trak review


Using finite element analysis, the Specialized Fast Trak tire’s consistent shoulder block layout improves cornering traction.

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Cross-country mountain bike tire shootout first look


Defining the modern cross-country tire is not easy. They must be fast and light, but also durable and grippy. It’s a lot to ask. See how these seven options measure up.

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How to pick the right mountain bike tire


Talk all you want about the benefits of upgrading wheels, brakes, or even your entire drivetrain. But pound for pound (or gram for gram), there’s no better upgrade than tires.

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Top gear picks from Impact Sun Valley


Trails were bursting with fragrant lupine at mid-elevations above Ketchum, Idaho’s basecamp for Impact Sun Valley, the inaugural Crank Tank bicycle media event.

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Innovate or Die: Inside Specialized world HQ


Specialized opened their doors to a gaggle of journalists, including Mtbr, to show off the massive investments they’ve made in R&D and innovation.

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2019 Specialized Stumpjumper launched


Specialized has redesigned the Stumpjumper for 2018, a bike that has been around since 1981. Did they address everything on your must have list? Read on to find out.

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2019 Specialized Stumpjumper first impressions


Mtbr spent three days shredding the trails in Ainsa, Spain, to find out if the new Specialized Stumpjumper lives up to the hype.

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Specialized Power Arc Pro saddle review


Building on Specialized’s popular Power saddle line, the Power Arc Pro shape differs from the original with a rounded, more peaked cross-section.

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2018 Specialized Enduro dream build


Ground-hugging performance, enough squish for a magic carpet-like ride and total silence. Meet our custom Specialized Enduro.

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Mtbr’s Most Read Posts In 2017


As we push headlong into 2018, it’s fun to look back on the year that was. Here’s a rundown of the 20 most viewed Mtbr posts from 2017.

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Video: Matt Hunter Heli-Biking BC


If it wasn’t a thing, it is now. Watch Matt Hunter winter heli-bike in BC on a Specialized Demo 8 DH bike.

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Specialized 2FO 2.0 shoe review


Specialized has worked hard to improve the fit and the feel of the 2FO shoes, focusing not just on the rubber of the sole but of all the layers of rubber in between.

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Outerbike Test Sessions: In search of perfect 29er trail bike


Mtbr headed to Outerbike Crested Butte to ride eight mid-travel 29er trail bikes. Find out which were our favorites and why.

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Todd Wells retires from racing


One of America’s top cross country and cyclocross pros is hanging up his race bikes. Durango, Colorado-resident Todd Wells, 41, announced this week that he’s retiring from racing.

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Curtis Keene’s Specialized Enduro 29er race bike


Curtis Keene has ridden some of the best looking bikes on the EWS this year. For the final race of the season, Specialized built him this showstopper.

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Specialized Wu dropper post first look


This dropper post puts the angles the seat up like a downhill or dirt jump bike saddle as it is dropped. Something you’ve always wanted or not?

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Five bikes we’d rather own (and cost less) than an iPhone X


The new iPhone retails for a thousand dollars or more. Turns out, you can get a whole lot of bike for that kind of money. Here’s our five favorites.

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Round up: Best 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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2018 Specialized Enduro: longer, adjustable geo, new spec


For 2018, the Specialized Enduro doesn’t look that different, but the Big Red S has lengthened the reach, integrated a hidden flip chip, and added some clever new spec features.

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Specialized Turbo Levo FSR Carbon first ride review


With sleek integration and incredible handling, the original Turbo Levo FSR eMTB was the undisputed category leader. To solidify its market position, Specialized has launched a new and improved carbon version.

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Specialized Epic first ride review


The Specialized Epic is one of the most successful race platforms in history, so how do you improve on a two time gold medal winning bike?

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Specialized Chisel hardtail launched


Want to race XC on a budget? Specialized’s new Chisel hardtail might just be what you’re looking for.

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Specialized S-Works Epic 29er hardtail defies gravity


Snap poll: What’s the lightest bike frame in the Specialized line-up? Has to be one of their road or cyclocross rigs, right? Click through to find out.

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Video: Specialized Build Your Dream Stumpjumper program


At the high end of the market, folks like having options with their component selections. It adds a personalized touch and optimizes the bike for the riders style and terrain.

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Specialized Turbo Levo eMTB with trail tool twist


Say what you will about eMTBs, but this is a pretty innovative application of ever-expanding pedal-assist technology.

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A new tire size is coming and it doesn’t suck


Plus sized erupted in popularity last year. The problem for many aggressive riders is that they didn’t hold up. Now a new tire size is coming that should split the difference between plus size and traditional tires.

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Specialized introduces Make it Yours custom program


Specialized is offering four limited edition Stumpjumper frame colors as part of its new Make it Yours program.

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First Ride Review: Fox Float X2 for 2017 Specialized Enduro


Fox has updated its Float X2 shock to fit 2017 Specialized Enduro frames. Our tester would be bouncing with joy, if it wasn’t so well damped.

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Specialized seeks patent for dropper that auto-adjusts seat angle


Specialized’s new patent may reveal why they opted for a 34.9 seat tube on the new Enduro.

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5 trail taming mountain bike mud tires


While you should never ride multi-use or sensitive trails when they are wet, you might as well get ready for a wet, lift-accessed spring with a good mud tire set-up. Here are five great options.

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Specialized S-Works 6 XC shoe review


We spent some time thinking about how to describe the Specialized S-Works 6 XC mountain bike shoes, and really, it’s pretty easy: They’re the lightest, most connected XC race shoes we’ve ever worn.

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5 hot mountain bike components for 2017


The wheels of progress roll onward, upward, and then downhill, which is what keeps those smiles stuck on our faces after every ride. This year looks to be packed with cool new tech, and while we can’t guarantee the staying power of anything new in the cycling world, we think these five items will be just as cool in 12 months as they are now.

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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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