Specialized Reviews and News


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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Sea Otter: Specialized shows off S-Build MTB frames

Have your Specialized your way with recently launched semi-custom program for mountain and road bikes.

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Sea Otter: Specialized introduces Rumor in 650B

New trail bike gives women their choice of wheel size.

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First Look: Specialized Atlas lightweight knee pad

Specialized enters the lightweight knee pad arena with this 156-gram set of pads. It features an impact hardening material and a fit that is designed to stay in place without straps.

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Photo Gallery: Bikes of the Global Fat Bike Summit

See what was on display at this gathering of all things fat in Jackson, Wyoming.

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Long Term Review: Specialized 2FO flat shoes

The 2FO is an awesome shoe that covers all the bases that a flat shoe should deliver. It descends well, jumps good, climbs decent and is comfortable on and off the bike.

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2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Wheels for every type of cyclist

Our favorite wheels for enduro, cross country, all mountain, road, gravel, cyclcocross, and just about everything in between.

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2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Kid’s bikes, gear and accessories

For the little biker on your list, here are some gift options ranging from balance bikes, fat bikes and road bikes to helmets, jerseys from brands like Yuba, Cleary, Trailcraft, Specialized, Felt, Zoic and more.

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Video: Baggy shorts versus Lycra aerodynamics test

How much are your clothing choices slowing you down? The folks at Specialized went inside their wind tunnel to find out exactly what being a slave to fashion is costing you.

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Long Term Report: 2014 Specialized S-Works Epic World Cup Edition

For 2014, Specialized assembled their largest development team ever to revamp their top-selling bike, the Epic. They looked to make the Epic faster, lighter and smoother. And they added a 1×11 only World Cup Edition version.

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First Look: 2015 Specialized S-Works Demo 8 Carbon 650b

Specialized’s all-new Demo Carbon 650b features a radical asymmetric frame design, 27.5-inch wheels, and a new FSR suspension layout. Plus the low, lean racing machine just looks flat-out fast.

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Ultimate Base Camp: Santa Cruz mountain bike destination guide

Yep, we’re spoiled. Living near Santa Cruz, Calif. gives us access to nearly year-round awesome mountain biking. Check out our destination guide, then start planning your trip to come see us. You’re welcome.

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First Look: Specialized Enduro 650b S-Works 27.5 bike

For 2015 Specialized is making their flagship Enduro bike available in the 27.5 wheel size. And unlike their Stumpjumper 27.5 effort, this seems to be a more serious entry in this very competitive arena.

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First Look: RockShox Monarchs now available for Trek and Specialized bikes

Rockshox makes the Monarch and Monarch Plus shocks available for select Trek and Specialized bikes and we get to try it first-hand on our local trails with the Trek Fuel EX 29.

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Viral Video: Matt Hunter – master of deep lean angle

Check out this INSANE video of Specialized rider Matt Hunter cranking it over so far in a corner that he actually drags his handlebar!

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First Ride: Specialized’s new 650b/27.5-inch Stumpjumpers

Mtbr takes the new Specialized 27.5-inch Stumpjumper FSRs for a spin in Santa Cruz and gives you the low-down on the better-late-than-never mid-wheelers.

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Compare-O Award-O: The best enduro bikes from our big shootout

The Mtbr crew hands out the hardware at the Sea Otter Classic to the winners of our Enduro Compare-O earlier this year.

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Daily coverage from the 2014 Sea Otter Classic Day 3

Welcome to Day 3 of Mtbr’s daily coverage of the 2014 Sea Otter Classic. We’ll be continually updating this page with photos and beta on all the latest in mountain bike technology.

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Project Bike: Danish man builds son coolest balance bike ever

When Kasper Albrekt decided to get a bike for his young son Jakob, he had trouble finding one that got him excited. So the Danish bike shop guy turned a Specialized Hotwalk into the “S-Walk”—quite possibly the world’s coolest kickbike.

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Hot News: Specialized launches 27.5-inch Stumpjumper

Specialized ended months of speculation today launching their first 27.5-inch wheel bike on the company’s website—the Stumpjumper FSR Expert Carbon EVO 650B.

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