Specialized Reviews and News


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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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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Enduro Compare-O: Mtbr’s Best of Test Award Winners


Find out which bikes took home the hardware from our first-ever Enduro Compare-O.

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Compare-O Bottom Line: Specialized S-Works Enduro 29 is the king of descent and more


The Specialized S-Works Enduro 29 makes the case for being the best of both worlds—a bike that handles like a 26er and rolls like a 29er. Did they pull it off?

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Specialized Fatboy


Fatbiking is about fun, adventure, determination, accomplishment, and a little bit of insanity. Specialized has rolled all of this up into a nice package that makes me actually want to go out in 12 degree temperatures to ride in the snow.

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Round-Up: Four polar vortex-fighting mountain bike shoes to keep your feet warm and dry


We test four different winter MTB shoes to find the ideal kicks for wet, muddy and sub-freezing conditions.

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Compare-O Bottom Line: Sublime Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper FSR EVO 29 makes a case for substance over buzz


If you’re a fan of big wheeled bikes, the Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper FSR EVO 29 is a sure fire hit. And if you’re skeptical of wagon wheels, this bike just might change your mind.

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Hot News: Specialized rolls-out mid-sized 27.5-inch/650b tires


Notably absent from the sprint to market with 27.5-inch bikes, Specialized launches 650b tires in what might be a foreshadowing of bigger things to come.

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Compare-O First Look: Specialized S-Works Enduro 29


The S-Works Enduro 29 is one of the hottest bikes on dirt right now thanks to a remarkable combination of a 67.5 degree head tube angle, 155mm of rear wheel travel, super-short 16.9-inch chainstays despite its big hoops. See what else we found remarkable in our First Look.

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Review: 2014 Specialized CruX Elite EVO Rival Disc


If you could have one – and only one – bike, the CruX Elite EVO might just be the choice.

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Compare-O First Look: Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper FSR EVO 29


No doubt this $9,000 silver-painted super bike will shine, but just how brightly when compared to the competition is the real question.

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First Look: S-Works Enduro 29 Weighs in at 27 lbs with 155mm of Travel


Well this new 2014 looks like it has all the answers. It is 27.33 lbs, has a climb switch on the Cane Creek DB Air rear shock. And it is now using the smoothest front fork available today, the Rockshox Pike with 160mm travel.

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Video: Mt. Olympus Freeride Downhill Experience


Check out this video from Action Bike Club in Greece. The guys decided to film their “Freeride Downhill Experience” of descending Mt. Olympus on bikes, through lightning and hail, even.

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2013 All Mountain Bike Tests at Interbike – Part 2


Part two of Krob’s Outdoor Demo bike tests. Here he gives us his opinion on the new Turner Czar, Santa Cruz Bronson C, Pivot Cycles Mach 6 Carbon, Specialized S-Works Enduro 29 and the Rocky Mountain Altitude.

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Leadville 100 Exclusive Interview: Race Favorite Todd Wells


Todd Well has been aiming at the Leadville 100 for months, spending extended time training at altitude, while at the same time winning the overall of the Pro XCT series. In between it all, the three-time Olympian invited Mtbr.com into his home for an extended interview.

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Chairlift Issues Truncate Day 2 Of Enduro World Series


The top of the leader board was unchanged following a shortened Day 2 of the Enduro World Series stop at Winter Park Resort in Colorado on Saturday. But it was the lack of a stage 4 that ended up being the big story of the day.

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Just In: Specialized SWAT – Storage, Water, Air and Tools


Eric Schuda, engineer at Specialized went to observe the Leadville 100 Race and was horrified. He saw the finest mountain bikes rigged with duct tape and zip ties.

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Singletrack High Screening Tour – Special Screening at Sea Otter


Update: April 18 There is a special screening in Monterey, CA on Saturday, April 20 at 7:30. http://www.nationalmtb.org/singletrack-high-screening-schedule/ —- “Singletrack High” a new documentary from brothers Jacob Seigel-Boettner and Isaac Seigel-Boettner premiered to a sold out crowd at Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley, CA earlier last month. The film, shot during the 2012 mountain biking […]

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2013 Specialized Roval Control 29 Carbon Wheels for $1200


Is it ok to say great value wheels for $1200? These carbon wheels are light, stiff, tubeless and have all the popular axle cups included.

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Matt Hunter Tours Mont Blanc Alps with the Specialized Enduro


Whether it’s in the parking lot or the pub, “How was the ride?” is a loaded question. Coming back from a multi-day, multi-country adventure with some old friends

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Aaron Gwin Joins Specialized for 2013


Update: Jan. 8 Wow, this story just broke last night and we’re updating it already this morning. It seems there is a legal hurdle for Aaron Gwin to join Specialized. Reports say he signed an LOI document (Letter of Intent) with Trek back in August. A Letter of Intent. A Letter of Intent is: LOIs […]

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Sam Hill’s Specialized Farewell Video


Sam Hill and Specialized will be parting ways and this is their way of saying thanks to him. Sam played a key role in the development of the modern Demo 8 geometry (lower BB was a noticeable change), had the 2009 World Cup Overall win, the 2010 World Championship in Mont Saint-Anne, and a lot […]

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Win a One-Of-A-Kind “Where The Trail Ends” Specialized Demo 8


Morgan Hill, Calif., October 10, 2012 – Searching the ends of the earth for the perfect mountain bike terrain that has yet to be ridden has been the sole purpose of Darren Berrecloth and the other riders featured in Red Bull Media House’s latest feature film, “Where The Trail Ends”. This film changes the landscape […]

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Review: 2013 Specialized Camber


We had the opportunity to ride the 2013 Cambers in the heavenly trails of Bend, Oregon. This is a trail bike with 110mm travel in the rear and 110 in the front. The big stories are: Camber is now 29er only. There’s no 26ers and no 650b Autosag is included on all models There’s new […]

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2013 Specialized Stumpjumper & Stumpjumper EVO


The 2013 Stumpjumper is available in 26er and 29er configurations. Travel is 140mm for the 26er and 130mm for the 29er. There also exists the more aggressive Stumpjumper EVO. It has a more descent friendly geometry and travel is at 150mm for the 26er and 135mm for the 29er. Like the Camber, highlights are: Autosag […]

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2013 Specialized Epic


I’ve been riding the 2012 Specialized Epic and have been setting PRs on both climbs and descents. Here is a bike that bridges the two needs of climbing fast and descending with confidence. The 2013 Epics are improved once again so we are excited to try them. Highlights are: 1.       Epics are 29er only 2.       The Epic […]

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