Specialized Reviews and News


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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Video: Specialized Engineers Spotlight

Every week, the Specialized mtb development crew scrambles to get their office work done early so they can run to the forest and do some trail testing. Here is a great glimpse into their test rides. I’ve had the opportunity to ride and hang out with this Specialized engineering crew and this video really shows […]

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Specialized Roval Control Trail SL 29er Carbon Wheels

The crew at Specialized dropped these wheels off to me and they have been the work horse of the mtbr stable for the last four months. I have used them on the Epic, Camber, Tallboy LTc, and rigid carbon Niner. Friends have taken it out on test rides, from endurance guys, fast guys, powerful and […]

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