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Specialized Components 2006

Some more details and pictures from our visit to Specialized…

Components
The latest SL frame features the latest carbon fibre technology and to match this Specialized have added a bunch of lovely carbon components to the line up, including a one piece bar set up. OK we’re not big fans of one piece set ups (compromises way too complicated for this article…) but Spesh’s new combo does come in an wide range of sizes and widths.

Seatpost
Zertz inserts are still in the seatpost but there’s a much more sorted (and easier to use) saddle clamp on the new one. Looks neater too and should be available as an individual item.

Wheels
Roval Rapide wheels are also a new addition to the range taking their design cues from French wheel designer Claude Lehanneur. Concealed spokes, carbon rims and sealed hubs. Weight is around the magic 1500g mark. They look pretty snazzy.

Optics
Very nice new glasses and super lightweight they are too. With variable tint ‘Adaptalite’ lenses they are 16 grams so you really don’t notice you’re wearing them. A full test report soon. They cost £129.

Saddles
Specialized saddles (feature here) have a lot of science behind them. The latest is lighter and more minimal hence the name – Toupé. Carbon body and a variety of sit bone widths can be accommodated with two sizes to suit all type of bottoms.

Forks
Zertz all-round and on the Tarmac an all new design called Speed Zertz, with increased vibration damping. A monocoque fork with full carbon steerer. Aside from the Specialized bikes, these could go a long way to solving a stiff front end on any bike, although we’re not too sure if they’re available separately.

For more information and availability (most bikes will be August-October): Specialized



The Barmac, in 11 sizes

Clever new cranks

16 gram shades

Easier to use clamp

Lighter Body Geometry saddles

Subtle Zertz design

Takes the buzz out of the road…

New wheels look the biz

individual carbon bars and stem

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