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Specialized Down Under

Specialized Down Under

Friday, 18th January 2019

The start of the new season always brings with it a whole host of new tech, and what better place to show off the new bling than beneath the sparkling sun Down Under? A lot of our new kit has been spotted, from new bikes to new shoes, so here’s the lowdown on some of the tech we sent to the first World Tour race of the season.

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The best moments of 2018

The best moments of 2018

Friday, 21st December 2018

We started out the year thinking that it would be tough to match 2017, nigh on impossible to surpass it. Well, I suppose you could say we've done the impossible then, smashing just about every race that came our way, no matter the discipline.

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Christmas gift guide

Christmas gift guide

Friday, 14th December 2018

The trees are up, the carols are blaring, and the calendars are counting ever closer to the 25th folks, Christmas is almost here.

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Our helmets just got a big  facelift

Our helmets just got a big facelift

Friday, 7th December 2018

Remember those days when a helmet was just a plastic lid you wore on your noggin? Well, those days are now gone, we've transformed the rudimentary helmet into a live tracking device.

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Prepare for the worst and stay dry this season

Prepare for the worst and stay dry this season

Friday, 30th November 2018

Anyone who rides a bike knows that you can't beat the weather, but the weather sure can beat you. so you need a reliable selection of gear to keep your pedals turning. At Specialized we have everything you demand, proven on the road and on the trail to be tough enough to last as long as the winter does, and then some.

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Super support from MIMIC technology - No more suffering in silence

Super support from MIMIC technology - No more suffering in silence

Friday, 9th November 2018

There's nothing worse than a numb backside on a long ride. For female riders especially, finding the perfect saddle is a tough task and one that requires a lot of research and pre-planning. Striking the perfect balance between helping you lay down the watts, and providing a plush surface for your tush, the new women's Power Saddle with MIMIC technology significantly reduces the pressure and improves comfort, power and performance in bucketloads.

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Skip the winter and go abroad

Skip the winter and go abroad

Friday, 2nd November 2018

Living in the UK, we all know that winters can get pretty rough, with the snow, rain and slush inhibiting our abilities to get out there and ride. But what if we told you that you didn’t have to trudge through this cold and wet season and that you could head abroad instead, chasing the eternal sun.

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Winters coming - Cyclocross on the CruX

Winters coming - Cyclocross on the CruX

Friday, 26th October 2018

Winter can really test your resolve. As the days get colder and the mornings get darker it can be more and more difficult to prise yourself out of that comfy bed and head outdoors. But at the same time, you’re a cyclist, right? It’s what you do, and it’s what you need – it keeps you sane. This is where cyclocross comes in!

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Wrap Up For Winter

Wrap Up For Winter

Friday, 19th October 2018

One of the best things about bike riding is being outdoors: great views, fresh air and good riding. But there’s no denying it - winter is around the corner.

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Introducing the new S-Works Shiv Disc

Introducing the new S-Works Shiv Disc

Friday, 12th October 2018

When it comes to triathlon, aerodynamics are truly everything and the secret is integration. When you start taping on gels, fixing bottles and flat kits to the frame, you’re left with a whopping aero encumbrance that’s only going to slow you down. The new Shiv has solved that and more.

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Specialized dominates the 2018 World Championships

Specialized dominates the 2018 World Championships

Friday, 5th October 2018

The Tour de France has its prestige, the Giro its classy allure and the Vuelta its gruelling parcours, but no race quite matches the season-ending World Championships in terms of drama and ‘edge of your seat’ action.

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The CruX of Cyclocross

The CruX of Cyclocross

Friday, 31st August 2018

The Specialized CruX has experienced a revamp for 2018, slimming down to be the greatest Cyclocross bike for the local woods or your next world cup.

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The new Allez Sprint

The new Allez Sprint

Friday, 24th August 2018

You may recognise the Specialized Allez Sprint as the aluminium racer that the Hagens Berman Axeon team rode to much success throughout the early 2018 road season, Well, now it has a new iteration, the Allez Sprint Comp Disc, upgrading the stunning alloy racer with superb stopping power and all-weather versatility.

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The new Venge Pro

The new Venge Pro

Saturday, 11th August 2018

As the S-Works Venge went on to dominate the sprints of the 2018 Tour de France, Specialized’s Venge Pro lay in wait – biding its time before this week’s big reveal.

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Peter Sagan - record breaker

Peter Sagan - record breaker

Friday, 3rd August 2018

Peter Sagan lined up for his seventh Tour de France, once again in the rainbow stripes of world champion, with a fierce glint in his eye and that trademark cheeky emerald glint.

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Super Sagan and the brand new Venge

Super Sagan and the brand new Venge

Friday, 13th July 2018

With the Tour de France now well underway, we’ve become familiar with seeing the peloton showing off a new collection of drop-dead gorgeous road bikes, all looking to make a statement on the world’s biggest stage.

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The all new 2019 VENGE

The all new 2019 VENGE

Thursday, 5th July 2018

Seven years of aero testing and race-winning results later, the new Venge has been born. Transforming the burgeoning concept of aerodynamics into an ideology, every edition of the Venge has been optimised to make you ride faster – the new model redefining the meaning of speed.

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Peter Sagan - Why so serious?

Peter Sagan - Why so serious?

Friday, 15th June 2018

With the stage victory on day two, Sagan took a record-extending 16th stage win at the Tour de Suisse, adding yet more weight to the claims that he is ‘the greatest rider’ of our time.

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Gravel grinding on the road less travelled

Gravel grinding on the road less travelled

Friday, 8th June 2018

An explosion in gravel riding popularity now sees more and more races popping up worldwide, check out this year's UK events as competitors hit the road less travelled and grind it out in the grit.

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Three weeks of unrivalled success

Three weeks of unrivalled success

Friday, 1st June 2018

With the pro peloton taking a well-earned breather after battling it out across the sunny beaches of California and the snow-capped mountain peaks of the Giro d’Italia, Specialized have been celebrating a spectacular few weeks of racing.

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Aero is everything

Aero is everything

Friday, 25th May 2018

With aerodynamics now at the forefront of bike technology and driving the market forwards with perpetual advancement, it’s time to take a look at the many ways we can take advantage. Forget pedal power, aero is everything.

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The Retul bike fit philosophy

The Retul bike fit philosophy

Friday, 18th May 2018

A process often neglected when purchasing a new bike, the bike fit is something that too many riders forgo and almost always regret further down the line. Retul’s bike fit technology provides all the necessary tools to improve both rider performance and comfort, so don’t wing it, bike fit it.

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The womens road racing season so far

The womens road racing season so far

Friday, 11th May 2018

The undisputed queens of the early season, Boels have crushed every race that has unfurled before them. With a small hiatus before the next big race, let’s take a trip down memory lane and reminisce on the women’s racing season so far.

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Specialized head to the Giro d'Italia

Specialized head to the Giro d'Italia

Friday, 4th May 2018

After a historic spring classics campaign for Specialized, worthy of entering cycling’s illustrious hall-of-fame, they now head to the Giro d’Italia alongside a rampant Quick-Step Floors team eyeing the sprints, and a promising Bora-Hansgrohe side targeting results in the high mountains.

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Specialized: the Kings of Spring

Specialized: the Kings of Spring

Friday, 13th April 2018

With Peter Sagan’s historic victory at Paris-Roubaix on Sunday, the cycling world turns the page over to the next chapter of the calendar.

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Improve your commute with a hybrid bike

Improve your commute with a hybrid bike

Sunday, 11th March 2018

Hybrid bikes are all the rage in urban and rural communities alike, favoured by riders looking to upgrade their commutes and improve their fitness, and Specialized boasts some of the best and most popular hybrid bikes that the world has to offer.

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Which bike for you?

Which bike for you?

Monday, 26th February 2018

Two of our most popular machines are the Tarmac and Roubaix, two bikes which seem to have a similar purpose at first glance: to ride fast. However, there is a lot to distinguish between them. Read on for a helping hand in deciding which is for you.

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New S-Works Evade helmet and S-Works 7 shoes

New S-Works Evade helmet and S-Works 7 shoes

Thursday, 15th February 2018

If you’ve been watching the early season races closely, you might have noticed that our Specialized supported athletes and teams have been sporting new models of familiar helmets and shoes. Let’s take a detailed look at these exciting new pieces of kit.

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Specialized Road Helmets

Specialized Road Helmets

Friday, 9th February 2018

With racing underway and motivation gathering momentum, now’s the time to take a look at the new products hitting the cycling world.

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Worth It: Will Do

Worth It: Will Do

Thursday, 8th February 2018

We know January has slid beneath our wheels already but that doesn’t mean steps can’t be taken to make a change or set a goal in 2018.

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Tour Down Under 2018 race preview

Tour Down Under 2018 race preview

Wednesday, 10th January 2018

It’s time to box up the Christmas decorations, drag them back up to the loft, and bring down the inflatable kangaroos; the Australian cycling season is officially underway.

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8 things your non-cycling friends just don't understand

8 things your non-cycling friends just don't understand

Friday, 3rd November 2017

Some of the acknowledged cycling stereotypes live on through sheer stubbornness and a firm belief that traditions and conventions should be upheld. Some are genuine issues of practicality, efficiency and safety. And most cause some degree of head-scratching from our non-cycling friends.

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What to look forward to in the 2018 race season

What to look forward to in the 2018 race season

Monday, 30th October 2017

The 2017 WorldTour racing season came to an explosive end this week with the Tour of Guangxi, the last and newest top-tier event on the calendar. It was a particularly eventful finale for Specialized thanks to one athlete in particular.

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What is Cyclocross?

What is Cyclocross?

Thursday, 28th September 2017

Some would lament the end of summer as we progress through September at an alarming pace. However, even though our carbon road steeds will see little other than the insides of the stable for the remainder of 2017, there is still a lot to look forward to this year.

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Winter hi-vis essentials

Winter hi-vis essentials

Friday, 22nd September 2017

The days are getting shorter and the temperature is dropping so it’s time to make sure you’re well prepared for whatever winter might throw at you. Hi-vis fluoro clothing and accessories are a must-buy at this time of year.

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Who and what to look out for at the World Championships

Who and what to look out for at the World Championships

Friday, 15th September 2017

All the world’s best and brightest cycling talent will shortly be descending on Bergen in Norway for the UCI Road World Championships. The racing starts with the women’s team time trial on 17th September and closes the following Sunday with the men’s road race.

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Specialized dominates World MTB Championship

Specialized dominates World MTB Championship

Thursday, 14th September 2017

The 2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships are in the books, and it was a successful week Down Under for many Specialized riders. There were some heroic displays across all disciplines and age groups, with the full gamut of Specialized bikes on show.

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Best photos and recap from Vuelta week 2

Best photos and recap from Vuelta week 2

Thursday, 7th September 2017

It has been another spectacular week for Specialized’s supported athletes at the Vuelta a España, and though their presence is still as acutely felt as ever, it has not been all about Quick-Step Floors. Bora-Hansgrohe have also come out to play.

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Recap the first week of La Vuelta with the best bits

Recap the first week of La Vuelta with the best bits

Thursday, 31st August 2017

Quick-Step Floors have sustained their status as the winningest team of 2017 in the first week of La Vuelta. With three of nine stage wins, the team elevate their victorious tally to a staggering 25% of all the Grand Tour stages completed so far this year.

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Prepare for the CruX Season

Prepare for the CruX Season

Friday, 25th August 2017

It’s already agonisingly close to the end of August, which means the cycling world will shortly be turning off the paved roads and bombing it, instead, through thick mud, sketchy rock gardens and up and over vicious ramps.

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The young guns of Quick-Step Floors

The young guns of Quick-Step Floors

Thursday, 24th August 2017

The Vuelta a España got underway this week and, if the early signs are anything to go by, it’s set to be one of the more electrifying Grand Tours of recent years. One team that’s already set about grabbing the Spanish bull by the horns is Quick-Step Floors

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Bob Jungels - The Vuelta’s dark horse

Bob Jungels - The Vuelta’s dark horse

Friday, 18th August 2017

The last Grand Tour of the season is just days away and the circus is already assembling in Nîmes, France, for the technical team time trial before the Vuelta heads into Spain for the race proper.

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Some of the big names riding Specialized in 2018

Some of the big names riding Specialized in 2018

Thursday, 10th August 2017

For fans of many sports, August means transfer season. And, while you won’t see any cyclists being purchased for multi-million pound sums, pro teams are now beginning to dip into the market of soon-to-be out of contract riders

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Tips for buying your first road bike

Tips for buying your first road bike

Friday, 4th August 2017

When making that first foray into the road bike market, though, wading through the hundreds of different options can be a daunting prospect. But fear not, lycra-warrior! Here are a few pearls of wisdom to lean on when picking out that all-important first bike: 

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Red Hook Report

Red Hook Report

Thursday, 27th July 2017

he Red Hook Crit is always a great place to spot beautiful bikes, with the unique Specialized Allez models ridden by the team standing out in a field of standouts. These fixed-gear versions of our market-leading aluminium frame are perfect for the hurly burly world of crit racing and have carried Team Specialized riders to victories in this and previous series. 

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The Red Hook Crit, London

The Red Hook Crit, London

Thursday, 20th July 2017

Criterium racing is one of the more exciting and spectator-friendly disciplines of our sport. Raced on short, often city-centre, circuits, criteriums inspire a frantic and full gas style of racing

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Catch up with the Specialized Pro Riders

Catch up with the Specialized Pro Riders

Friday, 14th July 2017

Specialized bikes of all varieties have been put to the test on varying terrain, from the technically challenging MTB trails of Andorra and Switzerland, to the insane climbs of Italy and the extraordinarily fast sprints in France. Let’s catch up with some of the riders and what they’ve been up to lately

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Boels-Dolmans at the Giro Rosa

Boels-Dolmans at the Giro Rosa

Wednesday, 5th July 2017

The European road race champion rests at the top of the UCI rankings and currently tops the general classification standings at the Giro Rosa

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Pro Bikes of The Tour de France

Pro Bikes of The Tour de France

Friday, 30th June 2017

The professional cycling peloton is about to set off on its 104th Tour de France and there’s plenty to get excited about. The first stop for this unique travelling circus is Dusseldorf, where the racing kicks off with a 14km individual time trial. The Tour then visits Belgium and Luxembourg before arriving in France at the end of stage four

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Specialized Teams at The Tour de France

Specialized Teams at The Tour de France

Thursday, 29th June 2017

Of the 22 teams heading to Dusseldorf, two will be riding with Specialized equipment including bikes, helmets and shoes. Both Bora-Hansgrohe and Quick-Step Floors are packed full of incredible talent for this Tour. Let’s take a look at who to look out for

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STAR 2017 PRODUCTS

STAR 2017 PRODUCTS

Friday, 16th June 2017

From the Venge Vias Disc eTap to the S-Works 6 road shoes, each of the products below are there for a reason; not only do they look simply stunning but they also perform to near-perfection.

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Getting ready for Bikepacking season

Getting ready for Bikepacking season

Friday, 9th June 2017

Bikepacking is a craze which is sweeping the cycling world with bikes designed especially for a particular type of adventure, bags and equipment developed for ultra-lightweight and efficient storage, and events like the Transcontinental Race being talked about almost as much as the Tour de France. 

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Get into the OVO Womens Tour with Boels-Dolmans

Get into the OVO Womens Tour with Boels-Dolmans

Thursday, 8th June 2017

The OVO Women’s Tour, this year supporting Breast Cancer Care, is run by the same organisers as the men’s Tour of Britain and features five stages finishing with a challenging criterium-style finale in London’s West End.

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A NEW GENERATION IS BORN

A NEW GENERATION IS BORN

Thursday, 1st June 2017

The 100th edition of the Giro d’Italia came to a thrilling climax on Sunday and it’s already being talked up as one of the more exciting Grand Tours in recent memory. It had everything; controversy, drama, crashes, surprise, fury, disappointment and elation

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TEST RIDE A TURBO LEVO

TEST RIDE A TURBO LEVO

Saturday, 13th May 2017

Countless experienced mountain bikers have started coming out of the woodwork to praise the benefits of motor-assisted bikes, dispelling the assumption that ebikes should be the sole domain of the inexperienced, injured or elderly.

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Spotlight on the Tarmac

Spotlight on the Tarmac

Thursday, 4th May 2017

This year, the men of Quickstep Floors and Bora-Hansgrohe are riding Specialized frames. For the flat and sprint stages, the Venge will be their weapon of choice, while the mountains call for the Tarmac, a significantly lighter beast. Let’s take a look at its merits.

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Fairytale Fortnight for Boels

Fairytale Fortnight for Boels

Tuesday, 2nd May 2017

By the first week of April and the Tour of Flanders, Boels-Dolmans had cemented themselves as the team to beat. This year, however, they had scraped just one single win by the same point in the year, courtesy of this year’s world champ, Amalie Dideriksen.

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Spring Road Cycling Clothing

Spring Road Cycling Clothing

Friday, 28th April 2017

Though summer is definitely on the way, this is a difficult time of year to dress for – so here’s a list of the key items that will set you up for spring – whether you’re dodging April showers on British shores or jetting off to the sun-drenched roads of Mallorca, Tenerife or Lanzarote for a training camp.

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Boels-Domans back with a bang

Boels-Domans back with a bang

Friday, 21st April 2017

After starting the 2016 season as the dominant force in women’s cycling, Boels-Dolmans have had a quieter start to 2017. The ladies in orange have amassed less than half the number of wins as they had at this point last year, but that’s not to say that they haven’t enjoyed a significant degree of success.

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The Other Specialized Superteam

The Other Specialized Superteam

Wednesday, 12th April 2017

Most British cycling superstars are cultivated in a velodrome where they learn the way of marginal gains, sports psychology and gold medals until they are deemed fully grown, ready to be released into the wild world of road racing.

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Specialized Diverge - Jack of all Trades

Specialized Diverge - Jack of all Trades

Thursday, 6th April 2017

If you remember riding your first bike as a kid, you’ll recall the unconquerable compulsion to ride over potholes and through the worst road muck you could possibly find.

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Putting the Spotlight on the Allez

Putting the Spotlight on the Allez

Thursday, 23rd March 2017

The Specialized Allez has been a benchmark in the road bike market for about as long as the company has been around. The Allez, inspired by the shouts of encouragement from French spectators (and also a play on the material the bike is made from), was launched alongside the Sequoia sports tourer as one of the American brand’s first production bikes in 1981.

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Grand Tour vs Classics

Grand Tour vs Classics

Wednesday, 15th March 2017

Why hasn’t Peter Sagan won the Tour de France? Why is Chris Froome not riding Paris-Roubaix? How is watching 200 men in skin-tight suits riding from one place to the next in the least bit exciting? 

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Venge ViAS Disc Reviews

Venge ViAS Disc Reviews

Friday, 10th March 2017

The Specialized Venge ViAS Disc has become more and more prominent as the season has progressed. First, Tom Boonen grabbed a maiden race win for a disc-equipped bike at the Vuelta a San Juan in Argentina right at the beginning of the year

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Spring Classics are here

Spring Classics are here

Friday, 24th February 2017

We can finally say with some conviction that spring is, if not here already, then definitely on its way. If all else fails, for cyclists, the beginning of the classics season is a good sign that spring is coming.

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The best entry-level bikes for Women

The best entry-level bikes for Women

Friday, 17th February 2017

So you’ve decided to take up cycling, (great news!) but you’re not sure what you’re looking for. Mountain bike, fitness or road racing, it’s easy to get stuck at the first hurdle of there being so much choice

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Peter Sagans Specialized S-Works Venge ViAS

Peter Sagans Specialized S-Works Venge ViAS

Friday, 6th January 2017

His torso newly-wrapped in rainbow stripes for the second year running, Peter Sagan is about to begin a new season with his new team, Bora Hansgrohe, the german outfit which was upgraded to World Tour status for 2017 (thanks largely to the UCI points Sagan brought with him).

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Looking forward to 2017 on the road

Looking forward to 2017 on the road

Friday, 18th November 2016

With New Year just a hop, skip and a jump away, we’re starting to look toward the 2017 road cycling season with bubbling anticipation. While we amateur cyclists settle into our winter routines driven by willpower and fear of loss of fitness, professional riders all over Europe and the world are beginning their preparation for another racing season, newly laid targets fresh in their minds with strict plans in place in order to meet them.

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World Champs Roundup

World Champs Roundup

Friday, 21st October 2016

There has been just one story on everybody’s lips this week in the world of cycling; Peter Sagan’s incredible second win in a row at the UCI World Championships.

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Ride Into Winter

Ride Into Winter

Monday, 3rd October 2016

We all know the best way to keep riding through the Winter is to make sure you’re prepared to tackle the worst that the season can throw at you. With that in mind, we invite you to join us at your local Specialized Concept Store for our women’s Ride into Winter evening sessions.

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The Specialized superteam – Etixx-Quickstep

The Specialized superteam – Etixx-Quickstep

Friday, 30th September 2016

Very few World Tour teams ever come close to the achievements hoarded by Etixx-Quick Step each season. With a squad brimming with talent and opportunities, there is not just one leader around which the team is built as with some teams. The Belgian squad are a stalwart of the pro peloton and are a joy to watch at any race. What’s more Eitxx is perhaps the only true candidate for the ‘super team’ label.

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Revolutionary rides: the new-look Ruby and Roubaix

Revolutionary rides: the new-look Ruby and Roubaix

Tuesday, 13th September 2016

The Roubaix has been a stalwart of the Specialized family since 2004, when it revolutionised road cycling as the first truly successful entry in the ‘endurance’ bike category. Through the years it’s been through its fair share of changes and tweaks – like all our bikes, both mountain and road, we believe you can always improve on perfection.

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Smoother is Faster

Smoother is Faster

Friday, 9th September 2016

To some, smoothness is merely concept. But for the all-new Ruby and Roubaix, it's the driving force behind every design decision we make, and the result are a pair of bikes like no others before them. Find out how we did it.

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Meet the Sequoia – ready for adventure

Meet the Sequoia – ready for adventure

Monday, 15th August 2016

Specialized first entered the market in 1974 with a touring bike called the Sequoia – and now that touring and all-road adventure riding is very much back in fashion, Specialized have brought it back.

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