Every cyclist has a sense of adventure and a yearning for the freedom of the open road or trail, but there’s never been a bike that truly captured that spirit. Until now. The Specialized Sequoia is an adventure bike like no other. It was born from a marriage of road performance and off-road reliability, creating one genre-spanning dream bike.
The Sequoia, named after the first bike Specialized ever made, is built to handle anything, paved or not, eliminating the need to choose between a dedicated touring rig or a road bike. Ron Koch of Bicycling magazine “was shocked at how well this bike does in what most would consider mountain bike territory.” This is a bike that promises to ignite the spark of adventure in anyone lucky enough to set eyes on its retro visage.
Bikepacking.com is the go-to site for many adventure cyclists, so we were delighted when they gave it such a glowing review when they tasted the Sequoia, “[it] really won us over: perhaps our strongest impression was how well thought out it feels. Manufacturers have been know to hurriedly launch a bike to answer a trend. The Sequoia feels like the opposite: there’s a sense that it’s been painstakingly refined over miles of open road, by a team who live and breath mixed terrain outings.”
All three models are built around the same frame of Premium Cr-Mo, size-specific tubing, which maintains performance properties like stiffness and responsiveness whatever frame size you ride. It is neither an aggressive road bike nor a dedicated tour rig, with an ample wheelbase and low bottom bracket for maximum control, its chainstays and tube angles ensure efficient and quick travel, regardless of whether or not your rig is loaded on even the longest days in the saddle. The choice to use steel to build the Sequoia is one that’ll please any traditionalists out there, while the efficient design is sure to win friends in the weight-weenie camp too.
The Sequoia’s greatest strength is its versatility, and we think there’s a setup for every level of adventurer. Whether you’re ready to tackle a week-long trip out into the wild carrying everything you need to survive in the wilderness, or simply want a whip to thrash around the backwoods on a thrill-packed weekend jaunt, the Sequoia has got what you need.