2020 Christmas Gift Guide
2020 has been a year that many are keen to move on from but it has brought about at least a cycling revoloution with more people taking up two wheels for fun, excercise and to replace their car in the commute. E-bikes are powering this trend and our fantastic Turbo range offers something for everyone. With 2020 nearing a close the trees are up, the carols are blaring, and the calendars are counting ever closer to the 25th – folks, Christmas is almost here. Whether you’re on the lookout for presents for a loved one or perhaps eager to treat yourself, we’ve got a handy guide right here to talk you through our best gift ideas for that all-important cyclist in your life.
The ultimate commuter, meet the Creo SL E5
Sustainable transport has become a hot topic in recent months, with the UK government encouraging active travel both for short journeys and commuting. Social distancing is far easier on a bicycle than it is on the bus, and riding a bike to work means you’ll get fitter fast as well. Not to mention that it’s far more enjoyable!
What our riders are doing in their downtime
In these times where normal life and standard practises seem a long way off, it is important to join together as an online community and be there for one another, inspiring and motivating each other to be our best possible selves. So, stay in, get your fitness routine on point and we can save lives together.
Who needs the uplift when you have a Kenevo
Last October we revealed the Kenevo and we think it might just be the world’s best downhill e-MTB. We promised you it would bring more power, more speed and more fun to your ride. Well, the promises haven’t fallen on deaf ears and the Kenevo, like a lot of e-bikes, is rightfully enjoying its time in the spotlight. Let’s take a closer look at the bike, how it rides, and see what the reviewers like most about it.
These boots were made for cycling – the Recon range
The all-new Recon line is here. Coming in four models, these are our premium MTB trail shoe. As per usual, each model has little differences that set them apart from their siblings, but in general, the Recon line can be categorised by its SPD platforms and a heavily lugged “SlipNot” rubber sole. The revamped Recon is perfect for all your trail riding, bikepacking and gravel grinding needs.
Review Roundup - highlights of our 2020 range
It’s been a bumper start to the year for Specialized and we’ve talked a lot about our innovations, so today we’re going to show you what the independent reviewers of the world think. It may only be early spring, but since January our bikes have created plenty of chatter. Here are the picks of the bunch.
Specialized custom builds
The Specialized community is truly a wonderful, creative bunch. Specialized bikes are made to suit your style and your riding so we’re always excited to see our fans’ custom builds and the designs they wrap their bikes in to make them that little bit more personal. Today we are sharing some particularly awesome custom designs that have cropped up on social media.
Mission control - What is it - Why is it awesome?
We recently brought out our new Turbo Levo SL range for 2020 and toasted it in typical Concept Stores fashion with a blog post on the features of the ground breaking e-MTB. In that post we touched on our fantastic e-bike partner app, Mission Control (which can found on the App Store and Google Play). There is so much to learn about the app, so we thought we’d focus this week’s blog entirely on Mission Control and how it complements the Turbo Levo SL.
Meet Sirrus X
Capable, confident and fun. These are the words that define the Sirrus X. It’s a bike inspired by its pavement-focussed antecedent, the Sirrus, with a fresh new perspective and focus on riding more varied terrain. It’s about tackling all surfaces or going further than before with a bike that loves to explore.
Top tips for gravel riding
In a recent post, we presented the idea of trying something new in 2020. One idea was to pick up gravel riding as you're new on trend bike pursuit for the new decade. Riding on gravel is some of the best fun you can have on a bike and as the discipline grows there seem to be more and more chances to ride on the crunchy stuff. Tow paths, bridleways, gravel sportives and events, there’s never been a better time to get out into nature.
Specialized 2020 Enduro range
Released in the autumn of 2019, it didn’t take long for the 2020 Specialized Enduro range to make a stir with customers and press alike. We’ve ripped up the rule book for the 2020 range, started from scratch and created a special selection of bikes ready to tackle any adventure or all-day event. More travel, redesigned suspension, carbon frames and our style-specific sizing means we’ve revolutionised the classic enduro bike to create a range that is bigger and better than ever before.
Top ten reasons to go Turbo
One of the fastest growing areas of the bike market is e-bikes. These motor driven/ power assisted bikes are fantastic machines and suitable for any and all riders. It’s easy to see why they are growing in popularity. Here are just a few reasons to get yourself an e-bike.
New Years resolution - try something new
We’re winding our way to the end of the year, the time for New Year’s resolutions. Eat less, drink less, exercise more – all pretty common themes. These trivial promises to ourselves are often broken within minutes of the clock striking midnight but were here to tell you to ditch the boring resolutions and go for a fun one on us. Make 2020 the year you pick a new discipline, a new bike, a new adventure. The bike is the best tool to make sure you stick to your goals in the new decade.
Specialized bikes for kids
At Specialized we love to see more kids on bikes – we see it as an important stage of childhood. We have a large range of bikes from strollers to trail shredders and everything in between. Make 2020 the year you give the life changing experience of cycling to a young child.
Stuff the stockings with Specialized
We are halfway through our advent calendar, so Christmas really is just around the corner. You’d be forgiven for not sourcing all your presents by this point but have no fear, here at the Specialized Concept Store, we’ve got you covered. We have put together this handy list of Christmas gifts from Specialized, arranged rather handily to suit all budgets, from Secret Santa to new bike day.
The new Fuse is perfect for Christmas
The Fuse is here and it breaks the mould. A hardtail that gets back to the roots of mountain biking, the Fuse isn’t about getting results, it’s about seeking thrills and having fun. The perfect hardtail for Christmas maybe? The big day is just around the corner so how about gifting yourself something that is sure to transform your riding in 2020. After all, it is a new decade – let’s get shredding.
Get your child riding this Christmas
Is there any better gift for a kid at Christmas than a bike? We all remember our first bikes and if anything, it is the most special of any bike you will ever own, the one that started it all. Specialized has a great range of kids’ bikes, so to help you make your little one’s year.
Bike lights for winter
Another vital element of riding through the winter is getting your light setup dialled, whether that’s to ensure you’re visible to other road users or to light your way as you blast through deserted woods and explore the empty lanes. As you’d expect from us, we’ve got everything you’re going to need so you can keep feeding that urge to ride all winter long.
The Turbo Creo SL - You Only Faster
We’re big fans of e-bikes here at Specialized; anything that allows more people to experience the joy of riding is a good thing in our eyes. An e-bike means riders of all fitness levels, ability and age can ride together. A ride with friends and family is one of the joys of life, and if some of us need a little boost to get to the café then, hey, that’s fine.
Celebrating the season
To celebrate the season and honour the team, Specialized are making a limited edition Tarmac Disc frameset, with every win and every rider celebrated in a stunning paint job. Only 200 of these gorgeous S-Works framesets are being made, individually numbered and available now for pre-order from one of our stores
New Roval Terra CLX Wheels
Yep, your wheels have a tough life, which is why we spend so much time thinking about them. We, like you, want wheels that are tough, ready for anything and are capable of letting us decide where we ride. Our new Terra wheels, designed by our component partners Roval, are supremely accomplished hoops, ready to ride wherever and whenever you want.
Ey up, It's the Worlds!
For the first time since 1982, the UCI Road World Championships is coming to the UK. Back then the racing took place around the racing circuit in Goodwood down in sleepy West Sussex, but this time around we’re expecting it to be a lot rowdier. The county of Yorkshire has been well and truly bitten by the cycling bug, displaying an incredible passion for the bike since 2014’s Grand Départ that saw huge crowds welcome the Tour.
Road World Championships Celebration
With the World Championships heading to Yorkshire, we're hard at work bringing our newest and greatest tech innovations to life at our World Champs pop-up, right in the heart of Harrogate. So come join us, have a drink and let's mull over your predictions for who'll take home the rainbow stripes!
Introducing the new Grid Trail & Control Tyre Casings
Trail riders are pushing the limits, riding more technical trails at higher speeds. That evolution places greater demands on tires, which need to be stable at lower tire pressures while also fending off the pinch flats that are more likely to occur when you are riding fast over rough terrain. That’s why we’re rolling out several of our existing tire models in a new, more heavily-reinforced GRID TRAIL casing.
The 10 Best Reasons To Get On A Bike
Cycling Has More Benefits Than You May Think; Improves mental well-being; Promotes weight loss (or allows for second breakfast); Builds general and specific strength; Cuts Heart Disease and Cancer risk by up-to 52%; Cycling is low impact; Time Saving and Improves your sex life;
The Best of the Best
If there’s one thing that unites everyone in the Specialized family, from the designers and engineers to everyone who rides our bikes, it’s the belief that bicycles change lives. We’re always looking to the future, to inspire the next generation of riders to be the best they can be. It’s driven us for the past 45 years and it will be what drives us in the years to come.
The New Enduro - Fast just got Faster
Our first Enduro appeared on the MTB scene at the end of the ’90s, turning heads, destroying trails and single-handedly defining the genre that bears its name. It was a completely new approach to mountain bike design – capable of smashing the descents yet still happy to get you back up to the top again for another go.
The New Shiv
Unrestricted by the limitations of the UCI rulebook our engineers were free to let their enormous brains go wild and set a new standard for speed. The 2020 Shiv takes aero to new heights, virtually disappearing in crosswinds. It’s not only the most aerodynamic bike we’ve ever made, but it's also by far the most aerodynamic bike we’ve ever tested.
An epic tour
Wow. Wow, wow, wow...what a Tour de France we’ve seen this year! We always hope for an exciting race and 2019 has delivered in more ways than one. With Peter Sagan’s wheelies winning him yet more fans, Julian Alaphilippe warming the heart of even the most jaded French cycling fan and Specialized right in the mix all the way to Paris, we’ve loved this year’s race every step of the way.
Sprinting bikes vs climbing bikes – what’s the difference?
It’s that time of year again, the time when the Tour de France takes over the world of cycling and fills our TV screens with non-stop pictures of stunning, truly drop-dead gorgeous bicycles. Watching on from afar, however, it can be difficult to see the small details that go into each rider’s bike – the unique features that specialise it for a certain type of terrain.
Specialized at the 2019 Tour de France
For its 106th edition, organisers have plotted one of the toughest routes in years, with three stage finishes above 2000m for the first time. The race this year is for the guys who can thrive at high altitude and in the pressure cooker of the greatest show on earth.
Get the grip
We’ve been designing tyres for over 40 years, and in that time we’ve developed something of an obsession. And for good reason – your tyres are what keeps you rolling, keeps you shiny side up and keeps you smiling. Choosing the right tyres for the job is as important as making sure you choose the correct bike size and ensuring you get the biggest slice of cake at the café.
Get the connection
Pro riders and their teams spend an awful lot of time getting themselves set up for the most comfortable and aerodynamic position on the bike. There are a lot of very sound reasons for this – the right set up means they can hold their most efficient position on the bike for longer, remain as aero as possible, reduce fatigue and avoid injury at the same time.
The Tarmac – then and now
For 17 years the Tarmac has been our designated ‘do-it-all’ road racing bike, able to crush it on both the climbs and on the flat. It has won a countless number of stages at all three Grand Tours and even managed to scalp major Monument victories across both the men’s and women’s racing calendars. But what is it that makes the Tarmac so unique? How did it become such a dominant and consistent winning machine? Let’s find out…
Allez Allez Allez
Since it first made waves back when Wham! were top of the pops, we’ve refined the Allez, perfecting every aspect of the bike. 35 years down the line it is the ultimate aluminium road bike for every type of riding, from long distance touring to the heady world of full-gas, head down racing. The latest Allez is so good it would have blown Mike’s flouro socks off back in the day.
You know that a Specialized bike will deliver over and above on the standard details, will tick the boxes titled ‘got to be a head turner’ and ‘must make my friends jealous’ and will also bring extra cakes to the party. With the 2020 Specialized range, you can ride the very best. Time to get dreaming.
Commute in style this summer
As the days get longer and the weather fairer, there’s never been a better time to take up cycle commuting than right now. And what better way to commute than on a Turbo-powered e-bike, one that can get you to and from work without you having to bust a gut or break a sweat.
We are a family run business established in 1984. For over three and a half decades we have developed into five leading bike stores spanning across Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk. Our passionate Sales and Workshop team are well equipped to advise upon all of your cycling requirements. We always strive to provide the highest standards of customer service and are able to assist you with our broad knowledge and experience.
Specialized at the Giro d'Italia
With the 102nd edition of the Giro d’Italia due to start on Saturday 11 May we’re looking forward to seeing some of the stars of pro cycling roll down the start ramp on their Specialized machines. Piloted by the likes of Deceuninck-Quick Step’s Italian fast man Elia Viviani, teammate and hilly classics specialist Bob Jungels and Bora-Hansgrohe’s Polish GC hope Rafał Majka, we’re likely to see them first across the finish line when the action heats up too.
Use your head
Specialized helmets are designed, as you’d expect from us, with you in mind. Specifically tailored to whichever type of riding you do, a Specialized helmet has all the comfort, fit, ventilation and adjustability you’d expect. Our designers spend an awful lot of time creating a lid that works so well you’ll forget it’s there. Until you need it of course – then you’ll sure be glad it is.
The New Roubaix is here
Last week we brought you the news that Specialized are to become the sponsor of the Paris-Roubaix one-day race and we couldn’t be more proud to be associated with this epic Spring Classic. Ahead of this Sunday’s 117th edition, we’ve an even more exciting announcement. Yep, it’s new bike day!
Specialized sponsors the Paris Roubaix
The aim was to create a do anything, go anywhere bike that could cope with the ultimate demands from a wide range of riders. By naming it after the toughest bike race on the professional calendar, one defined by rutted and cobbled farm tracks and so incredibly hard on both bike and rider that it is nicknamed the ‘Hell of the North’,
Slice through the summer breeze
When it comes to flying at top speeds on two wheels, pedalling is only half of the equation. The rest is all about aerodynamics – the less drag, the faster you’ll fly. Don’t let the wind slow you down this cycling season, cut straight through it with our wide range of aero-optimised equipment, from bikes to bib shorts…
Take on any trail
We’ve all got that one bogey trail that puts us off a certain centre or downhill run. Whether it’s a gnarly rock garden, super-tight bend or massive jump, it only takes one scary feature to put us off a trail. Here are some of our best trail bikes to help you gain that confidence and finally shred that dreaded trail…
An in depth look at our super shoes
When it comes to riding your bike, there are few more important pieces of equipment than your shoes. They drive power through the pedals and ensure all of your energy is transferred into forward momentum. No shoes, no fun. We’ve released some pretty spectacular shoes of late, both for the road and the off-road. Here’s an in-depth look at them…
The Stumpjumper EVO Pro Carbon has landed
Around a year ago here at Specialized, we revealed the alloy Stumpjumper EVO, the rowdy big brother to the trail-tuned Stumpjumper, built for hard riding and bigger terrain. This spring we’re blessed with the machine to take your riding to the next level – say hello the Stumpjumper EVO Pro Carbon.
Pedalling at the speed of light
There’s lightweight and then there’s the new S-Works EXOS definition of lightweight – a term that marries lightness, agility and power all in a single shoe. Everything but the bare necessities have been stripped away, leaving a cycling shoe that will help you float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.
The Fastest Just Got Faster
SRAM’s Red eTap AXS groupset, one of the worst kept secrets of the past few months, has finally landed and offers our Venge and Tarmac a whole new level of hot and aggressive speed. It isn’t just the extra gear however, there’s a lot more to this 12-speed groupset than meets the eye...
Specialized Down Under
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.
10 Reasons why you should get an Ebike this year
The new year is all about jumping on new trends and trying different things. What better way to do just that than with a turbo-powered e-bike? Here are ten reasons why you should grab an e-bike this winter and join one of the fastest growing trends in cycling.
Prepare for the worst and stay dry this season
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.
Treat the kids this Christmas
Christmas is coming and as the little ones buzz with excitement, adults are often left thinking how the hell are we going to get all this shopping done? Well, that's where we come in. Here's a quick guide to all the awesome kid's bikes and gear that we have to offer. Even if your little-un has forgotten to write their list, fear not, for we have something for just about everyone this Christmas.
Super support from MIMIC technology - No more suffering in silence
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.
Skip the winter and go abroad
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 didnâ€™t have to trudge through this cold and wet season and that you could head abroad instead, chasing the eternal sun.
Winters coming - Cyclocross on the CruX
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, youâ€™re a cyclist, right? Itâ€™s what you do, and itâ€™s what you need â€“ it keeps you sane. This is where cyclocross comes in!
Introducing the new S-Works Shiv Disc
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, youâ€™re left with a whopping aero encumbrance thatâ€™s only going to slow you down. The new Shiv has solved that and more.
Ain't no mountain high enough for the Enduro
The term â€˜all mountainâ€™ isnâ€™t used loosely, it takes one special bike to take on climbs and descents with equal aplomb. Thatâ€™s where the Enduro comes in, a bike that can ride the entire mountain while striking the perfect balance between performance and efficiency.
How to prepare for an all-day epic
Failure to prepare is preparing to fail. The 'train hard; fight easy' mantra is never more apt than when the all-day ride, that's been in the diary for months, is suddenly right around the corner. Don't be caught short and follow Ben Plenge's formula to be ever prepared.
Trail-blazing with a turbo boost
The all-new Turbo Levo FSR is here to change that. Itâ€™s stiffer, lighter and more powerful than ever before, and, it will give you the boost you need to climb back to the top, rendering the uplift redundant. Welcome to the new age of mountain biking â€“ itâ€™s still you, only a whole lot faster.
BLCK DMND drops new rubber for our 2019 MTBs
Our tyres are, first and foremost, designed to keep you planted on the trail but a grippy tyre isn't necessarily the lightest. We've been looking for the perfect rubber, a combination of grippy, fast and light for years. With the help of enduro specialists Curtis Keene and Jared Graves we may have just found such a tyre.
The Stumpjumper evolves
You're going to love this latest Stumpjumper EVOlution, a bike that doesn't quite fit the mould of a "normal" trail bike. It's built for the rough and gnarly, designed to carry some hot speed through the toughest and most technical of trails. Does this sound like a Stumpy that you could handle? Then listen closelyâ€¦
The new Allez Sprint
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.
The all new 2019 VENGE
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 â€“ the new model redefining the meaning of speed.
The Retul bike fit philosophy
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. Retulâ€™s bike fit technology provides all the necessary tools to improve both rider performance and comfort, so donâ€™t wing it, bike fit it.
Specialized head to the Giro d'Italia
After a historic spring classics campaign for Specialized, worthy of entering cyclingâ€™s illustrious hall-of-fame, they now head to the Giro dâ€™Italia alongside a rampant Quick-Step Floors team eyeing the sprints, and a promising Bora-Hansgrohe side targeting results in the high mountains.
Video: All-New Stumpjumper now in store!
Stumpjumper. Youâ€™ll be familiar with the name â€“ itâ€™s nigh on iconic in mountain biking. This year, the Stumpjumper gets a dramatic overhaul in pursuit of that claim. Specialized have made sweeping changes to the Stumpjumper both externally, with the new sidearm frame structure, and internally with a smart new carbon layup and overhauled suspension design to improve the connection between the rider, and the bike, and the trails tearing up beneath them. Check out our exclusive video from Specialized HQ to find out more about the new platform...
Everything you need to know about Specialized e-bikes
If you think thereâ€™s space for an e-bike in your arsenal â€“ which there really ought to be â€“ then you shouldnâ€™t have too much difficulty finding something to suit you in our range. After all, we could all do with a bit of a boost from time to time!
New S-Works Evade helmet and S-Works 7 shoes
If youâ€™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. Letâ€™s take a detailed look at these exciting new pieces of kit.
8 things your non-cycling friends just don't understand
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.
Who and what to look out for at the World Championships
All the worldâ€™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 womenâ€™s team time trial on 17th September and closes the following Sunday with the menâ€™s road race.
Four reasons why you need a bike fit
Everyone loves a good bike upgrade. Anything to help us climb easier, ride faster or stay in the saddle for longer durations. While there are countless products that promise to help you on your way towards these common goals, some are more effective than others.Â
Recap the first week of La Vuelta with the best bits
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.
The Specialized Foundation launches 'Outride ADHD'
To coincide with stage 18 of the Tour de France, the Specialized Foundation launched the â€˜Outride ADHDâ€™ campaign to create awareness of an under-appreciated method to combat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The foundation aims to educate doctors, parents and teachers about the merits of cycling for children diagnosed with ADHD.
Red Hook Report
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.Â
Catch up with the Specialized Pro Riders
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. Letâ€™s catch up with some of the riders and what theyâ€™ve been up to lately
A good weekend for Specialized at the MTB World Cup Round 4
Last weekend saw the fourth round of the UCI MTB Cross-Country World Cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. For a few days, the venue was overrun with riders and fans who enjoyed the spectacle of MTB racing in some of the best scenery Europe has to offer.
Pro Bikes of The Tour de France
The professional cycling peloton is about to set off on its 104th Tour de France and thereâ€™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
The new 2018 Crux
Right now the perishing cold and sticky mud of winter may seem like a long way off, but Specialized has just launched a new version of its CruX frame. The new CruX is a cyclocross bike that is sure to keep you feeling warm and fuzzy all through â€˜cross season when it does eventually come around.Â
Getting ready for Bikepacking season
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.Â
Spring Road Cycling Clothing
Though summer is definitely on the way, this is a difficult time of year to dress for â€“ so hereâ€™s a list of the key items that will set you up for spring â€“ whether youâ€™re dodging April showers on British shores or jetting off to the sun-drenched roads of Mallorca, Tenerife or Lanzarote for a training camp.
Boels-Domans back with a bang
After starting the 2016 season as the dominant force in womenâ€™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 thatâ€™s not to say that they havenâ€™t enjoyed a significant degree of success.
Putting the Spotlight on the Allez
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 brandâ€™s first production bikes in 1981.
Women's evenings at Specialized Concept Stores
Designed with a view to getting more women cycling, the â€˜Where it Beginsâ€™ event series from Specialized is a month-long series of events that will offer a huge amount to both newbie riders and those who are looking to get back into the saddle after a long time without picking up a bicycle.
Limited Edition Bora-Hangrohe S-Works Tarmac in Stock!
A new season brings new opportunities, new objectives and new teams into the world of pro cycling, and this year is no different. 2016 saw the end of two top-tier teams in IAM Cycling and Specialized supported Tinkoff, causing a major reshuffle, not only in team rosters, but also in equipment sponsors. In 2017, Specialized has a renewed focus with just two teams to concentrate on in the incumbent Quickstep Floors team of Marcel Kittel and Tom Boonen, and Peter Saganâ€™s new home at Bora-Hansgrohe.
The power to ride more trails
If the divisions between roadies and mountain bikers are seen as a bit of a rift, then the split separating ebikes from the rest of two-wheeled society is perceived by some as a chasm of biblical proportions. But with the Turbo Levo, Specialized is breaking down the barriers that keep ebikes from experienced and performance-driven mountain bikers, and has already converted many of the ebikeâ€™s fiercest skeptics.
New Year, New Bike
New year, new you, new bike? Everyone knows new kit is one of the biggest motivators for a cyclist. Smart new kit equals more pro, which equals faster and more efficient riding. Whether youâ€™re a mountain biker, road racer, sportive hunter or bike packer, weâ€™ve got something to enable you to make this year great. Check out our list of bikes that will take your riding to the next level in 2017.
Peter Sagans Specialized S-Works Venge ViAS
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).
Get your kids riding in no time
Passing on the skill and joy of riding a bike is a great gift to your child, itâ€™s something theyâ€™ll hopefully never leave, and, as the old adage goes: â€œYou never forget how to ride a bike"Â Getting them there is another story though, there are going to be some tantrums, some tears and some cut knees, actually even at 33 years old the cut knees never end. There are a few schools of thought on the subject of teaching your child to ride a bike. Iâ€™ll discuss below the options and current thoughts on those ideas.
How to ride wintery conditions
As we enter December and winter is well and truly here, itâ€™s time to think about riding your bike in wintery conditions â€“ not just in the cold and the wet, but more dangerously, on the icy surfaces that become more of an issue as temperatures drop below the zero mark on your thermometer.
Looking forward to 2017 on the road
With New Year just a hop, skip and a jump away, weâ€™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.
The wonders of winter riding
There arenâ€™t many of us who truly love everything about winter. As the temperatures around the UK have plummeted dramatically in recent weeks a fair few of us will have been grumbling about the chill in the air. But all this doesnâ€™t mean there arenâ€™t some great things about winter too.
Dress from the ground up - all the essential winter items you need
Whether we like it or not, winter is here to stay, and with the off-season slump all but over, itâ€™s time to turn our attention to winter training; taxing for some, exciting for others. It has been said that thereâ€™s no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothing, and we couldnâ€™t agree more.
Feeling adventurous? The new Sequoia and Burra Burra
The trend for adventure riding seems to be gathering pace with every passing month. More and more cyclists, be they mountain bikers or roadies, are discovering the joys of heading out into the wilds, just them and a bike loaded down with everything they might need for a few days in nature.
Ride Into Winter
We all know the best way to keep riding through the Winter is to make sure youâ€™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 womenâ€™s Ride into Winter evening sessions.
The Specialized superteam â€“ Etixx-Quickstep
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. Whatâ€™s more Eitxx is perhaps the only true candidate for the â€˜super teamâ€™ label.
Essential 2017 helmets
There are few pieces of kit that are imperative if cycling is to be taken seriously and a helmet is one of them. In some countries you can incur a hefty fine for neglecting to protect your noggin, Australia, for instance. Earlier this week an Australian study was released, drawing on data from more than 64,000 cyclists worldwide, concluding that helmet use reduces the risk of serious head injury by 70%.
Four reasons you need a 2017 S-Works Enduro in your life
The Enduro is a fearless, peerless backcountry bike â€“ ideal for racing or simply exploring the local wilderness. Not only is it extremely able, but it also offers fantastic pedalling efficiency, because when you ride â€˜all-mountainâ€™, you have to take on the whole of the mountain â€“ and that means putting in the power to go uphill as as well as down.
Revolutionary rides: the new-look Ruby and Roubaix
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 â€˜enduranceâ€™ bike category. Through the years itâ€™s been through its fair share of changes and tweaks â€“ like all our bikes, both mountain and road, we believe you can always improve on perfection.
The Tarmac is back â€“ 2017 range of our top-end road machine
â€‹For when owning a great bike is not quite good enough, the Specialized Tarmac is an exceptional all-round race bike. Light, stiff and agile, the itâ€™s a versatile machine that is perfectly suited to sprinting, descending and climbing.
â€‹Enduro 2017 â€“ a whole new attitude
The Specialized Enduro has been a favourite for MTBers for some years, but has remained largely unchanged since 2013. Thatâ€™s largely because we donâ€™t believe in changing things just for the sake of it â€“ especially not when youâ€™ve got such a natural-born hill killer on your hands.