Specialized 2014 Bike Launch

On the 21st and 22nd of November, Specialized South Africa invited the local cycling media to their Stellenbosch head office to get a closer look and test ride their latest bikes. In addition to being treated to some great Specialized and Oakley swag (Thanks guys!) we were all enrolled in SBCU (Specialized Bicycle Components University) for the two days, where professors Harry Orr and Fanie Kok lectured the assembled media on the latest technological advances by a company renowned for pushing the development envelope.

 

First on the lecture schedule was the brand new World Cup edition Epic, race ready and designed for the ultimate racer. Many good words were spoken about the new bike with Conrad Stoltz, in particular, expressing his amazement at the leap Specialized have been able to make on an already impressive platform. It’s still the only full suspension bike to win a XCO World Cup event and you can safely expect more World Cup wins in 2014. Aside from the space for two bottle cages on both the standard and World Cup Epics, there is also a solid link between the brilliant Fox CTD shock and the updated Specialized Horst link. There are a host of other updates too, including an improved and lighter Mini-Brain inertia-valve shock with AUTOSAG, carbon hookless Roval Control wheelset and an integrated S.W.A.T. (Storage, Water, Air and Tools) system – featuring a combination of bottle cages, frame mounted storage compartments and niftily hidden tools.

 

Harry Orr explaining the finer details to Shayne Dowling in the Specialized Test the Best bike room
Harry Orr explaining the finer details to Shayne Dowling in the Specialized Test the Best bike room

Aside from the drool worthy Epic we were run through the Camber, Stumpjumper FSR and Enduro ranges too. Elsewhere in the world, where they aren’t quite as marathon obsessed, the Stumpie is the flagship Specialized bike and the local guys are keen to see South Africans move closer to that trend too. Not only are the Camber and Stumpie FSR more comfortable rides, the progressively longer travel -across the Camber, Stumpie and Enduro ranges – offer more fun for your hard earned buck than the race hard Epic.

 

 

But you can and should find out for yourself which bike will better suit your riding needs. You can pop in at one of their Test the Best sessions and ride a couple of their S-Works models, across the MTB and road ranges at the following locations and dates:

  • Jonkershoek (W. Cape) – 7 & 8 December
  • Xterra Buffelspoort (North West) – 25 & 26 January
  • Groenkloof (Gauteng) – 1 & 2 February
  • Groenkloof (Gauteng) – 8 & 9 February
  • Giba Gorge (KZN) – 15 & 16 February
  • Xterra Grabouw (W. Cape) – 22 & 23 February
  • Jonkershoek (W. Cape) – 15 & 16 Marc
The assembled media enjoying their own Test the Best ride
The assembled media enjoying their own Test the Best ride

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