Interbike 2009 – Specialized’s New 2010 Road bikes: SL3, Amira and Sector

INTERBIKE 2009Specialized was showing three new road bikes for 2010: The SL3, the women’s high-end race-ready Amira and the entry-level Secteur (read: sector) with trickle down tech from the Roubaix.

The SL3 on display and photographed is Fabian Cancellara’s custom yellow version from the Tour de France to celebrate his stage win.  Of course, you can’t get the yellow frame unless you win a stage and take the yellow jersey, but you can get the same frame with virtually the same spec…except your SRAM Red won’t be custom with yellow graphics.  Specialized marketing manager Nic Sims said they put together the yellow version and built the bike in a day, rushing to get it done during the race after Cancellara’s opening stage win.

Check the video for the story, then hit ‘more’ for additional photos and specs on each of the bikes, including frame cutaways for the SL3…

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We did a full tech post on the new 2010 Specialized SL3 here, so this part will mainly focus on how cool Fabian Cancellara’s race bike is.  Scroll down for cutaway photos of the new SL3 frame if you want to see what it looks like on the inside.

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No bar plugs helps save weight.  More likely, someone stole them.

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Big, bulbous bottom bracket area is internally butted for stiffness, and it’s one piece with the chainstays to save weight.

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Note the chainguide/guard…nothing kills a good day racing like a dropped chain.

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SRAM put together a Yellow kit for their Red group just for this bike.

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Even the fork is cutaway…click to enlarge these photos for better detail.

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Below are the two spec sheets that accompanied this cutout section.

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I don’t know what “allmeta” parts are, but I hear they’re heavy.

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2010 Specialized Amira – Top level women’s road race bike

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Note how the seat tube flares out to the width of the bottom.  The women’s bikes get thinner carbon tubes since (presumably) they’re lighter and don’t need as much frame.  As such, the Amira is actually Specialized’s lightest road bike in its top trim level.

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Shaped and flared seatstays add a little resiliency to the ride, but the frame is designed for all out race performance.

2010 Specialized Secteur – Entry Level Road Bike

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Based on the Roubaix, the Secteur is a new model for 2010 aimed at the entry level road rider.  The rear chainstays on the Comp (shown) are carbon with Zertz inserts to soak up road bumps and vibrations.  This one retails for $1,600 and comes with compact gearing.

Below the Comp are the Elite and Sport and just-plain-Secteur level bikes which are full aluminum frames.  Ranging from $800 to $1,400, they either come with compact or triple cranksets.

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The Secteur Comp is an alloy front triangle mated to carbon seatstays.  Chainstays are aluminum.

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The Secteur models come with short drop handlebars and a taller headtube for a more upright comfortable ride while still providing enough performance for weekend warriors and budding roadies.  Comp is spec’d with Shimano 105 drivetrain and a Body Geometry Avatar Gel saddle.  Full specs on the other models are up and running at Specialized.com.

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