If you thought our first round up of 2015 bikes from Specialized was lacking in gravity oriented models, your wait is over. We’ve also found more frameset colorways, a couple fat bikes, a cost-is-no-object women’s full suspension racer and…another road bike tire.
Above, the new 650B Enduro Evo with Rockshox Boxxer dual crown fork is about as close as you’ll get to Specialized downhill bike without actually buying a, um, Specialized downhill bike. Equipped with Ohlins rear coil-over shock, chain guide, Thomson seatpost and Spec’s new Slaughter rear tire on Roval 650B DH wheels. Word is there are very few 26″ full suspension bikes left in their 2015 lineup.
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Sitting next to the Captain (left) is the new Slaughter (right) rear tire that’s being placed on quite a few of the bikes here.
If you’re done pretending to want a downhill bike and are ready for the real thing, the Demo is now available in a completely murdered out matte black model. Word is, all or most of the Demo DH bikes have moved to 650B wheels, too, meaning there’s new 27.5″ sizes of the Butcher DH tire coming. Many of their other tires have already popped up in the middle size.
For the exact opposite effect of the ninja black edition, there’s this brightly color model.
OK, back to the Enduro. Plenty of frameset colorways to choose from.
The Camber Expert Evo gets a bright green frameset option.
Moving down another notch in travel is the all-new Era S-Works 29, a full suspension race rocket with women’s geometry. Built around XX1 and a Rockshox RS-1 inverted XC fork, it uses a BRAIN-enabled Fox rear shock, carbon post and handlebar and some of Magura’s new lightweight stoppers.
Coming almost to zero travel -unless you count the ridonkulous tires as suspension- the Fatboy Pro plops in at $4,200 with a Bluto shock, 10-speed X0 rear derailleur and shifter, Race Face crankset and Shimano XT brakes. Tires are Specialized’s fatter Ground Control on their own wheels and Command Post dropper seatpost.
The Fatboy Expert gets a silvery paint scheme with massive 4.8″ tires sitting aboard HED’s carbon fat bike rims, which are held in place by an alloy frame and carbon rigid fork. Magura brakes, SRAM 1×11 drivetrain on Race Face NEXT carbon cranks and a subdued black cockpit make this the lightweight choice.
The new Boomslang flat pedal has been in development for a long, long time. We first spotted it at Crankworx in 2011, and outward appearances suggest the basic concept hasn’t changed much.
Designed as a pro-level pedal, the center section is just 10mm thick, flaring to approximately 15mm thick at the leading/trailing edges. The pins have changed from square to round, and the thickness of the platform and central supports has been slimmed considerably, but the general design is similar. Spare pins are threaded into the inside wall, providing four extras per pedal. The silver section in the middle is duplicated on both sides and hides the needle bearings (assuming they kept it the same), with pins entering from the backside securing the panel during use. According to our original introduction to the pedal, this allowed them to place the bearings that far out while maintaining the slim 10mm height.
Joining the Allround tubular we saw in our 2015 Specialized Components/Gear roundup, the new Turbo Cotton is a 700×24 tubular with slick center section and graduated nubs for enhanced cornering traction. Per the sidewall, they’re “for the connoisseur”.
Thanks a ton to Scott at Mikes Bikes for the pics and info!