Friday, June 27, 2014

The Specialized S-Works Evade is the Ultimate Aero Racing Helmet

Combining Superior Wind Tunnel Design, Ultra-Light Construction, and Great Ventilation for the Best Performance on the Road or Time Trial. 


 “Yes, this helmet is aero. And in case you haven’t heard... aero is everything.”
“The Evade could outperform some companies' standard road helmets in terms of ventilation at speed.”

Vincenzo Nibali
Winner of 2013 Giro d'Italia

  • Advanced aerodynamics saves 46 seconds over 40km*
  • Patented Aramid-reinforced Inner Matrix for ultra-light construction and energy management
  • 4th Dimension Cooling System with deep internal channels, massive vents and aligned exhaust ports
  • Ultra-light, Mindset micro-dial fit system with height adjustability for perfect fit and comfort
  • Tri-Fix web splitter for improved comfort and ease of strap adjustments
  • Thin, soft and lightweight 4X DryLite webbing won't stretch out with sweat or water
  • Instrap webbing system for ultra-light construction and security
  • Complies with one or more of the following safety standards for bicycle helmets: CPSC, SNELL B90A, CE and AS/NZS
  • *over a standard road helmet 
Bicycle Sports
2770 Interstate 10 E
Beaumont, TX 77703
(409) 860-5959

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

2015 Specialized Gravel/Road Bike - The BRAND NEWDiverge


This past week, sneak-peek photos of a brand new Specialized “road” bike began surfacing on Instagram, from various accounts, all under the hashtag #SeekandDiverge. We use the word “road” bike loosely, as few of the photos were actually taken on paved roads, and with the various obvious use of thru-axles and fender mounts this bike is no traditional road bike.

Others might be quick to throw this bike into the hopper of “gravel grinders,” but we’ve never been a fan of the phrase, as it often means that bike is heavy and lacks snappy handling. We would be much more comfortable just calling it a bike, maybe even a dirt bike.

The new bike is called the Diverge. VeloNews caught wind of it earlier this year at the 2015 Tarmac bike launch, where Chris Riekert of Specialized and James Nord of Deux North videos shared few details other than the fact that Deux North and Specialized would be filming over several days of riding around Northern California.

What is the Diverge for?

The intended use of many of the bikes within Specialized’s lineup are begining to overlap, both on the road and mountain platforms. The Crux cyclocross bike recently received a little brother called the Crux EVO, which shares the same cyclocross geometry, but with some added features for endurance gravel races. Rebecca Rusch rode the Crux EVO to a win at the Dirty Kanza 200 just two weeks ago. There is also the Awol, which is an alloy adventure bike with loads of tire clearance and rack and bottle mounts galore. The geometry and weight of the Awol makes it much more of a what others call a “gravel grinder,” more all-day turtle than lunch-ride hare.

The Diverge will have massive tire clearance, possibly over 40mm, and the geometry will be more similar to the Roubaix and Secteur, according to a source close to Specialized. Racers will familiar with the Roubaix, the bike Nikki Terpstra rode to win Paris Roubaix, but the Sectuer is more of a commuter bike with flat bars and loads of rack mounts, which the Diverge is expected to use as well.

Short-travel dropper post

Another piece of the puzzle that separates the Diverge from other bikes in the Specialized line-up is a new seatpost. The new post sports a lever near the steerer tube, and looks to have a travel of only a few centimeters. We’ve been expecting something along these lines from Specialized since the brand’s cross-country bikes, the Stumpjumper HT and the Epic went to 27.2mm seatposts. So it appears that we’re looking at a short travel cross-country dropper post on a skinnier-tire bike. Could this also be the year we see riders with dropper posts in cyclocross?

The rear axle of the Diverge will use a 142×12 convertible dropout that will be able to be changed to a 9mm quick release, should the rider change from the wide Roval wheels that are pictured. We are expecting a Smartweld aluminum option in addition to the carbon-framed Diverge.

The bike will be officially launched on 15 July, the first rest day of the Tour de France.

Bicycle Sports
2770 Interstate 10 E
Beaumont, TX 77703
(409) 860-5959

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Early Release Specialized Bikes - Pitch and Jynx

2015 Specialized Entry Level 650b Bikes

Pitch Comp
  • New A1 Premium Aluminum frame w/ ORE downtube for a lighter, more compliant, and durable bike
  • 100mm-travel custom SR Suntour XCM fork w/ exclusive Multi-Circuit Damping for smooth performance
  • Roval 650b disc brake-specific wheelset is tubeless-ready and trail proven
  • Specialized Fast Trak Sport 2.0" tires w/ a race-proven tread
  • Specialized Stout, 9-speed crankset for efficient and precise shifting
  • Tektro Auriga disc brakes for all-weather stopping power
  • Shimano Acera 9-speed rear derailleur for shifting precision
  • Specialized Body Geometry mountain saddle is tuned for trail performance

Jynx Comp
  • A1 Premium Aluminum frame w/ Women's Recreational XC Geometry for stability and control
  • Custom SR Suntour XCM 80mm-travel fork w/ exclusive Multi-Circuit Damping
  • Specialized Stout, disc brake-specific wheels are strong and durable
  • Specialized Stout, 9-speed crankset for efficient and precise shifting
  • Women's Body Geometry XCT, lock-on grips provide reliable bar control
  • Tektro Auriga, hydraulic disc brakes w/ women's short-reach levers for maximum stopping power
  • Shimano Acera, 9-speed rear derailleur for reliable, crisp shifting
  • Body Geometry Women's Riva Sport Plus saddle features generous padding for all-day comfort

Bicycle Sports
2770 Interstate 10 E
Beaumont, TX 77703
(409) 860-5959

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Matt Hunter of Specialized Takes a 90 Degree Turn - VIDEO

Are Your MTB Skills This Extreme?

Amazing! "Matt Hunter provides another piece of evidence that 29ers really can corner."

Bicycle Sports
2770 Interstate 10 E
Beaumont, TX 77703
(409) 860-5959

Friday, June 6, 2014

Riding Technique - The Art of Pedaling

Pedaling is About Spinning, Not Stepping

Just like other sports such as swimming or cross country skiing, an efficient stroke in cycling can be pretty technical. Yes, you can ride a bike without knowing this, but you can ride a bike with less difficulty and more power if you employ an efficient pedal stroke.

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It takes practice to become a perfect pedaler. The most effective use of force during movement, to create power, depends on not only the strength of the muscles involved, but also on a series of coordinated neuromuscular patterns. In short, you need to move efficiently. If you train your body to move in a pattern that is efficient for your sport, in this case cycling, you can improve race day performance.

Here are some tips for improving your skill

Pedaling Drills:

On any ride, spin the pedals as quickly as possible as you accelerate down slopes. To do this correctly, leave the bike in a gear that's too easy, one that forces you to fan the pedals to keep up with the speed of the bike. Your goal is to rev your legs as quickly as you can while remaining seated. At first, you'll probably bounce a lot on the seat. But, with practice, you should be able to stay in the seat and maintain a calm upper body even though your legs are spinning at supersonic speed. If you do this drill a lot, your pedaling speed and efficiency will quickly improve.

Ride Exercises:

          Do the Pull-and-Push
          Each time a pedal reaches 3 o'clock, pull straight back (parallel to the ground) with the front
          foot and simultaneously push straight forward with the trailing foot. This action feels funny at
          first but if you work at it a bit, you'll find that it helps — especially on hills. And, after a while
          you'll pedal smoother than ever because you're able to apply power through more of the stroke.
          This happens because the natural up-and-down pedal action is complemented by the new
          fore-and-aft motion.

          Go Single
          There are other drills for improving pedaling. A fantastic one is doing single-leg workouts on
          an indoor trainer. Here's how: Warm up for a while with the bike in an easy-to-spin gear. When
          you're feeling warm and loose, pull one foot out of the pedal and rest it on the trainer or on a
          stool next to the bike. Then pedal for thirty seconds to a minute trying to be as efficient as
          possible with your one foot. Pedal easily with both legs for one minute. Then, repeat the drill
          with the other leg.

          Almost immediately it becomes easier to pedal smoothly during normal pedaling, because you
          are essentially teaching each leg to pedal in perfect circles. Practice the single-leg drill two to
          three times a week and you'll soon have a silky smooth spin and more pedaling power when
          you hit the road and trail.

          Rev It Up
          Another great technique can be performed on the road and on a trainer. A cyclo-computer with
          cadence helps with this drill but if you don't have one, just count how many complete
          revolutions you make with one foot in ten seconds, and then multiply by six to get your rpm
          (revolutions per minute). Put your bike in a low gear and take your cadence up to 120 rpm (or
          a 20 count for 10 seconds) and hold for 30 to 45 seconds.

          Try hard not to bounce and concentrate on staying smooth and supple. Give yourself a few
          minutes rest and repeat between for and six times during your ride. Keep in mind this is a
          technique drill and not an interval, so be sure to gear down enough that you aren't straining to
          hold your target cadence. Doing one or two reps is a great way to complete a warm up as well
          (you can also do this drill on a downhill trying to spin as fast as possible without bouncing) 

Bicycle Sports
2770 Interstate 10 E
Beaumont, TX 77703
(409) 860-5959

Monday, June 2, 2014

First 650B MTB From Specialized - Stumpjumper FSR Comp Evo

 2015 Stumpjumper FSR 650B Comp Evo Review

The Stumpjumper FSR 650B uses 150mm of travel front and rear, stable trail-oriented geometry, thru-axles front and rear, a tapered headtube, and a press-fit PF30 bottom bracket. Geometry is tweaked over the existing models, in order to maximise the handling benefits of the mid-sized wheels. The rear Fox shock features the clever ‘AutoSag’ functionality, which enables quick and easy setup of the rear shock pressure without having to bust out the ruler.

The Stumpjumper line is the longest running name in mountain bike history, and it’s one that Specialized are clearly proud of. You’ll find 29er hardtails, 26″ full suspension, and 29″ full suspension models all bearing the Stumpjumper name on their downtubes. A quick look at the Specialized website will leave you a little dazed and confused, particularly when you try to wrap your head around the ‘EVO’ models too. However, the Stumpjumper has proved to be the perfect platform for Specialized to launch their first 650B bike, though we’ll bet our next deadline that you’ll be seeing more 650B models from them in the future…

The M5 aluminum Stumpjumper FSR Comp EVO is purpose-built for the aggressive trail rider. It separates itself from the "regular" Stumpjumpers with a slacker head angle and 150mm of front and rear travel. The Comp EVO features a custom FOX Float CTD Evolution shock with AUTOSAG, RockShox Revelation RC3 fork, and a 2.3" Specialized Butcher Control front tire.

Hot asymmetrical graphic on the M5 manipulated alloy frame with 150mm of rear wheel travel, EVO geometry, tapered headtube, 142mm dropouts, PF30 BB, and sealed cartridge bearing pivots pushes the boundaries of trail riding

FOX Float CTD Evolution shock with ground-breaking proprietary Specialized AUTOSAG features 3 compression settings: Climb, Trail and Descend, and rebound adjust

RockShox Revelation RC3 150mm fork has a tapered steerer, 15mm thru-axle, 3-position damper: open, medium, and firm, with rebound adjust, for a lightweight trail bike slider capable of ripping technical descents

Roval rims mated to Specialized Hi Lo hubs, oversized endcaps, a 142+ rear hub spacing, and 12mm thru-axle increase wheel stiffness for more confident riding

750mm-wide Specialized All-Mountain low-rise handlebar is built to control rough trail riding

Shimano Deore disc brakes provide great braking power and modulation while the Specialized Butcher and Purgatory tires keep the traction while rolling fast

Custom SRAM S-1250 10-speed All-Mountain double-ring shifts fast while the PF30 spindle makes for an efficient and stiff crankset

SRAM X9, Type2, 10-speed mid-cage rear derailleur and 11-36 cassette for smooth and reliable shifts

Specialized Command Post BlackLite uses a remote lever to adjust saddle height on-the-fly to maximize climbing and descending performance 

 Bicycle Sports
2770 Interstate 10 E
Beaumont, TX 77703
(409) 860-5959