Thursday, July 24, 2014

Brand New Specialized Components, Parts, Gear and More!

Collection of New Components, Parts, Accessories, Gear and Apparel From Specialized

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Above, the new 4th generation S-Works mountain bike cranks get hollow carbon construction and a 30mm spindle only. They’ll work with any 104BCD chainring, single or double only. Spin past the break for lots more…

What?!? No 172.5?

The S-Works Aerofly Carbon handlebar isn’t brand new, but darn is it good looking. It makes an appearance on several of their road bikes.

A new standard S-Works Carbon seatpost borrows the S-Works Pavé post’s single-bolt clamp design.

The EMT Top Cap Chain Tool isn’t brand new either, but we hadn’t seen it before. It replaces your standard steerer top cap with something a little more useful while only adding about 25g. Retail is $30 to $35 and there are versions for both alloy and carbon steerer tubes.

The Roval wheel line is as strong as ever with what looks like carbon Rapide rims in the 30-to-40mm depth with Centerlock hubs for disc brake equipped bikes. Further back are models that look like they may have the new SRAM Predictive Steering hub for the RS-1 built into carbon rims.

A Specialized branded 700×30 tubular made by FMB for Tour de France riders.

Roubaix Pro gains a wider 700×30/32c size using their Endurant casing. Not quite sure what a 30/32 width is – maybe it depends on the rim width.

The Armadillo All Condition gets a new, wider 700x30c size.

The new Turbo Allround is a textured version of their performance oriented tire line, offering a bit of traction for those that still want to go fast in inclement conditions.

An overview of their 2015 apparel line. If you don’t mind having an “S” on your kit, Specalized makes some very well thought out, comfortable clothing.

Several new shoes are coming this fall. The Cadet is a multisport model for fitness riders that may or may not want to clip in.

The 2FO Flats look to be rather breezy for a gravity oriented kick, yet still provide the grippy bottom and high ankle support needed for hucking ones self down the mountain at full speed. Inside ankle cuff sits slightly higher than outside edge.

A new carbon-soled Pro level road show will use a ratchet buckle plus offset center Velcro strap above a more traditionally placed bottom Velcro strap.

The TdF Red Star colorway finds it way to the Evade aero road helmet.

Produced in limited editions in early 2013, a McLaren developed TT helmet was available to lucky few. Now, it looks like an S-Works model may be more widely available. Compared to the current TT2 lid, this one gets side vents and a more streamlined exhaust port at the back.

"All photos courtesy of Cycles de Oro except the Turbo Allround, which comes from Mikes Bikes. Huge thanks, guys!" 

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

Friday, July 18, 2014

[VIDEO] Invisible Helmet?!?

Tired of Traditional Hard Plastic Designs That Are Unfashionable and Ruin Your Hair?

Designers of The Hövding device, Terese Alstin and Anna Haupt, were. "I don't want anything on my head... I don't want my hair to be destroyed."

The pair has spent seven years engineering, refining and testing an all-new helmet design while studying at the University of Lund in Sweden. The Hövding device is worn around the neck and is designed to shoot a protective inflatable nylon hood around the user's head within one tenth of a second of impact.

They had to simulate every known crash. They even enlisted the help of professional cyclists to help them develop it for all types of accidents, "Everything from an icy road crash to getting hit by a car"


The collar is capable of monitoring a cyclist's movements more than 200 times a second using an inbuilt computer, sensors and gyro. If it senses a collision, a small gas canister held in the back of the collar inflates the protective cover within miliseconds.

Surprisingly, the duo claims that the airbag is three or four times better in terms of shock absorbance — and — it covers more of the head, including the entire neck! 

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

Thursday, July 17, 2014

2015 Specialized Enduro Line Includes 29ers and 27.5

Now in 650b: Introducing the 2015 Specialized Enduro

The move to 650b was made because it's a "bigger, better wheel" for trail, all-mountain, and enduro race use.

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The 650b model features a new rear triangle, but makes use of the existing 26-inch front triangle mold. Specialized says they were able to achieve the geometry they were after using this configuration without compromise, and the numbers look good. With 165mm of travel, a 65.5-degree headtube angle, 422mm chainstays, and 352mm bottom bracket height, the new bike is ready to rally.

Now in 650b: Introducing the 2015 Specialized EnduroBoth the Enduro 29 (above) and 650b are available in four models. The top-of-the-line S-Works version has a FACT 11m IS-X Carbon frame.

A 160mm RockShox Pike comes standard on all models, as do the Roval Traverse Fattie wheels. The new Rovals feature a massive 30mm internal width andZero Bead Hook technology.

The Cane Creek DBair Inline air shock replaces the DBair CS on most models, providing more clearance inside the frame while retaining the full range of low and high-speed compression and rebound adjustments. The aluminum Comp model will continue to use a FOX Float CTD with Autosag. 

Also new to the Enduro for 2015 is the Slaughter tire. Created in the name of speed, the Slaughter offers riders a super fast rolling, low profile tire that still has tall side knobs for reliable bite in corners.

Because the bike uses a 1X drivetrain which frees up bar space, Specialized's three position Command Post IR dropper seatpost gets a new Single Ring Lever (SRL). The lever will be available on aftermarket posts as well.

The S-Works model features a SRAM XX1 drivetrain with Specialized S-Works carbon cranks. The cranks have an integrated spider that accepts a 30-tooth chainring minimum.

The new Specialized Henge saddle also makes it onto the bike for 2015. It features a wider cutout, low friction material on the sides, and comes in two widths.




2015 Specialized Enduro Highlights

  • 29-inch or 650b wheel size
  • FSR technology provides 155/165mm of rear travel
  • In-line suspension
  • FACT IS X-Frame
  • Tapered head tube
  • Carbon PF30 BB
  • 142+ dropouts
  • Roval Traverse Fattie Wheels with 30mm internal width
  • Internal dropper post routing
  • Command Post IR dropper with new SRL lever
  • Available in four models



Note that the 650b model will be available in Small, Medium, and Large sizes and the 29 in Medium, Large, and XL.

2015 Models

  • S-Works Carbon
  • Expert Carbon
  • Elite
  • Comp 

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

Monday, July 7, 2014

2015 Specialized Crosstrail Disc — Hybrid Bike That Looks Great at an Even Better Price

Specialized Crosstrail with the disc brakes makes it a versatile bike which is equipped to most day to day riding. 

Ideal commuter with the ability to add a pannier rack if required. A comfortable ride provided by a Suntour fork.

The Crosstrail Disc is up for all your after work rides and weekend adventures, regardless of the terrain, with fast rolling but confident 38c tyres and 63mm of front suspension featuring hydraulic lockout and Multi-Circuit Damping.

  • A1 Premium Aluminium disc frame w/ fender/rack braze-ons for lightweight performance
  • SR Suntour NEX coil spring fork w/ lockout, Multi-Circuit Damping, and 63mm of smooth travel
  • Specialized Trigger Sport, 700x38c tyres provide confident traction on all surfaces
  • Body Geometry XCT, lock-on grips for comfort and control
  • Tektro Aries, mechanical disc brakes provide reliable stopping power to maintain control
  • Shimano Altus, 8-speed, direct mount derailleur for clean and crisp shifting
  • Body Geometry Targa Sport saddle w/ steel rails keeps you comfortable all day
Frame: Specialized A1 Premium Aluminium, double-butted w/ mudguard/rack braze-ons, forged dropouts, kickstand mount
Front Fork: Custom SR Suntour NEX, w/ custom SBC Multi-Circuit Damping, alloy lowers, custom coil spring weights, Hi-Ten 28mm stanchions, 1-1/8" steerer, hydraulic lockout w/ preload adjust, disc mount, 63mm travel
Head Set: Ahead, semi-integrated, loose ball, 8mm cone spacer

StemSpecialized, forged alloy, 4-bolt, 10-degree rise
Handlebars: Specialized riser, alloy, 8-degree backsweep, 4-degree upsweep, 25mm rise, 25.4mm
Tape / Grips: Specialized Body Geometry XCT, lock-on
Front Brake: Tektro Aries, mechanical disc, organic pads
Rear Brake: Tektro Aries, mechanical disc, organic pads
Brake Levers: Tektro SPL-01, die-cast alloy, trigger shifter
Front Derailleur:Shimano FD-M191, top swing, dual-pull
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Altus, 8-speed
Shift Levers: Shimano Acera, 8-speed

Cassette:Shimano, 8-speed, 12-32

ChainKMC X8, 8-speed, reusable Missing Link
Crank Set: Forged alloy, w/ chainguard
Chainrings: 48/38/28
Bottom Bracket: Square taper, cartridge bearings

PedalsComposite platform, w/ reflectors, 9/16"
Front Rim: 700c disc, alloy double-wall, pin joint, 32h
Front Hub:Specialized Hi Lo disc, alloy double-sealed, ground race, QR, 32h
Rear Rim: 700c disc, alloy double-wall, pin joint, 32h
Rear Hub: Specialized Hi Lo disc, alloy, double-sealed, loose ball bearings, QR, 32h
Spokes: Stainless, 14g
Front Tire: Specialized Trigger Sport, 60TPI, wire bead, BlackBelt protection, 700x38c
Rear Tyre: Specialized Trigger Sport, 60TPI, wire bead, BlackBelt protection, 700x38c
Inner Tubes: Standard, Schrader valve

SaddleBody Geometry Targa Sport, steel rails, 155mm
Seat PostAlloy, 2-bolt, micro-adjust, 12.5mm offset, 27.2mm, anti-corrosion hardware

Seat ClampAlloy, 31.8mm
 Bicycle Sports
2770 Interstate 10 E
Beaumont, TX 77703
(409) 860-5959