Specialized 2014 road and triathlon bikes - full details

16th Jul 2013 | 18:30

Specialized 2014 road and triathlon bikes - full details
The Venge continues for 2014. This S-Works model gets SRAM Red 22 with Hydro R calipers
Specialized 2014 road and triathlon bikes - full details
In addition to hydraulic Magura brakes, Specialized have added SWAT features to the Shiv for 2014. SWAT stands for 'Storage, Water, Air, Tools'
Specialized 2014 road and triathlon bikes - full details
Roval carbon clinchers feature across all the top road bikes
Specialized 2014 road and triathlon bikes - full details
The Amira is the women's Tarmac race bike
Specialized 2014 road and triathlon bikes - full details
The gloves, helmets and clothing feature color themes, as do the cages, saddle bags, handlebar tape and frames
Specialized 2014 road and triathlon bikes - full details
In terms of clothing and hard goods, Specialized women's gear features matching colors throughout
Specialized 2014 road and triathlon bikes - full details
The Ruby is the women's version of the Roubaix, with endurance geometry and Zertz dampers
Specialized 2014 road and triathlon bikes - full details
Internal routing makes for a clean-looking frame
Specialized 2014 road and triathlon bikes - full details
The S-Works Roubaix Red Disc uses (surprise!) Red hydraulic calipers
Specialized 2014 road and triathlon bikes - full details
The Roubaix places Zertz on the seat stays and fork legs
Specialized 2014 road and triathlon bikes - full details
Specialized's Zertz viscoelastic dampers have changed shape over the years, but they're still present in the 2014 Roubaix
Specialized 2014 road and triathlon bikes - full details
Carbon strands from the down tube wrap around the head tube for torsional strength
Specialized 2014 road and triathlon bikes - full details
Specialized is jumping on board with SRAM Hydro R hydraulic levers, both at the Red level and in the S-700 series
Specialized 2014 road and triathlon bikes - full details
One Ruby bike gets the SRAM S-700 Hydro R hydraulic calipers. The barrel adjuster on top functions similarly to a mechanical caliper cousin
Specialized 2014 road and triathlon bikes - full details
The all-black craze that's swept the industry has permeated women's bikes, too
Specialized 2014 road and triathlon bikes - full details
The Evade aero helmet
Specialized 2014 road and triathlon bikes - full details
Roval Rapide CLX clinchers, in 60mm
Specialized 2014 road and triathlon bikes - full details
A closer look at the hydraulic road caliper. Unlike the Hydro R disc brake, it can go on any standard road bike
Specialized 2014 road and triathlon bikes - full details
The Roubaix with SRAM S-700 hydraulics
Specialized 2014 road and triathlon bikes - full details
Looking to capitalize on the gravel-riding trend, Specialized has launched the AWOL
Specialized 2014 road and triathlon bikes - full details
The S-Works Allez features a two-tone anodized finish (black and silver - the red bits are decals) that shaves weight over paint
Specialized 2014 road and triathlon bikes - full details
While Specialized hasn't debuted any completely new road bikes, the company has extended its SL4 size-specific engineering to its Tarmac and Roubaix bikes. This means that each bike size gets a specific layup and appropriately stiff tubing for its typical
While Specialized hasn't debuted any completely new road bikes, the company has extended its SL4 size-specific engineering to its Tarmac and Roubaix bikes. This means that each bike size gets a specific layup and appropriately stiff tubing for its typical rider
Specialized 2014 road and triathlon bikes - full details
The S-Works top-end bikes represent the very best that Specialized offers. Prices start at US$3,500 for a frameset, and range up to US$11,000 for complete bikes. (UK pricing was not immediately available)
Specialized 2014 road and triathlon bikes - full details
Okay, so there are subtle touches of color on this S-Works Amira
Specialized 2014 road and triathlon bikes - full details
The Cobble Gobbler, now marked CG, has about twice as much movement as a standard 27.2mm Specialized carbon post
Specialized 2014 road and triathlon bikes - full details
The S-Works Roubaix, with SRAM Red 22 Hydro R Discs, features the Cobble Gobbler seatpost for extra compliance. It will not be sold in the UK
Specialized 2014 road and triathlon bikes - full details
While Specialized has specced SRAM on a number of bikes, UK riders will see a lot more Shimano
Specialized 2014 road and triathlon bikes - full details
While there are still plenty of 'murdered out' all-black bikes in the line, Specialized is pushing some bold colors back into the mix
Specialized 2014 road and triathlon bikes - full details
The Shiv TT features a sleek inline stem - and a hyper-aggressive position
Specialized 2014 road and triathlon bikes - full details
The Shiv comes in two basic configurations – the triathlon version shown here, and a lower TT setup
Specialized 2014 road and triathlon bikes - full details
The Magura hydraulic caliper, first used by Cervélo, now makes its way onto the Shiv
Specialized 2014 road and triathlon bikes - full details
New for the Sitero is another SWAT feature: the rubber clamps for air cartridges and/or mini pumps
Specialized 2014 road and triathlon bikes - full details
Specialized introduced the Sitero saddle earlier this year
Specialized 2014 road and triathlon bikes - full details
The Fuelselage carries over from the current Shiv. It's an internal drinking bladder, the straw extending up to the bar
Specialized 2014 road and triathlon bikes - full details
The top of the Fuelcell is made of soft rubber. It does not seal closed but there are drainage holes at the bottom
Specialized 2014 road and triathlon bikes - full details
The Fuelcell is a two-level storage container: flat fixings can go on the bottom, and gels and other consumables can go in the reach-in pouch on top
Specialized 2014 road and triathlon bikes - full details
Specialized's Roval house brand expands for 2014, with disc road wheels (not shown) and a new brake track
Specialized 2014 road and triathlon bikes - full details
Roval carbon wheels come in clincher and tubular formats in 40mm and 60mm rims - plus disc-brake versions
Specialized 2014 road and triathlon bikes - full details
Specialized continues to experiment with tires. Here are a few ingredients in the new S-Works road tires
Specialized 2014 road and triathlon bikes - full details
The Allez Expert features Smartweld technology, which puts the down and top tube welds a few centimeters back from the head tube. A frame weighs a claimed 1,060g
Specialized 2014 road and triathlon bikes - full details
Instead of the Roubaix's Zertz, the Secteur offers engineered flex
Specialized 2014 road and triathlon bikes - full details
Should you choose to run a super-wide tire, the Secteur's open fork will gladly oblige
Specialized 2014 road and triathlon bikes - full details
The Secteur continues as the lower-priced version of the Roubaix. Instead of hydraulic disc brakes, as on the Roubaix, the Secteur gets mechanical discs
Specialized 2014 road and triathlon bikes - full details
The aluminum Allez line runs from the US$770 Allez C2 up to an S-Works version that has not been priced. UK pricing was not immediately available
Specialized 2014 road and triathlon bikes - full details
Although there is a thin breaker, the tire is not recommended for heavy-duty use. In fact, the clincher (not the tubeless shown here) is marked 'for racing only'
Specialized 2014 road and triathlon bikes - full details
The S-Works tire comes in 24c and 26c widths, in tubular, clincher, and tubeless models
Specialized 2014 road and triathlon bikes - full details
This is the rubber compound with all the ingredients mixed in
Specialized 2014 road and triathlon bikes - full details
This is the new Gripton polymer used in the new S-Works tire
Specialized 2014 road and triathlon bikes - full details
Natural rubber needs a bit of work before it can roll
Specialized 2014 road and triathlon bikes - full details
In addition to hydraulic Magura brakes, Specialized have added SWAT features to the Shiv for 2014. SWAT stands for 'Storage, Water, Air, Tools'

Discs, hydraulics, size-specific tubing and more

This article originally published on BikeRadar

For 2014, Specialized is pushing hard on functional aerodynamic designs, from the Evade aero helmet to the new SWAT storage system for the Shiv. The size-specific engineering of the SL4 platform now applies to all bikes at all price points in the Tarmac and Roubaix families. And the California company also has a new S-Works tire and all-carbon tubular wheels in standard and disc formats.

For a rundown of the full Specialized 2014 road bike range, see our photo gallery on the right. And for BikeRadar's coverage of Specialized's new mountain bike range, see our Specialized 2014 Epic, Stumpjumper HT and Crave and Specialized 2014 trail and long travel stories.

Tarmac SL4 and Roubaix SL4 – size-specific frame tubing

The Venge, Tarmac and Roubaix designs carry forward for 2014, with the big news coming not at the top but with the more reasonably priced bikes. All the Tarmac and Roubaix bikes get SL4 size-specific engineering, which recently only applied to the top models.

The technology means that each frame size gets its own shapes, layups, seatstays, chainstays, forks and bearings. The thinking is that a smaller rider has different needs to a taller rider; a 49cm bike shouldn't be as stiff as a 61cm one.

Both the Roubaix and Tarmac have a massive down tube, and bulged surfaces where the down tube approaches the head tube. "This helps prevent local deformations that you'd find otherwise," said Specialized engineer Luc Callahan. "By eliminating the small movements at that area, it improves the stiffness of the whole chassis."

While many companies are moving to 1.5in lower headset bearings, Specialized's lower bearings range in size from 1.125in on smaller frames to 1.375in on larger frames to accommodate head tube wrap and match front-end stiffness with the size of the rider.

Other design features that carry over are the wide, flat top tubes that improve torsional stiffness while allowing the seat tube junction to flex for comfort, and a rear triangle with a wide seatstay bridge for torsional rigidity.

Disc brake Roubaix

The Roubaix line has a variety of disc options, from the top S-Works Red Disc with the new SRAM Hydro R models, through to bikes with the Shimano's new Ultegra Di2 hydraulic discs, and down to options with S-700 hydraulic and Sora mechanical discs.

Many of the SRAM-equipped bikes, including the Red 22 Hydro R Disc (US$8,500), will not be brought to the UK.

Evade aero helmet: "No need to look like a bowling ball"

Specialized has successfully publicized the Evade aero road helmet at the Tour de France this year, with Mark Cavendish winning in it. The company's aerodynamicist, Chris Yu, said he was pleasantly surprised to see other riders, such as Alberto Contador, wearing it as well.

Specialized aero R&D manager Mark Cote said good looks were key targets of the design, which has been in the works for a few years. "We don't believe that you need to compromise the core elements of a helmet – to keep you safe, to keep you well ventilated – when making an aero road helmet. There is no need to look like a bowling ball."

The Evade has relatively generous vents, especially at the back. Cote claims the helmet is actually slower when you tape over the vents. "The (rear) exhaust port is bigger than the intakes," Cote said. "You can actually suck air through.

"This has the same aerodynamics as the TT2 (a previous Specialized time trial helmet), with similar ventilation to our Prevail." Cote also claims the Evade is "as aerodynamic as a bald head".

The Evade weighs 260-280g for a medium size, depending on market.

SWAT – Storage, Water, Air, Tools

Specialized has a new storage concept for 2014, and it appears on both road and mountain bikes. After noticing riders taping, strapping and otherwise attaching food, tubes and tools to their bikes, the company's product team decided to incorporate those needs into professional products.

"I can tell you horror stories of all the weird places I've taped stuff in triathlons over the years," said Matt Elmore, of Specialized's performance road marketing team.

Water storage had already been incorporated into the frame design for the Specialized Shiv triathlon bike; for 2014 the bike also has a frame-mounted Fuelcell container above the bottom bracket, and the Sitero saddle has a tripod attachment at the rear for a bottle cage or transition hook, plus attachments for CO2 cartridges.

The Shiv is also available with Magura RT8 TT hydraulic rim brakes, which were developed for the Cervélo P5. All Shiv models will come with the Sitero, and the top-level bikes will come with the Fuelcell as well. "These are not add-ons," Cote said. "They are designed as part of the bike."

The Fuelcell, which Specialized riders tested at the Kona Ironman world championships last year, is basically a firm pouch you can simply reach into. Instead of taping gels onto the top tube, triathletes can put them in the container. Many triathletes use some version of a ‘Bento box', a top tube-mounted container.

The Fuelcell does not seal shut, but there are drainage ports at the bottom

The Fuelcell does not seal shut, but there are drainage ports at the bottom

Cervélo and some other companies have frames with bolts on the top tube for just such a container. While more of a reach for the rider, the Fuelcell is a substantially larger unit.

On the mountain side, the SWAT moniker applies to a stem-cap chain tool, a down tube-mounted flat pack, and a multi-tool mounted to the underside of the upper shock link or nested in a compartment attached to the water bottle cage of select models.

Roval CLX carbon wheels and S-Works tires

The Specialized Roval wheel line has expanded a bit for 2014, with three new CLX carbon options. The new 40mm CLX 40 tubulars weigh 1,240g, and their 60mm counterparts – the CLX 60s – weigh 1,330g. A tubular disc CLX 40 is also available at 1,340g.

There are already clincher and clincher disc wheels in these depths, plus the more affordable CL 40 and CL 60.

The 2014 S-Works road tire is 35 seconds faster than Continental's Grand Prix 4000 in a 40km time trial, according to Specialized, who sent the tires to Wheel Energy for the Finnish company's 40kph drum test.

Specialized tire product manager Wolf Vorm Walde said the new Gripton compound was developed entirely in house by Wolfgang Arendt, who has 30 years experience with tire compounds, including time with Team Telekom.

"We send our own tire compound to the factory," Vorm Walde said. "They mix it up and make the tire, but they have no idea what's in the compound. And you cannot re-engineer a compound."

BikeRadar sent five riders to Specialized's global product launch, so be sure to check out our first ride reviews of the 2014 bikes and kit in the coming days.

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