WHAT ARE THEY MADE FROM?
Like we said, these bikes are really close to identical.
The main triangles are constructed out of carbon fiber.
The chainstays and seatstays are made from aluminum.
The frame features a Press Fit BB30 bottom bracket
(PF30 BB) and ISCG ’05 mounts for running Gamut
bashguards/chainguides. Both have tapered head tubes.
The rear wheel is secured by a 142-millimeter thru-axle.
Both bikes use Specialized’s FSR rear suspension,
which is engineered to be independent of braking
forces. The rear brake and drivetrain are decoupled on
“floating” seatstays, keeping the FSR suspension active
The downtubes have strategically placed guards to
protect them from puncture wounds. There are even
guards so the hose and cable housing don’t rub the
The shocks are like nothing
you’ve ever seen—for a lot of rea-
sons. While the top mounts are con-
ventional enough, the shocks’ lower
wishbone mounts act as extensions that
serve as part of the suspension’s linkage.
This allowed Specialized to place the pivot
points exactly where they wanted them without having
to use an interrupted seat tube. This is a very cool trick
for reducing suspension flex and making everything
more compact. The shocks have fancy Kashima coating
and Specialized’s Autosag. As the name implies, this
technology automatically adjusts the shock’s sag to
meet Specialized’s recommended numbers. You don’t
need anything but a shock pump, which comes with
Both bikes come stock with the Specialized
Command Post BlackLite, which is a dropper seatpost
with a remote actuation lever. The Roval Traverse rear
hub uses Specialized’s 142+ spacing, which allowed
engineers to space the freehub body further outboard to
gain additional wheel stiffness. You can still use a standard, 142-millimeter rear hub with this frame too.
In fact, everywhere you look,
there are cool little touches,
like top caps machined to
save weight, carbon fiber
spacers above and below
the stems, lock-on grips,
Body Geometry saddles,
and, of course, replace-
able rear derailleur
The 26er: You get about a half inch more wheel travel, less unsprung weight and gear ratios that match their wheel
sizes perfectly for all your mountain biking needs.
tech tip: Never
length of the
hoses so that
they lie flat
wisely gives you
that extra length,
you bottom the
cables need to
stretch to a
Red alert: That red valve cap (on
Specialized/RockShox shocks it is simply
a button) is Specialized’s AutoSag bleeding port. This little guy will set your rear
suspension’s sag automatically. This feature is only found on Specialized bikes.
Make a wish: The bottom shock mount is a
wishbone design that allowed Specialized to
get around some design limitations (like an
interrupted seat tube) while bringing even more
rigidity to the rear suspension.