Specialized Fate Women’s Carbon 29er Hardtail Mountain Bike
The Specialized Fate is the first ever women’s carbon 29er hardtail mountain bike. It’s a trail-capable, race-ready mountain bike designed for women. What is also encouraging for the industry is that the Fate has also been designed mainly by women.
The 2012 Fate bike was raced at the Offenburg round of the Mountain Bike World Cup, where Team Specialized’s Lea Davison raced it in the eliminator, while Lene Byberg raced hers to fifth place in Sunday’s cross country.
The Fate is the second 29er that Specialized has built for women, but it is the first performance-oriented 29er for women. The more entry level aluminium Myka Expert and Comp 29er hardtail, which became available earlier in 2011, were the company’s first foray into 29ers for women.
The Fate has a more racing-oriented geometry than the Myka and, in keeping with its more aggressive intentions and higher end components, the bike is also lighter.
The Fate will be available in stores in September in two models: the Comp and the Expert. Each will come in three sizes: 15-inch, 17-inch and 19-inch. Pricing is not yet clear but is expected to come in at around £2,000-3,000.