Specialized Sectuer Review
The Specialized Secteur range may sound like it is almost named after a set of garden shears, but this family takes its inspiration from the high-flying Roubaix range, bringing long distance comfort geometry and vibration-absorbing features to a lower price point, in fact, as low as £650 for the entry-level model.
The Specialized Secteur Triple begins proceedings with its A1 Premium Aluminium frame with fully manipulated tubing, a compact design and sub 10kg weight. As mentioned above, the geometry of this road bike is designed to make sure that the rider’s comfort is a primary consideration. This is enhanced thanks to the presence of a fork with FACT carbon legs and, most importantly, Zerts inserts. These inserts help to take the wobble and rumble out of the road before it is passed on to the rider, so over long distances you will not be as easily fatigued. Shimano 2300 components and a triple chainset are on hand to help with climbs while the STI shifters ensure consistency. Tektro brakes, Alex S480 rims and Specialized Espoir Sport tyres are all featured on this model, which makes it quite a feature-packed choice at the lower end of the price scale.
The Specialized Secteur Sport Triple has the same frame and vibration-damping fork as the standard Triple, but this time you get a lighter collection of Shimano Sora components. Further weight is cut away from the bike thanks to the DT Axis 1.0 light alloy wheels, with the Body Geometry Riva Plus Secteur saddle giving you a good platform for long distance treks on varied road surfaces.
Specialized Sectuer Elite & Comp
The Specialized Secteur Elite comes equipped with the 10 speed Shimano Tiagra groupset which has been heavily revised for 2012 in order to make it lighter, stronger and slicker in the shifts than ever before. Tektro dual-pivot brakes with cartridge pads are reliable and easy to maintain and everything manages to remain eminently affordable when you think about how much bike you are getting for your money.
The Specialized Secteur Comp is the most race-ready of the bunch, although it still ensures that the rider is kept as comfortable as possible during endurance races, efficiently dealing with power transfer. The Shimano 105 groupset is attached to the A1 premium aluminium frame and in fact the frame itself, not just the carbon-legged fork, features Zerts inserts. Only the Comp and the Elite boast this additional vibration-reducing technology in more than one area.
The Specialized Comp handlebars are constructed from alloy and feature a special shallow bend design which means you can position your hands comfortably when you know that you are going to be in the saddle for hours at a time. In addition this gives you better access to the levers, so while it may not lend itself to all-out sprints, it will be able to help those who know that slow and steady win the race.
Each of the Specialized Secteur road bikes is finished with a degree of flare and fine workmanship that can be missing from some of the more budget-oriented road bikes, so they are sure to put a smile on your face.