Specialized Secteur Review
While plenty of road bike ranges are made up of models which promise uncompromising stiffness and performance, the Specialized Secteur family is more about compliance and comfort for those who intend to spend all day in the saddle. Alloy frames, carbon forks and a range of equipment options make these bikes manageable on extended tours.
Specialized Secteur Triple
The Secteur Triple features an A1 Premium Aluminium frame that has smooth welds and fully manipulated tubing, taking advantage of the specialist Endurance geometry to keep the rider focused and engaged. A FACT carbon fork comes with Zertz technology to iron out rougher road surfaces and also improve the handling of the bike.
Espoir Sport tyres include puncture protection and make long distance rides smooth and quick. You also get a Shimano 2400 Claris drivetrain with STI shifters, along with the ergonomic Body Geometry Riva Plus saddle on Cr-Mo rails.
Specialized Secteur Sport Triple
Specialized does not tamper with the frame and fork combo for this model, but beefs up the brakeset with Shimano R451 kit for added control. Shimano Sora drivetrain components are light and reliable, with the KMC X9 chain pulling long and hard for as long as your legs can keep pumping.
The bike’s performance benefits from the inclusion of the Specialized Comp shallow drop alloy bar, which is made all the more comfortable thanks to the use of Roubaix tape designed to soak up vibrations.
Specialized Secteur Sport Disc
What sets the Secteur Sport Disc apart from the other bikes in the range is the inclusion of a disc-specific FACT carbon fork along with Avid BB5 mechanical disc brakes at the front and rear. Axis Classic Disc wheels are also on the menu, along with a Shimano Sora drivetrain.
Specialized Secteur Elite Disc
The disc brakes from Avid are back for the Secteur Elite Disc, but this time a Shimano Tiagra drivetrain is a key feature of the bike, along with the Specialized Sport alloy seatpost and the fully adjustable Elite-Set stem which uses 3D forged alloy.
Like all of the models in this range you will find mudguard fittings on the frame if you wish to augment it to avoid splash back. And the frame geometry really does make a difference when compared with bikes that are less about comfort and compliance, although it is worth pointing out that the Secteur Elite Disc is still able to offer good road performance.
|Specialized Secteur Elite Disc Specifications 2014|
|Front Derailleur:||Shimano Tiagra||Front Fork:||Specialized FACT carbon|
|Rear Derailleur:||Shimano Tiagra||Rear Shock:||N/A|
|Shifters:||Shimano Tiagra STI||Brakes:||Shimano Tiagra brakes|
|Gears:||10 speed||Rims:||Axis Classic|
|Chainring:||50/39/30||Tyres:||Specialized Espoir Sport|