Specialized Vita Women’s Hybrid Bike

Specialized Vita 2011 Women's Hybrid Bike

Specialized Vita Overview

The Specialized Vita is a well priced bike that offers solid performance and a custom design that is perfect for female cyclists who want more than just a cheap runaround to get them from A to B. It benefits from an aluminium frame, comfortable saddle and a ride set up that will not leave you shaken after a long stint behind the handlebars.

Specialized has taken care in building the Vita from the ground up for modern female cyclists. Given its price point it is perfect for commuting, fitness or picking up some groceries at the weekend. Its aluminium frame is versatile and strong, allowing you to attach extras like a rack if you so choose, combining with a steel fork that will give you precise handling when you hit the road. Cycling in an urban environment can be nerve-wracking for newcomers so having a capable, reliable bike to back you up is essential and the Specialized Vita fits this description.

The Specialized Vita is finished in a dark teal, which allows it to look like a classic bike without any of the associated problems that you might link with buying a second-hand cycle. Given its price it hardly seems worth considering the alternatives as you get a lot of bike for your money.

Specialized Vita Specifications

  • Frame: Specialized A1 Premium aluminium, fully manipulated tubing, women’s compact design, hourglass Speedstays, integrated headset, fender and rack eyelets
  • Front Fork: Straight blade steel fork with Fender and rack eyelets
  • Rear Shock:
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano, dual pull, top swing
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano Altus
  • Number of Gears:
  • Shifters: Shimano EF-51, EZ Fire
  • Chainset: Shimano FCM131
  • Chainrings: 48 x 38 x 28T with chainguard
  • Bottom Bracket: Sealed cartridge, square taper, 68mm
  • Cassette: SRAM, 7-speed, 12-32t
  • Chain: KMC Z-7, 12″ x 3/32″
  • Pedals: Nylon flat pedal with reflectors
  • Front Brake: Forged 6061 aluminium, 108mm linear pull
  • Rear Brake: Forged 6061 aluminium, 108mm linear pull
  • Brake Levers: Shimano EF-51 integrated with shifter
  • Handlebars: Alloy, small rise, 25.4mm
  • Stem: Alloy, CP bolt, 25.4mm
  • Headset: 1 1/8″ sealed Cr-Mo bearings integrated with headset, 20mm alloy cone spacer with 20mm of spacers
  • Grips: Body Geometry Women’s Comfort Grip
  • Rims: Alex AS-14, double wall
  • Front Hub: Forged alloy, sealed, Quick Release, 32 hole
  • Rear Hub: Forged alloy, double-sealed, cassette, Quick Release, 32 hole
  • Front Spokes: Stainless 14g
  • Rear Spokes: Stainless 14g
  • Front Tyre: Specialized All Condition Sport, 700x32c, wire bead, 60TPI with Flak Jacket protection
  • Rear Tyre: Specialized All Condition Sport, 700x32c, wire bead, 60TPI with Flak Jacket protection
  • Tubes: Standard presta valve
  • Saddle: Body Geometry Women’s Riva Road, 155mm width
  • Seatpost: Alloy, two-bolt clamp, 30.9mm
  • Seat Binder: Alloy, 31.8mm
  • Weight: Approx. 27.06lbs (12.28kg) for the Large Size
  • Colour:
  • Extra Features: Chain stay protector, chain catcher, derailleur hanger, clear coat

Like many cyclists, I've been riding since I was very young and despite now being less-young, I love it just as much. I've done my time on road bikes, have cycled throughout the UK, including Lands End to John O' Groats (yes, uphill!) and now have fun on a mountain bike, in the hills and doing charity bike rides.