Specialized Amira Road Bike Review

The Specialized Amira has been redesigned for 2012 in order to give female cyclists who are serious about road racing a relatively affordable option to pick. It is very light and stiff thanks to the use of a FACT carbon frame and as with all women’s bikes it is endowed with geometry which plays to the strengths of the female body. The Amira range has been used by many professional cyclists and has a number of competitive wins under its belt, so it is a good choice for riders with ambition.

To deliver that stiff, light setup that is essential to success on the road the Specialized Amira has an 8r carbon frame with race-ready geometry. This is matched with other carbon components, including the FACT carbon fork. In total the frame weighs an impressive 100 grams less than the 2011 version, so the 2012 Amira is definitely a step in the right direction. Because this is still a bike for the budget conscious it is no surprise to see in-house alloy handlebars and an alloy seatpost, but this should not be enough to dissuade you from taking a closer look.

Specialized Amira 2012 Weights

  • Specialized Amira – 8.74kg
  • Specialized Amira Elite – 8.14kg
  • Specialized Amira Comp – 7.84kg

Specialized Amira 2012 Components

The Shimano Tiagra group of components is featured heavily on the entry-level Amira, keeping things affordable while still providing you with reliability. Shimano has a reputation for providing slick gear changes and predictable, precise braking at any price point and that rings true in this instance. In fact the Tiagra range has been overhauled for 2012 and thus fits in nicely with the refreshed Amira.

  • Specialized Amira – Shimano Tiagra
  • Specialized Amira Elite – Shimano 105
  • Specialized Amira Comp – Shimano 105 & Ultegra
  • Specialized Amira Pro SL4 – Shimano Ultegra Di2

DT Axis 2.0 rims, hubs and spokes join forces with Specialized Espoir Sport tyres featuring double BlackBelt to make sure that the Amira can roll smoothly and quickly across the tarmac while still retaining enough grip to counteract the effects of adverse weather conditions on the road surface. Perhaps most important is the fact that this bike will make you want to keep on riding for hours on end, with the carbon fork helping to reduce road rumble and the Body Geometry Jett Gel seat moulding to your posterior and taking out the aches and pains that might arise earlier on other bikes.

  • Specialized Amira – DT Axis 2.0 rims & Specialized Espoir Sport tyres
  • Specialized Amira Elite – Fulcrum Racing 6 rims & Specialized Turbo Elite tyres
  • Specialized Amira Comp – DT Axis 3.0 rims & Specialized Turbo Pro tyres
  • Specialized Amira Pro SL4 – Roval Fusee SL rims & Specialized Turbo Pro tyres

A white and gold paint job is applied to the outside of the Specialized Amira for its return to the market in 2012 and this pure, innocent finish hides a very worthy, tried and tested bike underneath. Like all cycles from this manufacturer the degree of workmanship is excellent and it should suit both novices and experienced riders on a budget.

It is worth noting that Specialized has said that the new Amira is the first bike of its kind to not snap up a single element from the male-oriented alternative. This means it is built from scratch to represent the needs of female riders, without compromising in any way. Because of the time and effort spent on the bike it must be inferred that Specialized sees a solid market for such honed, toned models, which is good news for anyone looking to the future of women’s cycling.

Model: Specialized Amira
4 / 5 stars
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