Specialized Dolce Review
For people who have long distances to cover, or a desire to improve their fitness, the Dolce range from Specialized is intended to offer an affordable accompaniment to the cycling activities of female riders. A comfortable road bike at heart, each Dolce is tuned for all day performance and casual riding alike.
The Dolce comes with a smooth-welded aluminium frame and endurance geometry which has been designed to complement the physical attributes of women. To this a FACT carbon fork is attached, complete with Zertz inserts which act to cut back on the vibrations generated by the surface of the road and reduce rider fatigue.
Shimano 2400 Claris components go into the drivetrain, while AXIS Classic wheels and Specialized Espoir Sport tyres with puncture protection keep you in contact with the road.
Specialized Dolce EQ
An alloy frame and carbon fork return for the Dolce EQ, with the Body Geometry Riva Women’s saddle adding to the bike’s comfort levels thanks to its plentiful padding for your posterior. Zee cages and a seat bag are included as standard, giving you plenty of storage.
The 2400 Claris drivetrain is also back, with a triple crankset and easily removable rings helping with maintenance of the bike.
Specialized Dolce Sport EQ
The fork is not the only element of the Dolce Sport EQ which features Zertz inserts, as this time they make their way into the A1 Premium Aluminium frame itself to add compliance to the ride.
Shimano Sora drivetrain components mean that shifting gears is not only a reliable process, but also one which occurs without the usual chatter of noise. Storage cages and a seat bag are also included, while the AXIS Classic wheelset and Specialized Espoir Sport tyres are a good match for the Sora brakes.
Specialized Dolce Elite EQ
The frame-fork partnership is retained for the Dolce Elite EQ, but the Shimano Tiagra triple crankset and drivetrain is a welcome addition and makes the bike an affordable proposition for those seeking performance.
The Zee cages are colour matched to the frame for the purposes of styling and will let you take as much fluid on your ride as necessary. Meanwhile the Mini-Wedgie seat bag is a good place to put your possessions so that they do not get lost along the way on the open road, which is really where the Dolce range finds its natural home.
|Specialized Dolce Elite EQ 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|