Specialized Road Bikes Overview
Whether you want to take to the road for fun or to compete with seasoned pros, Specialized has a good selection of bikes which fit into a diverse array of price brackets. The firm itself was founded in 1974 by Mike Sineyard, who remains at the helm of the company to this day. His enthusiasm for all things relating to cycling has allowed Specialized to become a world leader in its field.
Specialized produces a number of road bikes for men and women and also caters to people from a range of cycling backgrounds. So whether you want a straight up racer or a long distance fitness machine, it has something for you.
The Specialized Roubaix range is made up of a number of excellent, competitive cycles designed to tackle long distances. The endurance geometry, carbon frames and vibration-damping Zertz inserts help to make these bikes more comfortable and efficient to ride than rival models from alternative manufacturers. The female equivalent is the Specialized Ruby family, with geometry and components specially designed for women riders who want a bike that is up to scratch.
If you want a more basic road bike which features a single speed setup and the option of either alloy or steel frames then the Specialized Langster family may be suitable. Tektro brakes, lightweight Alex rims and Espoir Sport tyres let you roll quickly and smoothly across the tarmac, clocking up the miles as you go.
The Specialized Allez family sits somewhere towards the value-oriented end of the market without being overly limited. You can enjoy E5 alloy frames, race-ready geometry, Shimano components from the 105 and 2300 groupsets and a good dash of carbon thanks to the FACT fork. The Specialized Dolce women’s bikes follow hot on the heels of the Allez range, offering comparable performance for those female riders who have a competitive streak.
If you want something a little different from your road bike then the Specialized Tricross family should suffice. The basic model uses basic linear pull Tektro brakes but you can up the ante with any other iteration of the Tricross as there are disc brakes with variable rotor sizes from Avid. If you do not want to be limited to the road and want to experience a bike which can take on whatever weather conditions mother nature deems to throw at it, then the Tricross family could be a good fit for your lifestyle.
True racing pedigree comes through thanks to the Specialized Tarmac family. Even the basic model has an 8r carbon frame and a carbon fork, but when you get right up to the top of the scale you can enjoy the S-Works edition, which is the choice of many Tour de France riders thanks to its super light frame, Shimano Dura Ace components and Body Geometry Romin Pro saddle, which is designed to place the rider in a position which makes it easy for them to put down all of that pent-up power which they have inside of them.