Specialized Safire FSR Comp Women’s Mountain Bike
The Specialized Safire FSR Comp is a mountain bike with a confident full suspension setup and female-friendly geometry. It follows in the footsteps of many other Specialized mountain bikes in that it has been created to make sure women riders are accounted for in every respect and not just given a partially modified version of a male-specific bike that does not really take into account the physical differences which define the genders.
Those who do need to think of the Specialized Safire FSR Comp in relation to a male bike will find that it is a relation of the Stuntjumper range. It features an alloy frame which has geometry arranged specifically to make it excellent on trails. You will find that the bike comes to life when it is plummeting down rough and ready slopes. Here you will be able to make the most out of the full-sus setup which includes a very forgiving, agile fork from the RockShox Reba range in partnership with a Fox Tria II rear shock. The latter is not just an off-the-shelf version, but rather a bespoke edition which Specialized has taken away and tweaked in order to compensate for the lighter weight of female riders. You can adjust the shock on the fly to one of three settings, which is a real bonus as it means you can adapt the ride as the conditions change and tackle each descent as an individual rather than relying on the one-size-fits-all approach of other cycles.
Specialized Safire FSR Comp Specifications
Of course the Specialized Safire FSR Comp is not just good in the downhill sections; it is an able climber as well. The whole thing feels active and alive, with just the right amount of stiffness in the suspension to ensure that power transfer is maximised when you are fighting against gravity and gravelly ground up a slope.
The equipment spec on the Specialized Safire FSR Comp is very decent given its price. You get SRAM X series components for the gearing and Avid Elixir R SL hydraulic disc brakes on the wheels. These latter components are customised once again to make sure that they are a good match for the female-specific features of the bike. Grippy ‘The Captain’ tyres are found on DT Swiss rims which are solid without being heavy.
The Specialized Safire FSR Comp certainly does not have such a masculine design as some other mountain bikes, but it is far from an all-out tribute to stereotypical femininity. The silver and white on the frame is offset by the subtlest moments of red detailing on the fork and rims. Every inch of the bike has been lovingly constructed and this adds to the sense that it will keep you entertained for endless days of off-road fun. It is not the cheapest full-sus bike for female riders, but it certainly has personality and ability to go with its price, which might well be thought of as an investment more than anything else.