The Specialized S-Works Range
A Closer Look
Specialized is one of the biggest and best names in the cycling world. By consistently producing bikes and cycling products coveted by the pro-peloton and weekend rider alike, it's a title it has earned. The S-Works badge is reserved for only the top products, engineered and designed to meet the needs of professional riders. With the latest offerings now in store and online, we can safely say that there's no lacking in depth from the S-Works range of hotly anticipated Road Bikes, Mountain Bikes, Tyres, Helmets and Shoes.
What Are Specialized S-Works Bikes Made From?
For those familiar with Specialized, you'll know that the S-Works collection marks the epitome of Specialized's design and technical processes. S-Works bikes can be likened to the supercars of cycling, with a premium option for every genre of riding.
Never limited by what’s on offer and always daring to go further, Specialized’s latest range of S-Works bikes is constructed from the highest grades of specially devised FACT carbon fibre. "Functional Advanced Composite Technology" is a comprehensive engineering process that utilises the optimum carbon fibres, resins, and weaves for each bicycle frame, delivering performance-boosting results every time.
The S-Works Tarmac is Specialized's out-and-out race weapon. The latest iteration combines the speed of the discontinued Venge with the low weight and handling of the previous Tarmac, making it a formidable opponent or welcome ally in any competition.
If you like going fast, climbing hard, and feeling each and every twitch, then this is the bike for you. With aggressive geometry placing you further forward in the optimum position, this is a stiff, responsive, well-thought-out frame, made from the latest and most advanced FACT 12r carbon fibre.
Equipped with high-end components and finishing kit, this is perhaps one of the cleanest looking bikes out there. If you have a keen eye for aesthetics as well as performance, this is certainly one to consider.
With an entirely UCI illegal weight and concentration on ride quality rather than out-and-out speed, Specialized’s S-Works Aethos offers a sublimely enjoyable and involving experience. Excelling in the hills and on long days out whatever the parcours, the Aethos brings together classic lines, round tubes and cutting edge technology along with suitably high-end components to make a dream bike.
A cobble crusher, named after the famous cycling monument, Paris-Roubaix, the S-Works Roubaix combines a premium carbon fibre frame with state of the art design innovations to ensure comfort is never compromised. Offering the rider a degree of 'suspension' through the Future Shock 2.0 handlebar system and Pavé seatpost, the FACT 11r carbon frame means that stiffness and rigidity are maintained, whilst bumps and rough patches are ironed out by means of clever cushioning. Comfortable and reliably fast, the S-Works Roubaix makes easy work of any terrain, ideal for the cyclist scoping out a longer route and wanting a ride smoother than a Motown vinyl.
The S-Works Diverge is Specialized's top-of-the-line gravel bike, designed to ride any trail and know no boundaries to its adventures.
The Future Shock suspension system provides a cushioning 20mm of travel at the front, while the dropper seatpost means that you can tackle the gnarliest trail without fear. The bike's lightweight frame, constructed from Fact 11r carbon, helps keep the bike featherlight and, in combination with the thru-axles, presents a super-stiff platform for your efforts.
If you want to tackle the trail less travelled - and have fun whilst doing it - then the S-Works Diverge may well be the bike for you.
Why does Specialized claim that the S-Works Epic is the fastest XC mountain bike in the world? Well, quite simply, because it is. With more World Championship titles, Olympic medals, and Cape Epic wins than any other bike out there, Specialized has created the benchmark for cross country mountain bikes. All frame options benefit from a FACT 12m carbon fibre layup for low weight and nimble handling that can soar up short sharp climbs and power back down on the flipside.
With fast hardtails, efficient full-suspension models and burlier EVO options available, the Epic family has cross country riding covered.
Specialized created the S-Works Enduro to cater for any mountain biker with the need for gravity-biased speed. Enjoy the raw, trail-levelling pace of 29” wheels, 170mm of travel and range-topping components on fats, technical descents and laps of the bike park. The S-Works carbon fibre frame gives strength and rigidity, whilst the more rearward axle path helps the bike eat up tough courses. Improved anti-squat and redesigned shock linkages enable it to climb easily back up to the top for another run.
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With a long heritage in the sport, the Specialized Stumpjumper has been given the S-Works treatment to bring out the very best in an already incredible mountain bike. This is the choice of riders who like to really feel the trail, have fun in the park, or mix up Downhill and XC disciplines.
The FACT 11m carbon fibre is laid out in Specialized’s modern Trail Geometry for progressive handling and with a choice between the standard version and the beefed-up EVO option, the Stumpjumper is a do-it-all mountain bike that turns heads and put smiles on faces.
Just as Usain Bolt doesn’t wear flip-flops, skimping on your only points of contact with the ground is a cardinal sin when seeking every advantage. Whether on tarmac or off-road, Specialized’s S-Works tyres offer fantastic, range-topping rolling resistance, weight and grip. They bring together modern technologies, materials and manufacturing techniques to ensure that they provide the very best performance possible.
Whatever your discipline, the Specialized S-Works helmet range combines low weight, excellent safety and great comfort. Extensive use of the Specialized Win Tunnel ensures brilliant aerodynamic credentials where appropriate and helps with the positioning of the cooling air vents. Technology such as MIPS (Multi-Directional Impact Protection System) that protects against oblique impacts and ANGi (Angular and G-Force indicator) that can be connected to a smartphone to call a contact in the event of a crash are employed to increase the rider's safety.
Multiple Grand Tour wins confirm the impressive pedigree of the range.
Out of all your contact points with the bike, your feet are undoubtedly the most crucial when it comes to transmitting your efforts to the pedals, and translating your power into speed.
Specialized’s comprehensive range of S-Works cycling shoes includes road and mountain bike options, but all use premium carbon soles for low weight, stiffness and efficiency. Features such as Boa closure, Body Geometry insoles and well-ventilated uppers also contribute towards their world-class performance and they are always prominently placed in events at the very highest levels.
The S-Works versions of Specialized’s saddles take their tried-and-tested designs and reformulate them in the very best materials for maximum performance and minimal weight. FACT carbon fibre rails and carbon shells keep the saddles supportive and compliant whilst still providing the support necessary for power transfer. The variety of shapes and sizes available means that most riders, male or female, can enjoy the comfort and performance of an S-Works saddle.
S-Works Finishing Kit
The S-Works performance obsession continues into Specialized’s range of finishing kit, with handlebars, stems and seatposts all receiving the same keen attention to detail and the use of premium materials. With a fully decked out S-Works road bike or mountain bike, you can be sure you’re riding pure innovation, crafted with the highest attention to detail.
Never resting on its laurels, you can be sure Specialized is at the cutting edge of cycling technology with the latest S-Works range bringing new levels of performance and comfort to professionals and enthusiasts alike.