Mountain Bikes Charleston WV
2010 Specialized Mountain Bikes
|Story and photos by Ryan Cleek|
| This past weekend Specialized introduced their 2010 lineup at the striking Snowbird mountain resort about 45 minutes outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. There’s one thing you can count on when Specialized reveals their latest creations--innovation. |
What does Specialized have up their sleeve 2010? A 23-pound, full-suspension Stumpjumper with Fox-built Brain suspension technology, an Enduro SL that will blow your mind, both hardtail and full-suspension 29ers, and a refined line of women’s bikes featuring World Cup race bikes to rides for the recreational rider.
Scroll down to view select highlights from Specialized’s 2010 global mountain bike launch.
Additional coverage of Specialized's 2010 lineup will be featured in MBA 's October 2009 issue (on sale in early September).
2010 Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper. Photo: Ryan Cleek
The 2010 S-Works Stumpy is designed to be the do-it-all, no-compromise trailbike capable of charging climbs and descending technical terrain. The frame gets bumped up to 5.5 inches of travel, while the new Future Shock S140TA fork has adjustable travel between 115-and-140-millimeters (4.5 and 5.5 inches), and Specialized’s Brian Fade compression adjustment. The new Stumpy frame has a lower standover height, and features the OS bottom bracket and Specialized’s S-works carbon crankset. Specialized says the S-Works Stumpy weighs 23.4 pounds without pedals.
Specialized worked with Fox Racing Shox to develop the latest generation inertia-valved Brain shock . Photo: Ryan Cleek
First ride impression: The S-Work Stumpy’s FlowControl Brain shock has the most seamless transition between firm pedaling and fully active suspension we ridden to date.
Compare the 2010 S-Works Stumpy with the 2009 model .
2010 Specialized S-Works Enduro. Photo: Ryan Cleek
At first glance you’ll immediately the Enduro’s new “X-Wing” carbon frame and custom Fox RP23 shock, replacing the Specialized AFR. The six-inch-travel frame is matched with Specialized’s lightweight Future Shock E160TA fork. The S-Works Enduro (shown) is equipped with Specialized’s Command Post adjustable seatpost. The Enduro line will carry the Command Post down to the aluminum Expert model.
The E160TA is the lightest 160mm travel fork on the market at 3.9 pounds, has adjustable travel between 135-and-160-millimeter (5.3 inches and 6.3 inches) and utilizes the RockShox Maxle Lite 20-millimeter thru-axle.
The flagship Enduro features the MBA favorite Roval Traverse SL tubeless-ready wheels, and Specialized Eskar 2.3-inch tires. The S-Works' drivetrain features SRAM X.0 shifters and rear derailleur, dual-chainring Shimano XT cranks, and a Gamut chainguide. Specialized says the S-Works Enduro weighs about 27.5 p...
Monk Mountain Bike
Shimano Di2 Electric-Shifting Mountain Bike
|Pictures and story by: www.fairwheelbikes.com|
| The Fairwheel Di2 Mountain Bike project was conceived upon considering the following question: “What will the future of mountain biking be?” Internally routed hydraulic and electrical lines, carbon fiber rotors, “single sided forks”, and electric shifting are just some of the possibilities this bike executes. The main focus was to bring together a variety of unique parts in a durable raceable platform. The build is not necessarily the lightest, but still weighs a feathery 18 pounds. |
The paint scheme was designed by Fairwheel’s Brian Meyer after a discussion involving how to implement Di2 in to a mountain bike platform. Discussion considered the pro’s and con’s of combining a classic panel design with emerging technology and components. The paint lets the carbon tubing emerge amidst classic banding and paneling, while utilizing new color approaches to old designs. The schematics of the seat and top tube cluster are a combination of Di2 elements and circuitry.
The amount of secrecy surrounding the development of Di2 also informed the design. Internet forums had been abuzz with spy photos and speculation. Questions ran the typical gamut asking, “how does it work”, “how will it perform”, “how...