The US bicycle manufacturer Specialized is upgrading. A few days ago, a tire range for 650B wheels was presented for the first time at the German headquarters in Holzkirchen. The series Butcher, Purgatory, Ground Control and Fast Track From now on models will also be available in a size previously unfamiliar to Specialized.
With this step, the Americans also want to establish themselves as a tire specialist, because there are still no plans for their own 650B complete wheel in the medium term. However, the tires themselves have it all. They also offer the usual choice of carcass from the one developed for racing Control-Variant, the S Worksvariant and the all-rounder Grid-Variant. The prices for the respective tires start at 19,90 euros.
In addition to the new tire size, Specialized comes up with the revised Armadillo technology. This puncture protection promises due to a special rubber compound anti flat-Effect, with relatively low weight. With the new Armadillo-Commuters and road drivers find puncture protection primarily in the All condition a reliable companion that comes in four different sizes: 700 x 23, 700 x 25, 700 x 28 and 27″ x 1 1/4. The price for this is 27,90 euros.
In addition to the new tires, Specialized also has a new saddle on offer. The toupee has set itself the goal of reducing the pressure on the pelvic floor that is normally caused by commercial saddles. Responsible for this development is Dr. medical Roger Minkow, who studied the blood flow in the artery affected by this pressure in the laboratory. As part of his study, he recorded and evaluated data in the laboratory while driving. The result of this study is the S-Works toupee.
At 229 euros, the saddle made of EVA foam in the patented BodyGeometry design is one of the top products in the in-house line-up. The oversized struts of the 155 gram light toupee are made of FACT carbon. The saddle will be available in widths of 143 and 155 millimeters.
In addition, Specialized presented other new products in Holzkirchen, which we will present to you here in due course.