SPECIALIZED SEQUOIA EXPERT
£2750 › Peaceful, easy feeling ride
From the moment we swung a leg over the Sequoia, it felt a good place to be. The Phenom Comp saddle with its cutout, channel and fabric cover is supportive and grippy, and the matching woven tape on the wide, flared bar has a purposeful, comfortable feel.
The riding position feels like a normal road bike, with room to stretch, and although the elevated Hover bar and tapered head-tube make it a little taller than usual, it’s not cramped or unduly lofty. Tucking in to the drops got us low enough to feel efficient.
The slim frame tubes are mostly round, although ovalising is used for the chainstays and the down-tube, where it meets the bottom bracket, while the round seatstays are partly flattened for comfort. The carbon fork is straight with a square crown, flush thru-axle, plus fittings for bottle cages, luggage or mudguards.
The down-tube guides have space for a front mech cable if you’d prefer two rings, and there are ports for Di2 wiring if your idea of adventure involves battery-powered shifting.
Allowing for oversized bottles and a frame bag, the seat-tube cage bolts sit as low as can be, and the downtube offers two cage mounting options. A third mount below, just in front of the bottom bracket, is a good option for a spares storage bottle, and the back end of the frame accepts a rack and mudguard.
Clearances are impressive, especially since the 42mm tyres inflate to 45mm on the 30mm wide box section Cruzero rims. Specialized’s Sawtooth tread pattern rubber makes for a nicely rounded tyre with zig-zag lateral cuts that are shallow on the central band, and deeper elsewhere, rolling smoothly on tarmac, and providing enough grip for gravel and dirt, but not mud.
The drivetrain is an interesting mix, with SRAM’s 1x Force shifter
The riding position feels like a normal road bike, with room to stretch
Below Specialized’s Phenom Comp saddle is a comfortable place to be Bottom SRAM’s 1x Force mech mixes with Rival and FSA to make up the drivetrain