Spe­cial­ized S-Works Shiv Disc

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - Warm-up What’s New -

$17,999, LIM­ITED EDI­TION A lit­tle over a week out from her debut race in Kona, Sarah True was caught by a few jour­nal­ists out on Spe­cial­ized’s new Shiv Disc, which was re­leased on the Mon­day night be­fore the race.

“You can’t take pic­tures of this,” True yelled at us as she rode by on a train­ing ride up to Hawi.

“We know,” we all replied, de­spite grab­bing photos of the speedy new bike. “These are for Tues­day.”

The new Shiv is cer­tainly de­signed with Kona in mind. The fork, nose cone and seat tube are de­signed to be quick in cross­winds. There’s a huge rear Fuel­cell be­hind the sad­dle which holds a whop­ping 50 ounces of fluid. There’s a hose that makes all that liq­uid avail­able up front so ath­letes don’t have to move from the aero po­si­tion to drink. There’s an­other Nu­tri­tion Fuel­cell in the down­tube for bars, gels and the like.

An aero and eas­ily ad­justable cock­pit are must-haves when it comes to su­per-bikes these days and the new Shiv does just fine in that cat­e­gory. Trav­el­ing is a breeze, too – “pack mode” re­quires loos­en­ing just five bolts. A 5 mm Allen wrench is all you’ll need to get this bike ready to throw in a bike case.

Javier Gomez, Lucy Charles and True all had stel­lar rides on their new bikes in Kona, which bodes well for Spe­cial­ized’s first re­vamp of the Shiv since 2011.

Bike com­pa­nies have used the Iron­man World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii as a high-pro­file launch­ing pads for their lat­est bikes for years and this year we got to see two of the sport’s big­gest cy­cling play­ers come out with new bikes just a few days be­fore the big race.

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