Specialized S-Works Shiv Disc
$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.