Mountain Biking UK - - FIRST LOOK -

1 E-bike diet

With a new di­rect mo­tor mount and mag­ne­sium mo­tor body, the lat­est frame is 800g lighter. In fact, the 2019 al­loy frame weighs less than last year’s S-Works car­bon chas­sis.

2 Wagon wheels

The 2019 bike rolls on 29in wheels with 2.6in tyres. Spe­cial­ized say these give the rider more feel through the bar than the big­ger 650b+ tyres specced on last year’s bike, for a bet­ter con­nec­tion to the trail and more con­ven­tional feel, while still of­fer­ing the sup­port needed.

3 Sidearm strut

Spe­cial­ized’s ‘Sidearm’ de­sign not only im­proves frame stiff­ness but also con­ceals the bike’s in­ter­nally-routed ca­bles. Be­cause these no longer run in­side the down tube, Spe­cial­ized have been able to make it smaller.

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