Full 2013 details on the 2013 Specialized Roubaix were not available, as the bike is under going final testing, but it seems the new design of the Specialized Zertz inserts is the most striking change.
The Zertz inserts are larger with a new wedge shaped profile. Along with their new shape their placement within the frame and fork has also changed. On past Roubaix models, the Zertz inserts were placed within the seat stays or fork blades. The new Zertz are inserted in cutouts along the back of the seat stays and fork legs. In theory the larger shape and wedge design of the Zertz should allow for a more compliant ride. While it appears that the Zertz insert fills a gap with in the frame and fork, the carbon is actually molded into a narrow ridge within the cutout that the Zertz inserts slide over. This allows the frame and fork to maintain their structural integrity, while still providing vertical compliance and allowing the Zertzs to perform their task.
From the images provided by Specialized there appears to be different colored Zertz inserts, which could represent different durometers? While only speculation, we are excited about the possibility of being able to fine-tune the ride of a 2013 Speciailzed Roubaix.
Other details on the new 2013 Roubaix frame where not available. Stay tuned for more details as they become available.
The 2013 Specialized Demo 8 Carbon is finally here!!
It's no secret that Specialized has been working on this project for a while, but the untold story is how it came be, how it was tested, and how it's made. This in depth, Vital exclusive feature covers all of those bases and more.
From the innovative FACT carbon construction, to the microdrive cassette, slightly modified geometry, Black Box fork coating, and proven FSR suspension technology, the S-Works Demo 8 Carbon Team Replica will leave you wanting to "get sick soon." A limited run of 250 replica bikes will be available this August at a price around $10,000.
Stay tuned for an upcoming Vital video with Sam Hill, Troy Brosnan, Curtis Keene, and Brad Benedict doing what they do best - shredding like there's no tomorrow.
Hungry for more? Visit the newly redesigned www.specialized.com for additional details about the 2013 Demo 8 Carbon.
Credit: Filmed by Brandon Turman and Root One; Photos by Sven Martin and Gary Perkin; Edit by Turman
2013 Specialized Tarmac SL-4 LTD SRAM $9000.00
This special-edition S-Works Tarmac SL4 is one of only 300 bikes produced.
The 2013 Tarmac comes equipped with Zipp 404 Firecrest tubular wheels and the new 2013 SRAM Red. Whether it's winning the Tour de France or a local crit, the SL4 was born to race, with head-snapping acceleration and razor-sharp handling. The S-Works model features Specialized's lightest and stiffest frame ever.
•SL4 FACT IS 11r carbon frame has highest stiffness-to-weight ratio ever, with tapered head tube, carbon OSBB, and internal cable routing
•Full carbon monocoque fork with tapered steerer offers the ultimate in precision handling and acceleration
•Zipp 404 Firecrest Tubular wheelset
•Specialized S-Works FACT carbon crankset with OSBB, removable carbon spider, and ceramic bearings, plus SRAM's pro tour-proven Red group for a smooth, feather-light package with max power-transfer
•Adjustable 4-position oversized alloy stem with carbon-clip front cone plus 31.8mm bar clamp for strength and versatile positioning
•Body Geometry Toupe Pro carbon-reinforced saddle with Ti tails, and contoured profile for optimal power position
•S-Works FACT carbon seatpost and cradle is super light and stiff for optimal power transfer, fully adjustable, and accommodates carbon-rails
Check out the New 2013 Specialized P-Series Bikes!!!
Specialized Project Manager Decon Jeams does his First Ever Back Flip at the age of 40ish on a 2013 Specialized P-Bike!
2013 Specialized S-works Road Shoes??
The 2013 Specialized Epic 29'ers are on there way to a Global Bikes near you!
If you're interested in Riding Sooner then later swing on by and we'll get you rolling today!
We got a sneak peak at a 2013 Specialized Epic Comp Carbon. Many of the frame features stay the same from 2012 but the new Epic gets an upgraded “Brain”. The Specialized/Fox proprietary rear shock now features an AUTOSAG setup originally found on the 2012 StumpJumper FSR models. Also Specialized ditches the Avid brakes for Custom Magura MTS hydraulic brakes for consistent reliable stopping power. Specialized mixes in Shimano components such as an all new Shimano XT Shadow Plus rear derailleur.
More details and specs on 2013 Specialized Epic Comp Carbon: