Tuesday, August 6, 2013


Today we are going to highlight some new improvements that Specialized has made to help with storage on your bike.  Here are some points from a Specialized News Release:

SWAT – Storage, Water, Air, Tools

Specialized has a new storage concept for 2014, and it appears on both road and mountain bikes. After noticing riders taping, strapping and otherwise attaching food, tubes and tools to their bikes, the company's product team decided to incorporate those needs into professional products.

"I can tell you horror stories of all the weird places I've taped stuff in triathlons over the years," said Matt Elmore, of Specialized's performance road marketing team.

Water storage had already been incorporated into the frame design for the Specialized Shiv triathlon bike; for 2014 the bike also has a frame-mounted Fuelcell container above the bottom bracket, and the Sitero saddle has a tripod attachment at the rear for a bottle cage or transition hook, plus attachments for CO2 cartridges.

The Shiv is also available with Magura RT8 TT hydraulic rim brakes, which were developed for the Cervélo P5. All Shiv models will come with the Sitero, and the top-level bikes will come with the Fuelcell as well. "These are not add-ons," Cote said. "They are designed as part of the bike."

The Fuelcell, which Specialized riders tested at the Kona Ironman world championships last year, is basically a firm pouch you can simply reach into. Instead of taping gels onto the top tube, triathletes can put them in the container. Many triathletes use some version of a ‘Bento box', a top tube-mounted container.

The Fuelcell does not seal shut, but there are drainage ports at the bottom
The Fuelcell does not seal shut, but there are drainage ports at the bottom

Cervélo and some other companies have frames with bolts on the top tube for just such a container. While more of a reach for the rider, the Fuelcell is a substantially larger unit.

On the mountain side, the SWAT moniker applies to a stem-cap chain tool, a down tube-mounted flat pack, and a multi-tool mounted to the underside of the upper shock link or nested in a compartment attached to the water bottle cage of select models.

We do not have 2014 models in yet for you to check out but they should be arriving soon.  There might even be some available to test ride at our Specialized Demo Days August 23rd and 24th:

Don't forget we have our Summer Clearance Sale happening now:

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