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Daily Coverage , Gear/Apparel , Interbike 2010

Specialized 2011 Shoes, Gloves, Helmets and Saddles

Interbike is a cycling industry trade show with the main purpose of exposing bike shop owners and employees (known in the industry as IBDs, I.ndependent B.icycle D.ealer) to the latest bikes, parts and accessories from many different manufacturers. However, over the past few years, more and more big manufacturers have taken to holding their own individual dealer camps. These single brand specific dealer camps cost the manufacturer a fair amount of money, but also provide many benefits (held earlier in the year than Interbike; brand has full focus of dealers; information presented “en masse” vs. talking to dealers one at a time, repeating the same information over and over….the list of benefits goes on.)

Like other big manufacturers, Specialized holds their own dealer camps and media camps before Interbike. The list of manufacturers who do this include all the big names (Trek, Specialized, Giant, Cannondale, Scott Sports….) since they are the ones big enough to have the budget to hold special one off camps for their top dealers and media partners. Often, these manufacturers don’t even show up at Interbike or only show up for the Outdoor Demo portion of the show.

This year, though, Specialized had a pretty sizable booth at the indoor portion of the show, specifically for their “gear” products. Chief among these are their shoes, gloves, helmets and saddles. Access to their booth was pretty exclusive, with a Specialized employee scanning the Interbike badge ID of all entrants. Armed with our media badge and camera, here are a few highlights from the Specialized 2011 Gear line-up.

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Stumpy II casual shoe:

The bright yellow definitely catches your eye! These look like the high-end S-Works Road Shoe, but they are marketed as a “casual” shoe. However, given the look and the features, I suspect quite a few freeride/DH riders might choose these non-SPD shoes to ride in with their flat pedals.

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Features:
-High performance BG Footbed included
-New Lightweight Boa S1-M incremental zonal closure allows on-the-fly adjustments for a dynamic fit; L/R shoe forward rotating
-Two independent Boa dials optimize closure in each zone: Top dial locks the ankle and heel down, while mid-foot dial snugs the arch and forefoot
-Replaceable high-strength braided steel lace
-Open-back lace guides for easy on/off
-Light, tough, and water-resistant Micromatrix upper material for supple comfort
-Ultra-vented tongue for breathability
-Approximate weight: 330g (1/2 pair #42)
MSRP: $125.00 US

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Women’s Pro MTB Shoe:

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This high performance, no-compromise women’s XC race shoe with patented Body Geometry technology is proven powerful by our MTB pro racers Lene Byberg and Rebecca Rusch.

Features:
# Women’s-contoured, fitted upper with narrow straps
# Light and stiff, full-length FACT carbon midsole with durable injection composite, full-length lugs for confident traction
# Performance-enhancing BG contours in the outsole and BG+ High Performance Footbed
# New D-link closure system is designed for lightweight, secure ankle control and adjustability
# Low profile and lightweight M-lock SL buckle for secure closure
# Engineered Micromatrix upper is light, durable and supple fitting, with welded reinforcement in high wear areas
# Ultra-vented tongue for breathability
# 2-bolt cleat pattern, compatible with all major MTB pedals
# Approximate weight: 350g (1/2 pair #39)
MSRP: $275.00 US

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S-Works MTB Shoe:
This is the top-of-the-line, World Cup racer developed MTB shoe. This ultra-light and stiff carbon shoe offers Body Geometry performance and Boa dial adjustability.

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Features:
* Open-back lace guides for easy on/off
* Ultra-vented tongue for breathability
* Approximate weight: 335g (1/2 pair #42)
* Replaceable high-strength braided steel lace
* Light and stiff FACT carbon midsole runs the full length of the shoe, with thermoplastic replaceable tread for confident traction
* Four times more micro adjustment than a standard buckle closure
* Full BG features in outsole and BG+ High Performance Footbed combine to reduce hot spots and improve knee/foot alignment
* Engineered Micromatrix upper is light, durable and supple fitting, with welded reinforcement on medial heel for durability
* New Lightweight Boa S1-M incremental zonal closure allows on-the-fly adjustments for a dynamic fit; L/R shoe forward rotating.
* Velcro front strap adjusts forefoot width and volume
(available in black or white)
MSRP: $350.00 US

BG Radiator Glove:
The Body Geometry Radiator delivers extra protection for technical trail riding, with MTB-contoured padding and strategically placed welding.

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Features:
# BG Gel pad with MTB-specific thickness and contour reduces hand numbness by relieving pressure on the sensitive ulnar nerve
# O-Foam™ knuckle padding is perforated to dissipate heat
# Stretchable, durable mesh top
# Finger split flex zones
# Absorbent Microwipe™ thumb for brushing away sweat
# Micro cuff Velcro straps for wrist mobility
# Welded thermoplastic finger protection and logos
MSRP: $45.00 US

Enduro Glove:
Aggressive trail riders will appreciate the Enduro’s uncompromised bar control with its supple, unpadded palm and protective upper.

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Features:
# Vented Airpreen® knuckles keep fingers cool and protected
# Non-padded, single-layer Clarino leather palm for better bar feel
# Stretchable, durable mesh top is soft and breathable
# Silicone textured fingertips for improved grip on brake levers
# Absorbent terry thumb wipe for brushing away sweat
# Moto-inspired Velcro® straps for wrist mobility
# Double layer crash pad protection on heel of palm
# Full wrap fingertips offer protection for aggressive riding
# Wrap-around thumb gusset increases mobility
MSRP: $35.00 US

S-WORKS MT Helmet:

Ultra-light CPSC-certified S-Works helmet now comes in an MTB-specific configuration with visor and aFIX visor attachment along with new graphics. Worn by Specialized Pro MTB teams and athletes, it’s all about minimum weight, maximum ventilation and complete comfort.

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Features:
* Complies with one or more of the following safety standards for bicycle helmets: CPSC, SNELL B90A, CE and AS/NZS
* Patent-pending Dual Density EPS saves weight and optimizes impact performance
* Patented Kevlar-reinforced Inner Matrix saves weight and allows larger, deeper channeled vents
* Color matched MTB-specific visor
* 4th Dimension Cooling System w/ Mega Mouthport
* Thin, soft and lightweight 4X DryLite webbing won’t stretch out with sweat or water
* Slimmed down Pro Fit 360 retention system is secure and easy to adjust on the fly
* Instrap system minimizes strap length and reduces strap contact for more comfort
* aFIX visor attachment makes visor easier to put on/take off
* Lighter U-Turn 2 strap adjusters guide webbing better
* Lighter, low-profile buckle
* Quadruple in-molded shells protect the foam and your head
(available in 5 different colors, Matte BLK Lime shown above)
MSRP: $160.00 US

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Format, Henge Comp, Henge Expert saddles:

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Format saddle:
Designed for all-mountain or downhill ripping, this saddle features a wide, contoured, well-padded midsection and rounded rear profile so it won’t snag your baggies.
Features:
* Patented BG design is lab tested to assure blood flow to sensitive arteries
* Medium density, super-light EVA padding is thick and plush to smooth out the gnarliest trails
* Stiff carbon-reinforced shell for longevity and all-day riding efficiency
* Light and super durable hollow chromoly rails
* Tough, light weight and water resistant Micromatrix cover
MSRP: $70.00

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Henge Comp saddle:
The Henge is a perfect XC or all-mountain saddle with its anti-snag rounded tail, broad, flat midsection for added control, and carbon-reinforced shell tuned for moderate flex.
Features:
* Patented BG design is lab tested to assure blood flow to sensitive arteries
* Tuned-density PU foam padding is lightweight and supportive
* Stiff carbon-reinforced shell for longevity and all-day riding efficiency
* Flush mounted scuff guards for increased durability
* Light and super durable hollow chromoly rails
* Tough, light and water resistant Micromatrix coverr
MSRP: $80.00

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Henge Expert saddle:
The Henge is a perfect XC or all-mountain saddle with its anti-snag rounded tail, broad, flat midsection for added control, and carbon-reinforced shell tuned for moderate flex.
Features:
* Patented BG design is lab tested to assure blood flow to sensitive arteries
* Medium density super-light EVA padding for longer rides
* Stiff carbon-reinforced shell for longevity and all-day riding efficiency
* Flush mounted scuff guards for increased durability
* Lightweight and durable hollow titanium rails
* Tough, light and water resistant Micromatrix cover
MSRP: $100.00

A few more pix from the Specialized booth including some very colorful grips and Sam Hill’s Demo 8.

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For more information: www.specialized.com

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