Why Specialized switched teams and will instead focus on Boels-Dolmans

It’s a move that took some by surprise; after three years of backing Kristy Scrymgeour’s successful team, a period where the squad took three world team time trial titles plus many other victories, both Specialized and lululemon confirmed several weeks ago that they would end their title sponsorship at the end of the 2014 season. […]


Specialized Diverge review

I love getting out and testing new bikes but many fall short of getting me truly excited. I’m often left wondering what I’m going to write in a review that’s different from every other review I’ve written. From the moment I threw my leg over the Specialized Diverge, I knew I was not going to […]


Tinkoff Saxo tangle with Belkin bikes identified as cause of snapped Contador frame

Following hours of speculation and confusion about the circumstances of the crash which took Alberto Contador out of the Tour de France, the Specialized company has clarified how one of the rider’s bikes was broken in half. It has stated categorically that the badly damaged frame shown on French television did not occur in the […]


Bikes of Le Tour: Vincenzo Nibali’s Specialized Tarmac & the McLaren Tarmac

As with any Grand Tour, the team leaders at the Tour de France like to have a little bit of bling, be that a custom helmet, a jazzed up pair of shoes or, for several of the big guns, a custom painted bike. Obviously the team bike sponsors love to get as much coverage as […]


The New Specialized Tarmac review

This month Specialized announced the newly designed Tarmac which continues the evolution of their successful Tarmac SL4. But calling it the SL5 would imply that it’s just a lighter, stiffer, faster step-up from the previous model. However, the intent was much more ambitious than that …


Specialized S-Works Roubaix SL4 Disc Review

If you followed Eurobike and Interbike last month you would have seen that all the major road bike brands are moving full steam ahead when it comes to disc brake models. In this piece we review the Specialized Roubaix S-Works Disc and put it through its paces.


CTech February Product Picks

In the first CTech Product picks instalment of 2013 we have a heap of great items to showcase. Bolle Vortex Sunglasses, new Specialized S-Works shoes and tyres, Assos T FI.13_S5 Bibshorts, Praxis chainrings, the FiberFix Spoke, and some beautiful Busyman Bicycles custom leather bar tape. Have you used any of these items extensively? Let us […]


Specialized Tarmac SL4 Pro Review

At the end of this winter I found myself needing a good race bike. I spoke to Specialized about getting on one of their bikes, but I have to admit, I’d never ridden one of their newer road models; the Roubaix, Tarmac or Venge. I wasn’t sure which one to choose but was fortunately given […]