29ers, not just for the big boys…

29ers, not just for the big boys…

About a year ago, the engineers and women’s product development team embarked on production of a women’s specific full suspension 29er. Specialized engineers have a great track record of moving 26″ platform bikes into 29″ while maintaining the comfortable rider position of the smaller wheeled version.

Kimmi Fasani with the Specialized Rumor - Sterling Lorence Photo

Kimmi Fasani with the Specialized Rumor – Sterling Lorence Photo

The Rumor line-up of bikes is the latest release, and for smaller women who love their existing Specialized bicycles, an option for a new level of riding and enjoyment that comes with bigger wheels.

Hinting at the design and performance of the successful Camber line of bikes, the development team sculpted and formed the M5 frame into an the best combination of standover and function. With a minimum clearance of 27.8 inches on the small while allowing for a water bottle cage, to a maximum of 27.95 inches on the large, there are few drawbacks to this bike for those in the 5′ range.

“We built a full-suspension 29er because we have seen how much fit and 29-inch wheels enhance confidence and stability for women out on the trails,” said Erin Sprague, women’s product manager. “Our product testers are around five feet tall and their trail experiences have improved dramatically on this platform.”

2013 Specialized Rumor Expert

2013 Specialized Rumor Expert

Two models will be released shortly with a third later this year. The Rumor Expert provides

  • All-New M5 manipulated alloy, 110mm-travel frame with women’s XC Trail 29 geometry and tubesets, tapered head tube, sealed cartridge bearing pivots, and DMD derailleur mount makes this one tough and lightweight trail machine
  • FOX Float CTD Evolution shock with AUTOSAG with women’s tune features 3 compression settings: Climb, Trail and Descend, plus ProPedal
  • FOX Float CTD Performance Series 29 fork with CTD damper, rebound and compression adjust, lockout, tapered steerer tube and 110mm of travel smooths technical terrain
  • Roval Control Trail 29 142+ wheelset with butted DT Swiss spokes and a wider rim profile and 12mm thru-axle for lightweight toughness.
  • The 2.3″ Ground Control tire has a fast rolling and versatile tread for premium traction on technical trails
  • Custom Formula T1 S hydraulic disc brakes with reach adjustment, metallic pads and SRAM compatible MiXmaster shifter mounts provide dependable braking’
  • New SRAM Type 2 X0 mid cage 10-speed rear derailleur provides crisp and reliable gear changes
  • Women’s Body Geometry Jett saddle with hollow Cr-Mo rails features lightweight foam cushioning and an ergonomic cutout for pressure relief

Check your local Specialized Canada dealer for more info soon!

Sterling Lorence Photo

Sterling Lorence Photo

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