Specialized 2011 Product Launch

Specialized recently held their 2011 product launch in Colorado, and here is a quick look at some of the mountain bikes, new and updated for the 2011 model year, which include technical improvements to women specific frames, a focus on 29er bikes, an entirely new bike, the Camber, shiny EVO models and an update to the Demo 8. Which you can see below now comes in a retina destroying white and orange combination!


Safire & Myka:
The Safire FS suspension design has changed for 2011. To maintain a low stand-over for the average height of women riders, Specialized designed a way to incorporate the rear shock inside of the Top Tube. The TT is divided into three sections with the rear shock mounted inside of the middle piece. The redesigned Safire suspension was the result of 12 different pro and team riders from around the world, and utilizes a women’s-specific tuned suspension allowing for a supple ride with out sacrificing travel, making it race- or trail-ready.

The Myka range has introduced one of Specialized most asked for bikes – a women’s hard tail 29er. The 29er geometry creates a lot of challenges to fit smaller riders. A low stand-over while maintaining neutral handling is a challenge, but Specialized is confident they have hit the mark. Each frame size has size-specific springs in the fork. The 15” will fit around a height of 5’4”, 17” about 5’7” and the 19” about 5”10”.

S-Works Carbon 29er
The 100mm S-Works 29er was developed based on rider insight and feedback from team members. With comfort, control, efficiency and handling as goals, along with the ever-important sex appeal of a hot looking bike, the S-Works Carbon 29er was designed to be a total bike package. Weight, stiffness, looks have been used to create a competitive platform for anyone who wants to ride fast. The S-Works features 29er-specific gearing, a Reba S29 fork with Brain, carbon dropouts and improved 142mm thru-axle Roval wheels. At about 1400g per set the carbon rim Roval wheels drop 300g. Less rotational weight means faster acceleration and quicker starts. If you think 29ers are slow, you should try and track one of these down when they hit the bike shops.



Camber
Brand new for 2011, this bike fits between the Epic and the Stumpjumper in the Specialized line-up. It features the slacker angles of the Stumpy with the shorter travel of the Epic. The new model comes in both a 120mm 26” and a 100mm 29” version. Specialized thinks this bike will be a natural fit with most people’s riding style; capable climber and fun descender.


Evo & Evo R
New for 2011 are the EVO editions for some familiar models. The 140mm Enduro is also available as a 160mm coil sprung Enduro EVO. The EVO designation refers to a spec with wider bars, chain guides, beefier tires, and Command Post as well as the increased travel. This takes a popular platform and slackens it out for a more trail bike role.

The EVO R is a race-ready spec. Lighter weight components, faster tires, and 1×10 drivetrain at an attainable price point.


Demo 8
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The down hill monster gets a few notable tweaks over the 2010 model. For 2011 the Demo 8 is available in sizes XS-L and will have a shorter HT that will lower the bars across the board. The bike’s center of gravity has lowered, and the through-axle has increased from 135mm to 150mm. The rear end has been narrowed while maintaining stiffness. The tubes curve in as much as possible without sacrificing tire clearance giving your heels more room. The 2011 Demo 8 has a longer rear shock that claims to generate less heat, is more tunable and features an increased progressiveness – that means less bottoming. Below that shock is a DH specific press fit BB30.


Images courtesy of the Dirt Rag Magazine blog

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