“Full detail of Specialized Road Bikes for 2014. Read about it below!”
Specialized Road Bikes
For 2014, Specialized is pushing hard on functional aerodynamic designs, from the Evade aero helmet to the new SWAT storage system for the Shiv. The size-specific engineering of the SL4 platform now applies to all bikes at all price points in the Tarmac and Roubaix families. And the California company also has a new S-Works tire and all-carbon tubular wheels in standard and disc formats.
Tarmac SL4 and Roubaix SL4 – size-specific frame tubing
The Venge, Tarmac and Roubaix designs carry forward for 2014, with the big news coming not at the top but with the more reasonably priced bikes. All the Tarmac and Roubaix bikes get SL4 size-specific engineering, which recently only applied to the top models.
The technology means that each frame size gets its own shapes, layups, seatstays, chainstays, forks and bearings. The thinking is that a smaller rider has different needs to a taller rider; a 49cm bike shouldn’t be as stiff as a 61cm one.
Both the Roubaix and Tarmac have a massive down tube, and bulged surfaces where the down tube approaches the head tube. “This helps prevent local deformations that you’d find otherwise,” said Specialized engineer Luc Callahan. “By eliminating the small movements at that area, it improves the stiffness of the whole chassis.”
While many companies are moving to 1.5in lower headset bearings, Specialized’s lower bearings range in size from 1.125in on smaller frames to 1.375in on larger frames to accommodate head tube wrap and match front-end stiffness with the size of the rider.
Other design features that carry over are the wide, flat top tubes that improve torsional stiffness while allowing the seat tube junction to flex for comfort, and a rear triangle with a wide seatstay bridge for torsional rigidity.
Disc brake Roubaix
The Roubaix line has a variety of disc options, from the top S-Works Red Disc with the new SRAM Hydro R models, through to bikes with the Shimano’s new Ultegra Di2 hydraulic discs, and down to options with S-700 hydraulic and Sora mechanical discs.
Many of the SRAM-equipped bikes, including the Red 22 Hydro R Disc (US$8,500), will not be brought to the UK.
Evade aero helmet: “No need to look like a bowling ball”
Specialized has successfully publicized the Evade aero road helmet at the Tour de France this year, with Mark Cavendish winning in it. The company’s aerodynamicist, Chris Yu, said he was pleasantly surprised to see other riders, such as Alberto Contador, wearing it as well.
Specialized aero R&D manager Mark Cote said good looks were key targets of the design, which has been in the works for a few years. “We don’t believe that you need to compromise the core elements of a helmet – to keep you safe, to keep you well ventilated – when making an aero road helmet. There is no need to look like a bowling ball.”
The Evade has relatively generous vents, especially at the back. Cote claims the helmet is actually slower when you tape over the vents. “The (rear) exhaust port is bigger than the intakes,” Cote said. “You can actually suck air through.
“This has the same aerodynamics as the TT2 (a previous Specialized time trial helmet), with similar ventilation to our Prevail.” Cote also claims the Evade is “as aerodynamic as a bald head”.
“Reviewing the best Hybrid Bikes. Thinking of buying one? Then read on!”
The hybrid bike is the best of two worlds. Hybrids take the best characteristics from road bikes and combine them with the best characteristics of a mountain bike. A hybrid is a great choice for the cyclist who wants a bike as a viable means of transportation but still wants the flexibility of being able to hit a rail-trail or bike path.
If you want a budget-friendly introduction to the world of cycling, hybrids are definitely the place to start. They’re very versatile but they aren’t built to take rough mountain terrain and they won’t be a bike for a race. They will, however, allow you to zip through traffic to work, bring home groceries, and offer you a great ride on a bike path if you need an escape from the daily routine.
Not all hybrids will give you the same performance and quality. Decide how you want to use the bike and then look at the bikes that we’ve compiled for these lists to see which fits your style and budget. Whenever possible, test ride before you buy and get a personal fit.
Best Hybrid Bikes Overall:
A hybrid bike blends the best of both worlds with qualities from a mountain bike and qualities from a road bike, giving you the ability to ride on and off road without having to change bikes. This category of bike is intended for someone that wants to use the bike for fitness, recreation, or commuting to work. They aren’t built for mountain trails or racing. They are some of the most versatile bikes on the market, some models lean in one direction more than the other making them better for rail-trails or better on the road. Hybrid bikes are generally more comfortable with a more upright riding position.
Not all hybrids will give you the same ride or performance so it is important to decide how you want to use the bike before you buy it. Not all hybrids are designed to handle racks and fenders, some have fork suspension while others don’t and still are better than others on rail-trails.
Hybrids can be found with internal gearing, belt driven, disc brakes, caliper brakes, and various size wheel sets. You can find models that allow customization so you can create the bike of your dreams. The variety of hybrids on the market is nearly endless so whenever the option is available take them out for a ride before you buy.
The bikes on this list were chosen as the best all-around hybrids. They have the best features for the money. They are some of the most versatile and give you a solid base for your fist hybrid. You may find yourself spending more time outdoors and on the bike with one of these options.
Specialized Source Two SE Limited Hybrid Bike
Two bikes for the price of one, that is what you get with the Source Two SE from Specialized. This is not only a great bike with some awesome features but when you buy this bike, Specialized will donate a bike to World Bicycle Relief. You get a sweet looking bike at a decent price, that will take you to work, the store, on road or off.
Scott SUB 10 Hybrid Bike
If you are looking for a bike that is low maintenance, no chain to grease, and fun to ride, take a look at the Scott SUB 10. The performance of this bike will rival most anything in the hybrid market. The style and flashy color will get you noticed on and off the trail.
Cannondale Quick CX1 Hybrid Bike
The Cannondale Quick CX1 is comfortable on your urban commute and trail-ready when you want to get out and enjoy the scenery. This is a solid choice if you want to spend weekends riding a more challenging trail that doesn’t need a mountain bike and come Monday morning you want to head to the office on your alternative transportation.
Surly Ogre Hybrid Bike
The only thing about the Surly Ogre that hints to an Ogre is the great green color. This bike is the most customizable hybrid on the list. If you want the ability to upgrade, make tweaks over time, and have a bike that will last, the Surly Ogre is a bike to look at.
GT Transeo 1.0 Hybrid Bike
When you head out for your next adventure on and off road, check out the GT Transeo 1.0 or one of the other bikes in the GT Transeo series. The 1.0 is a solid bike for the money and worth adding to your list for a test ride.
Best Budget Hybrid Bikes:
If you have always been a big box store shopper and now you want a better quality bike on a budget, don’t discount your local bike shop. Generally speaking, hybrid bikes tend to be less expensive than some other categories of bicycles. As with all styles of bikes, there are bikes to fit most any budget, hybrids are no exception. Not all bikes are created equal, not all bikes from the department store should be avoided but a specialty bike shop can offer things you won’t get at the department store.
A bike shop will help you determine which bike is best for you. They will help you get the proper fit. Most department store bikes are made from cheaper materials with cheap components and are put together by someone that knows nothing about bikes. Riding a bike that is heavy, uncomfortable, and cheaply made will make your time as a cyclist very short lived.
If you are on a tight budget, a hybrid bike is the most budget friendly category of bicycles and a great place to start. You won’t feel like you need a bank loan to own a great bike from a local bike shop.
The bikes on this list give you a great place to start looking for a budget friendly hybrid. They were chosen for their all-around versatility, the quality of the components for the money you spend, and the comfort of the ride. It is always a good idea to test ride any bike you may be considering for your next ride.
GT Transeo 4.0 Hybrid Bike
The GT Transeo 4.0 is a strong, durable hybrid that is ready to roll just the way it is or add a few nice options to give you more of what you want. This bike is budget friendly, fun to ride and versatile.
Specialized Crossroads Sport Hybrid Bike
If you are looking for a hybrid that has clean lines, is comfortable, fun to ride, and won’t break the bank, take a look at the Specialized Crossroads Sport. This bike will give you a great entry level hybrid that is practical, versatile and easy on the wallet.
Trek Verve 1 Hybrid Bike
The Trek Verve 1 is the most budget friendly bike in the Verve series. Don’t let the lower price point fool you, this is a solid bike and a great value. If you are looking for your first bike to use as alternative transportation, be sure you check add this one to your list.
Fuji Traverse 1.5 Step Over Hybrid Bike
The Fuji Traverse 1.5 Step Over is the bike for anyone looking for greater top tube clearance, step over capability. This bike is nicely equipped and ready to roll. If you are pinching pennies but still want a versatile bike for commuting and hitting the bike path, take this Fuji for a ride.
Marin San Rafael DS1 Hybrid Bike
If you want a bike that gives you a good solid ride at a great price, take a look at the Marin San Rafael. This bike has simple, clean lines and a solid drive-train. It is not equipped with racks or fenders so if you are looking for a bike that can carry your gear and keep you clean, you may want to look at a different option. The San Rafael will take you from the street to bike path with ease.