Specialized announce new Shiv TT bike for Tour de France

03 July 2019 11:05
First spotted by Cyclingnews at the Giro d’Italia in May, Specialized have announced details of their all-new Shiv TT bike which will be used by Deceuninck-QuickStep and Bora-Hansgrohe at the Tour de France this Sunday. The frame design, which was first seen last autumn, is now UCI-legal (just) and features a completely new tube design, cockpit system and seat post from the outgoing model. Specialized also say the frameset (frame, fork, cockpit and seat post) shaves off 500g from the previous iteration of the bike, allowing it to “attack the most technical time trial courses and drill the steepest climbs”. Since being raced on at the Giro d’Italia in May, riders on the new Shiv TT bike won a stage at the Tour de Suisse and three national titles. The Stage 2 team time trial at the Tour de France will be its first official outing before the individual time trial in Pau later in the race.ADVERTISEMENT Like Specialized’s aero-specific road bike, the new Shiv TT is disc brake-only, electronic groupset-only, optimised for use with the Roval 321 Disc rear wheel and can be run in a 1X or 2X drivetrain setup. Optimising the bike with the brand’s proprietary rear wheel, combined with the extremely low seat stays allows Specialized to lose the arch often seen in aero and time trial-specific frames, which contributes to lower weight and improved riding characteristics. The company has also located the front derailleur mount to the rear of the seat tube and so when running as a 1X drivetrain setup, the front derailleur and mount can be completely removed and stay out of the wind. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com.readfullarticle

Source: Cycling News