Specialized Chisel Expert X1 2018
|Category||Bicycles > Mountain Bikes > XC Hardtail Bikes|
|Size||S, M, L, XL|
|Delivery Type||Pick up only|
Often times, carbon gets all of the attention, but as our Senior Advanced R&D Engineer, Chuck Teixeira, says, "If you haven't ridden an aluminium bike lately, you haven't ridden an aluminium bike." And with its D'Aluisio Smartweld frame, the Chisel Expert with one-by gearing is no exception.
Traditional welding methods create frame joints by connecting tubes to cylinders, leaving the performance and security of the connection up to the skill of the welder. D'Aluisio (DSW), however, allows us to move the joint away from the area of the highest stress, making for a lighter frameset that's stiff, compliant, and incredibly strongâthe optimal characteristics of a hardtail XC rig. So what does this mean for you? You'll be powering up climbs, shredding singletrack, and everything in between on a bike that has you questioning why alloy as gotten such a bad rap.
And to further improve this feel, the Chisel also features our XC 29 geometry which took our previous XC race geo and added some trail DNA to the mix. This equates to a longer top tube, a shortened head tube, and a slacked out front end, the result of which is a tremendous increase in downhill stability, plus a wider range of fit. And just as importantly, this doesn't require any sacrifice of climbing proficiency.
The build on this Chisel features a mix of SRAM GX and NX one-by components for efficient shifts and added protection against dropping the chain. You'll also find powerful SRAM Level TL hydraulic disc brakes, a dependable RockShox Reba RL fork with up to 100mm of travel (size-specific), and 25-millimeter-wide alloy wheels that are optimised for weight and traction.
FRAME Specialized D'Aluisio Smartweld M5 Alloy, XC Geometry, internal
cable routing, BSA BB, 12x148mm rear end, triangulated post-mount 160mm
FORK RockShox Reba RL 29, Solo Air, 51mm offset, 15x110mm thru-axle (S: 90mm, M-XL: 100mm of travel)
FRONT HUB Specialized disc, 15x110mm spacing, torque caps, 32h
REAR HUB Specialized, sealed cartridge bearings, 12x148mm thru-axle, 32h
SPOKES Stainless, 14g
RIMS Specialized Alloy 29, 25mm internal width
INNER TUBES Standard, Presta valve
FRONT TYRE Fast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29 x 2.3"
REAR TYRE Fast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29 x 2.1"
CRANKSET Race Face Aeffect
CHAINRINGS Steel, 30T
BOTTOM BRACKET Race Face Threaded BSA
SHIFT LEVERS SRAM GX, trigger, 11-speed
REAR DERAILLEUR SRAM GX, long cage, 11-speed
CASSETTE SRAM NX, 11-speed, 11-42t
CHAIN KMC X11, 11-speed w/ Missing Linkâ¢
FRONT BRAKE SRAM Level TL, hydraulic disc, organic pads, 160/180mm rotor
REAR BRAKE SRAM Level TL, hydraulic disc, organic pads, 160 rotor
HANDLEBARS Specialized Mini-rise, 6000 alloy, 8-degree backsweep, 6-degree upsweep, 10mm rise, 720mm width, 31.8mm clamp
GRIPS Specialized Sip Grip, half-waffle, S/M: regular thickness, L/XL: XL thickness
STEM Specialized XC, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree rise
SADDLE Body Geometry Phenom Comp, Adaptive Edge design, Hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm
SEATPOST Specialized, alloy, single bolt, 27.2mm
SEAT BINDER Specialized Alloy 30.8mm
PEDALS Specialized Platform, 9/16" spindle
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345 Punt Road, Richmond, Victoria