Aluminium frames have been criticised very justifiably sometimes for being unduly harsh in their ride quality but manufacturers have got clever about how they manipulate the big tubes to provide stiffness where it's desirable - no-one wants a frame wobbling through 45mph corners - and comforting where it matters to save your poor sorry arse when you're on mile 94 of your first Century.
We're going to get all enthusiastic about the discrete little rubber-capped, threaded eyes where you can attach mudguards. This can only mean that Specialized is one Californian company that appreciates it rains in some of their markets. Plus there are ample clearances beneath the brake bridge and fork crown to fit 28mm tyres or mudguards and probably both if you want to convert this into some kind of rapid transit device - that's a commuter bike when it looks like this.
It seems only yesterday that an aluminium bike weighing 9.8Kg and with Shimano's STI combined shift and gear levers would have cost close to £1,500. Here we are in 2010 and Specialized, who have been resolutely churning out racing bikes all through the bad years when only about ten a year were sold, find themselves in the middle of a veritable firestorm of enthusiasm and they are - as they say - good to go.
FOR SALE: Assos clothing and Specialized Toupe saddle
Assos F1 Mille S5 bibshorts, size medium, red. Only worn 6 times maximum. £80
Assos Uno Jersey, size small, red. Again, only worn with above shorts. £40
Or £115 for both including postage.
We’ve used these gloves right through the past couple of winters and they’re coming out of the box at the back of the garage for a third stint now that the weather’s getting colder.
I am selling my 2007 Specialized Globe Expert hybrid to buy a bread delivery bike.
It has an aluminium frame, with carbon seatstays, forks and seatpost which make for a comfortable ride.
It is size 58cm
It has full rack mounts front and rear, along with SKS chromoplastic mudgaurds.
The bike is in good condition, and is completely structurally sound, though there are scuffs, scratches and paint chips as you would expect on a commuting bike.
I have just replaced the brake pads, and the transmission, brakes and all the bearings are all in good condition.