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Making the 2016 BikeExchange Top Bike Product Shortlist - the Specialized S-Works Evade GC Skinsuit.
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When Specialized launched the new Venge Vias it claimed to save an incredible five minutes over a 40km course. Reading the fine print, it became apparent that the bike alone could not produce those monumental savings. A combination of wheels, tyres, shoes, helmet and skinsuit in fact worked together to create the time saving. Even so, this figure is enormous and breaking it down further only goes to show how much research and development Specialized put into each line item of the new S-Works range.
Contributing 96 seconds to the cause is the S-Works Evade GC Skinsuit. It seems unlikely that clothing could make up such a dramatic time difference, but when you consider 80% of the overall resistance comes from the rider themselves, it becomes clearer.
The suit comes in 11 different sizes so you can get the perfect fit, and includes a full front zipper, three rear pockets and a dimpled texture (like that of a golf ball) for enhanced aerodynamics. As well as a good aero profile the suit saves weight by utilising different fabric on the back and legs which Specialized say is also to reduced fatigue through the magic of compression. Cold Fabric technology reflects the heat, which is a good thing, because you can get the suit in black or black...
The shoulders of the suit have no seams, which further contribute to the aerodynamics and also add an element of comfort.
For providing free speed (and a lot of it), the S-Works Evade GC Skinsuit makes it into the top five road products of 2016.