Specialized remains one of the world's largest bicycle brands, renown for producing an extensive range of cycling products and bikes, including its range of high-performance road bikes. As one of the most recognisable bike brands on the market, be sure you check out our guide to the full range of Specialized road bikes below.
Specialized currently offer an array of different types of road bikes, having a full quiver of carbon frame styles, including aero race, lightweight/all-round race and endurance road. As well as having numerous carbon frame models, Specialized continue with the development of mid-range alloy frame bikes. All of these frames, with the exception of the alloy only Allez, are offered in various levels of carbon modulus, as well as different finishing kit, primarily from either SRAM or Shimano, in order to have a variety of affordable options.
S-Works is Specialized’s most reputable initiative, designed to meet the demands and desires of professional athletes from all around the world. Acknowledging these demands and combining them with world-leading facilities, such as their very own ‘Win Tunnel’, Specialized has engineered an extensive range of exceptional quality bikes and equipment – a high-performance range that is accessible to every rider!
Almost entirely designed in Specialized’s very own ‘Win Tunnel’, the Venge is the brand's aerodynamically superior road offering that is a popular and proven choice of some of the world’s leading cyclists! Noticeably integrated in design, the Venge features a proprietary bar and stem combination, integrated brakes and an aggressive race oriented geometry that maximises overall stiffness – a high-performance machine built for speed! The S-Works Venge ViAS leads the Venge range with ‘ProTour’ specifications, while the Venge Pro and Venge Elite offer you an aerodynamic option at a more affordable price. And for 2017, a new Disc version of the Venge is now available too.
Considered as Specialized’s most well balanced frame, the Tarmac is a lightweight performance road option that satisfies a number of key ride objectives - undoubtedly proven in the professional ranks by the likes of Alberto Contador in winning the Tour de France, and Peter Sagan who rode his Tarmac to a win at the 2016 Tour of Flanders! Sacrificing a small amount of aerodynamics in favour of comfort and serviceability, and with an incredible stiffness to weight ratio, this popular model is clearly ideal for any type of rider. While the S-Works Tarmac is the premier build in the range ready for the likes of Contador and Sagan, this frame is also offered as the Tarmac Expert, Tarmac Comp and Tarmac SL4 Sport ready to meet any riders’ level of affordability or preferences.
As arguably one of the first ‘comfort performance’ bikes introduced to the market, the Roubaix is developed to consider the demands of professionals who race on the most unforgiving of road surfaces, particularly the classics like Paris-Roubaix. Focussing on the concept that “smoother is faster”, Specialized optimises a more endurance style geometry to maximise comfort on harsh terrain, and is perfect for longer days in the saddle. Disc brakes ensure confident stopping, and the wide gear range is best for most riders. Additionally, Specialized introduced it’s own ‘Future Shock’ technology, a form of spring based suspension positioned above the head tube that can be utilised at different rates for maximum stability. The S-Works Roubaix is equipped with top of the line equipment ready for the professional racer, with the range extending through the Roubaix Expert, Roubaix Comp and Roubaix Elite, all the way down to the Roubaix SL4 – meaning Speciliazed’s most versatile road option is available in an expansive range of builds ready to suit any rider!
The longest standing road bike produced by Specialized is the Allez, an extremely advanced alloy road option that is developed with innovative welding and production technologies to deliver a highly capable, smooth and compliant road option. Optimising its internally engineered Smartweld Technology, lightweight materials are strategically combined in focussed weld locations to create an end product that is light, efficient and compliant. These affordable models are the perfect carbon alternative, and suitable for those who are new to road riding. The DSW SL Sprint Expert leads the Allez range, with DSW SL Sprint Comp, Allez E5 Sport and Allez Jr rounding out the range with adaptable build varieties.
The American company also offers a number of frames that are women’s specific, allowing many of the design technologies mentioned above to be adapted and more practical to the considerations of female riders. The Amira is a light, aggressive and responsive carbon road bike that is perfect for both racing and recreational riding, proven on countless occasions through a range of Women’s WorldTour race wins. For a full review of this bike, and more on Specialized’s womens specific design considerations, be sure to check out this article from our BikeExchange blog!
The Specialized Dolce is a women’s endurance road option, featuring relaxed, comfort-oriented geometry and a lightweight frame suitable for long rides and almost any road terrain. The Ruby, sharing many of the same features as the uni-sex Roubaix, offers a more superior ride in terms of performance than the Dolce, engineered with comfort in mind, and equipped with quality components to create the perfectly balanced women’s specific road endurance option.
Rounding out Specialized’s expansive range of road bikes are the Diverge and Sequoia road models, designed for adventure. The Diverge is perfect for enthusiasts who are keen to explore gravel, trails, dirt and other off-road terrain with the added comfort of an endurance road bike. With relaxed geometries, thick tyres and vibration dampeners, this smooth and compliant has you covered for both on and off-road performance. Alternatively, the Sequoia is a slightly more off-road orientated road model, better suited to dirt road with additional capabilities. The Sequoia has remained a mainstay in the range for decades, optimising a steel construct with wider tyres, and ready to be equipped with fenders and racks.
In addition to their sophisticated range of road bikes, Specialized additionally offers an expansive range of cycling products, including shoes, helmets, apparel, components, accessories and other bikes! As highlighted by the S-Works initiative, many of these products are designed to be combined for optimal performance, safety, comfort and riding enjoyment.