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Gallery: The most eye catching bikes and colourways from the Specialized 2019 range

28 Sep 2018
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A look at the bikes and colourways from Specialized's 2019 offering. Photos: Peter Stuart

Following the headline launches of the new Specialized Tarmac and Specialized Venge, we visited Specialized UK's headquarters to check out the full range for 2019. Here, Cyclist has brought together photographs of those bikes that really deserve more attention, standing out from a generally strong line-up across a range of specifications and prices.

As was the case when we visited Specialized at the start of this year to see what 2018 had in store, we've opted to pick just a few key favourites to give a glimpse of the range rather than catalogue every item Specialized produces.

What's more, we're looking at just bikes in this gallery but will be reviewing much of the range of accessories, luggage and tyres from Specialized over the coming months.

Specialized S-Works Venge Disc Peter Sagan Edition

Sparkly paint and a the rider's initials on the top tube make this a standout bike. A replica of the one ridden by Peter Sagan himself at the Tour de France this year, this is one of few ways the look of the standard black Venge can be improved.

The same price as the standard Venge - £9500 - anyone in the market and wanting to add a bit of World Champion flair will defiinitely standout at the cafe stop on this.

Specialized Venge Pro

It's possible that someone at Specialized will look back on the release of the Venge Pro and kick themselves for diverting people away from the S-Works version. Or they'll chuckle as both models sell quicker than they can be produced.

Shimano Ultegra Di2 instead of Dura-Ace Di2, but find me someone who can tell those apart in an anonymous test, and a minor drop in spec on the wheels set the bikes apart, while the frameset is identical.

At £6250, the huge saving from the S-Works tier could tempt many to look at the Pro version. One of these is on its way to Cyclist HQ so we'll be able to see just what - if anything - the difference in ride quality is.

Check back for a full review later in the autumn.

Specialized S-Works Diverge

A very popular bike among the team here at Cyclist, the Specialized S-Works Diverge looks sleek in this all black version rather than the silver-turquoise it's been seen in before.

Really capturing the all-road, gravel theme which has swept through the cycling world of late, the Diverge can go anywhere most bikes, short of a full suspension mountain bike, can take you.

Running a 1x chainset and a Shimano XTR electronic rear mech to give the range of gears needed, the bike is both style and substance.

Specialized Tarmac SL6 Expert Disc

The Specialized Tarmac SL6 Expert Disc is produced in the same moulds as the top end S-Works version and the frameset is just 150g heavier than that of its superior sibling.

This bike comes with the latest Shimano Ultegra mechanical shifting and hydraulic disc brakes, with understated mid-depth Roval C38 wheels.

Looking great in greyscale camoflague, it's a step away from the safe option of black everthing.

Specialized S-Works Tarmac Disc - "women's"

A move away from the old 'pink it and shrink it' approach seen in some parts of the industry, Specialized is now producing framesets in a range of sizes and then altering the contact points to suit the rider.

The bike shown here is nominally a women's bike due to the choice of bars and saddle, but would ride just as well for a man needing a smaller sized bike.

You can read our in-depth first look at this bike from when it was launched, and look out for the long term review around Christmas.

Specialized S-Wrap HD barape and saddle - Holographic Reflective

Matching the decal on the Specialized Venge Pro (see second bike above), the holographic reflective finish could give some colour to any plain bike, not just a Specialized.

There a saddle to match the bartape, which will please many aesthetic purists.

Specialized Allez Sprint Comp Disc 105

A popular bike for new riders and seasoned crit racers alike, the Specialized Allez Sprint Comp has received a makeover thanks to the use of the new Shimano 105 hydraulic disc brake groupset.

Showing what's still possible with aluminium, the frameset carries the aero profiling of much higher end bikes.

Specialized S-Works Crux

Gravel riding on bikes like the Diverge might be the in thing, but anyone racing cyclocross this winter would be better off looking towards a more dedicated machine like the Specialized S-Works Crux.

Made for the mud, sand and obstacles of your local 'cross circuit or the World Championships course, this bike is a leader when it comes to the winter dropbar bike season.

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