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The best bikes and accessories from the Specialized 2018 range (gallery)

Revolution and evolution in the range of products on offer from Specialized for 2018

With 2018 products from all leading brands trickling through at varying speeds, we headed over to Specialized's UK headquarters to get a glimpe of what the American brand will be offering. Standing in a large room filled with bikes for all budgets and accessories from socks to saddles, we could have spent all week cataloguing everything on offer.

Thankfully for all concerned we instead opted to pick a few key favourites from the vast range as a taster of what Specialized is putting out for model year 2018.

The differences from year to year can be summed up as both evolution and revolution as some features are tweaked while others are completely overhauled.

Specialized S-Works Venge Vias Disc Di2

The most eye-catching evolutionary move on display is the change the Specialized S-Works Venge Vias Disc has undergone, with this specific frameset now available as a disc-dedicated build.

This means that there are now cable entries on the headtude and downtube or exits in the seatpost where rim brake cables would be housed.

As a result the lines are clean and the bike's aesthetic is improved more than you'd expect by such a small change.

Also present on the Venge Vias is the new Garmin/Wahoo mount that hosts the Shimano Di2 junction box.

Made to get around the problem of not being able to add a standard round bar mount to the Vias front end, this out front mount also removes the need for the Di2 junction box to be banded onto the stem.

Specialized Crux Expert X1 Cyclocross

Gravel riding is growing in popularity while cyclocross racing has been a staple of many riders' winters for years.

With the market for mixed-surface and adventure riding on the up, the Specialized Crux Expert X1 remains the brand's out-and-out dedicated cyclocross racing machine.

However it is still a solid choice for anyone wanting to hit the trails without compromising on performance, but this is an area better suited to the Specialized Diverge.

The Specialized Crux Expert X1 also looks the part with the frame carrying an eye catching paint job and built strictly for the SRAM 1x drivetrain.

Specialized Torch Road shoes

The Specialized Torch road shoes come in three options, handily numbered 1, 2 and 3. Scroll through the images above to see the difference between each.

Lightweight and with vents to stop excess heat build-up, the shoes will be ideal for some racing but will fit fine under a pair of thermal winter overshoes.

Specialized Ruby Elite Disc

The Specialized Ruby Elite Disc is about mixing comfort and performance. For £2,600 features the brand's Rider-First Engineered design, which sets out to ensure that every frame size has the same responsiveness and ride quality.

At the elite level build the bike comes with Shimano RS505 hydraulic disc brakes and Shimano 105 groupset, save for the RS510 chainset.

The Ruby can also be bought in Comp, Expert and S-Works models, as well as Di2 and SRAM eTap options.

Specialized Allez Sport 2018

Coming in at £799, the Allez Sport is at the most affordable end of the road range, and as such we were pleasantly surprised to see a design and finish that could be confused with a build of £3,000.

Of course, the spec is entry-level, with Tektro and Sunrace components dotted over the Shimano Sora grouspet. With the paintjob of a top end racer, it could be a great starter for a new road rider that doesn't want to sacrifice style to affordability.

Specialized Diverge Comp 2018

The new Diverge is probably Specialized's most exciting project for 2018, sparing any hitherto unrevealed top secret summer projects.

With the Comp level diverge, we don't see the 1x setup that the S-Works version (although at £2,600 it's six grand cheaper), or the dropper seatpost. We do however, have the Future Shock unit for for some degree of front suspension, and huge tyre clearance.

The Diverge Comp can accomodate 42mm tyres on 700c wheels, and upwards of 47mm tyres with 650B size wheels – which are compatble with the Diverge at this level.

Specialized Diverge E5 Sport 

Specialized's aluminium Diverge retains much of the identity of previous generation of the Diverge, with a simple focus on wide tyre clearance and a geometry geared to all terrain riding. It uses Specialized's well regared E5 aluminium frame technology, and at £1,000 it will likely be. a favourite of commuters and bike packers on a budget.

Specialized Tarmac SL6 Expert 2018

At £3,500, the new Specialized Expert is the lowest entry point to Specialized's new SL6 Tarmac frame. The benefits of the new frame are considerable and well explored here (its extensive coverage to date is the only reason we haven't included it in this list).

The Expert comes in only slightly pricier than the S-Works Tarmac frameset, but does of course use a slightly lower grade carbon (Fact 10r level rather than 12r).

The finishing kit and Ultegra groupset will be little distinguishable from the very top spec S-Works bike, while the Roval SLX 24 wheelset is a highly functional tubeless-ready option that will suit most all-year riders more than carbon.

Specialized Tarmac SL6 Expert 2018 Women's

Specialized has taken the approach that no longer does it need to design bikes for women, but rather 'bikes for people.'

The brand's extensive fit data has proven that across the relevant sizes there's no need for different frame geometry. Instead, the women's bike extends to smaller sizes – as low as a 44cm top tube – and comes specced with Specialized's women's specific components and finishing kit.

It also comes in a £3,500 with all the same performance spec, or a £9,000 S-Works version for top end performance.

Specialized Tarmac SL6 Pro 

Likely to be the big seller of the higher end of the Tarmac range, the Tarmac Pro represents impressive value for a build that borders on the very best offering on every front. 

The Tarmac Pro comes in at £5,400, with a full Ultegra Di2 groupset (save for the shiny S-Works carbon cranks) and deep section carbon Roval CL 50 wheels – both of which will leave very little to be desired.

The frame itself is a lower 10r FACT level carbon to the S-Works level, but as with the groupset and wheels, only the very most sensitive riders will likely notice the difference against the range topping £8,500 S-Works Tarmac.

Specialized Venge Expert Disc 2018

The Specialized Venge is quite possibly the fastest road frame in the world, rivalled only by the Trek Madone.

Specialized probably won't thank us when we say that the previous year's Venge Expert Disc was not blseed aesthetically, with a loud red colourway that set off the oddity of its shallow wheel depth in such an aerodynamically orientated bike.

This edition looks substantially slicker, with its stealthy black colourway lined with a sparkling glitter-like finish. The photos don't do it justice - it looks fantastic.

Upgrading to a full Shimano Ultegra hydro groupset, where before an FSA chainset sat at the centre of the build, the price has crept up. It is set to retail for £4,200, but with a small wheel upgrade this will be a world class racer. More importantly it will look the part.

Specialized S-Works Prevail II

Weighting just 204g, the Specialized S-Works Prevail II helmet is so light you'll forget you've got it on. It comes in a range of colours, but the safe options of white and black will match any kit.

The helmet along with much of the range introduced above and other products from Specialized will be reviewed over the coming months. Look out for tyres, saddle bags, multi-tools along with the usual range of bikes and components.

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