SPECIALIZED - CHISEL EXPERT 2X
NEW FOR 2018
Often times, carbon gets all of the attention, but as our Senior Advanced R&D Engineer, Chuck Teixeira, says, "If you haven't ridden an aluminum bike lately, you haven't ridden an aluminum bike." And with its D'Aluisio Smartweld frame, the Chisel Expert with two-by gearing is no exception.
Traditional welding methods create frame joints by connecting tubes to cylinders, leaving the performance and security of the connection up to the skill of the welder. D'Aluisio (DSW), however, allows us to move the joint away from the area of the highest stress, making for a lighter frameset that's stiff, compliant, and incredibly strong—the optimal characteristics of a hardtail XC rig. So what does this mean for you? You'll be powering up climbs, shredding singletrack, and everything in between on a bike that has you questioning why alloy as gotten such a bad rap.
And to further improve this feel, the Chisel also features our XC 29 geometry which took our previous XC race geo and added some trail DNA to the mix. This equates to a longer top tube, a shortened head tube, and a slacked out front end, the result of which is a tremendous increase in downhill stability, plus a wider range of fit. And just as importantly, this doesn't require any sacrifice of climbing proficiency.
The build on this Chisel features a mix of Shimano XT and SLX components, a wide rang of gears that come courtesy of a two-by drivetrain, powerful hydraulic disc brakes, and 25-millimeter-wide alloy wheels that are optimized for weight and traction.
FRAME : Specialized D'Aluisio Smartweld M5 Alloy, XC Geometry, internal cable routing, BSA BB, 12x148mm rear end, triangulated post-mount 160mm brake
FORK : RockShox Reba RL 29, Solo Air, 51mm offset, 15x110mm thru-axle (S: 90mm, M-XL: 100mm of travel)
FRONT HUB : Specialized Alloy 29, 25mm internal width, 24h
REAR HUB : Specialized, sealed cartridge bearings, 12x148mm thru-axle, 32h
SPOKES : Stainless, 14g
RIMS : Specialized Alloy 29, 25mm internal width
INNER TUBES : Standard, Presta valve
FRONT TYRE : Fast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29 x 2.3"
REAR TYRE : Fast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29 x 2.1"
CRANKSET : Race Face Aeffect
CHAINRINGS : 26/36T
BOTTOM BRACKET : Race Face Threaded BSA
SHIFT LEVERS : Shimano SLX, 11-speed
FRONT DERAILLEUR : Shimano SLX, down swing, 2x11
REAR DERAILLEUR : Shimano XT, Shadow Plus, GS cage, 11-speed
CASSETTE : Shimano SLX, 11-speed, 11-42t
CHAIN : KMC X11, 11-speed w/ Missing Link™
FRONT BRAKE : Shimano MT500 Deore, hydraulic disc, 180/160mm rotor
REAR BRAKE : Shimano MT500 Deore, hydraulic disc, 160mm rotor
HANDLEBARS : Specialized Mini-rise, 6000 alloy, 8-degree backsweep, 6-degree upsweep, 10mm rise, 720mm width, 31.8mm clamp
GRIPS : Specialized Sip Grip, half-waffle, S/M: regular thickness, L/XL: XL thickness
STEM : Specialized XC, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree rise
SADDLE : Body Geometry Phenom Comp, Adaptive Edge design, Hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm
SEATPOST : Specialized, alloy, single bolt, 27.2mm
SEAT BINDER : Specialized Alloy 30.8mm
PEDALS : Specialized Platform, 9/16" spindle
To purchase this product or for help and advice on making your selection, please contact us on 03 688 8892