Specialized have carried over a number of bikes in to 2019 as we previously mentioned in our Which Models Are Specialized Continuing in to 2019 article, and as they are trying to move away from the traditional model year way of releasing bikes we have already seen the release of a few of the 2019 models, like the new Epic Evo and Venge Pro.
To add to the trickle of new bikes from Specialized this season, they have released a batch of “2019 early release bikes” which contain the models we have already seen and some exciting new ones!
Road Bike Range
A new addition to the road range is the new Crux, which is lighter and stiffer yet more compliant than the previous model. It’s also really great to see Specialized going wild with their colour schemes, the new Crux being particularly vivid.
The new Diverge is of particular interest this year as the entry level model comes in at just £799 making it much more affordable to own a currently very fashionable gravel bike. The geometry has been adjusted to make the bike lower and therefore more playful in the dirt.
Earlier this season we saw the release of the S-works Venge, S-works Tarmac, Venge Pro and Tarmac range. The Allez and Dolce are being carried over in to 2019 and we are hoping for a new Roubaix, but haven’t heard anything yet.
Mountain Bike Range
The new Chisel is Specialized's aluminium xc race bike with a trail ready attitude, and for 2019 it’s received a new (actually it looks like a throwback to a 90s stumpjumper) paintjob. Also receiving new colours is the Epic Hardtail, combined with the new Epic Evo, the carbon xc race machine now has lots of spec options.
We saw the release of the new Rockhopper Comp earlier this season but, although filling a very important price point for affordable performance hardtails, it left the Rockhopper range a bit empty. Now there are two new bikes in the range, the Rockhopper Expert and Pro 1x. The expert benefits from air sprung forks and the Pro 1x has Rochshox Recon forks and an admirable Shimano SLX 1x groupset.
The Specialized pitch has been one of our best sellers for a while now, it offers freedom and comfort to new riders in a low cost performance package and so it’s good to see the pitch sticking with the same formula for 2019. Some of the bikes have been carried over but there are also some great new colours.
This season we have also seen the new range of Stumpjumper which includes the replacement of the Camber and we are hoping to see a new Enduro or Demo at some point, but we haven’t heard anything as of yet.
In the new batch of 2019 early release bikes, Specialized have released new ‘Turbo’ bikes including the Como, Kenevo, Levo and Vado. All of the bikes seem fairly unchanged but with smart new paint jobs and variations in spec. The Levo is currently only in a hardtail and comes in at £2250, which is a competitive price for a trail e-bike.
Also in the new 2019 early release bikes is the new Ariel, Crosstrail and Sirrus. Specialized’s hybrid and fitness bikes are some of our best sellers and are staying much the same for 2019. Although the high end women’s specific bikes are being dropped in favour of women’s versions of the flagship models (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing), Specialized are still doing the Ariel which is essentially the women’s Crosstrail.