The 2022 Specialized Fuse Expert 29 Hardtail Mountain Bike in Satin Black is a long travel hardtail designed for aggressive trail riding. With 130mm of front suspension and big 29x2.6” tyres the Fuse rolls fast as your charge down technical trails. The Fuse Expert is the top of the range bike.
The Fuse Expert is built around a light-yet-burly M4 aluminium chassis. The frame geometry lends the bike both playfulness and capability. The long reach gives you even weight distribution. The slack head angle lends confidence on sketchy descents. The steep seat angle makes quick work of steep climbs. The wide-diameter down tube boosts stiffness. The low-slung top tube improves manoeuvrability. And while this Fuse’s 29x2.6 tyres give it a precise, nimble feel, the M4 aluminium frame is also compatible with 27.5+ wheels and tyres.
The Fuse Expert comes with plush suspension courtesy of a Fox Float 34 Rythm fork. SRAM GX Eagle 1x12 gearing gives you plenty of range to get up the steepest hills while the Stout Trail SL wheelset is light but can still handle plenty of abuse.
This bike is perfect for
Mountain bikers who love the simplicity of a hardtail and want a bike that can stand up to plenty of use on the toughest trails.
Specialized have been making mountain bikes for nearly as long as there have been mountain bikes. Models like the Rockhopper and Stumpjumper have been staples of the range for decades with the technology being updated and refined every year. The 2022 Specialized mountain bike range has bikes for all kinds of mountain bikers with prices ranging from £500 to over £10,000.
All Specialized mountain bikes are ‘beyond gender’. Although they are technically unisex, Specialized tend to fit more female friendly saddles on the smaller size bikes and more male friendly saddles on the larger bikes. These can easily be swapped out to suit preferences.
Specialized is one of the best-known quality bike brands in the world. Started by a group of riders in 1974. A fact which has guided their decision making ever since.
" Made for riders, by riders."
They strove to make the best quality tires when quality tyres weren't around. When people wanted to ride cruisers in the dirt, they made the first production mountain bike. When roadies wanted to go faster, Specialized doubled down on carbon and built their own wind tunnel.
Bikes like the Allez, Rockhopper and Stumpjumper have developed followings and reputations of their own. Specialized has a reputation for making high-end, high-quality bikes. Specialized bikes always look great with high-quality paint and sensible sizing hel0s you get the right bike each time. If you buy a Specialized bike you can be guaranteed it will do what it is supposed to and will last.
Mountain biking is an incredibly diverse sport. Mountain bikes now come in three main flavours. They are XC, Trail and Enduro.
XC – short for cross country, are quick race bikes. They will normally have 29” wheels and come with 100mm of suspension. If you are mainly going to be riding bridleways and natural trails in the South East of England, where our shops are, an XC bike will be the quickest and most efficient option.
Trail – these bikes are designed to be pedalled up and down hill and for use on bridleways and natural trails, but also at dedicated trail centres. They normally come with 130mm or 140mm of suspension travel and can have either 27.5” or 29” wheels, but 29” is quickly becoming the norm. Trail bikes are good all-rounders. They won’t be as fast as an XC bike on the flat but they can handle a lot more challenging terrain, and a few jumps. If you plan on taking your bike to trail centres in Wales, or to the Alps, then a trail bike may be your best option.
Enduro – enduro racing is a thing in and of itself but many people buy enduro bikes for ‘aggressive’ trail riding and uplift days at places like Bike Park Wales. This generally means challenging downhill trails with some big jumps. With around 160mm of suspension travel enduro bikes can take some big hits. They are designed to be efficient enough to pedal up hills but really come into their own when pointed downhill. You get enduro bikes in either 27.5” or 29” wheel sizes as well as mullet setups of 29 at the front and 27.5 at the back.
Nearly all the mountain bikes we sell are now unisex. All of the big brands have gradually stopped doing dedicated men’s and women’s bikes over the last few years. Instead they are focussed on producing bikes in a bigger range of sizes. So, for instance, the Trek Marlin 5 is a unisex bike that now comes in sizes from XXS to XXL large. This means it will fit riders from 4’ 5” to 6’ 5” and everything in between.
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|Frame||Specialized M4 Premium Aluminum, 148mm thru-axle, adjustable dropout, SS compatible, tapered head tube, internal cable routing|
|Fork||FOX FLOAT 34 Rhythm, GRIP damper, two position Sweep adjustment, 15x110mm Kabolt axle, 44mm offset, 130mm of travel|
|Stem||Stout 3D-forged alloy, 31.8mm, 6-degree rise|
|Tape||Specialized Trail Grips|
|Handlebars||Stout Riser, double-butted alloy, 9-degree backsweep, 5-degree upsweep, 15mm rise, 750mm / 780mm width, 31.8mm|
|Saddle||Bridge Comp, Hollow Cr-mo rails, 155/143mm|
|Front Brake||SRAM G2, 4-piston, 200/180mm|
|Rear Brake||SRAM G2, 4-piston, 200/180mm|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed|
|Shift Levers||SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed|
|Cassette||SRAM XG-1275, 12-speed, 10-52t|
|Chain||SRAM, NX Eagle, 12-speed|
|Crankset||SRAM, X1 Alloy Eagle, 12-speed, 32T|
|Bottom Bracket||SRAM DUB, BSA 73mm, threaded|
|Rims||Specialized Alloy, Tubeless Ready, 29mm internal width, 28h|
|Front Hub||Alloy, sealed cartridge bearings, 15x110mm thru-axle, 28h|
|Rear Hub||Alloy, sealed cartridge bearings, 148mmx12mm thru-axle, 28h|
|Front Tire||Eliminator, GRID TRAIL casing, GRIPTONÂ® T7 compound, 2Bliss Ready, 27.5x2.6"|
|Rear Tire||Eliminator, GRID TRAIL casing, GRIPTONÂ® T7 compound, 2Bliss Ready, 27.5x2.6"|
|Inner Tubes||Standard, Presta valve|
|SeatPost||TranzX dropper, 34.9mm, S1: 100mm, S2: 125mm, S3: 150mm. S4-S5: 170mm, S6- 200mm|
|Seat Binder||Alloy, 38.6mm|
|Colours||SATIN BLACK / GLOSS BLACK|
|Sizes||L, M, S, XL|
|Barcodes||888818774197, 888818774678, 888818774784, 888818774869|
|SKUs / Part Numbers||96022-3002, 96022-3003, 96022-3004, 96022-3005|
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