Eurobike: Specialized – TLD Collab, S-Works Gravity and P-Slope
September 18th, 2012
As you can imagine, entering the Specialized booth at any major trade show is something else completely. It didn’t have the grandiose style that some of the euro brands had at the show, but it also didn’t have rows of bikes that all look the same either. Specialized are an industry heavyweight and a brand synonymous with the all-star race team, slick product and as much as you pretend to hate them for being corporate, they continually release arguably the best of-the-shelf bikes out there. Here’s a little bit of what stood out within their big glossy red and black Eurobike box…
Last years TLD x Demo 8 collaboration was so successful Specialized asked TLD to put their name to another batch, but Troy being Troy said no. TLD are a brand who like to do successful product launches that result in demand for what comes next and this is it, two frames that bare the hall mark of one of action sports’ coolest monikers. For ’12, Spesh and TLD cooked up this sweet looking Stumpy Evo as well as an S-Works Demo.
The devil’s in the detail. Will we see these in the UK? Maybe, but I wouldn’t count on it…
The S-Works corner was wall to wall awesome and yeah, you can keep your skinny wheels and drop bars, it’s all about that Demo! With a UK RRP of £7500, don’t expect to see these in every Specialized dealer, but if you want one you better be quick as they’re super limited!
S-Works frame only option in black on black. RRP in the UK for this puppy is £3500!!!
Carbon bikes just look lovely don’t they!
Around the corner on the Cane Creek booth was this stunning gloss blue and matte black S-Works Enduro frame. Unfortunately, this is not coming into the UK, but all you US, CA and Euro readers will be able to pick one up very soon and with CCDB Air shock as standard.
The alloy Demo is back again for ’12 with only a marginal weight loss over the carbon and will still be a popular bike with the privateer. This is the Demo II and by far the best looking of the bunch in matte and gloss black with red decals – shame this is also not coming into the UK!
How much fun does this bike look? The Specialized P-Slope is a bike many of would buy hands down could we justify its use, but when you think about just how versatile this thing can be, who needs justification?
This thing is crammed with neat features – the concentric BB is chainguide friendly and will rotate with the swingarm (with gears fitted of course) providing faultless chain retention over the rough stuff.
The neat features go from one end to the other as does the spec – the rear drop outs are fully adjustable and ready for that set up you’ve been looking for. When you’ve got several of the worlds top freestyle and slopestyle guys riding for you and helping you develop product like this, you now it’s gonna be rad! Singlespeed all the way to 10 speed, the P-Slope is ready – completes come as they do in the photos; ready to shred!