Editor’s Note: The first in an ongoing series of posts from bicycling manufacturers about what makes their stuff female specific and awesome. One of the most frequently asked questions is how a woman’s bike is different from a man’s (other than sheer size or decoration). Break out the sparkling summer beverage of choice because we’re starting out with a post from Rachel Lambert, who represents Specialized Women.
Some companies make smaller versions of men’s bikes. Many companies simply change the frame color. But Specialized focuses on real rider needs, using anthropometric research and feedback from female riders to create bikes that improve fit, efficiency and confidence.
From customized tubing dimensions to experience-specific geometry, every detail is designed and engineered to improve time on the road. Some of the key engineering features that improve the ride for women is custom tubing. The geometries of all our women’s bikes are dialed for the intended women’s ride experience for each product family. So a race bike; Amira; has a performance geometry and a fitness bike, Vita, has a Fitness geometry.
But what really sets us apart is that the alloy tubing and carbon lay ups in each tubeset are also frame-size specific—this is unique in the bicycling industry. We engineered each tube with optimal diameter, thickness, and shaping for each frame size in each family, paying equal attention to weight, torsional stiffness, and vertical compliance. This assures every frame size has precisely the same ride qualities, while making our bikes as efficient as possible for faster climbing and acceleration, and more compliant for a smoother ride.
*The image above illustrates the customized tubing dimensions applied to each size ofthe Amira, from largest to smallest. Size-specific tubing optimizes theride quality for each rider size.
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