RIDE LIKE A GIRL.
I DARE YOU.
We sent Heidi Swift out into this
crazy world to ride the updated
Specialized Amira with the
HTC-High Road women’s team.
Here’s what she told us.
competitive girl’s heart. A brand new
Women’s SL shallow reach handlebar
(75mm reach, 123mm drop) provides
comfort and control in the cockpit
while the all-new women’s specific
Body Geometry Oura Pro Gel saddle
leverages years of testing to create
a seriously comfortable seat (not to
mention a sleek asthetic). Super stiff
Roval Rapide SL 45 wheels were
replaced with a lighter all-around
wheel, the Roval Fusee SLX (25mm)
for greater versatility out the door.
Throw in an S-Works SL FACT
Carbon crank with integrated bottom
bracket and ceramic bearings and
sprinkle it with some SRAM Red
and you’ve got yourself one hell of
a bicycle machine (that weighs in
around 13. 7 pounds, no less).
separate molds and tooling for each.
The result is a range of sizes that really
fit, giving women a more comfortable,
more efficient ride for everything from
vicious weekend group-ride attacks to
serious pro racing calendars.
Engineered to meet the needs of
the world’s fastest women, the 2012
Specialized S-Works Amira delivers a
new definition for lightweight stiffness
and overall performance. This is the
bike that we’ve been asking for - a
bike designed from the ground up
for serious women who want serious
speed. A bike designed for the likes
of cycling’s winningest women’s
pro team, HTC-Highroad, a squad
stacked with legends like Judith Arndt
and Ina-Yoko Teutenberg.
You want to go fast? (You can’t
handle the fast!) The Amira will
not let you down. In fact, it will
climb like a scared monkey, handle
like it can read your mind and
descend the way you know you like
it. It will hit stores sometime in
September with 5 different build
levels ranging from Base to S-Works.
Retail prices have not yet been
determined, but you can expect to
pay somewhere around $8,000 for
the top rung of this truly elite ladder.
Never known for resting on their
laurels, Specialized came out
swinging with significant upgrades
to the successful 2011 Amira
frameset including increased stiffness
throughout, a carbon OSBB bottom
bracket (instead of alloy), and tapered
seat-stays. The oversized tapered
headset ( 1 1/8” - 1 3/8”) has slightly
rounded surfaces, creating a 25%
increase in stiffness from 2011.
None of this means anything, of
course, if we don’t also acknowledge
the fact that one of the reasons this
bike is so f*cking fast is that it actually
fits. Gone are the years when the
words “women’s specific” sent a
shudder down my spine - this is the
real deal. Working with a decade
of women’s fit data, Specialized has
engineered this bike from the ground
up. Each size of the
Amira is engineered
individually and has
a specific geometry requiring
Just so you know...
The Amira was engineered by a
named Kyle Chubbick. He has
been responsible for women’s
specific engineering greatness from
Specialized since 2005, when he
engineered the first carbon fiber
Ruby. After spending a week in
Spain with him, I can tell you
definitively that he’s a gem and a
gift to women cyclists everywhere.
Unfortunately, he is not single.
But the upgrades didn’t stop with the nerdy engineering stuff (sorry, Chubbick ): the pro-worthy spec is enough to still a rip-your-legs-off