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HARD TAIL MOUNTAIN BIKES

2018 Chisel Expert - 2X

$2700


Often times, carbon gets all of the attention, but as our Senior Advanced R&D Engineer, Chuck Teixeira, says, "If you haven't ridden an aluminum bike lately, you haven't ridden an aluminum bike." And with its D'Aluisio Smartweld frame, the Chisel Expert with two-by gearing is no exception.

Traditional welding methods create frame joints by connecting tubes to cylinders, leaving the performance and security of the connection up to the skill of the welder. D'Aluisio (DSW), however, allows us to move the joint away from the area of the highest stress, making for a lighter frameset that's stiff, compliant, and incredibly strong—the optimal characteristics of a hardtail XC rig. So what does this mean for you? You'll be powering up climbs, shredding singletrack, and everything in between on a bike that has you questioning why alloy as gotten such a bad rap.

 

  • ColoursSatin gloss black / Black
  • Frame: Specialized D'Aluisio Smartweld M5 Alloy, XC Geometry, internal cable routing, BSA BB, 12x148mm rear end, triangulated post-mount 160mm brake
  • Fork: RockShox Reba RL 29, Solo Air, 51mm offset, 15x110mm thru-axle (S: 90mm, M-XL: 100mm of travel)
  • Shifters: Shimano SLX, 11-speed
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT, Shadow Plus, GS cage, 11-speed
  • Brakes: Shimano MT500 Deore, hydraulic disc, 180/160mm rotor (F) 160mm (R)
  • Crankset: Race Face Aeffect
  • Tyres: Fast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 29x2.3", 60 TPI, Aramid folding bead, 2Bliss Ready (F) 29x2.1" (R)