Carve your trail on the Chisel, this month’s product feature.

One of the best parts of owning a bike shop is seeing the latest, greatest, carbon-fiber-wonder-bikes each year.  However, the most exciting products to me are the ones that allow more people to experience the sport without breaking into your kids’ college fund.  That’s where the Chisel from Specialized comes into play.

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Notice the Smartweld design?  The head tube is formed and connects to the rest of the frame via the unique weld position.  Internal routing options for a dropper post and front derailleur are featured.

This bike is replacing the base Epic hardtail that I’ve been riding this summer; and it is basically the same in terms of geometry and frame materials to my mountain bike.  The difference is that its offered in two price-points that are in that sweet-spot of being a killer trail weapon while still being somewhat affordable.  The full-featured XC race bike has an aluminum alloy frame featuring the unique Smartweld design that also shows up on several other models of alloy bikes made for high performance at a modest price.  Basically, the alloy tubes are hydroformed and then welded in a unique way that allows for stiffer, stronger frames in a very light and nice handling bike.  If you want to see the Smartweld in person, come check out our Allez Sprint bikes we have in stock.

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Getting back to the Chisel… it seems that you are able to get a XC race ready bike for around $1500 or choose the 1X drive-train, RockShox Reba equipped model at $1850.  This is cheaper than last year’s Epic hardtail option but features a better frame design in the “Smartweld-ed” configuration.  There is also a frameset option for $750 that would make a great platform for your own build; something we can help you with down at ABC.  We’ll have some of these bikes in stock throughout the fall and into next season, but you can order yours today through us.  You bring the hammer, we’ll provide the Chisel.

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Clean cable routing and a screaming red paint job.  This one checks all the boxes for me.

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