Now that the new Shiv has been revealed, we give you a brief rundown of your choices for a 2012 Shiv.
The "top secret" bike from Specialized that was teased at Interbike was revealed late last week partly due to all of the speculation of what bike Craig Alexander would be riding in Kona. Now that the dust has settled from the hype of what bike Crowie would be riding, we would like to provide you with a "first look" at the complete 2012 Specialized Shiv lineup.
We all knew (or at least thought we knew) that the Transition was being phased out last year. Apparently we were correct as the new Shiv models offer a bike for all ranges of riders an budgets.
There are a few intriguing features on this bike. First is the integrated hydration fuselage. The fuselage is housed in the massive down tube and features a straw that allows for easy drinking in the aero position. The straw is nicely held down while not in use by a magnet. This is definitely an aero way to carry your hydration. We just have concerns about ease of use, cleaning, etc that can only be addressed by using and testing this new idea on integrated hydration. Next is the size of the tubes and the fact the Specialized had the balls to go against UCI regulations. This is awesome as we are seeing bike companies develop bikes specifically for triathletes, not just Time Trial bikes. Lastly, an item to note on the new model is the adjustability of the front end seems to be much improved over the past Shiv model.
Below is the 2012 Specialized Shiv lineup as well as detailed specs for each model.
Geometry for the 2012 Carbon and Alloy Shiv.
At TriBomb we always love to see innovative products and we feel the Shiv definitely falls into that category. We hope to get some time in the saddle on this new machine and give you some detailed feedback.