Specialized Shiv
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2012 Specialized Shiv

The 2012 Specialized Shiv had quite a build up from Interbike to Kona. And after it’s reveal, Craig Alexander did not disappoint as Specialized’s newest sponsored athlete improving his bike split by 13 minutes and dominating the men’s field at Kona.

Needless to say we were stoked when the Shiv Expert arrived at the TriBomb shop for some hands on testing. You can see a complete list of the 2012 Shiv lineup here. The Shiv Expert is composed of FACT 10r carbon and includes a Shimano Dura Ace drivetrain, FSA SL-K crankset, DT Axis 2.0 wheelset, and TRP brake levers.

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We will be putting some serious miles on this bike over the next month in order to bring you an in-depth review.

A couple of items to note from the image gallery:

1) Some photos include the American Classic 420 wheelset (which is what we use to test all bikes to keep things on a level playing field)

2)The ridiculous spacers are not by choice and must remain since this is a demo bike. The front end would look much cleaner with things trimmed up.

Lastly, if there is anything specific you want to know about this bike, simply let us know in the comment section below and we will be sure to address it in our final review.

Look for our full review coming soon!

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