FACT

Functional Advanced Composite Technology

A Word About Fact

Specialized’s vision is to be the best cycling brand in the world. We can only achieve this goal by challenging our own assumptions and constantly re-inventing our bikes and equipment. Thankfully, we have a company filled with dedicated cyclists and demanding pro athletes who never settle for good over great. Case in point: FACT.

FACT (Functional Advanced Composite Technology) is a holistic approach to composite development that differentiates our frames and components from our competitors’. The FACT process–our proprietary blend of design and engineering, materials selection, manufacturing, and testing–allows us to consider the performance of a bike as a whole. We never focus on specific attributes like weight or stiffness without considering the effect on the entire package.

A perfect example of FACT at work is the new S-Works Tarmac SL3. We took nothing for granted in designing this frame from the ground up. We developed new fabrication processes, an innovative carbon layup schedule with internal rib structures specific to each frame size, new BB technology, and new molding techniques that created the smoothest and thinnest layup possible. Through this comprehensive process, we not only improved stiffness and handling, but managed to produce the lightest frame we’ve ever made and the industry’s lightest frameset module.

When it comes to our composites or any other Specialized product, safety is our number one priority. We have one of the world’s foremost testing facilities in our Morgan Hill, CA, headquarters with machines that can accurately test around the clock. Our engineers and technicians perform countless hours of testing in all phases of fatigue, ultimate strength, impact strength, stiffness, and vibration, then our pro and elite field testers get their turn. We not only exceed all industry safety standards, but conduct our own proprietary tests, which are far more demanding than the industry requirements.

These days, you could say everybody does carbon—Specialized just does it better.

Mark Schroeder
Director of Engineering
Specialized Bicycles

FACT is an acronym that stands for Functional Advanced Composite Technology, but more importantly, it represents our holistic approach to working with composites. Like any project at Specialized, FACT starts with the needs of the rider, then we apply four critical disciplines to achieve the design targets that will best serve those rider needs: design & engineering, material selection, fabrication process, and testing. What’s the result of the FACT process? Bikes and equipment that promise real-world performance benefits for the target rider.

FACT Bikes Are In It To Win

Epic

Epic

— Reviews

“The headline is that the 2010 Epic is a better bike than we’ve ever seen.”
— What Mountain Bike Magazine
“No pedal stroke is wasted on the climbs and no extra energy is needed to control the bike on descents thanks to an incredibly stiff front triangle, nearly perfect suspension and flawless handling.”
— Bicycling Magazine

Wins

  • 2009 U23 World Championship
  • 2009 XTerra Cup Series
  • 2009 Sea Otter XC
  • 2009 Pro XCT Team Classification
  • 2008 XC World Championship
  • Bicycling Magazine Editor’s Choice Award, Best Performance XC Mountain Bike
  • Bike Magazine Germany’s Most Innovative Bike Award
  • 2009 International Constructors Award
Era

Era

— Reviews

“The Era is easily the sweetest freakin’ bike I’ve ever ridden. I’ve been doing some epic days on it, and it’s just killer. Love, love, love it.”
— Selene Yeagar, contributor to Bicycling Magazine
“The Era is a capable descender that truly shines on the climbs ... If you’re a female racer searching for a bike specially built to meet your competition needs, the Era is the bike you’ve been waiting for.”
— Mountain Bike Action

Wins

  • 2009 XC World Cup #6; Bromont, Canada
  • 3x Winner 24-Hour Solo World Championship
Stumpjumper

Stumpjumper

— Reviews

“The most technologically advanced cross-country hardtail race bike that we have ever had the pleasure of throwing a leg over.”
“This bike doesn’t accelerate as much as it explodes.”
— Both from mbaction.com

Wins

  • 2009 Sea Otter Short Track
  • Women’s 2009 Leadville Trail 100
Tarmac SL3

Tarmac SL3

— Reviews

“This bike makes no apologies and doesn’t need to—it’s that good.”
— Philip Booth, Road Bike Action Magazine

Wins

  • 2009 Liege-Bastogne-Liege Multiple
  • 2009 National Championships Winner
  • Stage win and 2nd place overall, 2009 Tour de France
Roubaix

Roubaix

— Reviews

“Not only did this carbon bike receive higher marks for climbing and handling than most of the race bikes we tested, it also dominated the comfort category. Don’t be fooled by the word comfort, though. This is an elite racer ... already proven in Europe’s grueling cobbled classics.”
— Marc Peruzzi & John Bradley, Outside Magazine

Wins

  • 2x Winner Paris-Roubaix
  • 2008 Paris-Roubaix
  • 2009 Paris-Roubaix
Shiv

Shiv

— Reviews

“If I could only use one word to describe the Shiv, it would have to be “fearsome”. The Shiv looked like it was irritated to be standing there stationary, displayed on a table.”
— Neil Browne, Road Magazine
“Riding the Shiv, I consistently had the feeling that the bike’s limits were beyond my physical abilities. The bike is designed for the fastest time trialist in the world and it shows. In the hands of Cancellara, the Shiv will cut a straight line to the top of the podium.”
— Philip Booth, Road Bike Action Magazine

Wins

  • 2009 TT World Championships
  • 2009 Danish National TT Championships
  • Prologue and final time trial, 2009 Tour de Suisse
  • Stage win, 2009 Tour de France
  • Prologue and stage win, 2009 Vuelta a Espana
  • Stage win, 2009 Tour du Poitou
  • Stage win, 2009 Eneco Tour