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AWOL Expert

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2018 AWOL Expert

The AWOL Expert is equipped with everything you need to hit the road and head out on a great adventure.

Starting at the frame, it features heat-treated, custom-butted Cr-Mo tubing that's sure to stand up to years of hard riding and abuse. The geometry is also what you would called "dialed," as it's at once comfortable, efficient, and purpose-built to carrying big loads. We also gave this iteration a full bevy of features to further make it ready for the long haul, like fender and rack mounts, a kickstand plate (believe us, this is handier than you know with a loaded rig), and a Dynamo front hub that generates electricity to power lights without needing to plug-in.

For the spec, we gave it a wide range of gears and a triple Shimano Tiagra crankset, ultra-tough 45mm Borough Armadillo tires, and cable-actuated disc brakes. The road is calling, and you must go.

Technical Specifications

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FRAMESET

FRAME

Heat-treated & custom-butted Premium Cr-Mo tubing, internal light cable-routing-ready, Adventure Geometry, post mount disc, fender/rack mounts, kickstand plate

FORK

Butted premium Cr-Mo, unicrown, heat-treated

SEAT BINDER

AWOL forged alloy, CNC, stainless bolt, 29.8mm

WHEELS

RIMS

29 disc, aluminum 6061-T6, double wall construction, w/ AWOL decal, 32h

FRONT HUB

Dynamo hub, Center Lock disc, quick-release, 6V 3W, 100x108mm, w/ rotor mount cover, 32h

REAR HUB

Center Lock disc, 135mm spacing, 32h

SPOKES

DT Swiss w/ Self-locking threads, 2.0/1.8/2.0

FRONT TIRE

Specialized Borough Armadillo, 60 TPI, 700x45mm

REAR TIRE

Specialized Borough Armadillo, 60 TPI, 700x45mm

INNER TUBES

Standard, Presta valve

DRIVETRAIN

FRONT DERAILLEUR

Shimano Tiagra, clamp-on

REAR DERAILLEUR

Shimano Tiagra, GS cage, 10-speed

SHIFT LEVERS

Shimano Tiagra, 10-speed

CASSETTE

Shimano CS-HG50-10, 10-Speed 11-36t

CHAIN

KMC X10, 10-speed w/ Missing Link™

CRANKSET

Shimano Tiagra

CHAINRINGS

50/39/30T

BOTTOM BRACKET

Included w/ crankset

COCKPIT

STEM

Specialized, 3D forged alloy, 4-bolt, 7-degree rise

HANDLEBARS

Specialized Adventure Gear AWOL, alloy, 125mm drop, 70mm short-reach, 12-degree flare-out

TAPE

Anza canvas tape

SADDLE

Anza, hollow Cr-Mo rails, aluminum bumper

SEATPOST

Specialized CG-R, FACT carbon, single-bolt, 27.2mm

BRAKES

REAR BRAKE

TRP HY/RD-C

FRONT BRAKE

TRP HY/RD-C

ACCESSORIES

PEDALS

Nylon, 105x78x28mm, loose balls w/ reflectors

* Weights based on production painted frames as pictured. Actual weights will vary based on colorway, frame size, and component variation. Specifications are subject to change without notice.

Geometry

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Crank Length165mm170mm172.5mm175mm175mm
Handlebar Width400mm420mm440mm440mm460mm
Stem Length50mm50mm60mm70mm70mm
Saddle Width143mm143mm143mm143mm143mm
Seatpost Length350mm350mm350mm350mm350mm
Stack565mm589mm617mm640mm664mm
Reach379mm386mm392mm404mm409mm
Head Tube Length135mm160mm185mm210mm235mm
Head Tube Angle71°71°72°72°72°
BB Height295.5mm295.5mm295.5mm295.5mm295.5mm
BB Drop70mm70mm70mm70mm70mm
Trail66mm66mm66mm73mm73mm
Fork Length, Full405mm405mm405mm405mm405mm
Fork Rake/Offset50mm50mm50mm50mm50mm
Front Center618mm622mm626mm646mm658mm
Chainstay Length455mm455mm455mm455mm455mm
Wheelbase1064mm1067mm1072mm1091mm1104mm
Top Tube Length, Horizontal542mm555mm575mm600mm625mm
Bike Standover Height755mm774mm794mm821mm844mm
Seat Tube Length455mm475mm495mm525mm550mm
Seat Tube Angle72°73°73.5°74°75°
Geometry

Rider Reviews

  • 4.5
  • 4 Reviews

Great touring bike.

Yes the frame is heavier than other touring bikes but I don't find it sluggish at all. I can often keep up with my friends who are riding their road bikes. The steel frame helps to soak up bumps on gravels and dirt paths and actually does a better job than my ok'd trail bike with a suspension fork. As far as hauling gear it's great- the longer wheelbase distributes the weight evenly to avoid swaying. I've done many >250mi trips on it without any complaints. It may not be as nimble as the Specialized Diverge but I wouldn't change a thing.


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Cyclist63

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I would not buy this bicycle again.

This bike is well built, comes with nice setup (e.g. front/rear racks, dynamo w/ complete light set up, sufficient gear range), and is made to haul. Get rid of the seat. With all of this said it is very heavy and sluggish. You will not go anywhere fast and it has taken some time to build my strength to be comfortable on longer treks. I love not messing with batteries for my head light and rear lights. I love the carrying capacity of this beast. The biggest drawback is the weight. I would see if your bike shop had some of these on hand you could try first. Or find a lighter frame and get your bike shop to lace up a dynamo/lights and put some racks on.


Name:
Patty

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Awesome Bike.

I purchased this bike for myself for my 50th birthday. When I was young, I rode hard, and thought, ""When I am old, I will do some bicycle touring."" Well, here I am. I just rode this bike on my first tour, 845 miles from the Columbia River to the Golden Gate Bridge down the Pacific Coast. I have1400 miles on it in total (approximately 550 training) and it hasn't even broken a sweat. It's ready to go around the world. I give it a five star rating because it deserves it, but there are a few things I think could still be improved. First, the denim saddle isn't a touring saddle. I threw it away. Second. the lowest gear seems like it could be lower. Maybe that's something for me to figure out. There are some steep hills on the Pacific Coast. Other riders were spinning up them at 3 or 4 mph and I was not spinning. I was pushing. No spinning. Third, the Supernova stem is useless. It charges nothing. It's not a selling point. Don't buy this bike thinking that thing will charge anything. It won't. Get a solar panel.... Ok those are the negatives. 1400 miles I got zero flats and I rode through ten thousand nails. Its a REALLY NICE BIKE with a few things could be improved.


Name:
Chris

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