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Often times, carbon gets all of the attention, but as our Senior Advanced R&D Engineer, Chuck Teixeira, says, "If you haven't ridden an aluminum bike lately, you haven't ridden an aluminum bike." And with its D'Aluisio Smartweld frame, trail-ready geometry, and components designed specifically for female XC riders, the Women's Chisel Expert is no exception.
Traditional welding methods create frame joints by connecting tubes to cylinders, leaving the performance and security of the connection up to the skill of the welder. D'Aluisio (DSW), however, allows us to move the joint away from the area of the highest stress, making for a lighter frameset that's stiff, compliant, and incredibly strong—the optimal characteristics of a hardtail XC rig. So what does this mean for you? You'll be powering up climbs, shredding singletrack, and everything in between on a bike that has you questioning why alloy has gotten such a bad rap.
And to further improve this feel, the Chisel also features our XC 29 geometry which took our previous XC race geo and added some trail DNA to the mix. This equates to a longer top tube, a shortened head tube, and a slacked out front end, the result of which is a tremendous increase in downhill stability, plus a wider fit range. And just as importantly, this doesn't require any sacrifice of climbing proficiency.
The build on this Chisel features a mix of Shimano XT and SLX components, powerful hydraulic disc brakes, and 25-millimeter-wide alloy wheels that are optimized for weight and traction. Even better, almost every component has been tailored specifically for women, from the handlebar width to the crankarm length all the way to our superlative Myth Sport saddle.
|SEAT BINDER||Specialized Alloy 30.8mm|
|FRAME||Specialized D'Aluisio Smartweld M5 Alloy, XC Geometry, internal cable routing, BSA BB, 12x148mm rear end, triangulated post-mount 160mm brake|
|FRONT HUB||Front hub, disc, 15x110mm spacing, torque caps, 32h|
|REAR HUB||Specialized, sealed cartridge bearings, 12x148mm thru-axle, 32h|
|INNER TUBES||Standard, Presta valve|
|FRONT TIRE||Fast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29 x 2.3""|
|RIMS||Specialized Alloy 29, 25mm internal width|
|REAR TIRE||Fast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29 x 2.1""|
|BOTTOM BRACKET||Race Face Threaded BSA|
|CHAIN||KMC X11, 11-speed w/ Missing Link™|
|CRANKSET||Race Face Aeffect|
|CASSETTE||SRAM NX, 11-speed, 10-42t|
|SHIFT LEVERS||SRAM GX, trigger, 11-speed|
|REAR DERAILLEUR||SRAM GX, long cage, 11-speed|
|SADDLE||Women's Body Geometry Myth Sport, steel rails, 155mm|
|SEATPOST||Specialized, alloy, single bolt, 27.2mm|
|GRIPS||Specialized Sip Grip, half-waffle|
|HANDLEBARS||Specialized Mini-rise, 6000 alloy, 8-degree backsweep, 6-degree upsweep, 10mm rise, 720mm width, 31.8mm clamp|
|STEM||Specialized XC, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree rise|
|FRONT BRAKE||SRAM Level TL, hydraulic disc, organic pads, 160/180mm rotor|
|REAR BRAKE||SRAM Level TL, hydraulic disc, organic pads, 160 rotor|
|PEDALS||Specialized Platform, 9/16"" spindle|
|FORK||RockShox Reba RL 29, Women's Rx Tune, Solo Air, 51mm offset, 15x110mm thru-axle (S: 90mm, M-XL: 100mm of travel)|
|Top Tube Length, Horizontal||548mm||567mm||594mm||622mm|
|Seat Tube Angle||74°||74°||74°||74°|
|Head Tube Angle||69.8°||69.8°||69.8°||69.8°|
|Seat Tube Length||370mm||400mm||430mm||470mm|
|Head Tube Length||95mm||95mm||95mm||110mm|
|Bike Standover Height||731mm||760mm||790mm||814mm|
|Fork Length, Full||486mm||496mm||506mm||506mm|