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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.
|CHAIN||KMC X11, 11-speed w/ Missing Link™|
|BOTTOM BRACKET||Race Face Threaded BSA|
|CRANKSET||Race Face Aeffect|
|SHIFT LEVERS||SRAM GX, trigger, 11-speed|
|CASSETTE||SRAM NX, 11-speed, 11-42t|
|REAR DERAILLEUR||SRAM GX, long cage, 11-speed|
|FORK||RockShox Reba RL 29, Women's Rx Tune, Solo Air, 51mm offset, 15x110mm thru-axle (S: 90mm, M-XL: 100mm of travel)|
|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|
|RIMS||Stout XC 29, 25mm internal width, disc-specific|
|FRONT TIRE||Fast Trak, 60 TPI, GRIPTON® compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3"|
|REAR TIRE||Fast Trak, 60 TPI, GRIPTON® compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.1"|
|SADDLE||Women's Body Geometry Myth Sport, steel rails, 155mm|
|SEATPOST||Specialized, alloy, single-bolt, 27.2mm|
|STEM||Specialized XC, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree rise|
|HANDLEBARS||Specialized Mini-rise, 6000 alloy, 8-degree backsweep, 6-degree upsweep, 10mm rise, 720mm width, 31.8mm clamp|
|GRIPS||Specialized Sip Grip, half-waffle|
|FRONT BRAKE||SRAM Level TL, Hydraulic Disc|
|REAR BRAKE||SRAM Level TL, hydraulic disc, organic pads, 160|
|PEDALS||Specialized Platform, 9/16" spindle|
|SEAT BINDER||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|
|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|