Specialized has long been a producer of women’s specific bikes, though for 2017 they’ll be offering their largest ever range of ladies performance road and mountain bikes. That includes the lightweight Era FSR, which is the women’s version of the incredible Epic full-suspension XC race bike. Like the Epic FSR, the Era features 95mm of rear suspension travel to help take the edge off hits on the trail and to deliver more traction when the racecourse is rough and loose. The Era features a completely different frame to the Epic however, with a riding position that is designed to be more comfortable for female riders. The suspension is also tuned for lighter female riders, and the size range goes down to a Small. Make no mistake though; this is still a thoroughbred race bike, with the wickedly efficient Brain suspension design and sharp handling that’s oriented towards climbing speed and cornering precision. If you’re looking for a little more comfort than a hardtail but still want a race bike for tackling everything from short-distance dirt crits to multi-stage marathon races, then the Era FSR is your best bet in the Specialized line up.
Using a high-tech FACT carbon fibre construction, the Specialized Era is incredibly lightweight. It also features sleek lines, with neat internal cable routing and integrated tool storage with the clever SWAT design. The Era also features Specialized’s AutoSAG rear shock, which makes suspension setup super easy regardless of your weight or riding style. Like the Epic FSR, the Era is designed around 29in wheels to offer more traction and more stability when the going gets rough. Specialized have also equipped each Era with tubeless compatible tyres and wheels, so you can run lower pressures for more grip, whilst drastically reducing the chance of getting punctures. While the Era has been designed as a high-level race bike, these clever features also ensure it’s an easy bike to live with on a daily basis.
Available across multiple price points, the Era range tops out at the full-blown S-Works model that comes complete with carbon wheels, the upside-down RockShox RS-1 fork and a SRAM XX-1 drivetrain. Want the absolute best women’s race bike Specialized offer? Then the Era S-Works is your ticket to the podium!
Riding typeCross Country
Drive trainSRAM X01
Gear ratios1x11 Mountain
Frame buildCarbon Mid
Light weight and high tech on a budget