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Specialized Era

  • Model2017 Era Expert
  • Star Rating (4)
  • RRP $6999
  • Model2017 Era Comp
  • Star Rating (4.5)
  • RRP $4799

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!




Reviews from bike beagles

At a glance

  • Riding typeCross Country

  • Drive trainSRAM X01

  • Gear ratios1x11 Mountain

  • Frame buildCarbon Mid
    Light weight and high tech on a budget

At a glance

  • Riding typeCross Country

  • Drive trainXT

  • Gear ratios2x10 Mountain

  • Frame buildCarbon Basic


SPECIFICATIONS


  • Frame FACT 9m, carbon front triangle, M5 alloy rear end, Women's Competitive XC Geometry, PF30 BB, carbon headset cups, 12x142mm dropouts, internal cable routing, front derailluermount, PM 160 rear brake, SWAT™ tool cradle
  • Fork Custom RockShox SID w/ Brain, Women's Rx tune, Position Sensitive damper, bottom-mount Brain Fade adjust, rebound adjust, Solo Air spring, tapered alloy crown/steerer, 100x15mm Maxle Stealth thru-axle, 90/100mm travel, 51mm offset

  • Wheels Roval Control, sealed cartridge bearings, 15mm thru-axle, 100mm spacing, 32h; Roval Control, DT Swiss internals, 36T engagement, XD driver body, 12x142mm, 32h; Roval Control 29, hookless alloy, 21mm inner width, 32h, tubeless ready
  • Tyres Fast Trak, Control casing, 29x2.2", 60TPI, Aramid folding bead, 2Bliss Ready; Fast Trak, Control casing, 29x2.2", 60TPI, Aramid folding bead, 2Bliss Ready

  • Shifters SRAM X1, 11-speed, trigger
  • Rear Derailleur SRAM X1 Type 2.1, 11-speed
  • Crank RaceFace Aeffect, 6000-series alloy, 24mm spindle, 49mm chainline
  • Cassette SRAM XG-1150, 11-speed, 10-42t
  • Chain SRAM PC-1130, 11-speed w/PowerLink
  • Bottom Bracket PF30

  • Saddle Women's Body Geometry Myth Sport, steel rails, 155mm
  • Seatpost Specialized, alloy, single bolt, 30.9mm
  • Stem Specialized, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree rise
  • Brakeset Shimano Deore SLX M7000, hydraulic disc, metallic pad, 180/160mm rotor; Shimano Deore SLX M7000, hydraulic disc, metallic pad, 160mm rotor
  • Grips Specialized Sip Grip, lock-on, half-waffle, regular thickness
  • Frame FACT 9m, carbon front triangle, M5 alloy rear end, Women's Competitive XC Geometry, PF30 BB, carbon headset cups, 12x142mm dropouts, internal cable routing, front derailluermount, PM 160 rear brake, SWAT™ tool cradle
  • Fork Custom RockShox Reba RL, Solo Air, Women's Rx Tune, rebound adjust, tapered alloy crown/steerer, 15x100mm Maxle Stealth thru-axle, 51mm offset, 90/100mm travel

  • Wheels Roval Control
  • Tyres Fast Trak, Control casing, 29x2.2", 60TPI, Aramid folding bead, 2Bliss Ready;

  • Shifters Shimano SLX, 11-speed
  • Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore XT M8000, Shadow Plus, SGS cage, 11-speed
  • Front Derailleur Shimano SLX 7025, direct-mount, down-swing
  • Crank Custom SRAM S-1250, 7050 alloy arms, 10-speed double, PF30, 34/22T, 104/64mm BCD spider
  • Cassette Shimano SLX M7000, 11-speed, 11-42t
  • Chain KMC X11EL, 11-speed w/reusable MissingLink
  • Bottom Bracket PF30

  • Saddle Women's Body Geometry Myth Sport, steel rails, 155mm
  • Seatpost Specialized, alloy, single bolt, 30.9mm
  • Stem Specialized, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree rise
  • Brakeset Shimano M506, hydraulic disc, resin pad, 180/160mm rotor; Shimano M506, hydraulic disc, resin pad, 160mm rotor
  • Grips Specialized Sip Grip, lock-on, half-waffle, regular thickness

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