Saturday, June 22, 2013

First Look: The 2014 Specialized Carve Is Now the Crave

Is this a new bike line from Specialized? Nope, the Carve has been renamed the Crave for 2014. I’m sure Specialized has their reasons for the name change but we aren’t here to try and figure that out. Instead, we’d rather give you a first look at the 2014 Specialized Crave Pro 29.

Introducing the all new 2014 Crave Pro! This bike features an all new fully butted M4 Premium Aluminum frame that is lighter and faster than ever. This is a competition inspired hardtail 29er that won’t break the bank. This year Specialized decided to spec the bike with Shimano Deore hydraulic disc brakes over the custom Avid Elixir 5’s. We won’t complain. In fact, thank you Specialized! Specs for this bike can be seen below.  MSRP for this bike is $2000 USD.
2014 Crave Pro 29 Black/Charcoal/Rocket Red
FRAMENew Specialized M4 Premium Aluminum, XC 29er Geometry, fully butted w/ smooth welds, tapered headtube and seat tube, forged post-mount 160mm disc dropouts, replaceable alloy derailleur hanger
FORKFOX Evolution series Float 29, CTD damper, tapered alloy steerer, open 9mm dropout, external rebound adj., 100mm travel
HEADSET1-1/8" upper and 1-1/2" lower threadless, Campy style, integrated full cartridge bearings
STEMSpecialized 3D forged 6061 alloy, 4-bolt clamp, 6-degree rise, 31.8mm
HANDLEBARSSpecialized mini riser, double-butted 6061 alloy, 700mm wide, 10-degree backsweep, 6-degree upsweep, 31.8mm
GRIPSSpecialized Body Geometry XC Contour, Kraton w/ gel, closed end, 132mm, lock-on
FRONT BRAKEShimano Deore BR-615, hydraulic disc, 180mm rotor
REAR BRAKEShimano Deore BR-615, hydraulic disc, 160mm rotor
BRAKE LEVERSShimano Deore BR-615, hydraulic lever w/ reach adj.
FRONT DERAILLEURSRAM X7, 10-speed 2X10, 34.9mm clamp
REAR DERAILLEURShimano Deore XT Shadow Plus, 10-speed, GS cage
SHIFT LEVERSShimano SLX, 10-speed Rapidfire Plus, SL type
CASSETTE SRAM PG 1030, 10-speed, 11-36
CRANKSETCustom SRAM S-1255, 2pc., 10-speed XC double for 29er
CHAINRINGS36/22, aluminum
BOTTOM BRACKET SRAM GXP BB for 2pc., 73mm shell
PEDALSAlloy, 1pc. body and cage, w/ reflectors, 9/16"
RIMSCrave SL Disc 29", alloy double-wall, sleeve joint, 26mm, 28h/32h
FRONT HUBSpecialized disc, alloy, Hi Lo flange, sealed bearings, alloy axle, QR, 28h
REAR HUBSpecialized disc, alloy, Hi Lo flange, cartridge bearings, steel axle, steel cassette body, QR, 32h
SPOKESStainless, 14g (2.0mm)
FRONT TIRESpecialized Ground Control, 29x2.1", aramid bead, 60TPI
REAR TIRESpecialized Ground Control, 29x2.1", aramid bead, 60TPI
INNER TUBESStandard presta valve
SADDLESpecialized Body Geometry Henge, steel rails, 143mm
SEATPOSTSpecialized alloy, 2-bolt, micro-adjust, 12.5mm offset, 27.2mm, size-specific 350mm/400mm
SEAT BINDERForged alloy, 31.8mm, QR, brass washer

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