Cyclingnews MTB Editor, Sue George Reviews the Specialized Safire & Era at the 2011 Women’s Off-Road Launch

Cyclingnews’ Sue George was on hand to ride the first pre-production models of Safire and Era made available by Specialized for the launch.

 

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The Safire

The Safire is the gem of the Specialized women’s bike line-up.  The bike has already been in the line for three years, but it underwent a complete re-design for 2011. Specialized’s main goals in the redesign were to lower and lengthen the way riders sit on the bike and to improve the rear suspension performance.

A view of supsension clearances on the specialized safire:

The Specialized Safire features a tapered head tube with integrated bearings, keeping the front end lower

 

The Era

The Era is Specialized’s performance-oriented cross-country bike and also comes in two models: the Era FSR Comp Carbon and the FSR Comp. The design was largely carried over from previous years.

The 2010 Era Comp Carbon frame is a one piece, carbon front triangle matched to a rear M5 Aluminum alloy rear triangle whereas the Comp model is an all aluminum affair. Specialized mixed carbon and aluminum materials on its higher-end Era in order to reap some the benefits of carbon in a frame at a more affordable price point.

The 2011 specialized era:

The 2011 Specialized Era features a FACT carbon main frame and M5 rear swingarm

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