World Class racers get all the fun new toys first. The Monster Energy Specialized team is about as World Class as it gets and the team paddock area is always filled with off limits boxes, the insides of which only a few will ever see. This week Pinkbike was lucky enough to get a sneak peek at 2 new products coming out of Specialized that are in prototype stages and managed to get the scoop, and the spy shots to go with it.
First off is the new Specialized flat pedal. The brainchild of FSR engineer Jason Chamberlain, the new pedal is a true 10mm thick at the spindle. Through the use of an ingenious, patented, bearing system at both ends, this slick new platform will be the absolute thinnest pedal on the market. Unlike other pedals that cheat and measure the outer edges, or have a huge lump your foot sits on, this one is concave, has a multitude of pin positions and undercut, adjustable custom pins. When hit, they will break off at the base and still be easily removed, unlike a set screw.
Second is a prototype Specialized carbon DH helmet that World Champions Sam Hill and Troy Brosnan have been giving feedback on for the last few days. Sitting about 950 grams, give or take, it is substantially lighter than many of the most popular helmets on the market and offers just as high of a level of protection. It will feature titanium hardware, a carbon fibre outer shell and a quick release cheek pad system as well as the "EJECT" removal system for emergencies.