Specialized has pursued an unprecedented level of artistry with the new Chisel LTD frameset, which aims to represent the elements of earth, air, fire, and water in four colorways. The theme and inspiration, according to Specialized, is the idea that the natural world is decaying as the digital world expands, hence the series name Disrupting the Decay.
From the Specialized website:
The Chisel is the Epic Hardtail’s alloy sister but has marginally more aggressive numbers than the race-bred carbon version. It has internal cable routing, BSA bottom bracket threading, and 12x148 rear hub spacing. Each frame comes with a coffee-table book that showcases the art and thought processes of the artists.
Specialized explains each design:
EARTH: The subdued colors on the Earth frame are inspired by the ceramic-like tones and textures of the desert landscape interrupted with a digital glitch effect, creating a gap in the information. The glitch appears on areas of the seatstay and the collage photography of the seat tube.
AIR: The luminous wash on the Air frame symbolizes the fog rolling over the hills off the Pacific colliding with Silicon Valley. Just as the fog envelopes you in the natural world, the digital world can also envelope you in its technicolor infinity, which is represented in the colorful and glitch-filled logos.
FIRE: Fire can be overwhelming and creates a barrier, with only small gaps between the flames to pass through. Similarly, digital firewalls are a barrier, only allowing small pieces of data to pass through. Reflective foil pieces under red tint on the Fire frame represent data passing through, while the Chisel graphic on the seat tube melts from the heat of fire.
WATER: The flowing layers of color on the Water frame are inspired by the shifting blues of Icelandic lakes. This flow also takes place in the digital world through the binary code of 1’s and 0’s. Binary 1’s and 0’s create the Specialized downtube logo and the S head tube badge. When translated to English, the binary reads “Nature Digital Nature Digital…” over and over again.
The Earth and Air framesets are available now
for $1,500 USD, and the Fire and Water designs are expected to become available in June.