First Look: The New Specialized Fuse is a Hardtail, Built for Fun

Jun 19, 2019 at 8:45
by James Smurthwaite  


The Fuse was originally Specialized's foray into the plus sized market in 2015 but, like many of those bikes, it never really picked up much traction (pun intended). Specialized is hoping to turn that around by upping the fun factor, increasing the travel, ditching the carbon and putting the wheels on a diet - which makes the 2020 edition a whole new bike, really.

The biggest overhaul here is the geometry. Specialized added 20mm of reach to all sizes and slackened the head angle down to 66° (66.5° on the M4 frame option). Other modernizing are a seat tube steepened a full degree to 74° and has been straightened to accommodate long dropper posts, while the stand-over height was dropped by as much as 52mm.
Fuse Details:
• Aluminum hardtail (M4 (premium grade) or M1 options)
• Single-speed convertible dropout,
• 74° seat tube, 66° head tube
• Wheels: 29" x 2.6" standard, 27.5" x 2.8" Plus compatible
• Sizes: XS, SM, MD, LG, XL
• MSRP: $1,250 USD - Fuse, $2,150 - Fuse Expert, $800 - frame only
• Contact: Specialized Bicycles

The Fuse now rocks out with 780mm bars and a 45mm stem as standard.


There are two geometry charts here, as two separate frames are available. The M4 frame is featured on Expert and Comp 29 models and is made from a higher grade aluminium. This means Specialized can build the tube walls thinner and therefore make a lighter, but equally as strong frame.

Fuse Geometry


The standover is far greater and the bike is now compatible with much longer dropper posts.
Adjustable dropouts give you the option to run single speed or to adjust the chainstay length by up to 15mm to change the handling.

The tires are still fatter than average, with out of the box specs coming at either 29x2.6" or 27.5x2.8" - definitely more manageable than the 3" tires on the original bike. The rest of the Fuse is more conventional, with Boost axle spacing and a threaded bottom bracket.

Three builds are available - two from the M4 grade and one from A1. Prices range from $1,250 (Fuse 27.5) to $2,150 (Fuse Expert 29). The frame-only option will retail for $800.

1X drivetrains across the board for this mid-range hardtail.
Plus size tire clearance is still on offer, but the Fuse is spec'ed with narrower tires now.


More info here.


187 Comments

  • + 60
 Fantastic option for new riders. I'm excited about this. Personally, I"d love a 65* hta on this, but I'm not going to complain about a 66* HTA. Hardtails really come alive with 64-65* htas. Bravo specialized, I'll be recommending this to a lot of friends looking for a cheap hardtail.
  • + 42
 Needs a steel option though.......
  • + 3
 I assume it's an integrated headset, otherwise you could bang a works headset into it...
  • + 32
 @hardtailparty Have a look at the NS Bikes Eccentric Alu Evo 29: 65* HTA, 74* STA (1*steeper than Fuse) and adequate reach.
Goes for ~$320 including shipping straight from Europe. Less than half the price of the Fuse frame and same amount of fun.
@JDFF the Eccentric comes in steel as well Wink
  • + 4
 @rjp1: got an Alu version on sale for $249 last year (less than the dropper post I put on it). Amazingly versatile bike.
  • + 2
 @bvd453: Agreed! I've had mine set up with 140mm fork and 27.5+ 2.8 wheels, 29" 2.3 wheels, or even with skinny 42mm wheels and a rigid fork for gravel grinding. It does it all.
  • - 2
 specialized: never late to the party
  • + 2
 @rjp1: will it fit a 29x2.6 tire?
  • + 1
 @generationfourth: 29x2.5 on wide rims does fit. Never tried 29x2.6.
  • + 6
 @rjp1: check Octane one Prone bikes, it is the cheap brand from NS, their hardtail has a nice geo and is rigid AF for less than 200€
  • + 8
 @rjp1: sure, but those frames are cheap and it shows. I ordered one and the quality control was horrible, I sent it back. Ended up with a Chromag and couldn't be happier.
  • + 1
 @Balgaroth: I remember looking into those but they only came in 142x12 rear spacing and didn’t take tires wider than 2.3
  • + 13
 @hardtailparty $800 for an aluminium frame? We have different definitions of cheap.
  • + 2
 @Trevorjn: I’m happy with mine, but agree that some finishes of the paint could be a bit better.
Also it’d be interesting to see the Fuse’s frame weight (presumably a bit lighter than the Eccentric), but Specialized never tells.
  • - 1
 @rjp1: sure what is the problem with that ? You find plenty of good parts for cheap, considering it is only a hardtail you have plenty of rigidity anyway so Boost is irrelevant. As for tires I am runing DHF 2.5 or DHR 2.4 without too much problem, bigger tires are pointless really unless you are a begginer seeking for easier, forgiving and less precise ride.
  • + 1
 @rjp1: what year is yours? My eccentric barely clears a 2.4 minion on the drive side chainstay.
  • + 1
 @JDFF: 10,000 UP ARROWS for steel
  • + 2
 @rideitall-bmx-dh-road-unicycle: If this were offered in steel for that price, I'd scoop it in a heartbeat.

Sadly, though, none of the larger companies appear to have any love for steel or titanium. I guess they've decided that the market for such things is just too small.
  • + 1
 @opetruzel: Kona Honzo- steel and Ti (up until a year or two ago)
  • + 1
 @bvd453: Commencal Meta HT, Transition Trans Am, both available in steel, again, up until a year or two (or three) ago. I guess it's not viable for larger companies.
  • + 1
 @metaam: Got an old frame you can sell me from the steel days?
  • + 1
 @JDFF: damn right. it's ALMOST at Honzo.
  • + 1
 @metaam: Honzo's are $450. Which is pretty much what Specialized ALMOST copied here.
  • + 3
 @rideitall-bmx-dh-road-unicycle: I've got a steel frame, but sorry, it's a keeper.
  • + 2
 @metaam: I agree that $800 for an alloy frame is insane, but $1250 for a complete is cheap, especially considering it'll be at most local bike shops.
  • + 3
 Chromag @JDFF:
  • + 2
 @opetruzel: Also check out the RSD middle child. I'm loving mine. Steel and Ti options. Threaded bb, 64.5* HTA,415-430 CS, 27.5, 27.5+, 29x2.6. Singlespeed or geared. Fantastic bike.
  • + 1
 My Vitus Sentier is at 65* with a 130mm 29/27.5+ fork instead of a 27.5 fork. Built it frame up from another bike. I would rather a 150mm fox36, but it was CHEAP. I can run a 2.8 rear in the winter and a 3.0 up front.
  • + 1
 @5poundplumbbob: The Honzo is $575, so only $225 cheaper and it's not aluminum. To me, this specialized is the better look bike and likely builds up lighter.
  • + 2
 @Thisisbenji90: so the Honzo is 28% less expensive and comes in steel (which many of us like and see as an advantage)
  • + 1
 Reckon it won't be too long before they drop an Evo model.. now that would be a real party to ride!
  • + 1
 @Trevorjn: meh, I prefer aluminum all day. I think saying the Honzo is 28% less expensive is misleading though. Once you build the two up, the price difference is going to be much less than 28%.
  • + 31
 If you want a HT buy a Chromag...
  • + 7
 fact
  • + 3
 Steel feels way better than aluminum. That being said, it would be a shame to put this build on a Chromag.
  • + 4
 While I like Chromag, I’m more partial to Cotic
  • + 3
 I think Chromags are cool, but not everyone wants a hard tail that's so aggressive. (Like me).
  • + 5
 @Trouterspace: I've put a lot of beginners on y 64* HTA hardtail, and they have no problem riding it. If anything, they ride it better than most 71* hardtails out there. But I can appreciate that not everyone wants an aggressive hardtail.
  • + 17
 @hardtailparty: Not everyone wants one, but probably everyone would be better off with one.
  • + 2
 @hardtailparty: I want an aggressive hardtail, but you have to be in good shape. Learned that the hard way. They're mostly for a good, silly time in my opinion. Not very practical. (me a wannabe circus performer)
  • + 2
 @hardtailparty. Sounds cool but I have no idea if I'd like such a bike as I've never seen an aggressive hardtail at a demo day.
  • + 1
 @Trouterspace: I bet you could find a Chromag from a few years ago that’s not so aggressive (and cheaper than new!). They last forever, which is more than I can say for aluminum frames.
  • + 2
 @Kramz: Here it is all one need, if your a semi good rider.
No slouch'in around!
Cotic solarisMAX FTW, which I guess is actually cheaper in Europe.
But that spesh looks nice though.
  • + 1
 @monz9dk: while I love the Solaris the BFe and BFe26 are on sale atm for a killer deal if people can live with the smaller wheels
  • + 3
 @Trouterspace: Totally get you. I went from a Chromag Primer to the og Fuse running a 140mm fork, I really enjoyed how sprightly the Fuse was overall, which is what I was looking for. And for an aluminum frame it actually felt quite compliant in the back. The raised saddle to bar position felt nearly identical despite the Fuse giving up 15mm in reach. So I suspect this new Fuse fit wise won't feel a whole lot different in the seated position, the gains in reach will be absorbed by the slacker HA and steeper SA.
  • + 2
 @BeKwik: Specialized offer a lifetime warranty, at least on their HT aluminum frames. And this warranty is also transferable in the first 2 years. So it's as good as lasting forever Wink
  • + 1
 I guess you like basic @EgoLicentia:
  • + 2
 They make more than one model @Trouterspace:
  • + 2
 @acali: I wish weould see more hardtails at demo days. The only hardtails I see are bikepacking bikes, or boring traditional 68* hta with 430mm chainstay 29ers. I'm hoping this changes in the future. This is one reason I'm excited to see something semi-aggressive from a big name brand, so we'll see them in more shops and in more demo days, which will allow people to realize just how rad an aggressive hardtail is.
  • + 1
 @THE-GUNT: Even the least aggressive model, the Surface is 150mm with a 65° head angle and 480mm reach. That's pretty much the same as my full suspension bike. My hardtail is 66° with 130mm fork and closer to 460mm reach, perfect for what I like to ride.
  • + 2
 @THE-GUNT: @THE-GUNT: in which context of the word? If by an overall straight forward frame then yeah, if by a relatively standard/conservative geo and look then also yes although my basic ass is mildly offended. Or is this about the small wheels?

I do love basic(ally) all of the stuff Chromag does I personally just can’t justify some of the prices.
  • + 2
 @acali: I wasn't sure either but I built a Rootdown and God do I love it. It doesn't ride like you'd think just based on the numbers, it is a great bike, super fun.
  • + 2
 @nouseforaname: I built a bike around a dented old DMR Trailstar frame I bought off eBay for £25 (+parts I got from a bike at the dump for £3 lol), for a fun winter beater.

I'm now selling my full sus.
  • + 19
 Specialized has gotta be smoking some good
Stuff. The spec on that $2150 version is hideously lame. Unless you are desperate for a hardtail, a YT Base aluminum anything would blow the socks off this thing. I don’t get it. I got all excited but...
  • + 14
 $800 for an aluminum hardtail frame from a big manufacturer is pretty steep. That being said, and all politics aside, things aren't going to be as cheap from China any more. 95% of our bike parts are made overseas so expect to pay more for all things cycling. Yay to an already expensive sport!
  • + 13
 This is CA, so it's all good stuff. We don't smoke no bammer weed.
  • - 4
flag BeKwik (Jun 19, 2019 at 19:25) (Below Threshold)
 @coyotecycleworks: in other words, we’ll have to pay the real price. Yay to U.S. manufacturers!
  • + 8
 @BeKwik: nah - companies are already shifting production to Vietnam, Myanmar, etc
  • + 16
 $800 frame only is pretty much the same as a Chromag Rootdown. And side by side? Well the Rootdown blows the doors off the Fuse.
  • + 7
 Expert level should definitely get a GX drivetrain at least... said as an official Specialized fanboy.
  • + 2
 Specialized if you are listening: the design looks awesome. But the spec? Come on. I was about to send the link to this to a buddy of mine who is in the market for such a bike until I saw the spec on an expert. NX on an AL hardtail for that price?
  • + 0
 @nouseforaname: but the Rootdown is steel... And has better Geo... And is a little cheaper. ????
  • + 3
 RSD can put you on a bike with argueably radder geo with better parts, as can others. 800 alu frame! haha
  • + 1
 Agree. Nukeproof Scout $1699 with NX, Revelation Fork, Guide Brakes and slacker.

Spec price seems pretty high. It is a great looking bike and has sliding dropouts for those few folks who care to pay waaay more for that.
  • + 1
 @OzarkBike: watch out for RSD next spring, could make alu dreams come true for way less.
  • + 0
 @JesseE: "dreaming" about new aluminum builds seems rather... depressing?
  • + 1
 @coyotecycleworks: yup.. Might as well start buying Thomson, White Ind, and Profile. $800 for this frame is ridiculous though considering a Honzo is $450.
  • + 1
 @JesseE: x2 on RSD bikes. Loving mine.
  • + 13
 The beauty of this bike is how accessible they'll be to new riders. Sure, a rootdown, middle child, cotic, or any other aggressive boutique frame would be ideal, but most new riders will never be able to ride one. Being that this is from Specialized, it's going to be in most riders' towns, where they can throw a leg over one. This is the first big brand hardtail to have a semi-decent head angle. Geometry is free, and it blows my mind why big manufacturers have been so scared to build a hardtail with decent geo. I'm glad that people who know very little about bikes and end up buying one of these will still end up with a good bike. Now trek just needs to make a roscoe with a 65* hta and regular boost rear hubs and then every kid across america can get a decent hardtail that's a hoot on most buff trails.
  • + 3
 I'm convinced that big brands dont want modern geo hardtails to become too mainstream. Reason: Less profit margins on initial purchase, last a bit longer than squish bikes and stay relevant longer. However, geo updates will change on this one, to get to that 64/65 HTA. Give three years and I promise a few large bike companies will be offering 64/65 HTA and longer wheel bases. Which will be rad!!!!
  • + 9
 @JDFF: but will it?? I’ve been like countless others down the long and slack route and whilst it may be faster on long straighter , swoopy sections they don’t offer the same fun factor for local trails, give me a 66-67 head angle , short travel ripper and a skittish ride any day, sooo much more fun
  • + 1
 If the cost is an issue (so that even a Cotic BFe would be too expensive) I suppose OnOne would be a good choice. They used to have the 456. For the past couple or years now they have the Dee Dar.
  • + 1
 @sewer-rat:
66-67 on an HT is more like 70 once you get into your travel a little bit, the formula is something like you gain approximately .5 of a degree for every 10mm of travel you use. So after sag a 64 is sitting around 65 and during compression it gets even steeper. 64 on a hardtail puts you in that fun and agile 66-67 range where a trail bike is so good.
  • + 1
 @sewer-rat: if you can’t have fun on a bike with a 64-65 head angle size down or ride harder.
  • + 2
 @sewer-rat: depends on your local trails.
  • + 1
 @TheSlayer99: have had them 65 head angles for years thanks and place pretty well where I live, decided to size down and guess what, more fun and faster for me, but that’s just me
  • + 0
 @sewer-rat: Pick a head angle and no need to be dick about it anymore. Your friends at PB will be double cyber dick. Get with the times Wink !
  • + 0
 @JDFF: Mainstream is Lamestream. Ain't nobody want that!
  • + 3
 @5poundplumbbob: agreed! But I do want people to shred on hardtails. There is so much stigma that hardtails dont shred. I personally know that's not true. I want the rest of the bike community to know that. The more (good modern) hardtails out there the better!
  • + 2
 @JDFF: exactly. 99% of mountain bikers have never tried an aggressive hardtail. These will be everywhere, which should help more people get exposed to them. Maybe we'll even see them at demo days.
  • + 2
 @hardtailparty: Not sure what it is like in North America, but I feel in Europe we've had more than a few options. Also the cheaper models. OnOne had different incarnations of the 456 (with the 456 Summer Season getting a bit lower and slacker than the regular model), they switched to the DeeDar a few years ago, Commencal has been offering aggro hardtails for a good while, the Cotic BFe isn't all that expensive, DMR had the Trailstar as their do-it-all hardtail. Actually early 00's you had the real huckable overforked overbuilt hardtails from the likes of 24Bicycles but Banshee (Mythic, for the Brits) was up there too. Overbuilt went out of fashion but riding hardtails hard never went away. Obviously bikes back then were relatively short and steep by modern standards but that went with full suspension bikes too. Nowadays indeed we're seeing more and more offerings. Even Cube is offering some longer/slacker hardtails now (though mind you their Flying Circus of back in the days wasn't an all out 4X/DJ bike, it was just a hucker too).

Oh I could go on and on (I already did, sorry) but really aggressive hardtails have been out there for a long while and there have always been affordable options too. If Specialized wants to sell these, all they need to do is get Matt Hunter to ride these and have a blast. Roast a fish and pop a beer with some good mates. People see that, want a piece of the life too and then they buy the bike.
  • + 1
 @vinay: Europe gets it. They've got so many good hardtails. Unfortunately you won't see any of those in north america. We do, however, have cromag, corvid, rsd, and a few others.
  • + 12
 Also, hooray for the return of raw frames Smile Can we have primary colour ones again too please?
  • + 7
 Raw frame =drool
And i Iike the geo. No point in super slack long forked HT . Why write a check the back end can't cash. Keep it light flickable trail pumping popping machine for me. Never once thought hhhm this honzo/vanquish is twitchy or I'm going over the bars. The standover so low can shift back and down so easy it's not a problem.
  • + 7
 hurry - must fire off a quick comment and mention a hardcore hardtail to show my superior knowledge of mountain bikes and gain many pinkbike points ... now .. which bike is better than this ... damn, someone already mention Chameleon and Cotic and Liteville and Banshee and Stanton and Chromag .. damn .. maybe I am not so special after all ... .. .. .. . . . . . .. . . . ah .. got one .. nope .. dammit Janet .. maybe I should show my inane knowledge of Geometry to gain admiration .. hmm .. maybe not, just remembered i aint that much of a boring a-hole ...
  • + 1
 You missed Pace!
  • + 2
 Well said mate. It does make me laugh that people feel it necessary to mention all the other companies that make a similar product as if only one company is allowed to make a damn hardtail lol. Maybe they go in Tesco and pick up a six pack of Peroni and exclaim “wtf.. Stella?!”
  • + 6
 Stoked to see a big player hit this market, but the pricing is so off. Just as good of builds coming from smaller brands that aren't that hard to find. For less or same range for the frameset you can get a Rootdown, Aka, Stanton, NS, Cotic, Karate Monkey...

And I wont ever not be a bit bothered by bikes over 2k with NX. I'd rather see Deore M6000 if you gotta go cheap. For the lower accuracy that budget sets provide, 10spd is just more user friendly and reliable. Just use a DM chainset, 28x11-42 is plenty for the masses. Mildly off topic, I see a lot of bikes with max chainring of 32-34 which is really barely able to use the benefit of having a 500% range anyhow.

I like that the Fuse has sliding dropouts though, I like singlespeeds.
  • + 5
 I had to get mine form the uk as well. Ragley mmmbop stupid name but 63.75° head tube angle 75° seat tube. Mine will have a 160mm fork not a 150 so it will be a pinch slacker yet. Love aggro hardtail. And frame $295 from the UK shipped. Great all around
  • + 6
 Looks a lot like the Vitus Sentier in terms of geo, alu, etc., though I think you get a much better spec from Vitus for the same money. Spesh might be a nicer frame.
  • + 2
 I just took my sentier to Spider mountain. I had no trouble getting to the top..... pedals like a billy goat LOL!
  • + 8
 Honzo!
  • + 4
 Rootdown!
  • + 4
 honzo is a great frame, but I wish Kona would update it with a slacker head angle
  • - 1
 I really wanted a Honzo but the Honzo is too small for me... the Fuse XL is a larger bike overall.
  • + 4
 @xeren: It's mad how cutting edge they were, and then it's just like they forgot to update the specs and the factory has just kept pumping them out. Maybe they're sitting on a huge pile of frames that they get repainted every couple of years. When did the Honzo launch? 2011? With a 68deg HA, that was crazy talk.
  • + 1
 @nouseforaname: I think what they need to do is just create a new frame with a new name, based on the Honzo with a 64-65 degree HA. Keep the Honzo for bikepacking and blue singletrack riders, but release the Honzo+ (or whatever they want to call it) to keep up with the times.

And, while they're at it, maybe get rid of a half dozen or so of their cheaper bike names. blast, cinder cone, fire mountain, etc, and just have a couple frames, one for 27.5, one for 29
  • + 1
 @xeren: Well I'm not sure I'm with you on that one, Cinder Cone and Fire Mountain are some long serving names in the Kona lineup.
  • + 3
 I had a carbon expert fuse and I loved that bike but it was HARSH with a capital H, it was really fun when I was feeling rowdy and really wanted to send it otherwise it was a bit much for noodling around. It tries to be a jack at all trades but is a master at none. Now I have an epic hard tail and a stumpy and am very happy with two specialized bikes vs one jack of all trades, I still loved that bike and was sorry to see it go to back via the warranty gods.
  • + 3
 Ditto on the warranty, snapped the bb shell on mine, the big S and LBS handled it perfectly, full bike replacement. That bike would g-out of berms like a slingshot, so much fun.
  • + 7
 @twomikez: They didn't have any XL frames or complete bikes so they gave me a 2018 Carbon expert stumpy frame and fork as a replacement. Folks may bag on the big S but they really know customer service.
  • + 7
 Screw the Fuse, where’s the new Enduro?
  • + 1
 No shit.
  • + 6
 Hey Big S, you could up the fun factor even more with mixed wheel size. Don't be chicken.
  • + 5
 d.i.y.
  • + 7
 What? No 26"+ option?
  • + 1
 c'mon, who do you really know that rides a 26"+ bike?
  • + 1
 @connorjuliusjohnson: I purposely built an XTR carbon hardtail on a 27.5 frame with 26"+ DT wheels and a 160 mm Manitou Mattox and a dropper post. Light, strong, and want to float over everything.
  • + 1
 @Geochemistry: nice, I bet it is great. That said, this fits 27.5+ which has a lot more tire/wheel options for and you could still build it light & strong.
  • + 2
 Well done Specialized, despite the modern design which is a copy-paste of what`s mostly done nowadays in term of `aggressive hardtails`, but anyway, the non-color is sexy: raw is the law!
66,5° of HTA is a bit shy though. 65° for god sake!!!
No steel version? hum... you prefer carbon plastic bullsh*ts?...

Is it me or there`s a threaded hole near the rear axle to mount a rack?
  • + 6
 Commencal HT?
  • + 1
 The raw aluminum finish looks great and the lower standover height is a win.
Are the adjustable dropouts primarily of interest to those wanting to go SS?
A comparison of the Fuse Expert 29 on 27.5x2.8 and 29x2.6 wheels would be interesting.
By upforking an OG Fuse from 120 to 140, would the head angle be in the ballpark of the new version's 66.5 head angle?
  • + 1
 This looks to be a direct competitor to the SC Chameleon. Geo is very similar (modernish, but on the conservative side), sliding rear, ability to go 29" or 27.5"+. Finish looks great and I'm sure that a build from the frame up could result in an excellent looking and performing bike.
Pricing is too high though and the spec is terrible. The Chameleon looks better value and that's usually not the case when you compare any brand with SC.
  • + 1
 But the chameleon has a degree steeper head angle and slacker seat angle, longer seat tube lengths in compatible sizes, but other than that they are pretty similar I guess
  • + 1
 I've never wanted a hardtail so much, hats off to specialized for making a modern-ish geometry, enduro hardtail that will only fill a small group of riders, wanting a specific type of bike. This bike would make a perfect secondary bike to someone who has a super heavy duty enduro rig and sometimes wants something easier to ride.
  • + 2
 wow! this is the first time I actually saw a specialized hardtail and thought " I want that!" I will have to order me up one Specialized Taro!
  • + 1
 If a big name like SPECIALIZED start to sell fun aluminium HT, really affordable for the entry level, they ain't gonna have enough market for the small brands like COMMENCAL ! #FreeCOMMENCAL #SAVECOMMENCAL
  • + 4
 Looks like a great winter bike.
  • + 4
 Excellent, an option for those of us who will "never, go full Enduro"
  • + 4
 1650 for sx eagle and a Judy. That's just no bueno
  • + 1
 I have a 2016 Fuse frame I had built for a while and it was great with a bigger than stock fork, running a Commencal Meta HT frame and its noticeably faster on steep terrain, but lacks the fun factor of the fuse!
  • + 4
 Hardcore hardtails are coming to North America?
  • + 1
 Why? You don`t have that sort of thing yet? Dig it Smile
  • + 1
 @Franzzz: had to get mine from the UK
  • + 3
 Been here for years!
  • + 2
 "
The Fuse was originally Specialized's foray into the plus sized market in 2015
"

I thought the Fuse was originally their BMX.
  • + 3
 Sneak peak of the redesigned Purgatory tires here.
  • + 1
 With this thing on the market now, I don’t think the new Chameleon will sell at all. I would consider buying it just because it’s so reasonable!
  • + 1
 Why are Specialized bikes SOOOO expensive in Canada? I mean it's worse than just the conversion factor from CAD to USD. Almost like they don't want to sell bikes here..
  • + 2
 Looks like the perfect bike for building trails and testing before breaking out the bigger machines.
  • + 3
 Cool
  • + 2
 Make it for 26 and let's go back to urban freeride times.
  • + 1
 I'm confused as to why they are showing two geometry charts that are exactly the same?
  • + 1
 Got my Honzo a/l out the door for $1350. With a dropper post, lifetime warranty on the frame.
  • + 1
 “There are two geometry charts”


Proceeds to show identical chart, twice?
  • + 1
 Pretty cool looking bike but my main takeaway from this is kamloops is freakin rad.
  • + 1
 Thanks for the review @jamessmurthwaite , the two geo charts are identical though?
  • + 1
 Hey fat bike makers, why can't you build one with these kind of geometry numbers????
  • + 1
 Agreed! I know I'm the minority, but I'd love a fatty with a 64* HTA and short stays (which would probably require a 24" rear wheel, which would be fine). The on-one baby fatty was promising.
  • + 2
 Meanwhile, I'm just riding along on my 26" Santa Cruz Chameleon.
  • + 2
 Looks like a Banshee Paradox v3.
  • + 1
 Not sure why I can't stand the big S, but I do. They remind me of BMW's and golf I guess...
  • + 4
 They remind me of Apple. Nice products with a big price tag that are years too late...
  • + 3
 I re-Fuse to buy it.
  • + 1
 Why, because you’re Enduro?
  • + 1
 Looks exactly like my polished Chameleon....
  • + 1
 anyone know where this was filmed?
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 @JamesSmurthwaite
I think both those geo charts are the same...
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 and I enjoying my primal 27.5+
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 So much better than a hardtail built for work.
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 Wow great video... Is the bike chainless?
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 Nukeproof Scout much?
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 Ragley Big Al smokes this thing......
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 Nice, but its no Honzo... Smile
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 Need more steel hardtails on the market!
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 They make this bike but won’t make a stumpy evo in a bigger size
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 Slalom bike!
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 I'll stick with the Chameleon.
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 Agreed. Definitely a superior flat bar road bike.
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 @scottzg: Even better with aero bars.
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 @nrb251: ngl I want aero bars on my bike packing chameleon build
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 ty's got flow
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 Better late than never!
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 No thanks special ed
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 They are selling brand
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 not bad pricing either.
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 are you kidding?
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 very similar to the trek roscoe
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 Except this does not have super terrible geometry. Just moderately terrible geometry. The Roscoe is just an Xcaliber frameset (very steep XC geo) with fat tires and a fork swap.
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 @nouseforaname: Agreed. This also doesn't have a proprietary 142mm rear hub spacing, which is the dumbest thing about the roscoe.
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 @hardtailparty: but it’s not proprietary 142. That would be too mainstream for trek. They just had to invent a whole new standard, 141 boost qr, which is used by a few other brands, notably Scott in their entry level full suspension bikes. The bike industry really sucks with standards.
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 @TheSlayer99: 141 boost qr doesn't concern me too much, those range of bikes aren't what I'm typically looking for anyways, and at least it seems like a number of different manufacturers have picked that standard up. It's no worse than thru axle boost and offers the same 'benefits' (since it's essentially the same thing). I'm curious what the cost of going from qr to thru axles are at the OEM level, I can't imagine it would cost more than a few dollars per bike.
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 @ronufoh: Yeah, the main disadvantage is compatibility and upgrade potential. the 141mm hub is so goofy. Trek invented boost, you'd think they'd be able to stick with it and keep prices just as low with a standard offering.

I've got a few friends with roscoes who start riding them stock then decide to upgrade them tot he nines. But that rear hub always comes back to bite them.
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 @TheSlayer99: Good catch. I meant to type 141. Too many numbers bouncing aroudn in my head. Yeah, agreed, what a stupid move. I get a lot of people emailing me asking which bike to buy, and the trek roscoe is on the top of their list, but I always steer them away because of that stupid hub. I can't support a company that does that.
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 @hardtailparty: Let's be honest with ourselves, anyone buying a QR bike in this day in age gives zero ***** about upgrade-ability.
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 @hardtailparty: to be fair, its just a boost hub with qr end caps. So take a DT 350 for example, get the boost hub, get some cheap qr axle end caps, and its a done deal. I would imagine its the same process for King, Hope, etc etc.
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 @ronufoh: yeah, I get what you're saying, but try explaining that to the type of person who buys a trek Roscoe. When they're looking to upgrade, they're going to be limited onnuih options and confised.. It couldn't have saved trek much money to avoid a 12mm thru axle with a tried and tru hub size. It's unnecessarily complex and worse for new riders. It doesn't benefit anyone, except maybe trek to save a dollar or two.
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 Roscoe ships with 650b+ wheels and tyres which is a shame.

If Trek decided to steepen the seat tube, slacken the head tube and ship with 29x2.4/2.6 then it would be a value winner.

Specialized Fuse 29 Comp is AU$2,300 - Rockshox Recon (32mm), SRAM SX 11 speed
Trek Roscoe 8 is $1,999 - Rockshox 35 (can upgrade internals), SRAM NX Eagle
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 @Stinhambo: I'm a big fan of 27.5+ on a hardtail, but it really comes down to personal preference and where and how you ride.
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 Identit AKA is that you?
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 they should name it the flex because their frames flex too damn much....
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