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Specialized Shiv Tri unveiled

Written by: Herbert Krabel
Added: Tue Oct 04 2011

Specialized unveiled the highly anticipated Shiv Tri bike in Kona, Hawaii yesterday. This new bike sits alongside the Shiv TT and with its geometry and all the various sizing options will make a lot of sense for triathletes.

The new Shiv Tri will be offered in 5 frame sizes, ranging from XS to XL and even the smallest size is a 700c model. The S-Works and Pro bike versions come with a 12.5mm and 37.5mm setback seatposts and both of the posts can be flipped to face either direction, allowing for quite a range of adjustments.

The control tower in the front is available in 3 different sizes and really allows the user to set up the preferred stack height. Combined with the new aerobar and pad system, the owner has an incredible range of stack and reach options. Specialized uses an 1 1/8 inch steerer, allowing a wide range of other stem and bar combinations.

The massive downtube on the Shiv Tri hides a water reservoir that Specialized calls Fuelselage. This integrated hydration system hold approximately a regular water bottle amount in the smaller sizes and more in the bigger versions. The internal bladder is removable and can be refilled during the ride.

The bike with its over sized aero tubing and higher tubing aspect-ratios does not match the 3:1 UCI rule and is thus not UCI legal, and that really does not matter for most triathletes anyway. If anything, that should be considered a selling feature.

All images Herbert Krabel /


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