CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. (ST) — Fast women deserve a fast bike, which is precisely why in June Specialized rolled out its new Fate model, which the company claims to be the first-of-its kind women’s-specific carbon 29er hardtail. This bike was designed with riders like endurance diva Rebecca Rusch in mind.
So far, so good. Rusch piloted her new steed to an impressive come-from-behind win in Sunday’s Alpine Odyssey Leadville Qualifying Series race in Crested Butte, and will enter August 13’s Leadville 100 as one of the main favorites.
The two-time Leadville winner — and women’s record holder — will benefit from a frame that tips the scales at less than 1,200 grams. The frame also has a short stack height at the headtube, plus a low stand-over height thanks to a sloped top tube with reinforced seat tube buttresses to better fit its users.
A RockShox-Specialized SID 80mm fork with Brain technology and tapered steerer provides front end suspension. The 15-inch to 19-inch Fates share the FACT IS 8M frame built using the same layup and tube sets, and a 27.2mm seatpost aimed at creating increased vertical compliance for a better ride feel. Specialized Roval Control 29 wheels keep things moving forward.