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Spotted: Kreuziger rides new Specialized road frame at Liege

  • By Logan VonBokel
  • Published Apr. 28, 2014
  • Updated Apr. 28, 2014 at 3:04 PM EDT
Roman Kreuziger rode Liège–Bastogne–Liège on this prototype Specialized frame. Photo: Tinkoff-Saxo

Tinkoff-Saxo rider Roman Kreuziger raced Sunday’s Liège–Bastogne–Liège aboard a prototype Specialized frame, which appears to have been a new version of the brand’s popular road frame, the Tarmac.

In an image posted to the Tinkoff team’s website Monday, the new frame appears to utilize a new seat binder that is integrated into the frame’s top tube, just in front of the seatpost insertion point. Many manufacturers are employing this type of binder system, which is designed to put less stress on the carbon in the seatpost.

Specialized last updated the Tarmac frame in 2011, with the SL4.

When reached for comment Monday, Specialized confirmed that Kreuziger was aboard a prototype frame on Sunday, but would not provide details on the bike.

“Specialized relies on feedback from professional athletes in developing and testing advanced prototypes in real-world applications. We call these bikes Project Black,” Specialized spokesperson Chris Reikert said in an email when contacted by VeloNews.

We hope to learn more on this new frame in the coming days.

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Logan VonBokel

Logan VonBokel

Equally at home on a mountain bike above treeline and chasing down moves in the heat and humidity of a Midwest criterium, Logan Vonbokel is something of an oddity in cycling. Since he first swung a leg over a road bike as a freshman in high school, Logan has been a lover of both cutting-edge technological innovations and the clean lines of classic handmade bikes. Logan joined the tech team in May 2012, bringing with him nearly a decade of high-caliber road racing experience and his undying love for the mud, cowbells, and culture of cyclocross. Logan still races at the Cat. 2 level on the road and in cyclocross, and carries a seldom-used Cat. 1 mountain bike license.

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