Often times, carbon gets all of the attention, but as our Senior Advanced R&D Engineer, Chuck Teixeira, says, "If you haven't ridden an aluminum bike lately, you haven't ridden an aluminum bike." And with its D'Aluisio Smartweld frame, the Chisel Expert with two-by gearing is no exception.
Traditional welding methods create frame joints by connecting tubes to cylinders, leaving the performance and security of the connection up to the skill of the welder. D'Aluisio (DSW), however, allows us to move the joint away from the area of the highest stress, making for a lighter frameset that's stiff, compliant, and incredibly strong—the optimal characteristics of a hardtail XC rig. So what does this mean for you? You'll be powering up climbs, shredding singletrack, and everything in between on a bike that has you questioning why alloy as gotten such a bad rap.
And to further improve this feel, the Chisel also features our XC 29 geometry which took our previous XC race geo and added some trail DNA to the mix. This equates to a longer top tube, a shortened head tube, and a slacked out front end, the result of which is a tremendous increase in downhill stability, plus a wider range of fit. And just as importantly, this doesn't require any sacrifice of climbing proficiency.
The build on this Chisel features a mix of Shimano XT and SLX components, a wide rang of gears that come courtesy of a two-by drivetrain, powerful hydraulic disc brakes, and 25-millimeter-wide alloy wheels that are optimized for weight and traction.
- Given its lightweight and ultra-stiff characteristics, M5 aluminum was the natural choice for the frame's construction. And when complemented with our speed-focused XC 29 Geometry, D'Aluisio Smartweld technology, and internal cable routing, you get a bike that compromises nothing in delivering explosive speed, confident handling, and hassle-free maintenance.
- A custom RockShox Reba RL 29 fork offers up 90/100mm of smooth travel (size-specific), while an easily accessible compression and rebound adjusts permit you to customize the feel according to the terrain at hand.
- Shimano controls the 11-speed shifting with SLX shifters and an ultra-crisp and reliable Deore XT M8000 rear derailleur.
Specialized D'Aluisio Smartweld M5 Alloy, XC Geometry, internal cable routing, BSA BB, 12x148mm rear end, triangulated post-mount 160mm brake
RockShox Reba RL 29, Solo Air, 51mm offset, 15x110mm thru-axle (S: 90mm, M-XL: 100mm of travel)
Specialized Alloy 29, 25mm internal width, 24h
Specialized, sealed cartridge bearings, 12x148mm thru-axle, 32h
Specialized Alloy 29, 25mm internal width
Standard, Presta valve
Fast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29 x 2.3"
Fast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29 x 2.1"
Race Face Aeffect
Race Face Threaded BSA
Shimano SLX, 11-speed
Shimano SLX, down swing, 2x11
Shimano XT, Shadow Plus, GS cage, 11-speed
Shimano SLX, 11-speed, 11-42t
KMC X11, 11-speed w/ Missing Link™
Shimano MT500 Deore, hydraulic disc, 180/160mm rotor
Shimano MT500 Deore, hydraulic disc, 160mm rotor
Specialized Mini-rise, 6000 alloy, 8-degree backsweep, 6-degree upsweep, 10mm rise, 720mm width, 31.8mm clamp
Specialized Sip Grip, half-waffle, S/M: regular thickness, L/XL: XL thickness
Specialized XC, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree rise
Body Geometry Phenom Comp, Adaptive Edge design, Hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm
Specialized, alloy, single bolt, 27.2mm
Specialized Alloy 30.8mm
Specialized Platform, 9/16" spindle