If you're thinking about taking the plunge into XC racing, do it with the Women's Chisel Comp. It embodies all of the qualities you'd expect from an XC race bike, like light overall weight, incredible stiffness, and women's-specific components that are sure to bring obtainable performance to the masses.
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's gotten such a bad rap.
And to further improve this feel, the Chisel also features our XC 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 reliable Shimano Deore and XT components, powerful hydraulic disc brakes, and 25-millimeter-wide alloy wheels that are optimized for weight and traction. Even better, almost every component has been tailored specifically for women, from the handlebar width, to the crankarm length, all the way to our superlative Myth Sport saddle.
•Bottom Bracket: BSA for 24mm spindle
•Cassette: Shimano Deore, 10-speed, 11-36t
•Chain: KMC X10, 10-speed w/ reusable Missing Link™
•Crankset: Stout Pro, forged alloy, BSA, 2x10
•Fork: RockShox Judy Gold 29, Solo Air, Motion Control damper, 51mm offset, 15x110mm thru-axle (XS: 80mm, S:90mm, M-XL: 100mm of travel)
•Frame: Specialized D'Aluisio Smartweld M5 Alloy, XC Geometry, internal cable routing, BSA BB, 12x148mm spacing, triangulated post-mount 160mm brake
•Front Brake: Shimano MT-501, hydraulic disc, resin pad
•Front Derailleur: Shimano Deore, down swing, 2x10
•Front Hub: Specialized, sealed cartridge bearings, 15x110mm thru-axle, 24h
•Front Tire: Fast Trak, GRIPTON® compound, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3"
•Grips: Specialized Sip Grip
•Handlebars: Specialized Alloy Minirise, 10mm rise, 720mm, 31.8 clamp
•Inner Tubes: Standard, Presta valve
•Pedals: Specialized Dirt
•Rear Brake: Shimano MT-501, hydraulic disc, resin pad
•Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT, Shadow Plus, GS cage, 10-speed
•Rear Hub: Specialized, sealed cartridge bearings, 12x148mm thru-axle, 28h
•Rear Tire: Fast Trak, GRIPTON® compound, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3"
•Rims: Specialized XC 29, 25mm internal width, disc-specific
•Saddle: Myth Sport, steel rails, 155mm
•Seat Binder: Alloy, 30.8mm
•Seatpost: Alloy, 2-bolt clamp
•Shift Levers: Shimano Deore, 10-speed
•Spokes: Stainless, 14g
•Stem: Specialized Alloy, 3D forged, 4-bolt, 6-degree