My husband rides a Specialized Fuse Mountain bike. The Fuse has a long reach, which when you’re 6’4” like him, it gives you even weight distribution and the wide-range, 1X drivetrains makes climbing hills easier. The slack head angle lends confidence on steep and sketchy descents, which believe me – he likes to try! It also has a steep seat angle which helps on the technical climbs. This is a solid bike for technical rides and runs from $1,800 to $3,400. This bike has been battered and bruised but it has held up well. A solid choice for someone looking for an adventurous mountain bike.
My oldest daughter had a Specialized Rockhopper. She rode it to school and it was a solid, reliable bike until it went missing from the bike rack. The Rockhopper is generally considered to be a “cheap” mountain bike selling for around $1,000, which is not exactly cheap but it’s nowhere near the cost of some of the other brands and models out there. Also, unlike the other bikes that cost about the same, the Rockhopper isn’t defined by the sacrifices Specialized made to keep the price down— it’s defined by the sacrifices the company didn’t make.
Specialized is a pretty interesting company. They have been around since 1974 and say that as riders themselves they’ve striven to make the best. Their goal is to “innovate and inspire to improve riders’ lives”. Pretty lofty goal? Yeah, but they’ve actually made good on it.
Specialized Gives Back
The Specialized commitment to sustainability: making responsible decisions that have positive impacts on society and the environment.
The Environment and Trail Access
The issue of trail access has been and remains important to the company. Representatives from their company were part of the first groups that advocated to protect trails and trail access for bike riders in California. In the late 1980s, bikes were getting banned from public lands so five California-based mountain bike clubs created an alliance to fight widespread trail closures. From this alliance and subsequent round table on protecting trails, the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) was created. By the end of the 1990s, the first international summit of the IMBA took place and the association had over 28,000 members. Specialized knows that without trail advocates, there’d be no trails to protect.
Through the Specialized Foundation the company supports a program that supports nearly 300 school and community organizations across the United States. OUTRIDE provides grants to improve social, emotional, and cognitive health. Their statement is so powerful, I’m going to provide it in full here.
BICYCLES HAVE THE POWER TO MAKE LIVES BETTER BEYOND WINNING RACES — THEY BRING PEOPLE AND COMMUNITIES TOGETHER, MOTIVATE US TO BECOME BETTER HUMANS, AND HELP US TAKE ADVANTAGE OF WHAT THE WORLD HAS TO OFFER. AT OUTRIDE, WE ARE COMMITTED TO BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS SO THAT ALL KIDS HAVE ACCESS TO BICYCLES AND SAFE PLACES TO RIDE. WE BELIEVE THAT BICYCLES NOT ONLY HAVE THE ABILITY TO IMPROVE THE HEALTH OF OUR YOUTH, BUT ALSO BRING THE POWER OF OPPORTUNITY, AGENCY, AND FREEDOM TO THOSE WHO HAVE ACCESS TO THE POWER OF TWO WHEELS.
I didn’t know any of this about the company before our family bought our bikes. But, if you’re like me, you want to make choices that support others who make choices you share and respect. I would personally buy a Specialized bike again based on the product they make but also who they are and what they stand for as a company
I highly recommend you check out Specialized bikes the next time you are looking to buy a mountain bike. Their bikes are highly regarded all over the world for their quality and coupled with their commitment to social and environmental protection, it is easy to get behind their products.
If you’re interested in any type of Specialized bike, you can go to the Specialized website and use their buyer-friendly guide to help decide which bike is the best for you.