After weeks of speculation, Specialized have launched the new triathlon-specific Shiv frame at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, and announced it will be the race bike of two-time Ironman world champion Craig Alexander.
The original Specialized Shiv was launched in Hawaii two years ago before a UCI-legal version hit the mass market, but the 2012 Shiv tears up the UCI rulebook with a radical triathlon-specific shape.
Specialized say the new bike will be more aero in a wider range of conditions and its five-size range and fit options mean riders of almost any size will be able to find a Shiv to fit.
The 2012 Specialized Shiv features a much deeper downtube, which would breach UCI regulations but gives a better aerodynamic advantage for triathletes. The tube shapes have been optimised to cope with crosswinds – which should be put to the test by Craig Alexander in Kona – and the new integrated drink system means there’s no need for drag-creating bottles on the frame.
The module also comes with the new ultra-adjustable Specialized Carbon Aerobar with semi-integrated stem, and S-Works FACT carbon OSBB (over-sized bottom bracket) crankset with TT chainrings, removable carbon spider and ceramic bearings.