The Specialized Women’s 2011 bicycle line is very impressive indeed.
Specialized has rethought bike design for women in a three dimensional way; this makes their mountain bikes particularly easy to handle in all types of terrain. The Specialized MTB bikes I tested are light enough to Manipulate and maneuver, but have a weight distribution that made it easy to keep “tires to the ground”.
For Women’s road bikes, the Amira will be the bike to look out for. This is their premium bike for women. There are a lot of details that make the Amira stand out (it has all the earmarks of a really fast bike). One look at the geometry and you can see how nothing compares. It’s also sexy as anything.
If you are a fan of Specialized already, you need to try one of their 2011 bikes. But if you’ve had questionable results with their Women’s geometry bikes from previous years (hey, I wasn’t always a big fan), then you really need to try the 2011 series. Specialized really went back, did their homework, and found what really works for Women’s geometry; and in this 2011 line up, it shows.
In the coming weeks I will have separate reviews of 2011 Women’s Specialized bikes, including:
Myka – A 29er Women’s Hardtail Mountain Bike, with entry level pricing (warning, this bike could make mountain biking addictive).
Safire – Women’s All Mountain Bike (a dream to ride in 2010, with some interesting changes for 2011)
Era – Women’s Cross Country Performance Mountain Bike (2011 line adds a budget conscious carbon fiber level).
Amira – Women’s Premium Road Bike, redesigned again ( the delight is in the details).