New Specialized Chisel alloy focusses on XC racing

Press Release


Shaped by everything we’ve learned from 40 years of XC racing, the all-new Chisel is a purebred XC race machine that crushes climbs, rockets out of corners, and rips through rock gardens with the speed and efficiency of the highest-performing, most-capable aluminium XC bike available. Turns out carbon isn’t the only way to the top of the podium, after all.

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Racing Weight


It’s no secret that XC races are won and lost on the climbs, and a lighter bike simply climbs faster. That’s why we put the Chisel on a serious diet to deliver one of the lightest alloy hardtail frames out there as light as 1400 grams—yes, we’re talking carbon light. Cutting-edge D’Aluisio Smartweld Technology (DSW) and space-age M5 aluminium allow us to use the lightest possible tubing and to create an ultralight frame without compromising strength or stiffness. Now, this Chisel climbs and accelerates so fast and efficiently that you’ll swear there’s a motor hidden in there somewhere.

 

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Tuned To Win


Forget the harsh ride characteristics that plagued aluminium in the past. DSW, and hydroformed tube shaping, allows our engineers to radically shape tubes and employ a butted tube design for the tuning of specific areas of the frame to create a perfectly balanced ride. Smaller diameter, ovalized seatstays are laterally stiff, so you can drop the hammer for instant power transfer and acceleration, rail through corners with absolute precision, and hold your line when things get rowdy. That said, they’re also vertically compliant, so you can carry more speed through the rough stuff with less fatigue from trail chatter. Now, you can go harder for longer.

 

Ready To Rumble


XC racecourses get more technical every season, which is why we took the progressive, trail-taming geometry we pioneered with the Epic Hardtail and applied it to the Chisel, making it hands-down the most capable alloy hardtail out there. We started with a slacker, 68-degree head tube angle, then lowered the bottom bracket height, increased the reach, shortened the chainstays, and finally reduced its fork offset. The result is a confident, yet nimble, ride with incredible downhill stability at speed and no sacrifice to climbing or steering performance. It’s a winning combination you won’t find in any other aluminium XC hardtail.

 

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Specialized Chisel Sizes and Geometry
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Dropper Post Compatible
Taking full advantage of DSW, we were able to give the Chisel a 30.9mm seatpost without adding additional weight. This means you can run longer-travel dropper posts for even more capability and confidence in technical terrain.

 

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Internal Cable Routing
Full internal cable routing keeps all of your brake lines and cables, including the dropper post, out of the way, while protecting them from unnecessary wear. And hey, you get a pretty clean “pro” look.

 

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12X148mm Rear Thru-Axle
No flimsy quick-releases here. A 12x148mm rear thru-axle greatly improves strength and stability for a significantly stiffer rear-end that you’ll feel when you’re laying down the power and bombing down descents.

 

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D’Aluisio Smartweld Technology: The Future of Alloy


Traditionally, aluminium tubes are cut and welded together at the joints using methods that rely heavily on the skill of the welder. D’Aluisio Smartweld Technology takes those joints and hands them back to the engineers. The head tube, top tube, and down tube are hydroformed with a curved, dome-like edge that, when butted together, creates a seamless valley that’s filled with weld material. This creates a connection point that’s significantly stiffer, more durable, and more consistent than can be achieved with a traditional weld.

 

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Because the connection points have been moved away from the area of greatest stress, tube shapes and makeups can now be radically changed. The welds are so strong that less material is needed in other areas allowing for levels of compliance to be engineered into the frame that have never been possible with aluminium. Thinner tube walls at key locations allow aluminium to react in a way it hasn’t before, providing a ride quality that has never been achieved—until now.

 

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Chisel Dream Build


What happens when you take the most capable and efficient aluminum hardtail frame out there and trick it out with the best components available? Well, we decided to find out. Don’t worry, it’s OK to drool...We did, too.

 

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34 Comments

DieselnDust, Sep 30 2020 10:29

OK maybe I can like this ........a lot........

ok I do like it a lot

JuliBoB, Oct 01 2020 07:24

Looks cool and like the HTA @ 68deg

Waynemol, Oct 01 2020 07:27

Really nice

Spafsack, Oct 01 2020 09:09

Very cool, so what is the weight then?

andreas17777, Oct 01 2020 10:35

Frame weight is 1350g m, it doesn’t say what size.

Waynemol, Oct 01 2020 10:40

usually these claims are made about mediums

DieselnDust, Oct 01 2020 11:12

Very cool, so what is the weight then?

 

 

probably looking at around 12.5kg for the Chisel since it s Deore equiped. The Comp is SLX with a mix of M6100 and MT511 cranks so probably upper 11ish.

all depends on the wheels I guess

Underachiever, Oct 01 2020 11:42

Am I seeing a possible custom build coming up?  Hope the frame will be sold as an separate item.

daveno7, Oct 01 2020 11:45

 

 

Press Release
Shaped by everything we’ve learned from 40 years of XC racing, the all-new Chisel is a purebred XC race machine that crushes climbs, rockets out of corners, and rips through rock gardens with the speed and efficiency of the highest-performing, most-capable aluminium XC bike available. Turns out carbon isn’t the only way to the top of the podium, after all.

 


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i do like this...repeat i do like this...

Super Sywurm, Oct 02 2020 08:31

The green looks yummy!!!

wildwindfr, Oct 02 2020 08:47

I do like, maybe next year will be new bike time!

tubed, Oct 03 2020 06:54

Very interesting.

 

I wonder if the Bikehub gear team would do a head-to-head comparison with this and say the equivalent from Signal bikes.

 

Specialized are the brand, Signal are the pretender - would be keen to see which one offers which. 

DJuice, Oct 03 2020 09:07

Add Titan Racing Drone to the shoot out.

Knersboy, Oct 03 2020 04:58

Why oh why would they not have a frame set only option? Really pisses me off that Spez only offer S-Works as a frame set only option.

Nick, Oct 03 2020 08:37

Why oh why would they not have a frame set only option? Really pisses me off that Spez only offer S-Works as a frame set only option.

 

There is a frame set option. But I doubt we'll see it in our market.

https://www.speciali...Text=71721-7001

DieselnDust, Oct 03 2020 08:39

There is a frame set option. But I doubt we'll see it in our market.

https://www.speciali...Text=71721-7001

 

 

thats a pity. i'd actually get one...

Underachiever, Oct 03 2020 09:08

thats a pity. i'd actually get one...

Ditto

Knersboy, Oct 04 2020 05:54

There is a frame set option. But I doubt we'll see it in our market.

https://www.speciali...Text=71721-7001


Shoo that green is pretty.

BaGearA, Oct 04 2020 07:23

Wow that green looks cool

CAAD4, Oct 04 2020 08:14

Is that our famous local online store, as everything's out of stock?

Nick, Oct 04 2020 10:51

Is that our famous local online store, as everything's out of stock?

 

From the link I posted? It's the US website.

DieselnDust, Oct 04 2020 11:21

$900 for the frame is around ZAR15K before taxes and duty.

SpazSA would be smart to make complete builds available in all three frame colour options

CAAD4, Oct 04 2020 01:55

Sorry Matt I'm unable to change fonts on my phone....

Underachiever, Oct 04 2020 02:49

$900 for the frame is around ZAR15K before taxes and duty.

SpazSA would be smart to make complete builds available in all three frame colour options

XT groupset, SID/Reba fork....

 

One can build a a real looker for around R60k

DieselnDust, Oct 04 2020 04:59

XT groupset, SID/Reba fork....
 
One can build a a real looker for around R60k


Less.
If the frame isn't priced stupidly can probably have a 10ish kg race ready HT for a smidgeon over R35k