New bikes, new colours for the Specialized 2017 women's range

Specialized unveil their 2017 women's range of gear, road and mountain bikes

We love this time of year. It's when the big brands start to unveil their 2017 collections, and we popped along to Specialized to see what the new season has in store for female riders of the road, mountain bike and urban/commuter persuasion. 

Along with the usual seasonal colour changes, Specialized has also released a bundle of updated and brand new products, including bikes, accessories and clothing. 

New women's Camber mountain bike range

The new women's specific Camber Comp Carbon 650b
The new women's specific Camber Comp Carbon 650b

Gone is the Rumor from the women's mountain bike line-up, and instead a new women's version of the 130mm-travel Camber has been created. It has the same frame as the unisex version with women's specific finishing kit. Priced from £1,450 to £2,900.

Specialized women's S-Works XC shoe

The new Specialized S-Works XC shoe
The new Specialized S-Works XC shoe

The new women's S-Works XC shoe takes the stiff carbon-soled, lightweight and performance focused design of the S-Works 6 women's road shoe, and adapts it for the competitive cross country mountain bike racer. Retailing at £280, they're brand new for 2017 and include two Boa dials that work independently of each other to ensure the best fit. 

Specialized women's 2FO Cliplite Lace mountain bike shoe

Joining the shoe range is a lace-up version of the Cliplite, which retails for less than the Boa version
Joining the shoe range is a lace-up version of the Cliplite, which retails for less than the Boa version

Also new for 2017 is a cheaper version of the popular 2FO Cliplite shoe. The original version, with a Boa lacing system, retails at £140. This new lace-up version comes in at £90, but is otherwise similar with SlipNot rubber sole, a nylon composite central plate for stiffness, and an EVA midsole for impact absorption. 

The Cliplite Lace still has the same proprietary SlipNot rubber sole as its higher priced sibling
The Cliplite Lace still has the same proprietary SlipNot rubber sole as its higher priced sibling

The shoe has the usual 2-bolt system, which fits all the major clipless systems, with enough tread to give you traction off the bike as well as on. 

Specialized S-Works women's Prevail II road helmet

The new Prevail II road helmet has been wind tunnel tested
The new Prevail II road helmet has been wind tunnel tested

The Prevail gets a makeover for 2017, and not just in terms of colour. Designed for racing, it's wind tunnel tested for aerodynamics and ventilation, with the popular HairPort system that leaves space for a pony-tail. For 2017, the design is narrower and lower — or in colloquial terms, a little less 'mushroom-like'. 

RRP £160

New colour ways for road and mountain kit

Blue, red, purple, pink, black and coral — the colours for 2017, it would seem
Blue, red, purple, pink, black and coral — the colours for 2017, it would seem

Blue, purple, pink, black and coral are clearly the colours of the new year, as demonstrated by the 2017 longer finger glove range. Right to left are the Grail Long Finger (£35), Women's Low Down (£20) and the Body Geometry Gel Long Finger gloves (£35) — with another colour option in the Low Down hiding at the end. 

Ombre or geometric? Specialized channels fashion trends with the 2017 SL Pro range
Ombre or geometric? Specialized channels fashion trends with the 2017 SL Pro range

We're rather taken by the new colours for the SL Pro Jersey and bib shorts. Featuring Vaporrize fabrics for breathability, we rated the 2016 version of this kit highly. The geometric and ombre options for 2016 are looking good.

RRP: SL Pro Jersey £100, SL Pro Bib Shots £140

The women's Andorra Comp jersey comes in two colour and pattern variations
The women's Andorra Comp jersey comes in two colour and pattern variations

The women's Andorra Comp Jersey comes in two funky designs, with the ombre collage effect jersey being our current favourite as it reminds us of mountains at sunset. Both provide UV30 sun protection and have a zippered side pocket for storing essentials like phones, coins or jelly babies. 

RRP £45

New colours for the 2FO Cliplite MTB shoes
New colours for the 2FO Cliplite MTB shoes

Another product that has new colours for 2017, though is otherwise the same, are the 2FO Cliplite shoes. Vibrant!

RRP £140

Dolce women's road bikes

An interesting development for 2017 is a price drop in the Dolce line of women's road bikes, designed to bring them in line with competitors. This in effect means you can pick up the entry-model Dolce for £575, and the top-end Dolce Elite E5 for £900 with features that include Shimano Tiagra gearing and a full carbon monocoque fork with alloy frame. 

Aoife Glass

BikeRadar Women Contributor, UK
A mountain biker at heart, also drawn to the open road. Likes big long adventures in the mountains. Usually to be found in the Mendip Hills or the Somerset Levels in the UK. Passionate about women's cycling at all levels.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Rocky, rough and a long way from anywhere.
  • Current Bikes: Liv Avail Advanced Pro 2015, Juliana Furtado 2013, Canyon Roadlite AL
  • Dream Bike: Juliana Roubion, Liv Avail Advanced SL
  • Beer of Choice: Red wine for the win!
  • Location: Weston Super Mare, Somerset, UK

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