Leaked: 2016 Specialized mountain bike products

New Öhlins air shock, S-Works and women’s fat bikes

Whether it’s a glitch with the company’s website or a deliberate slow-leak, Specialized’s German website has several noteworthy 2016 items on display that don’t appear on the US, UK or Australian versions.

We reached out to Specialized to ask about the product, but Specialized representatives declined to comment.

One of the most intriguing additions isn’t a new model, but rather, a brand-new shock from Öhlins. This new damper appears on the 2016 Specialized S-Works and Expert-level Enduro models.

A new air-sprung öhlins shock is spec'd on 2016 specialized s-works and expert-level enduro models:
A new air-sprung öhlins shock is spec'd on 2016 specialized s-works and expert-level enduro models:

The top-end S-Works and Expert levels will come equipped with this new shock

This shock seems to be an air version of the Öhlins TTX shock. Like the coil-sprung version, this new shock uses a similar adjustment layout offering high- and low-speed rebound and compression adjustments.

This new air shock appears to have a similar adjustment layout to the coil-sprung öhlins ttx:
This new air shock appears to have a similar adjustment layout to the coil-sprung öhlins ttx:

The adjustment layout looks similar to the coil-sprung TTX that Specialized uses

New fat bike options

The fatboy gets lighter for 2016, thanks to a full carbon s-works framset:
The fatboy gets lighter for 2016, thanks to a full carbon s-works framset:

No word on how much the S-Works Fatboy weighs, but it's safe to assume it's relatively light, given the spec

The Fatboy line gets wider for 2016. Specialized’s fat bike gets the S-Works treatment. This new addition features a full carbon frame and fork, HED’s Big Deal carbon rims and a SRAM XX1 drivetrain.

Specialized has added a second fat bike to its line. the helga is a women's-specific model:
Specialized has added a second fat bike to its line. the helga is a women's-specific model:

Compared to the Fatboy, the Helga features a lower top tube with a brace for increased stand-over clearance

Also new for 2016 is the Helga, a women’s-specific fat bike. The Helga will come in at least two versions: the Helga and Helga comp. 

Specialized has yet to announce pricing, weight and availability.

Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Anywhere with rock- and root-infested technical singletrack. He also enjoys unnecessarily long gravel races.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Remedy 29 9.9, Yeti ASRc, Specialized CruX, Spot singlespeed, Trek District 9
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following, a custom Moots 27.5+ for bikepacking adventures
  • Beer of Choice: PBR
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA

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