With the successful Roubaix series as a design blueprint, Specialized’s new Secteur brings more workaday materials and price to a great idea of a bike.
- Frame & fork: Good example of a highly engineered and targeted concept, though the beneﬁts aren’t quite as apparent as hoped for (9/10)
- Handling: Nice sense of balance and control that manages to both entertain and inspire conﬁdence (8/10)
- Equipment: Flies the banner of traditional values and practicality with pride. Useful triple offers more gearing choice, and rider contact points are good (8/10)
- Wheels: Hark back to a time when classic in-house builds from separate brand components were the norm (8/10)
Many aspects of the Secteur will help tempt the average semi-sedentary cycling fan off the couch and onto this bike. A longer than average head tube lifts up the front, giving a more upright riding position and lessening the chance of lower back pain.
Elegantly swooping manipulated aluminium tubes are joined with skeletal carbon seatstays that feature Zertz inserts. These act as dampers to kill the buzz that might induce fatigue over the long haul.
A gradual increase in rider size and weight seems to have been acknowledged by ‘super-sizing’ rider contact points. These include a chunky shallow-drop handlebar with ﬂattened centre sections, a large diameter stem with angle adjustment, and a wider and ﬂatter BG gel saddle with a cutaway. Also included is a Zertz full-carbon seatpost, in what is surely the most effective diameter for comfort and strength: 27.2mm.
All of these concepts spring to life with the ﬁrst vigorous pedal strokes, proving their worth when we blast through our local ‘secteur pavé’ simulation. It consists of a smoothish stretch of Champs Elysées-style cobbles and some rougher Paris-Roubaix-like beasts.
The sharp sting in the tail usually expected didn’t materialise, the ride being damped down into a more bearable succession of thuds, helped in large part by the excellent Specialized Pro II tyres, with the seatpost working overtime. Up front, the Zertz-enhanced fork works well enough, though sufﬁcient shocks made it through the stout bar and stem to deﬂate the mystique of life as a pro.
With drivetrain functions carried out by Shimano 105, and own-brand components rounding out the ﬁnishing kit, the Secteur’s equipment choice steps up to the mark and delivers.
Big 175mm crank arms help you power over hills despite the bike’s 9.4kg (20.7lb) weight, and the triple gearing with 50/39/30 rings helps on really steep climbs though it spins out quickly on descents.
Nice touches include a ‘dog fang’ to catch inward falling chains, and a twin angle adjustment shim which allows four different stem positions. Distractions include generic brakes which failed to impress, and a generous 160mm Q-factor (the distance between your pedals) that’s more dirt bike than road bike.
The wheels reﬂect Specialized’s traditional roots, with DT spokes in a classic three-cross pattern, Mavic CXP22 rims and own-brand forged hubs. With excellent tyres featuring a soft compound and diamond ﬁle tread, they perform with aplomb.
The Secteur Comp is nicely poised, with accurate and willing steering response, while a high bar and stem make for a surprisingly comfortable climbing position, allowing you to get right to the back of the saddle and dig in with your heels. High speed stability is excellent thanks to the longish wheelbase.
By making a bike as user friendly and comfortable as possible, Specialized are attempting to remove some of the common objections to cycling for ﬁtness and fun. How many regular Janes and Johns can they recruit to the cause? With the Secteur Comp, hopefully entire armies.
|Name||Secteur Comp (10)|
|Available Sizes||L M S XS XXL|
|Rear Wheel Weight||1893|
|Top Tube (cm)||58|
|Standover Height (cm)||83|
|Seat Tube (cm)||48.5|
|Bottom Bracket Height (cm)||27|
|Stem||Specialized forged alloy with Comp-Set angle shim, 11cm length, 4-bolt o/s bar clamp, twin-bolt 1 1/8in steerer clamp|
|Shifters||Shimano 105 Black STI|
|Seatpost||Specialized 27.2mm dia, carbon with Zerts, 375mm, 2-bolt with micro-adjust|
|Saddle||Specialized Avatar 143 BG, vinyl and gel with hollow chromoly rails|
|Rims||Mavic CXP 22 alloy aero rims with wear indicator|
|Rear Tyre Size||700x23C|
|Bottom Bracket||Shimano external type, alloy cups with sealed cartridge bearings|
|Rear Hub||Specialized alloy|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano 105 Black long cage|
|Headset Type||Cane Creek VP-A18AK loose ball and cone, fully integrated with contact seals|
|Handlebar||Specialized Comp, 44cm c-c, shallow oversized alloy|
|Front Wheel Weight||1245|
|Front Hub||Specialized alloy|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano 105 Black|
|Frame Material||E5 TIG-welded alu, carbon seatstays with Zertz dampers, alloy dropouts, replaceable gear hanger.|
|Fork||Carbon crown/blades, 1 1/8in alloy steerer, forged dropouts|
|Cranks||Shimano FC-553 triple alloy 2-piece, 175mm arms, alloy rings|
|Cassette||Shimano HG 5600, 10 speed 12-27 steel cogs with alloy spider|
|Brakes||Forged alloy dual pivot sidepulls|