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Specialized Ariel Sport Disc '16

  • Specialized Ariel Sport Disc
  • Hydraulic disc brake-equipped Specialized Ariel
  • An even more trail-capable commuter bike
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Metallic Black/Silver/Pearl Coral/TurquoiseLargeNow Only £412.50 Was £550.00In Stock

Specialized Ariel Sport Disc

This is the Specialized Ariel upgraded with hydraulic disc brakes and Shimano Acera/Alivio 3x9 Rapidfire gearing.

Why you should consider a bike with high quality hydraulic disc brakes

  • Hydraulic disc brakes are mechanically more efficient than cable-operated brakes when it comes to that essential function of bicycle brakes - the pads engage and release more efficiently.
  • The braking is more controlled and modulated so you quickly get a feel for the lever pull required whether you need to lightly scrub your speed or come to an emergency stop.
  • Another significant factor is that hydraulic hoses, unlike cables, are not prone to fraying, rusting, kinking and breaking. This fundamental difference helps explain why hydraulic brakes require far less maintenance and adjustment than cable-operated brakes.
  • Moving the brakes from the mud and rain-attracting wheel rims to the relatively clean hubs make for an improvement in the brakes' all-weather all-conditions performance.
  • Disc brake pads are much harder so they last much longer.
  • Disc brakes automatically self adjust so the pads move closer to the rotor as they wear down so they require far less maintenance to compensate for brake pad wear.
  • Your wheel rims should also last much longer now that they are no longer worn down by the brake pads.
  • Hydraulic disc brakes are generally accepted as the best and the most widely adopted improvement in bicycle technology we've seen over the past 15 years.
  • On bikes like this, moving the brakes away from the rims maximises clearance for mud and mudguards.

What else is great about the Specialized Ariel Sport Disc?

  • Specialized's Women's Fitness Geometry Frame.
  • The frame's female-friendly, confidence-inspiring, stable, low-centre-of-gravity geometry won't overstretch you when you reach for the bars.
  • Being a Specialized bicycle, the Ariel is built on a good quality alloy frame. Specialized frames are always among the lightest weight and best finished in their class. However it's the component choice that makes the Ariel such a great all-rounder.
  • Shimano Acera/Alivio 3x9 Rapidfire gearing - moving up the Shimano hierarchy buys you slicker-shifting, more accurate gear changes.
  • The SunTour SR NEX suspension fork cruises over cobbles and is fit for entry level trail centre use.
  • This 63mm travel fork can be locked out when you're back on the road.
  • Multi-Circuit Damping - Specialized have reworked the SunTour fork internals to optimise its compression and damping performance to deliver a ride quality, closer to a more expensive fork.
  • Strong double-wall wheel rims.
  • Its Specialized Trigger Sport 700x38 tyres are much faster than MTB knobblies on tarmac, but have enough bite to offer traction off road.
  • The tyres' proven BlackBelt puncture protection helps ensure you reach your destination without delay.
  • It is this versatility that makes the Ariel range among the most popular bike 'families' in the whole Specialized range.
  • The women's-specific Specialized Body Geometry Saddle and handlebar grips help guarantee comfort on the bike.

Specialized Ariel and Crosstrail Overview
When Specialized introduced their unisex Crosstrail and women's Ariel ranges of 'rugged hybrid/commuter bikes in 2008 they defined a genre - much as Specialized have done throughout their history (think Specialized Stumpjumper mountain bike or Roubaix sportive road bike for instance).

As is the Specialized way, the Ariel/Crosstrail concept has evolved and been refined, so their 2016 models are better looking and ride smoother than ever. For all these improvements, every Ariel/Crosstrail bike lives up to Specialized's original ambition - that is to create a trail-capable commuter bike.

To this end, every Ariel/Crosstrail rolls on 700x38tyres which are faster than off-road knobblies and more forgiving than 23/25mm-wide road bike tyres. Pannier rack and mudguard compatibility make an Ariel/Crosstrail perfect for commuting, touring and general riding. The suspension fork offers shock absorption that helps make the bike suitable for light trail riding. The fork's 63mm travel can be locked out at the turn of a dial if you prefer the efficiency of a rigid fork on smooth roads.

It's little wonder that Ariel/Crosstrail bikes have been among our most consistent best sellers since their introduction. If you are looking for one bike that works well over the widest spectrum of conditions, a rugged commuter/hybrid such as a Specialized Ariel/Crosstrail is well worth considering.

Specialized Ariel and Crosstrail Overview
When Specialized introduced their unisex Crosstrail and women's Ariel ranges of 'rugged hybrid/commuter bikes in 2008 they defined a genre - much as Specialized have done throughout their history (think Specialized Stumpjumper mountain bike or Roubaix sportive road bike for instance).

As is the Specialized way, the Ariel/Crosstrail concept has evolved and been refined, so their 2015 models are better looking and ride more smoothly than ever. For all these improvements, every Ariel/Crosstrail bike lives up to Specialized's original ambition - that is to create a trail-capable commuter bike.

To this end, every Ariel/Crosstrail rolls on 700x38tyres which are faster than off-road knobblies and more forgiving than 23/25mm-wide road bike tyres. Pannier rack and mudguard compatibility make an Ariel/Crosstrail perfect for commuting, touring and general riding. The suspension fork offers shock absorption that helps make the bike suitable for light trail riding. The fork's 63mm travel can be locked out at the turn of a dial if you prefer the efficiency of a rigid fork on smooth roads.

It's little wonder that Ariel/Crosstrail bikes have been among our most consistent best sellers since their introduction. If you are looking for one bike that works well over the widest spectrum of conditions, a rugged commuter/hybrid such as a Specialized Ariel/Crosstrail is well worth considering.

'The Ariel Sport Disc will see you tackling workouts on paved or dirt surfaces with equal confidence, and you'll look good while doing it. Its hard-working component package is paired with the ever-reliable A1 Aluminium frame, featuring the added peace-of-mind disc brakes provide. With a Women's Fitness Geometry designed to keep you comfortable while you’re burning up the miles, and features that are as versatile as they are efficient, you’ll find yourself consistently needing to set new goals to achieve in your fitness quest.'
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 Specialized Ariel Sport Disc 16
Colour:Gloss Met. Black/Silver/Prl Coral/Turq
Frame:Specialized A1 Premium Aluminium, Women's Fitness Geometry, women's double-butted tube sets, forged dropouts, disc mount, fender/rack mounts
Fork:Custom SR Suntour i-NEX, custom Multi-Circuit Damping, women's custom coil spring weights, 63mm travel, hydraulic lockout, preload adjust, 1-1/8" steerer, alloy lowers, Hi-Ten 28mm stanchions, post disc mount
Rear hub:Specialized Stout, Hi Lo disc, alloy, double-sealed, ground race, QR, 32h
Front hub:Specialized Stout, Hi Lo disc, alloy, double-sealed, loose ball bearings, QR, 32h
Spokes:Stainless, 14g
Rims:Alloy, double-wall, disc
Tyres:Specialized Trigger Sport, 60TPI, BlackBelt protection, 700x38mm
Shift levers:Shimano SL-M370 RapidFire Plus, 9-speed
Front mech:Shimano Altus, top swing, dual pull
Rear mech:Shimano Alivio, 9-speed
Cassette:Shimano, 9-speed, 11-34t
Chain:KMC X9, 9-speed, w/ reusable MissingLink
Crankset:Specialized Stout, forged alloy, 48/36/26T, w/ chainguard
Bottom bracket:Square taper, cartridge bearings
Seatpost:Alloy, 2-bolt, micro-adjust, 12.5mm offset, 27.2mm
Saddle:Body Geometry Women's Riva Sport Plus, steel rails, 155mm
Handlebar:Specialized, double-butted 6061 alloy, 9-degree backsweep, 5-degree upsweep, 15mm rise, 31.8mm
Stem:Specialized, 3D forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree rise
Front brakes:Tektro Auriga, hydraulic disc, resin pads, 160mm rotor
Rear brakes:Tektro Auriga, hydraulic disc, resin pads, 160mm rotor
Brake levers:Tektro, hydraulic
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Metallic Black/Silver/Pearl Coral/TurquoiseLarge888818068777

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A. Specialized, like many manufacturers, do not release bike weights due to the number of possible variations between sizes, components and potential changes to specifications through the model year.  We have not been able to weigh this model ourselves. 

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