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Specialized Ariel Elite 2018

Specialized Ariel Elite 2018

  • Specialized's best alloy frame Arial
  • Smooth 2x10 microSHIFT/Deore gear shifting
  • Deluxe trail-capable commuter bike

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Specialized Ariel Elite 2018

This Ariel's microSHIFT / Shimano Deore Shadow 2x10 drivetrain and TRP Flow Set hydraulic disc brakes help create a smoother operating trail-capable women's commuter bike.

Upgrades from Specialized Ariel Hydraulic Disc

  • The microSHIFT / Shimano Deore Shadow 2x10 drivetrain offers slicker gear shifts in a simpler double chainset format
  • TRP (Tektro Racing Products) Flow Set Control Brakes
  • Tektro Racing Products are manufactured to an even higher spec than Tektro's standard fare (which is very good for the money)
  • Double butted alloy handlebars on integrated 3D forged alloy Flow Set stem - this is one impressive cockpit

Specialized Ariel Overview
Specialized Ariel is the first name in women' commuter hybrid bikes with suspension forks and hydraulic disc brakes to make it equally capable on light trails, Sustrans tracks and the like.

As is the Specialized way, the Ariel concept has evolved and been refined, so their 2018 models are better designed than ever with features borrowed from their finest four-figure road and and mountain bikes such as:

  • Its confidence-inspiring perfectly aligned Specialized A1 premium aluminum frame will be among the lightest at its price point
  • This women's geometry diamond frame has extra standover clearance and a shorter reach than the equivalent unisex model, the Specialized Crosstrail Elite
  • Internal gear cable routing makes for a cleaner finish that accentuates the frame's gorgeous paint job
  • The flat-disc brake mounts are much neater and lighter weight than first-generation disc brake frame bosses

For all these improvements, every Ariel lives up to Specialized's original ambition - that is to create a trail-capable commuter bike.

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  • To this end, every Ariel rolls on 700x38 tyres from one of the world's most respected bicycle tyre companies - Specialized
  • These tyres are faster than off-road knobblies and more forgiving than 23-28mm-wide road bike tyres
  • Pannier rack and mudguard compatibility make a Ariel perfect for commuting, touring and general riding
  • The suspension fork offers shock absorption that helps make the bike suitable for light trail riding
  • Brain technology means the fork's 60mm travel is only active when required and is automatically locked out for rigid fork-like efficiency on smooth roads
  • TRP (Tektro Racing Products) brakes deliver confidence-inspiring control - even in the most sketchy riding conditions. Why you should consider a bike with hydraulic disc brakes.

Here's how Specialized describe their Ariel Elite
You take your fitness journey seriously, and the last thing that you need is to feel restrained by the tools that take you there. That's why our Ariel Elite comes equipped with a suspension fork that houses our Fitness BRAIN technology for fast, efficient, and intuitive use over any surface.

And to build on this blend of comfort and speed, the frame is built from respectably light and rugged A1 SL premium aluminium with a women's-specific geometry and touchpoints that are made to fit just right from the minute you get on the bike.

Add in a mix of performance driven components from the likes of Shimano and microSHIFT, powerful Tektro hydraulic disc brakes, and rack/fender mounts, and you have a bike that's perfectly equipped to help you hit your fitness goals with a smile that only the trail can provide.

  • Designed for women who want to mix adventure with fitness, the hard-working, sturdy A1 SL Premium Aluminium frame features our Women's Fitness Geometry—meaning that you'll go faster with maximum efficiency, only without the discomfort of an aggressive ride position. The more comfortable you are, the longer you'll ride.
  • An SR Suntour NCX fork w/ Fitness BRAIN technology features 60mm of coil-sprung travel that takes the sting out of bumpy terrain, while an integrated remote lockout is coupled with our Fitness BRAIN technology to promote more climbing and pedalling efficiency.
  • Braking duties are handled by TRP Flow Set Control hydraulic disc brakes to ensure effective, consistent, and reliable power through any type of terrain or conditions.

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Technical Data

Specialized Ariel Elite 2018 
FrameSpecialized A1 Premium SL Aluminum, Women's Fitness Geometry, fully-manipulated butted tubing, internal cable routing, flat mount disc, rack mounts, Plug + Play fender mounts
ForksSR Suntour NCX w/ Specialized Fitness Brain technology, 60mm of travel, 1-1/8" steerer, 12mm thru-axle, fender mounts
HandlebarsDouble-butted alloy, 9-degree backsweep, 31.8mm
StemSpecialized Flowset, integrated, 3D forged alloy, 4-bolt, 12-degree rise, 31.8mm clamp
Shifters2x10 Speed microSHIFT, Flow Set Control
Front MechmicroSHIFT XCD, 31.8mm clamp, 10-speed
Rear MechShimano Deore Shadow Plus, GS cage, 10-speed
ChainsetFSA V-Drive, 2-piece,44/32T, alloy outer ring, steel inner ring
Bottom Bracket68mm, BSA
ChainKMC, X10, EPT anti-corrosion coating, 10-speed w/ Missing Link
CassetteSunrace, 10-speed, 11-40t
Front BrakeTRP Flow Set Control, hydraulic disc, metal pads, post mount, 160mm rotor
Rear BrakeTRP Flow Set Control, hydraulic disc, resin pads, flat mount, 140mm rotor
RimsAxis Sport Disc
Front HubAlloy, 12x100mm thru-axle, 6-bolt disc, sealed bearing, 28h
Rear HubAlloy, 135mm QR, 6-bolt disc, 11-speed freehub, loose ball bearing, 28h
SpokesStainless, 14g
TyresTrigger Sport Reflect, 60 TPI, wire bead, 700x38mm FrontTrigger Sport Reflect, 60 TPI, wire bead, 700x38mm Rear
SeatpostAlloy, 2-bolt, 25mm offset, 27.2mm
PedalsSpecialized Fitness platform, alloy


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