There have been plenty of spy shots of Specialized’s new Shiv time trial frame but at the Tour de France, Saxo Bank where presented with the completed product.



The Shiv’s huge front section complies to the UCI 3:1 ratio rule as it is classed as structural. The intergrated section makes up the stem, head tube and front brake attachment. The tri bars and extension are aslo integrated into the stem.

Using shims, the extensions and arm rests can be adjusted as one, although Cancellara barely needs this as he can put out optimum power whilst having an incredibly low front end.



Using the same custom brakes as the Transition these provide ample stopping power whilst the new S-Works Wave Spline spider is stiffer allowing for improved power transfer.



Short seat stays and rear facing seat clamp, internal routing and brake behind the bottom bracket all aim to cheat the wind. SRAM Red with R2C (Return to centre) shifters makes up the drive train after the teams recent departure from Shimano. A fast Zipp Zed Tech Sub-9 disc and 808 front wheel complete Cancellara’s rig.



Specialized Shiv side on

Pictured in Monaco the new Shiv TT bike from Specialized takes over from the Transition as the TT bike of choice for Saxo Bank and Quick Step.

 

Specialized Shiv head on



The front end of the Shiv shows how much effort Specialized have put in to aerodynamics. Can you spot the cables sticking out?

 

Specialized Shiv pedal



Cancellara uses Speeplay pedals

 

Specialized Shiv rear mech



Nokon cables allow the cables to be squeezed in to tighter lines. Note the ring that keeps the cable close to the frame and out of the wind.

 

Specialized Shiv saddle



The man with a hundred nicknames choses Spartacus for his Olympic saddle.

 

Specialized Shiv brake lever



The cables route straight back in to the handlebars keeping the cables out of the wind.

 

Specialized Shiv stem

Cables run straight in to the frame. The Nokon outers allow them to the be shaped around tighter angles than more traditional outers.

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