He was a beautiful boy... an S-Works Tarmac in blue with world champ racing stripes. I was in love. He was the first bike that actually fit me. Falco took me to the top of the podium a few times and was with me the first time I raced up the Manayunk Wall in the Liberty Classic in 2009.
After joining CAWES, I was able to get my second Specialized S-Works bike. With his amazing green and gold Team Highroad paint scheme, the aptly named Bernie, was another amazing ride. With increasingly better carbon, Bernie was a small step up from Falco in terms of stiffness and response. He was fast. He was nimble. He was a great bike.
And then... I got a "girl's" bike.
Mari was my first S-Works Amira. I admit that I was nervous about going with a "girl's" bike. I'd always ridden standard "men's" frames and this was going to be quite a change. But, once I got used to the feel of the geometry of the frame, I found that I simply didn't feel right on the Tarmac anymore. I had found the perfect bike for me in the Amira. The geometry allowed me to change my center of gravity and I found that zipping through corners in fast professional crits was easier on this bike than Bernie or Falco. I was hooked. Again.
But, then it happened. I fell head over heels in love with Lozen. A feisty girl with a wickedly gorgeous paint scheme, Lozen is my 2015 S-Works Amira.
This bike is incredibly stiff - which means that she is ultra responsive to pressure on the pedals. When you stomp down, this bike shoots out from underneath you!
I am so excited to get her out in a race situation to see how she handles fast cornering, but I have no doubt that she will continue to wow me!
If you're in the market for a new bike, I can't say enough about awesome Specialized bikes. I feel lucky to have been on a Specialized sponsored team since I began racing in 2007. I fully expect to ride a Specialized until I'm old and gray. Well, ok... older and grayer!
Thanks for creating amazing bikes, Specialized!
Maybe my next post will gush about your awesome shoes and helmets! ;)