When it comes to shooting down a twisty ribbon of singletrack, charging into corners, or blasting over technical features that run afoul of your front wheel, it's tough to beat Specailized's Rumor FSR Expert 650B. Supple suspension, a quality component selection, and obsessive attention to detail—the Rumor 650B has it. What really sets it apart, however, is the attention that went into making it the perfect women's trail bike. Every component of the bike, from the handlebars to the crankarm length, is tailored with a focus on women and rider size. The lightweight M5 aluminum frame features Women's 650B Trail Geometry that creates a roomy, responsive, and confidence-inspiring ride. A Rockshox Pike fork up front and a custom-tuned Fox Float CTD shock out back combine to trounce rough terrain, while a dominant SRAM 1 x 11-speed drivetrain and illustrious Shimano XT brakes give you speed and power at your fingertips. Finished out with an excellent Body Geometry Myth saddle and a Command Post dropper, Specialized made sure every aspect of the Rumor was scrutinized and tuned for women.
Specialized's FSR suspension offers plush travel, incredible control, unbeatable traction and an overall awesome ride because it's completely unaffected by pedaling and braking forces. This design also eliminates "bobbing" for optimum climbing and acceleration. You'll be amazed.
For increased stiffness and improved steering precision, tapered head tubes (see image, on left) and forks pair an oversize lower steerer tube (usually 1 1/2-inch, see image, on right) with a standard diameter upper steerer tube (usually 1 1/8-inch). This combination sheds weight compared to straight 1 1/2-inch systems, and adds stability and stiffness when compared to straight 1 1/8-inch systems. The result is a bike that tracks better through corners while allowing for the use of standard stems.
To optimize fit, pedaling efficiency, comfort and control, Specialized tailors the geometry and components on their women’s bikes to feminine physiques. The frames are engineered with smaller-diameter tubes to decrease weight and increase compliance. Shorter top tubes provide a perfect fit and greater stand-over height on small frames allows for easy on/off. And, for a truly custom feel, Specialized includes small-diameter grips, narrow handlebars and women's saddles that make every ride more fun and comfortable than you could ever imagine.
Pedals sold separately
|Frame||Specialized M5-aluminum, women's-specific geometry, 125mm travel, 142 x 12mm thru-axle|
|Fork||RockShox Pike RC, 130mm-travel, 15mm thru-axle|
|Rear Shock||Fox Float CTD Factory w/Autosag, Women's Custom Tune|
|Rims/Wheels||Roval Traverse 650B aluminum|
|Spokes||DT Swiss Super Comp|
|Tires||Front/Rear: Specialized Purgatory/Ground Control 650B (27.5) x 2.3|
|Crankset||SRAM S-2200 carbon|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM X01|
|Rear Cogs||SRAM XG 1180, 11-speed: 10-42|
|Tape/Grips||Specialized Sip Grip|
|Brake Levers||Shimano XT|
|Saddle||Body Geometry Myth Comp|
|Seatpost||Command Post IR (Small/Medium: 75mm-travel, Large: 100mm-travel)|
|Accessories & Extras||SWAT Bottle Cage|