When the Specialized carbon fiber 29er, the Fate, was released there was talk about the Jett. An aluminum version of the sporty carbon hardtail. Now there is details to share!
Highend Aluminum Women’s Racing in 26″ or 29″
The new Specialized Jett comes in two models, Comp or Comp 29″. Exact same “mid-level” build on both, only difference is wheel and tire size. I really wish that the build was a step up on parts. 9-speed with Alivio cranks (SLX rear derailleur and hydraulic brakes..) doesn’t seem to fit the need of an aggressive rider. Full SLX or XT would have been a better fit for in my mind.
Details to Note
- 80mm of travel on both models
- Frame size specific spec. This means a smaller frame will have shorter cranks, smaller brake rotors and narrower handlebars.
- M4 aluminum, 2nd from the top level of aluminum that Specialized has to offer
- Lock out and adjustable rebound on a coil sprung fork
- Super low stand over (still waiting on geometry to confirm) and short front end to fix the 29er downfalls.
The Myka XC Mountain bike line from Specialized is their “XC recreational” series. This is your goto series for most women that aren’t looking for an aggressive stance mountain bike.
2012 Myka Hardtail Lineup
Key details for the line include lower standover height, shorter stack (lower handlebars) and shortest reach (length of bike.)
There are 7 bikes in the 2012 Myka hardtail line most of which come in a 26″ or 29″ version other than the base level.
2012 Myka HT
The entry level in the lineup. 26″ wheels, 24 speeds, basic front suspension and a good beginner bike if you aren’t sure you want to give mountain biking a try. Will double well as a recreational hybrid or around the town with the kids.
2012 Myka Disc 26″ & 29″
Same line up as the HT, but with disc brakes for better stopping in all conditions. The 29er version is the most affordable option for women’s 29ers!
2012 Myka Sport Disc 26″ & 29″
26″ wheels, 24 speeds but an upgrade on model of disc brakes (move to Avid BB5) and the fork has a lock out.
2012 Myka Elite Disc 26″ & 29″
The elite models are Specialized steps up to 27 speeds instead of the 24.
2012 Myka FSR – A full suspension bike for women
100mm full suspension custom bike tuned for women.
2012 Specialized Myka FSR Comp
RockShox front and rear suspension. 100mm of travel. Shimano 27 speed parts and Tektro hydraulic brakes.
2012 Specialized Myka FSR Elite
Upgraded front fork, Avid hydraulic brakes, nicer drive train and stronger/lighter wheels. I also prefer the colors!
We have already been lucky to see the 2012 Specialized Women’s 29er carbon hardtail, the Fate, but there is another new high end from Specialized this year for women.
The Specialized Amira
Specialized has tagged this as a true women’s race bike. Using years of development from the Allez Dolce in 2003, and Specialized sponsored elite women’s road bike teams through the years they now have a new model, the 2012 Amira.
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High End Technology for Women
Finally, a ground up HIGH END women’s designed bike that doesn’t borrow everything from the guys model with a shorter top tube. This includes shorter chainstays, and completely differently geometry.
- Frame Module Weight = 1970g, more than 100g lighter than the 2011 Amira (I’m assuming this is the weight for the smallest size available)
- Stiffness to weight = The stiffest women’s frame on the market
- Women’s performance geometry teamed with FACT IS 11R carbon
Is there a Need?
I am interested to see how many Amira’s Specialized sold in 2011. Apparently it was enough to justify more engineering time on the 2012. My hopes with high end bikes like this one, it will give women another reason to compete, be inspired and have their own toys designed around their body type. Not every woman needs a womens bike, but having high end bikes makes it easier for a woman to grow in the sport without being intimidated or feeling “boxed in” by bike company marketing. How many women are watching the Tour de France this year and thinking, “God that is amazing” now they have a pretty package, designed around them, to answer that calling.