Specialized Pro Race X1
The draw: 1x drivetrain
While the Shiv has been around for four years now, the 2016 Pro Race X1 brings new features to a proven frame design. Few manufacturers have adopted 1x (pronounced “one by”) drivetrains into their lineups, so the implementation of SRAM’s Force 1 groupset sets this Shiv apart. A 50T chainring paired with an 11–28 cassette make the Shiv capable of climbing most hills but may not be the best choice for mountainous areas. While 1x drivetrains aren’t always ideal for hilly terrain, they do bring simplicity, reliability and make travel easier. This, combined with Roval 60mm carbon wheels, S-Works Turbo tires, the SWAT (storage, water, air, tools) Fuelselage integrated hydration system, and SWAT Fuelcell make it race-ready without any upgrades.