Pro Bike: Melissa Hauschildt’s Kona Specialized S-WORKS Shiv

Melissa Hauschildt's S-WORKS Specialized Shiv

The Specialized S-WORKS Shiv of Australian professional triathlete Mel Hauschildt is ready to take on the lava fields of Kona in this weekend’s Ironman World Championship. Photo: Oliver Baker

Melissa Hauschildt's S-WORKS Specialized Shiv

The eye-catching custom paint job is sure to stand out as Hauschildt makes her Kona debut as a major contender after finishing runner-up at this year’s 70.3 World Championship. Photo: Oliver Baker

Melissa Hauschildt's S-WORKS Specialized Shiv

The Specialized S-WORKS Shiv of Mel Hauschildt is equipped with a Quarq Power Meter built into an S-WORKS crank. Hauschildt uses Shimano Dura Ace pedals. Photo: Oliver Baker

Melissa Hauschildt's S-WORKS Specialized Shiv

SRAM eTap Clics are barely noticeable on the ends of the Zipp aerobar extensions. The shifters provide wireless push-button gear changes through a proprietary communications protocol developed by SRAM. Hauschildt has a between-the-arms water bottle setup from XLAB in addition to the Shiv’s integrated hydration bladder, which is located in the downtube. Photo: Oliver Baker

Melissa Hauschildt's S-WORKS Specialized Shiv

The Specialized Shiv platform paired with a Zipp 404 on the front and Zipp 808 in the rear has the potential to deliver a fast bike split. The slightly shallower depth of the Zipp 404 front wheel is more manageable should conditions turn windy, which they often do. Photo: Oliver Baker

Melissa Hauschildt's S-WORKS Specialized Shiv

The SRAM eTap Wireless Rear Derailleur provides lighting fast shifts, and as an added bonus the lack of wires or cable housing make it a very aerodynamic choice. Photo: Oliver Baker

Melissa Hauschildt's S-WORKS Specialized Shiv

Hauschildt’s S-WORKS Shiv is equipped with SRAM”s wireless eTap drivetrain, a system with many features coveted by triathletes: multiple shifter locations, wireless technology for increased aerodynamics, and extremely fast and accurate shifting only present with electronic systems. Photo: Oliver Baker

Melissa Hauschildt's S-WORKS Specialized Shiv

Hauschildt has chosen the Zipp 808 NSW Carbon Clincher Rear Wheel, which was developed using computational fluid dynamic software and wind tunnel testing that contributed to the unique dimple design. Reportedly the new design shaves 3-4 watts over the benchmark Zipp 808 Firecrest. Photo: Oliver Baker

Two-time Ironman 70.3 world champion Melissa Hauschildt will take on Kona for the first time aboard this Specialized S-WORKS Shiv.

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