The Specialized Chisel: An Affordable and Lightweight XC Bike

New Full-Suspension Aluminum Cross-Country Bike Features Modern Geometry and Competitive Pricing

Specialized has added a new member to their cross-country lineup, the Chisel. This aluminum bike offers a more affordable option compared to its carbon sibling, the Epic. Sharing many geometry numbers with the Epic, the Chisel aims to provide a lightweight and cost-effective solution for XC riders.

Specialized Chisel

Models and Pricing


The Chisel lineup includes three models:

ModelsDescription
Specialized ChiselSpecialized ChiselAt $2,600 USD, this model offers a RockShox Recon Silver RL fork paired with an X-Fusion Pro-02 shock for efficient suspension performance. The SRAM Level T 2-piston brakes and SRAM SX / NX drivetrain deliver dependable braking and shifting. Like the other models, it comes with a TranzX dropper post and Specialized Fast Trak / Ground Control tires, making it a solid choice for XC enthusiasts.
Specialized Chisel Comp ShimanoSpecialized Chisel Comp ShimanoPriced at $3,400 USD, this model features a RockShox SID fork with a Rush damper and a Deluxe Select+ shock, providing a smooth ride over rough terrain. The Shimano M6100 2-piston brakes and Shimano SLX / Deore drivetrain ensure reliable stopping power and precise shifting. It also includes a TranzX dropper post and Specialized Fast Trak / Ground Control tires for added versatility on various trails.
Specialized Chisel ShimanoSpecialized Chisel ShimanoAlso priced at $2,600 USD, this variant includes a RockShox Recon Silver RL fork and X-Fusion Pro-02 shock. It features Shimano M4100 2-piston brakes and a Deore drivetrain for consistent performance. The TranzX dropper post and Specialized Fast Trak / Ground Control tires are standard, providing a well-rounded package for riders seeking a reliable cross-country bike.




Specialized Chisel Full Details

Specialized Chisel Comparison Table


FeatureSpecialized ChiselSpecialized Chisel Comp ShimanoSpecialized Chisel Shimano
Price$2,600$3,400$2,600
ColoursGloss Dove Grey / Ashen Grey, Gloss Maroon / WhiteGloss Dark Moss Green / Liquid MetalGloss Sea Foam / Deep Orange
Weight13.87 kg12.86 kg13.73 kg
ForkRockShox Recon Silver RL, 120mm travel, Motion Control damper, 42mm offset, Maxle Stealth, 15x110 thru-axleRockShox SID, Rush damper, 44mm offset, 120mm travel, Maxle Stealth, 15x110mm thru-axleRockShox Recon Silver RL, 120mm travel, Motion Control damper, 42mm offset, Maxle Stealth, 15x110 thru-axle
FrameSpecialized D'Aluisio Smartweld M5 Alloy, Hydroformed tubes, Progressive XC Geometry, 110mm travel, internal cable routing, BSA BB, 12x148mm spacing, 30.9mm Dropper post compatibleSpecialized D'Aluisio Smartweld M5 Alloy, Hydroformed tubes, Progressive XC Geometry, 110mm travel, internal cable routing, BSA BB, 12x148mm spacing, 30.9mm Dropper post compatibleSpecialized D'Aluisio Smartweld M5 Alloy, Hydroformed tubes, Progressive XC Geometry, 110mm travel, internal cable routing, BSA BB, 12x148mm spacing, 30.9mm Dropper post compatible
HandlebarSpecialized Alloy, 20mm rise, 31.8mm, 760mm wideSpecialized Alloy, 20mm rise, 31.8mm, 760mm wideSpecialized Alloy, 20mm rise, 31.8mm, 760mm wide
StemSpecialized, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 7-degree riseSpecialized, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 7-degree riseSpecialized, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 7-degree rise
SeatpostTranzX Dropper Seatpost, 30.9mm, XS-SM: 100mm, M: 125mm, L-XL: 150mmTranzX Dropper Seatpost, 30.9mm, XS-SM: 100mm, M: 125mm, L-XL: 150mmTranzX Dropper Seatpost, 30.9mm, XS-SM: 100mm, M: 125mm, L-XL: 150mm
GripSpecialized Trail GripsSpecialized Trail GripsSpecialized Trail Grips
CranksetSRAM SX Eagle, Powerspline, 32t chainring, 165/170/175mmShimano MT-511, 32t chainringAlloy crankset, 1x direct mount chainring, 165/170/175mm
ChainSRAM SX Eagle, 12-speedShimano Deore M6100, 12spd w/quick linkKMC X12EPT, 12-speed, anti-corrosion coating w/ reusable Missing Link™
ShiftersSRAM SX Eagle, trigger, 12-speedShimano SLX, M7100, 12spdShimano Deore, M6100, I-Spec EV, 12 speed
SaddleBody Geometry Power Sport, steel rails, 143/155mmBody Geometry Power Sport, steel railsBody Geometry Power Sport, steel rails
Derailleur (Rear)SRAM NX Eagle, 12-speedShimano SLX M7100, SGS, 12-speedShimano Deore, M6100, 12pd, Shadow Plus
Hub (Front)Specialized alloy front hub, disc, sealed cartridge bearings, 6-bolt, 15x110mm thru-axle, 28hShimano MT410-B, Centerlock 28h, 15x110 BoostShimano MT410-B, Centerlock 28h, 15x110 Boost
Hub (Rear)Specialized alloy, disc, sealed cartridge bearings, 6-bolt, 12x148mm thru-axle, 28hShimano MT410-B, Centerlock 28h, 12x148 Boost, MicrosplineShimano MT410-B, Centerlock 28h, 12x148 Boost, Microspline
SpokeStainless, 14gStainless, 14gStainless, 14g
CassetteSRAM PG-1210 Eagle 11-50tShimano Deore M6100, 12spd w/Hyperglide+, 10-51tShimano Deore M6100, 12spd w/Hyperglide+, 10-51t
Chainrings32t32t32t
Bottom BracketSRAM Powerspline BSAShimano BB-MT501 BSABSA Bottom Bracket, PW-MBB73
Brakes (Front)SRAM Level T hydraulic disc, 2-Piston Caliper, 180mm rotorShimano M6100, 2-piston caliper, hydraulic disc, 180mm rotorShimano M4100, 2-piston caliper, hydraulic disc, 180mm rotor
Brakes (Rear)SRAM Level T hydraulic disc, 2-Piston Caliper, 160mm rotorShimano M6100, 2-piston caliper, hydraulic disc, 160mm rotorShimano M4100, 2-piston caliper, hydraulic disc, 160mm rotor
Wheels / RimsSpecialized Alloy, Tubeless ready, 27mm inner width, disc, 28hSpecialized Alloy, Tubeless ready, 27mm inner width, disc, 28hSpecialized Alloy, Tubeless ready, 27mm inner width, disc, 28h
Front TireSpecialized Ground Control, Control Casing, T5 Compound, 29x2.35Specialized Ground Control, Control Casing, T5 Compound, 29x2.35Specialized Ground Control, Control Casing, T5 Compound, 29x2.35
Rear TireSpecialized Fast Trak, Control Casing, T5 Compound, 29x2.35Specialized Fast Trak, Control Casing, T5 Compound, 29x2.35Specialized Fast Trak, Control Casing, T5 Compound, 29x2.35
TubeStandard 40mm PV 29x1.75-2.4Standard 40mm PV 29x1.75-2.4Standard 40mm PV 29x1.75-2.4


Frame and Build


The Chisel features a 110mm flex stay suspension design, common in cross-country bikes for its efficiency and simplicity. Complete builds come with a 120mm fork, with an option to upgrade to a 130mm fork for those seeking a more versatile bike. The frame is constructed using Specialized's D'Aluisio Smartweld technique, enhancing the strength and alignment of the head tube, top tube, and down tube junctions. This method eliminates the need for mitering, reducing weight and increasing durability.

Specialized Chisel Frame

FeatureDetail
Price$2,000
ColorGloss Rebel Pink Tint Organic Brushed / Satin Ion Metallic
FrameSpecialized D'Aluisio Smartweld M5 Alloy, Hydroformed tubes, Progressive XC Geometry, 110mm travel, internal cable routing, BSA BB, 12x148mm spacing, 30.9mm Dropper post compatible
Seat BinderSpecialized Alloy, 34.9mm
Rear ShockRockShox Deluxe Select+, Ride Dynamics Tuned, Two Position, Rebound Adjust, 190x40mm
Weight2.72kg (5 lb, 15.9 oz)
Weight SizeMD


Design and Features


While the Chisel does not include in-frame storage, it provides space for two water bottles within the front triangle. Internal cable routing with foam sleeves keeps the bike quiet, and additional features such as a chainstay flap and a molded rubber chainslap protector enhance its durability.

Geometry


Reflecting the trend towards longer and slacker geometry in XC bikes, the Chisel boasts a 66.5-degree head angle and a 75.5-degree seat angle. With a reach of 470mm in size large, it offers a modern and efficient riding position. Compared to the Epic, the Chisel has a slightly steeper head angle and a longer head tube, making it easier to achieve a comfortable, upright position.

SizeXSSMLXL
Seatpost Length357mm412mm412mm459mm459mm
Fork Rake/Offset44mm44mm44mm44mm44mm
Stack602.3mm593mm606mm620mm629mm
Front Center682mm706mm742mm773mm802mm
Reach390mm415mm445mm470mm495mm
Chainstay Length437mm437mm437mm437mm437mm
Head Tube Length95mm95mm110mm125mm135mm
Head Tube Angle (low)66.5°66.5°66.5°66.5°66.5°
Wheelbase1115mm1141mm1177mm1208mm1237mm
Bike Standover Height756mm777mm777mm787mm790mm
BB Height (low)326mm336mm336mm336mm336mm
Seat Tube Length375mm392mm410mm450mm500mm
BB Height (high)332mm342mm342mm342mm342mm
Seat Tube Angle75.5°75.5°75.5°75.5°75.5°
BB Drop (low)46mm36mm36mm36mm36mm
Top Tube Length, Horizontal527mm565mm602mm634mm664mm
Trail113mm113mm113mm113mm113mm
Fork Length, Full530mm530mm530mm530mm530mm

Specialized Chisel Lightweight Xc Bike

Suspension Design


Equipped with a 190 x 40mm shock, the Chisel delivers 110mm of rear travel. Specialized advises against using a 190 x 45mm shock to avoid potential frame contact issues. The bike's suspension kinematics fall between the older Epic EVO and the newer Epic, offering a balance of efficiency and comfort.

Conclusion


The Specialized Chisel offers an appealing combination of affordability, lightweight construction, and modern geometry. Whether you are a cross-country racer or a trail enthusiast, the Chisel provides a versatile and efficient ride without breaking the bank. With its thoughtful design and competitive pricing, it stands out as a strong contender in the XC bike market.

Last updated on 19-06-2024. Published in US Bike News
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