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Specialized women’s Rumor 650b

It's here..........NEW from Specialized, the women’s Rumor 650b!

To fulfil the Specialized evolving philosophy to offer multiple wheel sizes on their popular mountain bikes, they have looked at the women’s fleet and have introduced the Rumour 650b, a women's-specific trail bike! The Rumor Evo 29 was rated one of the best womens bikes for the Bible of Bike Tests last year. Now it has been tweeked with increased travel and a new wheel size for a snappier geometry, more travel and 27.5-inch wheels.

This is now the 3rd version of the Rumour from Specialized. Evolving from a 110-millimeter 29er to a 120-mil 29er to the new version of 130-millimeter 650b , (Specialized are keeping the 120-mil 29er version in the line-up for next year, although it will slowly phase out the original Rumor 29).

So women keep your eyes peeled and watch this space for the Rumor 650b.

NEW from Specialized, the women’s Rumor 650b Outside Sports NZ

Specs, By: Nicole Formosa

The top-level Rumour Expert comes with a 130-millimeter RockShox Pike fork up front, 125-millimeter Fox CTD rear shock with Autosag, Specialized’s proprietary system to self-regulate rear sag, and a custom tune for lighter riders, Shimano XT brakes, SRAM X01 one-by rear derailleur with a 30-tooth chainring up front, respectable 700-millimeter-wide Specialized alloy handlebars and the Specialized Command micro-adjust dropper post. In my opinion, the best part upgrade from last year is the wheelset. On the new Expert version only, Specialized offers the Roval Traverse aluminum wheels with a 29-millimeter inner width. The wider wheels create a noticeable difference in stability, control and traction while cornering.

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With the new 27.5 wheel size, the Rumor’s geometry tightens up as well. The 650b sports shorter chainstays–17 inches compared to 17.7–a shorter toptube, lower standover and a lower bottom bracket. The overall wheelbase stays the same as last year’s 29er.

While Specialized still doesn’t offer the Rumor in a carbon-fiber frame, nor does it offer an all-mountain bike targeted at its female fans, Specialized women’s mountain product manager Amy Nelson hinted that more premium offerings are on the way.

“It’s a very big year for us. It’s just the beginning, we’ll see what is next,” she said.

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