When the Specialized Shiv burst onto the scene it was widely regarded as one of the most revolutionary time trial bikes of the last decade. Since then revolution has been replaced by evolution with the American-based manufacturer working closely with a number of high profile riders to tweak and improve their bike’s design and performance.
Three-time world time trial champion Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) is one such athlete. The German, who helped steer his team to victory in the team time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico earlier this month, took the time to talk to inCycle about the Specialized Shiv.
The bike remains similar to the 2013 model, with one notable change in that the German powerhouse has swapped 10-speed SRAM Red for the new 11-speed version, meaning he’s got some extra teeth to combine with his preference for massive chainrings.
Martin’s set-up remains identical to last year, though another departure from last year’s World Championship-winning bike is a reversion to Specialized Turbo tyres, not prototype TT clinchers.
In this exclusive video brought to you by inCycle TV, Martin talks about the Shiv and what, for him, makes it such a special machine.
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