Is this the new double diamond? Specialized is experimenting with a radical new frame design, patents suggest

Specialized strut patent image
(Image credit: Specialized)

Specialized recently published a patent outlining a new and pretty radical-looking frame design which has been analysed by Wheelbased. The frame design incorporates what they call a 'strut' and sees a section of the lower seat tube removed. 

Specialized has a history of design innovation. Some memorable examples from the last decade or so include early iterations of the Shiv time trial bike which used an integrated nose cone and was banned by the UCI. The now discontinued Venge aero road bike also showcased a dramatic departure from previously accepted road bike design, while more recently the new Diverge STR has featured the brand's Future Shock suspension technology on both the front and rear of the bike.

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Tom Wieckowski
Tech writer

Tom joined the Cyclingnews team in late 2022 as tech writer. Tom has over 10 years experience as a qualified mechanic with 5 or so of those being spent running an independent workshop. Tom has ridden and raced bikes from an early age up to a national level on the road and track and has ridden and competed in most disciplines, even the odd bit of bike polo. Tom is as happy tinkering away in the garage as he is out on the road bike exploring the Worcestershire lanes.