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Buyer’s Guide 2017: Specialized Amira Expert UDi2

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  • SCORE 87.8/100
  • SIZE 56 cm
  • WEIGHT 15.98 pounds
  • MSRP $4,000.00
SCORE 87.8/100
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LAB 16.9/20(0.66mm BB deflection; 0.58mm head tube deflection)
BUILD 13.2/15
COMFORT 13.3/15
VALUE 13.3/15
HANDLING 14.3/15
PEDALING RESPONSE 13.6/15
AESTHETICS 3.2/5

Specialized Amira Expert UDi2

Specialized’s Amira has long been the gold standard for women’s race bikes and is once again the choice ride for the dominant Boels-Dolmans WorldTour team. The featherweight Amira frame is ideal for big mountain climbs while a stiff platform provides plenty of kick for the most explosive sprints.

Specialized builds it with women’s-specific race geometry, which features a spot-on 165-millimeter head tube (size 56cm) to help get the rider in a low and aggressive position. A short wheelbase (982mm) also helps with a snappy ride for maneuvering throughout a packed peloton. A slack 72-degree head tube angle paired with a steep 74-degree seat tube angle make for a short top tube (547mm) and reach (380mm), ideal for riders with shorter torsos.

The bike is peppy with quick handling and impressive acceleration. It can feel a little twitchy when cruising down smooth blacktop or even bumpy dirt roads. But this is a race bike after all and it performs best when pushed to the limit.

A Shimano Ultegra Di2 build offers crisp and reliable shifting and the option to run an 11-32-tooth cassette (Dura-Ace Di2 only allows up to a 30-tooth cog). Since we live in a mountainous region, the 32-tooth cog is a no-brainer and we’ll happily sacrifice a little weight for the extra spin. The bike’s DT-Swiss R460 Pro wheels aren’t the flashiest hoops out there but they help keep the bike’s price down – less than half than its S-Works counterpart– without sacrificing much on weight. Altogether, our 56cm test bike weighed a ridiculously light 15.98 pounds.

It’s a great value, ready to take on Europe’s biggest climbs or for local crits and road races. Even the Boels-Dolmans purple and orange paint scheme points to racing: It’s the total package for women who ride hard and race even harder.

Component Highlights: Shimano Ultegra Di2 drivetrain with 52/36 crankset and 11-28 cassette; Shimano Ultegra brakes; DT-Swiss R460 Pro wheels

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