Mountain Gear

New Gear: Women’s Specific Fate 29er

Specialized's new carbon hardtail is billed as the first race-ready 29er rig built specifically for women.

After launching the successful women’s specific Myka aluminum hardtail 29er, Specialized is taking the covers off its newest rig, the Fate.

Riding a prototype Fate at the latest World Cup cross-country race, Lene Byberg took a podium spot. The Fate is the newest 29er option for women and the first-in-the-world 29er carbon women’s hardtail.

Byberg’s Fate was similar to those that will be available to consumers except she used a riser bar and custom lightweight skewers with her name on them. Her Fate weighed 8.43kg (18.5lbs) and sported Renegade 1.95 tires front and rear with 23.5 psi pressures.

The Friday prior to the XC race in Offenburg, Germany, Lea Davison rode to seventh in the elite women’s category onboard the new Specialized Fate.

The new rig gets a low front-end stack height on top of  a RockShox/Specialized SID 80mm fork with Brain technology and tapered steerer.

To counter toe overlap, the 15-inch Fate has a 51mm offset fork crown, while the 17- and 19-inch frames have a standard 48 mm offset.

From the 15- to 19-inch Fate, the bike shares the FACT IS 8M frame built using the same layup and tube sets and a 27.2mm seatpost aimed at creating increased vertical compliance for a better ride feel. A gusset from the toptube to seat tube also allows for greater stand-over height.

A 15-inch Fate frame is claimed to weigh in at 2.4lbs. The Fate will be sold in Comp and Expert spec’s for between $3,000 and $4,000 and be in stores this fall.

The Fate Expert gets the Rock Shox 80mm SID 29 with Specialized’s Brain; Specialized Roval Control 29 wheels; SRAM XO World Cup brakes; SRAM XO rear derailleur; and SRAM X9 front derailleur/shifters.

The lower price point Comp will be trimmed with the Rock Shox Reba RL 80mm 29 fork; Specialized Roval 29 wheels and Avid Elixir 5 brakes; SRAM X9 rear derailleur; and SRAM X7 front derailleur/shifters.