Specialized adds global retail leader to help its retailers improve

MORGAN HILL, Calif. (BRAIN) — Specialized has hired Marcie Webster as its new leader of global retail. Webster, who was most recently with The North Face will focus on helping Specialized retailers “elevate store performance and integrate operations” with the company. “I am thrilled to be joining Specialized – a team of such smart and passionate people.

First Flight Bicycles to remain open following sale

STATESVILLE, N.C. (BRAIN) — In the months following retailer Jeff Archer’s death after being struck by a car while crossing the street last July, the fate of his shop, First Flight Bicycles, remained uncertain

Haibike USA adds Chris Facas as territory manager for northeastern states

DENVER (BRAIN)  — Haibike has hiredf Chris Facas as a new territory manager to support retailers and promote sales throughout the Northeast United States. Facas, former territory sales representative for Specialized and Jamis, will begin representing Haibike immediately.

Canyon USA adds operations, sales and IT staff

CARLSBAD, Calif. (BRAIN) — Canyon USA now has 20 employees, with the hiring of new staff in the operations, sales and IT departments. The company has brought on former Specialized manager Keith Hnatiuk as its director of operations, former Castelli USA sales manager Katie Araujo as inside sales manager, and international IT expert Malek Awar as IT manager

Long lead times, lack of data present challenges in supply chain

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — No matter what the intended panel topics were on the first day of the Bicycle Leadership Conference, the discussion seemed to come back – inevitably – to retail and how brands are selling their products in an evolving retail environment

Industry ‘upbeat’ for 2017 after a tough year

Executives share thoughts in new BRAIN issue. LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — After a year in which the industry struggled with surplus inventory and a rapidly changing distribution system, many supplier executives said they were cautiously optimistic about their prospects in 2017.

Specialized pushes US retail event to fall in 2017

MORGAN HILL, Calif. (BRAIN) — In a letter emailed to U.S. and U.K.

BPSA approves e-bike staff training program

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The Bicycle Product Suppliers Association e-bike committee, chaired by Larry Pizzi of Raleigh Electric, approved a budget this week to create 10 two-minute training videos to help e-bike retail staff better serve this emerging market. The videos will be hosted on the Myagi training website beginning March 1, and will also be accessible through the training sites of Bosch, Giant, Shimano, Specialized and Trek.

Specialized Burra Burra review

Next to Specialized’s Morgan Hill HQ, California, is Henry W. Coe State Park, the preferred test site for the company’s Adventure Gear Division, and location of Burra Burra Peak, from which these bags take their name. The Specialized Burra Burra range consists of several bags, all constructed from durable externally polyurethane-coated nylon.

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If you want to dabble in bikepacking with stays in a B&B maybe, a seat pack (not pictured) is the place to begin. Available in 10 or 20-litre volumes, we tried the 444g 10 (£110 / $130), which comes with a clever tubular aluminium stabiliser. With clamps for two seatpost diameters, the 103g arm is angle adjustable for the pack to slide over it and fix with seatpost and saddle rail straps for stability.

Frame packs are ideal for packing your heaviest items and must fit snugly within your frame

For camping, the Handlebar Harness (£35 / $90) and Drypack come in to their own for sleeping bags, clothes or tents. The weatherproof Drypack comes in 13 and 23-litres, the former is best suited to drop bars, whereas our larger model (£23 / $45 / AU$60) is ideal for flat-bar bikes. Both ends of the 158g water-resistant Cordura 100D ripstop nylon bag have central poppers and roll closures, with a central 35cm waterproof zip permitting on-the-fly access. The robust 372g Handlebar Harness fits via two aluminium clamps beside the stem that attach to a wide U-shaped tubular support. On a drop bar bike it lowers the load to allow room for hands and accessories on the tops. Compression straps hold the load in place while two more can be used to give the harness more support.


Frame packs are ideal for packing your heaviest items and must fit snugly within your frame — this one comes in three, five, or eight litres. Our five-litre 269g example (£80 / $100 / AU$160) has twin waterproof-zipped small item pockets and an impressively-cowled zipped main compartment. Its six-point Velcro and rubber strap attachment is solid, and although the base could be stiffer, a daisy chain beneath provides further attachment options.

The 142g 0.75-litre top-tube pack (£35 / $50) is easily accessible on the move and attaches via Velcro straps, but requires some steerer tube height for the front strap. Its padded main compartment has an internal mesh pocket to separate smaller items, plus an external zipped pocket for valuables.

Prices and availability

  • Burra Burra Drypack 13: £N/A / $40 / AU$50
  • Burra Burra Drypack 23: £23 / $45 / AU$60
  • Burra Burra Framepack 3: £N/A / $90 / AU$150
  • Burra Burra Framepack 5: £80 / $100 / AU$160
  • Burra Burra Framepack 8: £N/A / $110 / AU$180
  • Burra Burra Stabilizer Seatpack 10: £110 / $130 / AU$N/A
  • Burra Burra Stabilizer Seatpack 20: £120 / $140 / AU$N/A
  • Burra Burra Stuffpack: £N/A / $40 / AU$N/A
  • Burra Burra Handlebar Harness: £35 / $90 / AU$N/A
  • Burra Burra top-tube pack: £35 / $50 / AU$N/A

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Specialized Women’s Camber Comp Carbon 650b first look

Specialized unveiled the new women’s version of the popular Camber Comp Carbon this year and it’s an eye-catching bike to say the least. Sleek frame, hidden storage compartments and a subtle glittery paint job are just part of the feature list on the carbon-framed 130mm-travel 27.5″ full-suspension trail bike. 

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A bike designed for ripping round your local trails, Specialized states that the Camber is excellent at climbing and confident at descending — achieved by combining a carbon trail chassis with an alloy rear end to give “lightweight, rigidity, and durability in one package.”

The women’s Camber Comp Carbon comes only in a 650b or 27.5″ wheel size, unlike the men’s/unisex Camber range which also offers 29er versions. This means that the cross-country focussed Era is the only women’s 29er in the Specialized line up for 2017. 


Unisex frame, women’s specific finishing kit

With the Camber Comp Carbon, Specialized is part of a general trend within mountain bikes to produce women’s and men’s (or unisex) versions of a bike around one frame; with gender-specific finishing kit such as saddles and paintwork, and occasionally also varied handlebar, crank and stem length. 

Specialized has a specific reason for this approach with the Camber. It uses a huge amount of data from thousands of bike fits it has conducted and also from Retul, another bike fit company, as a basis for its designs. In addition to body dimension and fit data, this information also includes the type of riding people are doing, so Specialized says it is able to marry particular fits to particular activities, which then influences its approach to bike design — what it calls it’s “rider first” approach. 

An eye-catching ride

One of the selling points of the Specialized Camber is the SWAT storage system that’s built into the oversized downtube

Price and availability

  • £2,900 / $3,800 / AUS$5,500

You can read more at BikeRadar.com