Specialized experimenting with radical new frame design, patents suggest

Newly published patent displays a ‘strut’ joining the seat tube and down tube together to aid comfort for the rider

(Image credit: Specialized)

Specialized has recently published a patent which outlines a new and radical-looking frame design. According to an analysis from Wheelbased, the frame design incorporates what Specialized call a ‘strut’ and features the removal of a lower section of the frame's seat tube. 

Cyclingnews reported on Thursday that details of the patent suggest that Specialized believe removing the lower portion of the seat tube and then incorporating a ‘strut brace’ to join the seat tube and down tube together can “increase deflection” with the aim of improving ride comfort without compromising the ride quality. 

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Tom Thewlis

Tom has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2022 and his news stories, rider interviews and features appear both online and in the magazine. 

Since joining the team, he has reported from some of professional cycling's biggest races and events including the Tour de France and the World Championships in Glasgow. He has also covered races elsewhere across the world. 

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