Longtermers: Tech Editor Michelle Arthurs-Brennan’s Specialized Amira Elite

A reminder of race season's passed, the 2012 frame - basically a Tarmac SL4 - is still a much loved companion

Michelle Arthurs Brennan Specialized longtermer
(Image credit: Charlie Crowhurst for Future)

My 2012 Specialized Amira Elite represents much more to me than the sum total of a carbon frame and a decade’s worth of replacement components. Purchasing this bike marked a grudging acceptance that my body was not designed for triathlons; the intoxicating dawn of an assault on the British road racing scene, and a first - rather organic - foray into bike testing. 

I bought the bike on the Cycle to Work scheme long before I took up residence at Cycling Weekly. I already owned a Specialized Dolce (my first road bike) and I was determined - for no reason other than ‘it would seem boring’ - that my second bike would not bear the name of the same marque. 

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.