Specialized Dolce review

The good-looking, women's-specific Specialized Dolce is a great entry-level option for riders looking to embark on their love affair with road cycling

Cycling Weekly Verdict

With a good frameset and reasonable components the Specialized Dolce is a great ride for the money, making it an ideal bike for women new to road cycling.

Reasons to buy
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    Great frameset

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    Shallow-drop bars

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    Women's-specific components

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Reasons to avoid
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    Only eight speed (16 gears in total)

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    Wide gaps in gear changes

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    Some low-spec components

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With bike prices spiralling up and over the £10k mark, it can feel as though you're priced out of the market before you've even taken a pedal stroke. However, there are still great bikes to be had at the opposite end of the scale, and the Specialized Dolce is one such option.

>>> Women's bike buyer's guide

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Hannah Bussey

Hannah is Cycling Weekly’s longest-serving tech writer, having started with the magazine back in 2011. She has covered all things technical for both print and digital over multiple seasons representing CW at spring Classics, and Grand Tours and all races in between.

Hannah was a successful road and track racer herself, competing in UCI races all over Europe as well as in China, Pakistan and New Zealand.

For fun, she's ridden LEJOG unaided, a lap of Majorca in a day, won a 24-hour mountain bike race and tackled famous mountain passes in the French Alps, Pyrenees, Dolomites and Himalayas. 

She lives just outside the Peak District National Park near Manchester UK with her partner, daughter and a small but beautifully formed bike collection.