Specialized Sequoia Expert review

The Specialized Sequoia Expert belongs to a range of bikes designed to offer the rider optimum enjoyment on all roads

Specialized Sequoia Expert
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

After making peace with its heavy weight and lack of urgency, it’s easy to embrace this machine for what it is. Yes, you’re never going to top any Strava leaderboards and yes, it’s probably a very wise idea to bend your knees and keep a straight back while lifting it it, but the Specialized Sequoia Expert is extremely good at what it was built for – namely, adventure. As well being beefy enough to take on ruts and ridges at a canter, the myriad handholds offered by the ergonomic Adventure Gear Hover handlebar makes for a satisfactory experience on the asphalt, too.

Reasons to buy
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    Good all-rounder

Reasons to avoid
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    Slow going on road

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Adventure bikes are invariably specced with a mishmash of road, cyclo-cross and mountain bike componentry, affording the discerning explorer the option to blitz through the bushes or streak along sections of tarmac with equal ease. The Specialized Sequoia Expert is equally at home on and off road as I found out during a journey the length of France – from north to south, taking in large sections of byway and bridleway en route.

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