Specialized Amira Compact
The majority of this bike’s cost goes toward maximizing its most important pieces: the frame and wheels. Robust DT Swiss wheel components are designed to have a long lifespan, and the all-carbon frame is intended to ride smoothly yet maintain stiffness. The individual components are decidedly mid- to low-end, meaning a few of the small bits might need to be upgraded or swapped within a few years, but spending for a frame and wheels is the best way to maximize ride quality in an affordable bike.
Specialized’s definition of women’s-specific road geometry suits aero positions exceptionally well. Like the Felt Z Series frame, the Amira has a relatively short reach to the aerobars, an advantage when trying to support the upper body in the aero position. In addition to that benefit, the Amira has a steeper seat tube angle than most road bikes. Slap a forward-set seat post on this bike, and it becomes perfectly suited to a comfortable and fast aero position.
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