Under Test: Specialized AWOL Comp Bicycle

There’s something about this that’s so black, it’s like how much more black could this be? And the answer is none. None more black. — Nigel Tufnel, Spinal Tap

Specialized’s AWOL family are built around steel frames and forks, generous tire clearance, disc brakes, and brazed-on fittings for nearly anything you’d want. The AWOL Comp model pictured above features Reynolds 725/520 Cr-Mo tubing, a SRAM/FSA 2×10 drivetrain, and Specialized’s own AWOL handlebars and saddle.

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7 thoughts on “Under Test: Specialized AWOL Comp Bicycle

    • Adding bosses for cantilevers or v-brakes would most likely require thicker and/or larger diameter seatstays (to reduce flex). Plus, rim brakes would limit you to 700C rims/wheels in the event of a (remote) emergency replacement.

      • But disk brakes limit you to wheels with disk hubs only in the event of an emergency replacement, and those are much more rare

    • It’s going well. The AWOL is well-mannered in the dirt, and on pavement, too. Extremely stable over rough ground and broken pavement.

  1. I built mine using C-Record, White hubs/36 spoke 700c Victory rims, BB7 brakes. It weighs in at 27 lbs naked, which I find ridiculously heavy. I’m tossing the fork for a WoundUp CxDisc, and the brakes for TRPs. The seatpost is also going. I like the geometry, but I’m finding the weight to be oppressive.

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