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.

Stay tuned…

10 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

        • Gee Alex, what third world retro-grouch hell hole are you planing for? Disc wheels rare? Hardly. Even Wally World “bikes” have disc hubs these days. Now if you were planning an unsupported tour of Whogivesaripistan you -might- have a case but then again you also wouldn’t be buying a $2,000 weekend warrior rig.

    • 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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