2012 Specialized Shiv S-Works Di2 triathlon bike that is not UCI legal

Seems we just barely posted our spy shots then Specialized goes and makes things official.

The 2012 Shiv is indeed a purebred triathlon-only race bike, as evidenced by Specialized’s loosely veiled bashing of the UCI’s technology stifling policies:

“Without the constraints placed on bike design by the UCI, there are no limits. We put together the best engineering and triathlon minds in the business to create this purpose-built, no-hold-barred tri machine. By combining unparalleled aerodynamics, an integrated hydration system, and geometries that were developed through our BG FIT R&D team, there is no other bike on the market – or the roads of Kona – that offers triathletes the benefits of the Shiv ‘Fuelselage.'”

S-Works models are due to arrive in November, followed by Pro-level and other models through December and into the new year. Want more? Jump on over to our (brand new!!!) sister site, TriathlonRumor.com for the full scoop! (or if you just like skimming the surface, there are a few more pics after the break…

2012 Specialized Shiv S-Works triathlon bike frameset module

The top end S-Works Shiv bikes are made with their top-end FACT IS 11R carbon fiber, the others are made with the only slightly less high-end 10R carbon. The S-Works frameset module includes the post, brakes, crankset and carbon aerobars. The Pro level frameset module only includes the seatpost.

2012 Specialized Shiv Elite triathlon alloy bike

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Tommy Nickels
Tommy Nickels
10 years ago

Where’s that leave the pro sponsored cycling teams?

matt
matt
10 years ago

They still have the shiv tt that Martin just rode to the World Championship TT. So they still have the fastest bike for UCI legal tt’s. This just gives the triathletes a dedicated bike.

Marc-A
Marc-A
10 years ago

”Unparalleled aerodynamics”

What about putting integrated brakes in the fork?

jon jon
jon jon
10 years ago

love the press release. UCI as a whole is pretty wacky.

(not)SPECIALIZED
(not)SPECIALIZED
10 years ago

Hello Marc,

Wow, we forgot….good point. We spend a few million dollars on this and completely overlooked that fantastic idea.

Thanks,

SBC Engineers

fred zeppelin
fred zeppelin
10 years ago

I assume there must be at least a few rules for Tri bikes? ’cause unparalleled aerodynamics in my mind is a fully-faired recumbent, or even maybe a Y-foil type frame.

Lance
Lance
10 years ago

Where is the porta-potty attached under the seat…

Chris
Chris
10 years ago

Zipp should bring back the 3001 bike, it is still the most aero bike ever made. It even won and Ironman this year ! This thing looks all out of proportion and UGLY

Chris
Chris
10 years ago

For Ironman there is no rules governing frame shapes, if bike companies were serious about making a specific aero Tri bike they would go away from the 2 triangle design that is required by the UCI and truly develope an Aero bike from the ground up. This attempt shown here is a disappointment and shows no imagination or true design and development.

An Alternative Aero Engineer
An Alternative Aero Engineer
10 years ago

Hi (not)SPECIALIZED,

But Mark is right. Front-integrated bikes would be a relly good point here.

Thank you for your attention,
AAAE (An Alternative Aero Engineer)

h2ofuel
h2ofuel
10 years ago

@Chris
There’s no way this is BikeRumor’s Chris Klibowitz.