Generally when you think of a Supermoto dirt bikes come to mind. Specifically, dirt bikes with 17″ wheels, slick tires, lowered suspension, and better brakes. Just spotted on the Specialized Instagram feed looks to be their bicycle interpretation of a supermoto. Captioned simply as #Supermoto is ready for its closeup, does the teaser point to a new model from the big S?
Even if it turns out that the bike is just a concept, it’s worth a closer look.
Click to enlarge. It’s digitally blown up, so it’s a bit grainy, but it shows the details a little better. Details like what appears to be a new frame. If you look closely at the seat tube junction it doesn’t look like any frame in the current line up. Then there is the COBL GOBL-R seat post which combined with an upper chain guide (on a single speed) points to a bike that is meant to see rough stuff as well as smooth pavement – the perfect Supermoto. Finally add in what could be a Remora Aero storage unit and Fatboy slick tires and you have a bike that is equal parts beautiful and confusing.
UPDATE: This bike did appear in 2013 at Specialized headquarters so it’s not new. But does its resurgence mean something for the future?
Speaking of Supermotos, this seems like the perfect opportunity to post Skullcandy: Robbie Madison’s Drop In. Because even if it isn’t bike related, riding a supermoto down a bobsled track, then jumping a dirt bike off a ski jump is just awesome.