The Future Shock from Specialized

by Dan, July 3, 2017
The Future Shock from Specialized is a revolution in smoothness, delivering 20mm of travel without degrading speed, handling, or comfort. In fact, it does quite the opposite. Through a focus on axial compliance, it breaks the mold of what we thought was possible in bicycle design. specialized-roubaix-expertHow did Specialized accomplish this? By creating greater vertical frame compliance, or smoothness, they’ve been able to enhance the multiple facets of speed across all of the major touch points—fatigue reduction, power input, and traction. But instead of just saying that they did it, let’s address them individually. Reducing fatigue is a pretty obvious factor in speed, given that the more comfortable you are, the less tired you’re bound to get—especially after a long day over rough terrain. Over the long haul, this also contributes to power, but Specialized found that a smoother ride also increases your ability to apply constant power. As smoothness increases, while power becomes less stochastic and more constant, time savings increase significantly. Increases in smoothness also aid in traction, which in turn aids in speed, as it keeps the tires better seated to the ground. This not only provides an obvious advantage in inclement weather, descending, and cornering, but it also optimizes your effort.

THE SOLUTION – Future Shock

The Future Shock features up to 20mm of travel, and it’s positioned above the head tube in order to move in a vertical path. So when the front wheel encounters rough terrain, the bike moves up towards your hands and preserves your forward momentum without slowing you down. Another important fact is that, because the Future Shock is positioned above the stem, the bike’s wheels are held together rigidly by the frame. In other words, because the wheelbase isn’t changing throughout the suspension’s travel, like with traditional systems, you get the added benefit of extremely predictable handling.

Why Springs?

FutureShock The Future Shock is designed for road riding, not off road trails, so the system needs to be incredibly active. Specialized found that springs offer the best solution to absorbing the frequencies you encounter on the road, and to grasp why, you just have to look at what’s already out there. Other suspension systems with damping are just too heavy for road riding, and because of stiction, they require too much force to initiate their travel. And because of this, they’re pretty ineffective at smoothing out road chatter.

Riding is Believing

There are two frame series featuring Future Shock. For men – The Robaix series. For women – The Ruby Series. Both are available at Pete’s Bicycle & Fitness Shoppe, where you can test ride this revolution in cycling design. Both the Robaix and Ruby frames feature the finest in carbon fiber and are available in electronic and mechancial shifting, plus many variations of components and wheel-sets.     90217-30_RUBY_EXPERT-UDI2_TUR-HYP-BLK.tifspecialized-ruby-elite-2017-womens-road-bike-purplespecialized-ruby-elite-disc-2015-womens-road-bike-gloss-white-indigo-carbon-grey