So the 2013 S-Works Enduro is the first brand-spankin’ new bike I’ve seen sporting SRAM’s 1×11 system, and it finally brings some perspective to that cassette–which completely obscures a 160mm rotor. That’s a big gear. In stark contrast to all the haters out there, I think I’m in love with this gearing. And how nice is it that Specialized is putting a custom Cane Creek Double Barrel and an e*thirteen guide on there? I gave them a hard time over the Volagi thing, but credit where credit’s due: spec on that bike shows what I believe we can only describe as “soul.”
And we can use all the soul we can get, given the shitstorm that’s slowly trundling everyone’s way: Lance versus USADA. Based on everything that’s come to light so far, the only thing we’re certain of is that there will be no winners in this. If he’s guilty, everything’s going to suck for a while. If he’s exonerated and deals a body blow to an agency trying to police a clearly skunky sport, it won’t be any better. Short of coming out of retirement to win three more Tours with a Pfizer-developed transparent body chock full o’ internal sensors displaying vitals and chemical balances directly to the web, cycling in general better enjoy this year’s Tour. I’m afraid it’s going to be all downhill after the Pyrenees.