S-Works – usually uttered in a hushed tone of adoration – is the ultimate stamp of Specialized approval.
The title given to kit that is considered the highest level of each product available, anything S-Works is made for racing and more often than not created with feedback from pro athletes and designed to meet their needs. Then made available for anyone who wants it, and can justify the spend.
Pro athletes possess an ability to push harder – physically and mentally – than most mere mortals, they know bikes and equipment better than anyone who sits at a desk most hours of the day ever could, and they understand how tiny margins can make or break a race day. Of course, most of us don’t possess the same power as they. However, kit that is developed to meet their needs will ultimately be more than sufficient for us.
A great example of this is the development of the S-Works Power saddle – a creation that relied upon the careful testing of Boels Dolmans pro cyclist, Evelyn Stevens. Stevens was considered the perfect candidate for testing because she’s got a reputation for being incredibly sensitive to saddles – she’s even been likened to the protagonist of the ‘princess and the pea’.