When you think of limited-edition framesets, the concept usually relates to expensive carbon fiber models. Earlier this year, Specialized did something different. It released an artistically inspired batch of Chisel alloy frames – one of its more affordable models.
If you prefer the aesthetic of an alloy frame and want an inexpensive but performance-orientated custom cross-country mountain bike build project, the Chisel LTD frame range is ideal. The range consists of four design themes: air, earth, fire and water. Specialized decided to launch with the air and earth variants and has now added the fire and water options.
Using the Chisel frame as a canvas, with its D'Aluisio smart weld joints, the Specialized design team now offers something for those riders who desire either a warm or cold color theme for their hardtail.
A comprehensive graphic design
Upon closer inspection, the Chisel LTD water frames have an intricate series of binary numbers, 0s and 1s, which create the Specialized down tube logo. The fire version has a gradient of geometric red shapes and hues, representing the principles of a data firewall.
At its core, the Chisel features all those standards you would find on a carbon fiber Epic hardtail. Rear axle spacing is 12x148mm and there is a BSA threaded bottom bracket, to keep your Chisel LTD running smoothly through the driest of summer dust or muddiest winter conditions.
Internal cable routing ensures that as much of the frame design remains unobscured and visible.
Blue and red are often finishing kit colors of choice for many builds, relating to grips or stems. The Chisel LTD fire or water frames make an excellent red or blue foundation to create that curated hardtail alloy build.
Specialized is pricing these two latest Chisel LTD colorways at $1,500, including a coffee table book, illustrating the creative process of those artists involved with the alloy fame project.
Full details on the Chisel range can be found on Specialized.com.