The original Stumpjumper, designed by Tim Neenan of Lighthouse Bikes, Santa Cruz, retailed for just $750 when it went on sale in 1981 – we’re betting it’s worth a little more these days (John Whitney/BikeRadar)

Yesterday saw Specialized kick-start their UK concept store
tour designed to get cycling enthusiasts up close and personal with their past,
present and future bikes.

The ‘Best of Specialized’ show at their Kingston
upon Thames store in South London was the first in a series of nine running across
the UK, and continues today
from 12pm-9pm up the road in Covent Garden.

Visitors were given the chance to check out, amongst others,
the original 1981 Stumpjumper and the 1994 FSR Team model, the 1990 Allez Epic
and the first carbon SL2 from 2007. Present models ranged from the S-Works
McLaren Venge
(which you can no longer buy unless you’ve already reserved one) to the Demo 8 FSR II downhill bike, while the 2012 version of
the Shiv time trial bike took pride of place on the wall. Head over to our
for a look at what you can expect.

Team IG-Sigma Sport’s Tarmac SL4

The free show is running throughout March, with drinks, sandwiches and more fresh fruit than you can shake a stick at
on hand for all visitors. Staff from Specialized UK HQ will also be around to answer any questions you might have. Simply by showing up you’ll also be entered into a prize draw to win a
bike, with the winner getting the enviable choice between an S-Works Roubaix
SL3 and an S-Works Epic 29er.

Full schedule

  • Friday 2 March – Covent Garden 
  • Tuesday 6 March – Plymouth 
  • Wednesday 7 March – Bristol 
  • Wednesday 14 March – Ruislip 
  • Tuesday 20 March – Harrogate 
  • Thursday 22 March – Chester 
  • Wednesday 28 March – Stafford 
  • Thursday 29 March – Birmingham

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