Specialized launch new Tour Down Under Collection
Specialized have launched their Tour Down Under Collection to mark the start of the 2020 season and also have donated $100,000 USD to the Australian Wildlife Rescue Organisation
The cycling community is particularly close-knit, with a shared passion building bonds around the world. So, as we await the imminent start of the 2020 World Tour in Australia, our excitement is naturally tempered by concern for cycling friends, family and all affected by the bush fires.
Fittingly, Specialized have chosen to celebrate this year's TDU with a special limited edition collection inspired by Australian wildlife - and specifically by the cheekily vibrant colours of the Australian Budgie. They've also donated $100,000 USD to help rescue and care for animals affected by the fires.
The Down Under collection launches today, the collection is stunning in shades of blue, green and yellow - and impressively, despite the limited edition one-time-only nature of the release, Specialized have kept each product at its regular retail price.
The S-Works 7 surely need no introduction - these top-sellers are the consumate road shoe; stiff, light, extremely comfortable and highly adjustable with beautifully engineered BOA dials.
This limited edition is particularly striking - showing off Specialized's undisputed mastery of special edition colourways.
A technical tour de force, the S-Works Evade features superlight MIPS SL protection, as well as Specialized's integrated ANGi crash sensor (and includes a lifetime subscription to the Specialized Ride app).
Extremely aero, yet also highly practical, this wind-tunnel tested helmet is fast but remarkably well ventilated for an aero lid.
Designed to be worn comfortably under a helmet, and with a superb SPF 50+ UV protection, this classically styled, cheekily designed cap will provide extra protection in sunny conditions, and is woven from a finer-than-silk VaporRize thread for brilliant wicking properties.
The new Allez Sprint Disc will also be used by Deceuninck-Quick-Step and Bora-hansgrohe in the Schwalbe Classic, a 51km criterium that will serve as a curtain-raiser before stage 1 of the Tour Down Under proper on Tuesday 21st.
The Down Under Collection comprises an Allez Sprint Disc frameset, Evade and Prevail helmets, S-Works 7 Shoes, socks and a cap, all in the same Australian Budgie-inspired blue and yellow colorways.
Specialized's teammates in Australia sent this heartfelt note of thanks, "On behalf of the Australian team, we wanted to send a massive thank you from the bottom of our hearts for supporting the Australian bushfire recovery with a donation of $100K to WIRES.org.au as part of the Down Under Collection launching this week."
2As you can all appreciate, it has been an extremely devastating time. There are still months of hot weather ahead, with dangers still very imminent and years of rebuilding and recovery ahead. This donation will go a long way to help with rescue and recovery of Australian Wildlife."
The kit remains at the same price as standard colourways – with the bike coming in at €1578, shoes at €400 and helmet €270.