Fresh: Specialized S-Works Fate Carbon 29

A no-holds-barred carbon hardtail 29er for the fairer sex.

Specialized S-Works Fate Carbon 29

The Fate Carbon is one women’s mountain bike where the phrase “pink it and shrink it” does not apply in the slightest–there is not a bit of pink on this bike (that we could find), it’s frame shape is totally different than the men’s version, and it definitely has not been cheapened.

This year’s S-Works Fate Carbon is the first of Specialized’s Women’s mountain bikes to carry the S-Works (what specialized calls its very top-end bikes) name (and price). Fate Carbon 29’s frame has been optimized for women with a crazy-low standover to boost confidence and maneuverability for smaller riders.

The S-Works Fate Carbon 29 comes stacked with components too. It’s decorated with Roval Control SL 29 carbon wheels, Shimano XTR drivetrain (with Specialized cranks) and a custom 80-millimeter RockShox SID World Cup 29 fork with Specialized Brain inertia-valve damping.

The Specialized S-Works Fate Carbon 29’s toptube is shaped to provide the best possible standover clearance.

The Specialized S-Works Fate Carbon 29 uses Specialized’s own carbon cranks with a press-fit bottom bracket.

Post mount style brake studs are always a welcomed feature.

A tapered headtube helps keep the front end stiff while internal cable routing keeps the Specialized S-Works Fate Carbon 29 looking clean (and protect the cables).