Re-introducing a particularly notable model after an extended absence is nothing new; Ford did it with the Thunderbird, and most recently the GT supercar. This is the route that Specialized has also decided to take with the Sequoia, which derives its name from one of the earliest models Specialized brought to market. The new Sequoia uses some of the same ideology from the original model with steel construction and design features that allow it to be a solid choice for those seeking an adventure touring bike, or in the more modern terminology, bike-packing.
The Sequoia falls into an interesting segment of bikes where versatility is championed over any singular performance design, and becomes the third “adventure” model from Specialized after the Diverge and AWOL. Each of the three models in the line are quite different from each other, with the Diverge being the closest to a road bike in terms of geometry, which in turn limits tire clearance to 35mm. The AWOL on the other hand is of steel construction and has a lengthier wheelbase and roomier clearance that can accommodate a full mountain bike tire. Now, the Sequoia fits into the middle with more sporty geometry and a significant weight reduction over the AWOL, yet greater tire clearance (up to a 47mm tire) and more relaxed angles than the Diverge.
Specialized is offering three models of the Sequoia: Sequoia ($1300), Sequoia Elite ($2000) and Sequoia Expert ($3500). It will also be available as a frameset for $1200. All three models use the same Premium Cro-Mo frame with front/rear thru-axles and flat mount disc brakes, but the standard Sequoia receives a steel fork while the other two use a FACT carbon fork. A new tire called Sawtooth was also introduced with the Sequoia and comes stock on all three models. The 42mm wide, tubeless ready tire uses a light tread pattern that is designed to roll well on smooth surfaces while the massive air volume helps absorb the rough stuff when on dirt. It will also be available aftermarket for $40.
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