I may not be an electrician but I think I’ve found a good fuse.
The all new Specialized Fuse comes in two flavours where wheel size is concerned in both 27.5″ and 29″ options. With tubeless ready tyres and rims ready to be set up for when you fancy going tubeless. Having 2.6″ tyres allows for the fuse handle whatever you through out of it and if you have your pressures right the big tyres can take the sting out of riding a hardtail.
Specialized have not missed out on the trend of progressive geometry with the Fuse. Riding this bike it is clear without even looking at the figures. It is nice and stable on technical descents and forgiving without ruining any fun. It seems comfortable with both wheels in the air too and allows you to get some air effortlessly without having to focus on body position. But having a dropper post fitted did allow me to get the saddle out of the way when needed.
Overall the Fuse was a good fun bike to ride on technical trails up at Woburn Woods. The 1×12 SX eagle drivetrain gave you all the gearing you could possibly need. It is amazing to see how 12 speed drivetrains have evolved and are now available at a range of price points.
The RockShox recon RL forks did the job as far as soaking up any big hits was concerned with some Sram Level brakes which were plenty enough to slow you down when needed.
So is this bike for you?
Specialized have clearly designed this bike with the trail rider in mind. It is the perfect bike for heading to the woods and riding some awesome off piste trails or doing a loop at your local trail centre. It is a bike you can point downhill and just ride without worrying. It is also great value with this model coming in at £1299. But is a “Propper” mountain bike that is made to ride hard. An advantage of hardtails is that you have no rear linkage to worry about and the bike is absolutely silent. So much so that it took me by surprise.
It is clear that this is not an xc bike due to the thick tyres and progressive geometry so if your looking for an xc bike something like the Trek Procaliber or the Specialized Chisel. If I was comparing the Fuse to another bike I would say it is similar to something like a Trek Roscoe.
If you enjoy ripping down trails but want a capable bike without the hassle of rear suspension you cant go far wrong with the new Fuse.
The Final Verdict
The Fuse, a capable bike at a sensible price point that you will not be disappointed with. The progressive geometry is what really sets this bike apart from any of Specialized’s previous hardtails. I rode the Comp with the SX drivetrain and my only criticism comes down to weight and I would personally go for the next spec up with the NX groupset and RockShox 35 Gold RL forks to save a bit of weight and get you up the hills easier.
Overall a great bike that I could confidently recommend to either an entry level rider or experienced rider looking for a new toy!
If you want to see the New Fuse in person come and check it out in store!
For further details Check out the Specialized Website.