Specialized is a one-stop shop for all things bike, stocking every variety –mountain, racing, commuting, fixed gear, kids – and all the gear you could want to go with it. The brands are imported, something reflected in the price tags. Here a fold-up Dahon Matrix 7005 will cost you 890RMB,while a Specialized Allez Elite costs 14,490RMB in Shanghai, though it’s only the equivalent of 10,580RMB in the US.
But for quality biking gear, Specialized does it best. The wall is lined with helmets ranging from 570-1690RMB and gloves averaging around 300RMB. Lightweight and weatherproof jackets for men and women (389RMB-1590RMB) with nifty technology and features such as removable sleeves and reflective material make them suitable for professional riders. There’s a large range of footwear, such as the S-Works Road Shoe, which justifies the 2,490RMB price tag by being ‘based on three dimensional studies of pedaling motion’. Specialised indeed.