PRIMERA TEAM VERDICT:
The Ariel is the most capable womens hybrid bike out there. The super light alloy and carbon frames available give a super smooth ride alongside the extensive range of suspension forks which help really dampen any vibrations. Whether it's being ridden down to the shops on a Saturday morning or taken to the New Forest tracks on a sunny Sunday lunch time, this bike is fit for every purpose.
The pannier rack and mudguard compatability make for an awesomely versatile bike, keeping you dry and loaded up with a picnic to head somewhere quiet for some lunch. We recommend the SKS mudguards or the Specialized own fenders alongside a Tortec pannier rack.
The most important part of fitness is that you're following a path, not what kind of terrain lies beneath your tyres. So to make sure that you can mix things up between the road and dirt, our Ariel Elite Carbon comes equipped with a suspension fork that has our Fitness Brain technology for fast, efficient, and intuitive use over any surface. And to build on this blend of comfort and speed, the frame is built from our ultra-lightweight FACT 9r carbon fibre with a women's-specific geometry that's made to fit just right from the minute you get on the bike. Add in a mix of performance driven components from the likes of Shimano, powerful Tektro hydraulic disc brakes, and rack/fender mounts, and you'll be riding with confidence in no time—no matter where you choose to ride.
- Working with our Body Geometry team, we designed a frame that strikes the optimal balance between comfort and efficiency. The FACT 9r carbon fibre keeps the bike ultra-light and efficient, while the rack, fender, and disc mounts give you an incredibly versatile package.
- An SR Suntour NCX fork w/ Fitness Brain technology features 60mm of coil-sprung travel that takes the sting out of bumpy terrain, while an integrated remote lockout is coupled with our Fitness Brain technology to promote more climbing and pedaling efficiency.
- Braking duties are handled by Tektro Flow Set Control hydraulic Disc Brakes to ensure effective, consistent, and reliable power through any kind of terrain or condition.
- Tech Specs
Frame FACT 11m, full carbon, XC Geometry, internal split-housing cable routing, PF30 BB, 12x148mm rear end, triangulated post-mount 160mm brake mount Fork SR Suntour NCX w/Specialized Fitness Brain technology, 60mm of travel, 1-1/8" steerer, 12mm thru-axle Stem Specialized Flowset, integrated, 3D forged alloy, 4-bolt, 12-degree rise, 31.8mm clamp Handlebars Specialized, double-butted alloy, 9-degree backsweep, 31.8mm Grips Body Geometry Flow Set Control Grips, lock-on Front Brake Tektro Flow Set Control, hydraulic disc, metal pads, post mount, 160mm rotor Rear Brake Tektro Flow Set Control, hydraulic disc, metal pads, flat mount, 140mm rotor Front Derailleur microSHIFT XCD, 31.8mm clamp, 10-/11-speed, MTB double Rear Derailleur Shimnao SLX, Shadow Plus design, SGS cage, 10-speed Shifters Flow Set Control, 10-speed Bottom Bracket FSA MegaEXO Cassette Sunrace, 11-40t, 10-speed Chain KMC X10, 10-speed w/reusable MissingLink Crankset FSA V-Drive, MegaEXO BB, 10-/11-speed, hollow forged 7075 aluminum, 170mm Q-factor, direct-mount, 44/32T w/chainguard Front Wheel Axis Sport Disc, 700c Disc 6061 double wall pin joint Rear Wheel Shimano, loose ball bearings, 11-speed, 135mm axle, 28h, 700c Disc 6061 double wall pin joint Front Tyre Trigger Sport Reflect, 700x38mm, 60TPI, wire bead Rear Tyre Trigger Sport Reflect, 700x38mm, 60TPI, wire bead Inner Tubes OE PV standard Bulk Road 700, 28-38x622, Presta, 48mm valve Saddle Aldia Comp, hollow Cr-Mo rails, 155mm Seatpost Alloy, 2-bolt, micro-adjust, 25mm offset, 27.2mm
“Versatile and capable”
The Ariel for us is a fantastic bike; it’s really versatile and capable. It’s a bit of a workhorse but it’s also ready for adventure too. Thanks to the geometry and parts used it’s a very comfortable bike as well. It’s quite normal for us to be fitting mudguards and racks to these bikes so we can help you with how you want the bike to be setup for you.
It’s no surprise for us that it’s our best selling hybrid and for the riding we have locally quite often it’s the perfect bike.
All of the Ariel range can be bought using our 0% finance option (subject to status) we can also include the parts and accessories on this too. So please get in touch and we can talk you through your options.
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