Specialized Bicycle Components, more commonly known simply as Specialized, is a major American brand of bicycles and related products. It was founded in 1974 by Mike Sinyard and is based in Morgan Hill, California
Specialized was founded in 1974 by Mike Sinyard, a cycling enthusiast who sold his Volkswagen Bus for $1,500 to fund a cycle tour of Europe, where he bought handlebars and stems made by Campagnolo and Cinelli to take back to the US. Sinyard started out importing Italian bike components that were difficult to find in the United States, but the company began to produce its own bike parts by 1976, starting with the Specialized Touring Tire. In 1979, the company started to produce the Allez, a road bike, in Japan. Specialized introduced the first major production mountain bike in the world, the Stumpjumper, in 1981. Specialized continue to produce the Stumpjumper, which, like mountain bikes in general, has evolved significantly since 1981 and now comes in full suspension and hardtail options. An original Stumpjumper is displayed in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. In 1989, Specialized introduced the Epic, the world's first production carbon fibre mountain bike.
|Headquarters||Morgan Hill, California, USA|
|Key people||Mike Sinyard, CEO|
|Products||Bicycle and Related Components|
|Revenue||US$200,000,000 (est.) (2000)|
Because Specialized Team is so wildly popular among cycling teams, Gear4cycling has created complete men’s and women’s Specialized cycling apparel collections such as Specialized cycling jersey, Specialized cycling bib shorts, Specialized cycling socks, Specialized cycling shoe covers, Specialized cycling cap & bandanas, and Specialized cycling gloves. Also Specialized cycling jacket, Specialized cycling vest, and Specialized cycling arm/leg warmers are entirely functional but will convey your passion for life on the bike. A range of Custom Made Cycling Apparel is also available to meet the needs of more cycling enthusiasts, cycling teams, professional events, clubs, and bike shops.