At the Sea Otter Festival, Specialized introduced a new version of their womens bike the Rumor, now available with 27.5″ wheels. The well-know trailbike is now available in both 29″ and 27.5″ sizes.

Das Rumor gibt es nun auch in einer 650b-Version.
Specialized unveiled a 27.5″ version of the Rumor womens bike
Denise Bannert, verantwortlich für Specialized Women MTB, präsentierte uns das Rumor 650b beim Sea Otter Festival.
Denise Bannert, in charge of Specialized Womens MTB program, presented us with the Rumor 650b at the Sea Otter Festival in California.

“Women are getting after it and riding a variety of trails – our rider feedback reflected a desire to have the Rumor available in both 29 and 650b due to the vast array of trails women are riding, so we’re excited to add this bike to our trail family,” said Amy Nelson, Women’s Mountain Product Manager.

The Rumor 650b offers 130mm of travel and is designed to handle tight and twisty turns with grace, provide quick handling over steep and technical terrain, while remaining agile and responsive.

Die Züge werden für eine cleane Optik im Rahmen verlegt.
Internal cable routing and a well-designed frame – the new Rumor looks good!
Mit der Pike RCT3-Federgabel und dem FOX Float CTD-Dämpfer sollte dem Abfahrtsspaß nichts mehr im Wege stehen.
RockShox Pike RC3 forks and the Fox Float CTD rear shock make sure the bike isn’t limiting your downhill fun.

Specialized claims to have put a lot of effort into tailoring the geometry both for women and rider size. One thing is clear at first sight: the Rumor has a really low standover.

Zu Ende gedacht: Der damenspezifische Specialized Myth-Sattel ist standardmäßig verbaut.
Specialized has equipped the Rumor with the Body women-specific Myth saddle
Ein 30t-Kettenblatt erleichtert das Klettern.
With the small 30t-chainring, the Specialized Rumor is set to conquer any climb

Specialized not only adjusted the frame geometry to the female needs, but also put a lot of thoughts in the spec of the bike, avoiding a buyers need to fine-tune it after buying the bike. For example, the SRAM X01-drivetrain is equipped with an smaller 30t-chainring to help on the steepest climbs.

Die Geometriedaten des Rumor 650b
The Geometry of the Specialized Rumor 27.5″

The Specialized Rumor will be available in three different versions: The Rumor 650b is the entry level and comes with a X-Fusion O2 Pro-shock, a RockShox Sektor fork, a 2×9 drivetrain and Tektro Gemini brakes. The higher-priced Rumor Comp features a Fox Evolution CTD-shock and a RockShox Revelation fork with a 2×10 drivetrain and Shimano Deore Disc brakes.

The Rumor Expert 650b marks the upper-end of the lineup and is equipped with state of the art components like Fox Factory CTD rear shock and a RockShox Pike RC SA-forks. It also has an SRAM X01 11 speed drivetrain, the brakes are Shimano XT.

Words: Martin Stöckl / Aaron Steinke Photos: Robin Schmitt

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Aaron was our first employee and actively helped make our company what it is today, significantly shaping the look and direction of our various magazines. Aaron has been pursuing his own projects since mid-2020 but he continues to advise and support us on issues of marketing and technology. For many years, you would usually have found Aaron at casual enduro races, but increasingly you'll find him riding his road bike – long live freedom on two wheels!