With this spirit, Specialized built their groundbreaking Sequoia. Not that this is a bike that, if used properly, is going to get regular cleaning, but, you know. The carbon leg fork also helps smooth the ride. Bolt-thru hubs front and back are tightened on with a 5mm Allen key rather than a lever, which makes the bike look sleek and is a handy anti-theft device — but a little bit of an annoyance in day-to-day usability. I don't currently own a Sequoia but I did have the 2003 Expert with 105 group.
So far this year I have put in 700 miles with a goal of 1200 by October. There's all the bits you'll need for adventuring, just be prepared to ride to the bike's gearing and rolling weight. Multiple parts need to be replaced. This is my first road bike - I've been riding a Specialized Hardrock with slicks for a couple years. The derailleur hanger is replaceable, which is a good thing, but it's only held on with one bolt. There was too much time where pedalling the Expert was just a bit of an effort, and a lot of that riding time was without feel-deadening and cumbersome packs and luggage strapped to it.
Other details that are a thoughtful nod to being a long way from anywhere include the fact that all the spokes for both wheels are the same length, the drive and non-drive side on the rear wheel are the same measurement as those on the front, so you only have to carry one length of spoke. Not sure if the suspension seat post does much a good sign? Maybe I'll upgrade this Sequoia to 10spd shifters, or maybe I could afford a low end Roubaix one day. The ride home is a little longer as I am not under any time constraints and ride to enjoy myself. I also replaced the pedals with Shimano clipless pedals. I've been told I could go as wide as 700x35.
Drivetrain The Sequoia Elite 2004 has 9 speeds and has a Shimano derailleur. The Body Geometry handlebars seem more gimmick than real solution whereas the saddle is for real. The bicycle may require minimal service adjustments without the need of replacing any parts. That upward bend does mean you might not need to put so many ahead spacers under the stem to get a comfortable position, if that aesthetic bothers you more than riser dropped-bars, but it does mean there's useable space to bolt whatever lights and gadgets you might want to put there. I wore out the suspension seatpost and the Milano saddle caused me serious back aches. This thing just wants to go though my brother, who now owns the Trek that I gave upon several years ago, says that the Sequoia seems slow compared to that Trek.
You can get one with a steel fork and wider gear range. Reviewing things in not writing your meaning seen from your eyes but place yourself outside the box in that spot where you review something that is made for a specific purpose, and review it from there. Then I started noticing how uncomfortable my hands were on the flat mountain bike bar, and the fact that a drop bar gives so many more hand positions. The fender runs easily under the brake and fork crown. Rear fender fits nicely over the Ksyrium wheel and 25mm tires. The Sequoia's path to adventure starts at the frame, which Specialized constructed from Premium Cr-Mo tubing.
Also you can commute to work, go to the cafes at the weekend, keep up on recreational club rides, and carry a rear load for a supported weekend trip. Oversized butted aluminum frame makes this bike about as stiff as steel, but harder to attach accessories! I might need to settle for a seat post rack. I've got over 5,000 miles on it and expect to put a lot more on it. If you are serious biker that I think I have evolved to now this bike has a few drawbacks. The frame if metal may have minor, aesthetic dings. Integrated Headset -- is this controversy hashed out yet? The bicycle has some mechanical issues and a tune up is necessary. I know it's not meant to be a light and fast race bike, although the geometry does make it a giggle to ride, but it felt a bit like taking a slightly aged Labrador for a walk — it would be keen for the first half and then would want to sit down and have to be dragged home for the last bit.
Terrific bike for anyone on a budget. Whether dampening was achieved is anybody's guess, but it looks a step more technical than just another aluminum-framed bike. This year I began riding more often in order to deal with my diabetes. And for the build, Specialized included reliable parts, like a mix of sturdy Shimano components, fuss-free mechanical disc brakes, and hand-built Hayfield wheels that are cased in wide, 2Bliss Ready tires. The bones of the bike are made from a steel that Specialized labels as Premium Cr-Mo tubing, and it's size specific to ride the same for bigger and smaller riders alike. Have they done anything else to achieve this and do you know how well it works in practice? The frame or fork or components or accessories have cosmetic blemishes.
Plenty low to protect feet and gearing from spray. Conclusion Despite being tagged as an adventure bike, it doesn't really live up to that promise. The bicycle has mechanical issues and a tune up is necessary. The bosses at the bottom bracket area could also be used for a tool pod, and the fork mounts are perfect for further gear in cargo cages. Read reviews on sites like , , and have a more objective review. With a frame and wheelset needlessly built of reinforced bridge girders and re-cast anvil, the Sequoia is a sheep in wolf's clothing.
It's not a bad bike by any means, and if weight isn't an issue for you, and you're happy to take the path less travelled at the pace dictated by the bike rather than by your legs, then the Sequoia Expert is a very, very capable bike for going all the way over there. The bike came with 700x26. Being a road racer myself I find myself doing other roads that I used to and that's a good thing. There were issues with the clam-shell design of the saddle clamp, allowing the saddle to initially tilt slowly backwards over a ride, but a liberal smearing of gritty carbon paste to the internals soon put a stop to this. The roads all felt smoother, and I liked the riding position on the Sequoia.