This Merz edition Specialized bike is built to go the distance

Chrome molybdenum tubing for no-bend cruising
09 May 2017 / 12:58BST

Multi-functionality isn’t always a good thing. Just look at the spork. That hasn’t stopped Specialized, though, somehow slinging a racing frame and a touring setup together to deliver a sturdy, speedy machine in the shape of the Sequoia (£2900). Equipped with a hand-numbered, Merz-made chrome moly frame, it’s both strong in the build and fast on the asphalt - with a full complement of mounts for your touring setup. Hydraulic disk brakes and hand-built Cruzero wheels should serve you well, too, whatever your speed, while a bundled tool sack (straight out of Seattle) sits right beneath the saddle for roadside repairs.

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