Last year, Specialized had a “bike launch” at Woodward West, where a few of us Ride guys got to ride around on Specialized’s new completes.For us, the Fuse IV held up perfectly (even with a few nose-cases-to-over the bars). But, a few editors getting loose for a day is hardly a test, so we passed on the Fuse IV to our tester…

Complete bike price: $640

Web site: specializedbmx.com

Tested by: Steve Woodward

Age: 23

Height: 6’3″

Weight: 185

Number of years riding: 6

Weight: 31.2 lb.

Finishes available: Bronze

Head tube angle: 74.25_

Seat tube angle: 72_

Top tube length: 20.5″ & 21″

Chainstay length: 14.25″

BB height: 11.5″

Components:

Frame: 100% chromoly, double-butted top and down tube, internally relieved headtube, dual lower brake cable routing.

Forks: 100% chromoly, 6mm dropouts for 14mm axle.

Headset: Tank FS sealed loose ball bearing.

Rotor: SST Oryg with DC Amplifier.

Stem: Specialized KO Lite, CNC relieved, 50mm reach with integrated detangler stops.

Bars: Specialized 100% chromoly two-piece, ten degrees of backsweep, five degrees of upsweep.

Grips: Specialized Fuse with CNC’d alloy bar ends.

Brakes: Dia-Compe 996 U-brake with Fiesta kit.

Lever: Dia-Compe Tech-77.

Chain: KMC Kool.

Cranks: Truvativ Luftalarm, 7050 aluminum, left and right-hand-drive compatible, 175mm.

Sprocket: CNC’d 7075 aluminum, 25-tooth, 6mm thick with alloy bash guard.

Bottom Bracket: Truvativ Giga Pipe BMX; Alloy cups with four sealed cartridge bearings.

Pedals: Specialized Lo-Pro Magnesium.

Rims: Front: Sun Big City 36-hole black anodized. Rear: Sun Big City 36 hole, chrome plated.

Front Hub: Specialized, 36 hole, sealed cartridge bearings, hollow 14mm chromoly axle.

Rear Hub: Specialized Cassette, left and right-hand-side drive specific, four sealed cartridge bearings, 14mm hollow chromoly axle, with 9-tooth driver.

Spokes: 14-guage stainless steel with brass nipples.

Front and Rear Tire: Specialized “Compound” Pro, 125psi, 20×2.0″

Seat: Specialized Fuse Super Light, Kevlar sides with 9mm chromoly rails.

Seatpost: Specialized Fuse, 6061-T6 aluminum.

Seat Clamp: Forged alloy single bolt design.

Pegs: Specialized Double-butted “flush mount/anti spin” peg set.

What did you like about the bike?

“Pretty much everything; there’s nothing really wrong with it. The only thing that’s weird is the bars. TKTKTKTKTKTK”

Did you have any problems (bending/breaking/repeated adjustments)?

“The pedal cracked all the way down the center, but I don’t know when it happened exactly. If I landed hard again it’d probably break…”

What kind of stuff did you ride with it?

“Street, park, and dirt-everything.”

Would you consider the Fuse to be a good value?

“Are you kidding? Yeah, it really is. This is has to be one of the best completes you can buy.”

OFFICIAL RATING: 9

Pros: “The small gear, the weight, and the geometry is excellent.”

Cons: “The weird bars.”