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
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″
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.”