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Elite MTB Athletes Joins Specialized Ambassadors

Posted by on 22. November 2013

MTB Royalty are now Specialized!

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Their credentials says that they are MTB cycling royalty having dominated their respective fields and with Specialized as their weapon of choice, Elite MTB athletes in Nino Surban and Ariana Dormitorio will be racing their way to the top of the sport in the international scene.

Specialized has always been associated with performance with a pool of Ambassadors that has been known for their winning ways.  With that, an elite duo of Mountain Bike Specialists Nino Surban and Ariana Dormitorio joins the cast of Specialized ambassadors.  The duo has been known to dominate their competition and is perfect for Specialized’s line of efficient and high performance bikes.  “Racing is in our DNA,” says Joey Ramirez, the CEO of Dan’s, distributor of Specialized in the Philippines and the additions of the two elite Mountain Bike Specialist is an epitome of this statement.

Nino Surban

Nino Surban – Photo by JigJig Colina

Nino Surban is a Cebu based cross-country (XC) racer and has been racing since 2000 and joining the Junior National Team in 2002.  He’s been a part of the Specialized family since 2003 and has since amassed a burgeoning collection of trophies and medal in both local and international races.  Just recently, Nino finished a strong third against a deep field at the Philippine National Championships held in Nuvali Dirt Weekend.  He will participate in the SEA games this December.  Nino’s Specialized Weapon of Choice is the S-Works Stumpjumper HT, a light, fast and agile machine that functions almost like an extension of his body.  Nino plans to compete in regional races, in Europe and moving on to the prestigious World Cup as part of the long road to world-class status.  His ultimate dream is to be a par of the Specialized Factory Team.

Ariana Dormitorio

Ariana and her winning ways.

Ariana Dormitorio has been winning races against more experienced competitor since she was 12 years old and now that she’s just 17 years of age, she has set the local MTB scene on fire with her dominating performance in races.  When Ariana rode her first competitive race in 2009, she had no idea that it would take her on a career path fraught with both high risk and reward. She trains 3 to 4 hours a day, rain or shine, under the mentorship of her father coach Donjie.  She has developed into one of the most formidable mountain bikers (male or female) in the country.  Ariana’s appetite for racing has won her many prestigious race this year including Vuelta Dagupan road race, the Queen of the Mountain, the Cambio del Mundo, and most recently winning big at Nuvali Dirt Weekend.

As the 2013 Junior National Champion of the Philippine UCI Mountain Bike Nationals, and female champion for XCP XC MTB Race, Ariana is the certifiable queen of female Philippine mountain bikers.  For 2014, her Specialized weapon of choice is the S-Works Fate, which she hopes to race in the Nationals as well as the Asian Cycling Mountain Bike Junior Championships. Light, fast and with the female specific 29’er geometry, the Fate will help Ariana ride her way to the top of this grueling sport.

Specialize announces the availability of 2014 Mountain Bike Line

Sporting the all-new FACT carbon frames, innovative storage features and race oriented geometry, the 2014 line of Specialized Mountain Bikes is guaranteed to be fast, comfortable, and a joy to ride whether racing for the podium or just blazing along a single track.

S-Works Epic 29

S-Works Epic 29

The 2014 S-Works Epic uses all-new FACT IS 11m full carbon frame with dedicated 29ers geometry, full SWAT integration, sealed cartridge bearing pivots on every FSR point, and 142mm dropouts to create a race-winning 100 mm-travel XC bike. It’s fitted with a FOX/Specialized remote Mini-Brain inertia valve shock with AUTOSAG, Kashima coating and new, lighter 2014 tune to seamlessly transition from efficient pedaling on smooth terrain to fully active on rough terrain.

The fork is 100 m air sprung Custom Rockshox SID World Cup 29 with Specialized Brain inertia-valve damping, carbon steerer tube, and 15 mm thru-axle.  The drive train is Shimano XTR 10 speed with an 11-36 cassette and all new Specialized FACT PF30 carbon crankset with integrated spider and 38/24 chainrings.  Brakes are Magura MT8 hydraulics discs with a carbon master cylinder, carbon level blade and adjustable reach. Finally, it’s fitted with carbon hookless Roval Control SL 29142+ wheels using DT Swiss spokes and internals.

The S-Works Epic World Cup 29 is fitted with a 95-mm FOX/Specialized rear shock Mini-Brain inertia valve shock with AUTOSAG.  The front fork is 95-mm-travel, air-sprung Custom RockShox SID World Cup 29 fork with Specialized Brain inertia-valve damping carbon steerer tube and 15mm thru-axle.  It’s also exclusively equipped with SRAM XX1 1×11 drivetrain and all-new, super light and stiff Specialized FACT OSBB, PF30 carbon crankset with a one-piece spider/arm combo for ultimate in power transfer.

The Epic will also be available in Marathon, Expert and Comp Spec.

S-Works Stumpjumper 29

S-Works Stumpjumper 29

Sporting an all-new, SW Stumpjumper 29 is a super light and fast bike that’ll tear up the trails.  The FACT IS 11m carbon frame features dedicated 29er geometry, full SWAT integration, internal cable routing, PF30 BB and 142 mm dropouts.  The fork is a 90 mm-travel air sprung Custom RockShox SID World Cup with Specialized Brain inertia-valve damping, carbon steerer tube, and 15 mm thru-axle.

Magura MTB hydraulic disc brakes with a carbon master cylinder, carbon lever blade and reach adjust provide consistent and reliable stopping power.  The Shimano XTR 10-speed drivetrain comes with an 11-36 cassette and is paired with an all-new, lighter and stiffer Specialized FACT OSBB, PF30, carbon crankset with a one-piece spider/arm combo.  The standard wheels are light and stiff carbon hookless Roval Control SL 29142+ complete with 142mm spacing and DT Swiss spokes and internals.

World Cup models use SRAM XX1 1×11 gearing with Specialize FACT OSBB, PF30 carbon crankset with one piece spider /arm combo.

It will also be available in Marathon, Expert, Expert WC, Comp, Evo, Singlespeed variants as frameset.

Camber 29

Camber 29

It’s the perfect bike for everything from weekend trail rides to all-day epic excursions. With the perfect blend of performance, capability and value, the 29-inch specific, 110mm travel Camber delivers lightweight alloy and FACT carbon frame options, tubeless-ready Roval wheelsets, and a trail-specific build and geometry for confident riding at speed.

The S-Works model has a new FACT 11m full carbon FST frame with 29er-specific geometry, 110 mm of travel, 142+ dropouts, and all-new concentric sealed cartridge bearing shock links with internal cable routing for the Command Post IR for a light and responsive trail weapon.

The Custom-tuned FOX Float CTD Factory shock with Specialized proprietary AUTOSAG, Boost Valve, and Kashima coating feature three compression settings: Climb, Trail, and Descend.  It’s fitted with the FOX Float CTD Series 29 fork with Kashima coating, rebound, and compression adjust, lockout, tapered steerer tube, and 110mm of travel. The SRAM XX1 1×11 drivetrain saves weight while maintaining a huge gear range.

Expert Carbon Evo, Expert Carbon, Comp Carbon, Carbon Evo, Comp and aluminum variants are also available.



Designed specifically for women, the carbon 29er Fate is the pinnacle of women’s XC performance.  New for 2014 are additional variants including the value packed Comp Carbon and race-ready S-Works.

The S-Works Fate uses a FACT 11m carbon frame with Women’s Performance XC 29er Geometry and carbon layup for a great fit and outstanding stiffness-to-weight for ultra quick performance, with a tapered headtube and internal cable routing.

The fork is a Custom RockShox SID World Cup 29 with Specialized Brain inertia-valve damping with 80mm of air sprung travel, Brain Fade adjust, and a carbon steerer tube. Magura MTB MT8 hydraulic disc brakes with carbon master cylinder, carbon lever blade, and reach adjust provide consistent and reliable stopping power.

The Specialized FACT OSBB, PF30, carbon crankset with 36/22 chain rings and new SRAM Shadow Plus XTR mid cage 10-speed rear derailer provides the ultimate power transfer and crisp gear selection.  Standard Roval Control SL 29 wheels use carbon rims, carbon humbs with alloy flanges, DT Swiss Star Ratchet, and TI quick releases for premium, lightweight XC performance.

It will also be available in Expert Carbon and Comp Carbon variants.

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56 Responses to Elite MTB Athletes Joins Specialized Ambassadors

  1. Rhea Bue

    wooow..this is cool Fanc! I always wanted to go biking these days kaso super busy.. no time for sports na ako 🙁

  2. Chubskulit Rose

    This type of event requires so much training and agility from the players.

  3. Chubskulit Rose

    Must be fulfilling when you can do it with ease and reach your goal.

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