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Specialized Rhyme Comp Carbon Womens 650b Mountain Bike 2016 - Full Suspension MTB

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Frame: FACT 9m carbon, Trail 650b Geometry, FACT IS construction, M5 alloy rear end, SWAT Door integration, fully enclosed internal cable routing

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The new Specialized Rhyme Comp Carbon is a hard hitting women’s trail bike, ready to take on aggressive riding. Tear up your local trail centre with an superb frame matched to efficient suspension and optimised componentry.

650b wheels provide a nimble but controlled ride, and the geometry has been built specifically to fit the wheel size. A slack head angle, short chainstays and 150mm travel balance efficiency on the climbs and downhill stability. The package is light and nimble.


At the heart of the Rhyme Comp Carbon is a FACT 9m front triangle with an M5 alloy rear. The carbon front is very stiff (where it needs to be), light and strong. This mix of materials create a lightning fast, nimble and comfortable ride.

Optimised for 27.5” wheels, the women’s Rhyme comes with a 67 degree head angle (66.5 degree on the XS frame size). This means you’ll be stable at speed - when you’re tearing down your favourite trail.

420mm chainstays are short and when combined with the low bottom bracket height make for a nimble back-end and better handling through the corners.

A lower standover height than her brother the Stumpjumper and a shorter toptube length provide a better fit for smaller riders. Frame sizes go down to XS which would fit a rider of 4ft 10”. Sizes go up to medium, so larger riders should consider a 2016 Stumpjumper. It features the same frame and angles and almost the same spec, just in a bigger size.

Specialized have developed an innovative storage solution called SWAT door. Built into the downtube is a space which can hold your essentials such as an inner tube, pump, CO2 cartridges and nutrition. There is no rattling as you ride and frame integrity isn’t compromised.

This means you don’t need to wear a pack on short hacks. Moving kit from your back to the downtube lowers your centre of gravity, and improves comfort whilst riding. The door combines with a bottle cage.

Internal cable routing improves the frame’s appearance, and means you’ll need to do less maintenance. A 12mm bolt thru axle on the rear keeps the back-end nice and stiff, while a 15mm bolt thru up-front helps with stiffness and improves steering precision.

An IRcc Command Dropper post with 100mm of saddle adjustment (size M, 75mm on XS, S) allows for on the fly adjustment. Choose the optimal setup for the section you’re riding.


You get 150mm travel upfront from the RockShox Revelation RC3 fork matched to a rear FOX CTD Evolution shock. Both come with easy to adjust rebound and compression damping.

The shock comes with women’s RX trail tune which takes into account the lower average weight of a female rider. It has been tuned with a larger volume to make it easier for lighter riders to make use of the maximum travel. This is not something you get from every manufacturer.

However, the talking point is definitely the FSR suspension system. A 4 bar linkage with a second pivot point, located close to the rear axle (on the the chainstay) allows the rear wheel to move in a linear path. It’s one of the most efficient suspension systems you can find on an MTB.

This fully active suspension works independently from braking and pedalling forces. There is no impact on your chain tension, and no pedal kickback or pedal induced bob. Sealed cartridge bearings on all pivots keep things running nice and smooth.

The FSR system is what makes the Rhyme Comp Carbon such a good all-rounder trail bike that can climb easy and is stable when pointed downhill.


Specialized’s Rhyme comes with a blended Shimano XT/SLX 2x10 drivetrain with some SRAM components. The mix makes for a performance set-up, designed to give you the most out of your input. Shifting is crisp and smooth whilst being light and ultra reliable.

Shimano Deore hydraulic disc brakes are very powerful and consistent with excellent modulation. Roval 650b rims are 29mm wide for extra grip on aggressive trail runs.  

Contact points are all optimised for women riders with a narrower 720mm bar (750mm on the Stumpy) and Myth saddle and size specific cranks providing extra comfort and confidence as you ride.

The Rhyme Comp Carbon 650b is an extremely capable and fun long-travel trail bike. This is an MTB for women who want to shred downhill sections and fly up the climbs. Hit the trails...hard.

Key Features :

  • The FACT 9m carbon fibre Trail Chassis with a Rhyme FSR M5 alloy rear end blends stiffness with light weight to reach the pinnacle of efficiency, while fully enclosed cable routing and an integrated SWAT Door create exceptional handling and zero-hassle storage. The frame also features our Trail 650b Geometry that adds to confidence, fit, and performance.

  • Connected with our FSR 6-Pack Linkage, a custom FOX FLOAT Evolution rear shock features AUTOSAG for easy setup and 150mm of plush, adjustable suspension, while our Women's Rx Tune provides a more supple, responsive, and efficient feel for climbing up and descending down the trail.

  • Roval 650b rims have an ultra-wide 29mm internal width and an alloy construction for increased durability, stability, and speed down the trail.

  • Every component and touch point of the bike, from the handlebars to saddle to the crankarm length, is tailored for both women and rider size.

The Specialized Rhyme Comp Carbon 2016 Features are:

Frame: FACT 9m carbon, Trail 650b Geometry, FACT IS construction, M5 alloy rear end, SWAT Door integration, fully enclosed internal cable routing

Rear Shock: Custom FOX FLOAT Evolution CTD, AUTOSAG, Women|s Rx Trail Tune, 197x47.6mm

Fork: RockShox Revelation RC3 650b, Solo Air spring, 150mm travel, 3-position compression adjust, rebound adjust, tapered steerer, 42mm offset, 15mm Maxle Lite thru-axle

Headset: Hella Flush, 1-1/8" and 1-1/2" threadless, Campy style upper w/ 1-1/2" lower, cartridge bearings

Stem: Specialized XC, 3D forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree rise

Speed: 20

Front Mech: SRAM X7, mid direct mount, w/ Taco Blade

Rear Mech: Shimano XT Shadow Plus, 10-speed, SGS cage

Shifters: Shimano SLX, trigger, 10-speed, I-spec

Chainset: Custom SRAM S-1250, 7050 alloy arms, 10-speed double, PF30, 34/22T, 104/64mm BCD spider

Bottom Bracket: SRAM, PF30, OS press-in bearings, sealed cartridge

Cassette: SRAM PG-1030, 10-speed, 11-36t

Chain: SRAM PC-1031, 10-speed, w/ PowerLink, nickel finish

Front Brake: Shimano Deore, hydraulic disc, Ice-Tech resin pads w/ fins

Rear Brake: Shimano Deore, hydraulic disc, Ice-Tech resin pads w/ fins

Rims: Roval 650b, alloy, 29mm inner width, 24/28h

Front Hub: Specialized, Hi Lo disc, sealed cartridge bearings, 15mm thru-axle, 24h

Rear Hub: Specialized, Hi Lo disc, 4x sealed cartridge bearings, 12mm thru-axle, 28h

Tyres: Specialized Butcher Control, 60TPI, 2Bliss Ready, folding bead, 650bx2.3" Front Specialized Purgatory Control, 60TPI, 2Bliss Ready, folding bead, 650bx2.3" Rear

Seatpost: Command Post IRcc, cruiser control technology, micro-adjust height adjustable, alien head design, bottom mount cable routing, remote adjust SRL lever, 30.9mm, XS/S: 75mm travel, M: 100mm travel

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