Despite Specialized in the UK consistently failing to answer our emails and messages(!), I decided to just buy a Specialized AWOL 2017 in Matt Oak Green the old fashioned way… We’re going to kit this beast up with the very best equipment and accessories, and I’m going to ride it for the next 12 months solidly through some wonderful adventures that we have in the pipeline. 

The ride quality of the AWOL is something you can only experience, no words would do it justice. The mix of steel, lots of air in the large 45mm tyres and the geometry itself combine to provide one of the most comfortable and inspiring bikes ever. (In our opinion!) I can see myself being disappointed at the end of a day’s ride because I’ll have to get off of it!

Expect consistent & ongoing reviews about my experiences, and a lot of photos of this bike too. 

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