Here’s my review of my Specialized Dolce Sport Triple! This bike is a joy to behold and a joy to ride. All of the specs are further down in this article, but quite frankly, they mean little to me. Joe assures me the bike is “good enough for me,” by which I gather he is not being rude – he just thinks it is good enough for someone commuting 32 km (20 miles) a day, and also planning to do the occasional long-distance recreational ride. And I have to say he’s right – it’s good enough, and then some! See for yourself – here is a quick video introduction to this great bike:
The Specialized Dolce Sport Triple is what they call an “entry-level” road bike, but I think it’s outstanding quality at the price I paid.
The Specialized Dolce Sport Triple is what they call an “entry-level” road bike, but I think it’s outstanding quality at the price I paid. I feel fast and powerful on this bike, and that’s not something I get to feel too often. The bike is light and small. The carbon forks and Zertz inserts (whatever they are) do a great job of sucking up the bumps and potholes, which is a good thing. It’s amazing how those forks soak up the bumps, without the additional weight of shock absorbers (as on my mountain bike, which is bouncy but much heavier).
Specialized has put a lot of effort into creating their women specific designs, and it shows. I don’t feel like I am being stretched on a rack when I use the drop position. And there’s a lot of space on the handlebars for my essential toys, such as my Garmin bike computers.
I especially like the extra brakes on the top of the handlebar, which effectively give me three different positions to use my hands, and make me feel safe when sitting upright in traffic. Why aren’t all road bikes like this?
I have to admit that the brakes on top took a little getting used to – I nearly had an accident on my first ride when I tried to hit the brakes and accidentally shifted gears. This is my first real road bike, so it’s just a whole different way of riding. The last time I rode a bike with drops I was 15 – the bike came from Sears in a box and my dad assembled it, and the brakes never stopped screeching!
This bike also feels gentle on my hands and wrists. Since I started cycling I have been worried I am getting arthritis, but Joe assures me it is normal to feel pain in the hands and wrists when one starts cycling longer distances. Between the carbon fork, the Zertz inserts and the three different hand positions, I am sure I will not be getting as much wrist and hand pain with this bike in the future.
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The best thing about this bike is that I am no longer being passed constantly when I commute to work. I am much faster on this bike, and according to my Garmin Edge 820 GPS Bike Computer, (reviewed here), my top speed this morning was 43.4 km per hour (27 miles per hour). Not too shabby!
Quibbles about the Specialized Dolce Sport Triple
My only quibble is that the brake levers are still quite hard to reach when I have my hands right down in the drops – I think Specialized could safely have made them a little smaller, to accommodate smaller hands. I do have small hands, but not tiny.
Update: I later switched to a Giant Avail 3 (reviewed here), and I don’t have this problem with that bike.
Bottom line on the Specialized Dolce Sport Triple
I highly recommend this bike for women (or shorter men) who want to get into road biking, and who want to leave open the possibility of participating in a long-distance event or a triathlon. You’re not going to win on this bike, but you won’t be embarrassed either. The Specialized Dolce Sport Triple is an excellent entry-level, all round commuter, training and event road bike.
Technical Specs for the Specialized Dolce Sport Triple (WSD)
Sizes: Women’s 44 cm, women’s 48 cm, women’s 51 cm, women’s 54 cm, women’s 57 cm
Colors: Red/White, White/Berry
Frame & Fork
Frame Construction: TIG-welded
Frame Tubing Material: A1 Premium aluminum
Fork Brand & Model: Specialized FACT carbon
Fork Material: Alloy crown and steerer, aero crown
Rear Shock: Not applicable
Component Group: Road Mix
Brakeset: Tektro cold-forged brakes, Shimano Sora STI levers
Shift Levers: Shimano Sora STI
Front Derailleur: Shimano Sora
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra
Crankset: Shimano, 30/39/50 teeth
Pedals: Black cage
Bottom Bracket: 113mm spindle
BB Shell Width: 68mm
Rear Cogs: 9-speed, 12 – 25 teeth
Chain: KMC X9
Seatpost: Specialized Sport aluminum, 27.2mm diameter
Saddle: Specialized BG Women’s Riva Road
Handlebar: Specialized Women’s Comp
Handlebar Stem: Specialized Elite-Set
Headset: 1 1/8″ threadless
Hubs: Forged alloy
Rims: Mavic CXP 22, 32-hole
Tires: 700 x 25c Specialized All Condition Sport
Spoke Brand: Stainless, 14ga. (2.0mm)
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