Specialized have produced only 500 of these individually numbered Shivs in a limited edition colourway that shimmers between blues and purples depending on the angle of the light.
Incredibly aerodynamic it may be, but this latest Shiv is also extremely practical, with the hydration "fuel cell" moved from inside the frame to behind the seatpost, where it actually adds to the aero performance (and even the drinking hose is hidden and routed entirely through the frame). The removable nutrition fuelcell sits on the down tube and holds everything you'll need for even longer events with easy access and without harming the aerodynamics.
The cockpit is highly adjustable and easy to fine tune, always a welcome sight for our bike fit specialists - and has the added bonus of being easier to dismantle/reassemble when packing in a bike box for travel. This build features the AeroCoach Align arm rests, which provide extra depth to really lock your arms into place when in an efficiently tucked position.
Dura-Ace Di2 provides precise shifting with minimal effort, from almost any position on the bars, and the Roval CLX 64 carbon wheelset strikes a balance between light weight and true aero performance, together with silky smooth low-friction CeramicSpeed bearings.
Specialized's own carbon crankset is another proven performer, and is seen here in its Power Meter version - not just one of the lightest options for power measurement, but dual-sided and with +/- 1.5% accuracy. Making the S-Works Shiv truly a complete package for triathlon...
photos by Bence Bujaki