An Inside Look at Specialized

Updated: Oct 27, 2019

Lucky me! I won a contest for a behind-the-scenes VIP tour of Specialized Bicycle Components Morgan Hill, CA campus. Specialized is one of the biggest names in bicycles, so this was exciting. It was an opportunity to see how new products are developed…an inside look at how great ideas become those wonderful machines.

Specialized, Morgan Hill, CA

This was no ordinary tour. It started with the Founder, Mike Sinyard and longtime employee, World Cup Champion, and Mountain Bike Hall of Famer, Ned Overend giving a welcome and providing a brief history of the company.

Founder Mike Sinyard and Mountain Bike Legend, Ned Overend
The Stumpjumper...then
...and now

The staff was extremely friendly and gracious, right down to the snacks and beverages available throughout the facility for our group of contest winners.

This tour was not just a quick look around. Every department that we visited had subject matter experts, engineers and designers, ready and waiting to give us detailed explanations of their processes.

Industrial Design and Graphics
The Machine Shop
Stress Analysis

Throughout the facility, and especially in the museum, there was a myriad of unique bikes to check out. It was really amazing to see all of the concept bikes and funny ideas that have happened over the years.

One thing that really stood out with me is the passion that these employees have for the brand and for cycling in general. Nowhere was this more evident than the space where they store their bikes for lunchtime rides. When the time came, they were out the door. What a great company to work for!

Employee bikes

I have a new respect for this company and would recommend any cycling enthusiast that has an opportunity to visit this campus to do so. It will be an unforgettable experience.

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Paul Molenberg lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has had a lifelong commitment to fitness and sport activities, including almost two decades of mountain biking a diverse range of trails throughout the United States and some of Canada. The coastal redwood trails of Northern California, Lake Tahoe’s epic rim trail, the slopes of Maui’s Mt. Haleakala, the downhill and cross-country trails in Park City, Utah, and the black diamond trails of North Carolina’s Pisgah Forest are just a few of the challenges Paul has taken on and conquered. He has now leveraged his experience to create a comprehensive book on the sport of mountain biking.


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