The XC hardtail with added trail DNA.
The Chisel embodies all of the qualities you'd expect from an XC race bike, like light overall weight, stiffness, and a race-oriented geometry, with some added trail DNA to make it more stable and capable. It's the bike that brings high quality and performance to the masses.
"If you haven't ridden an aluminium bike lately, you haven't ridden an aluminium bike."
Specialized Senior Advanced R&D Engineer, Chuck Teixeira
D'Aluisio Smartweld. The future of alloy.
Traditional welding methods create frame joints by connecting tubes to cylinders, leaving the performance & security of the connection up to the skill of the welder. DSW, however, takes the joint and gives it back to the engineers. This means they're able to move the joint away from the area of the highest stress, making the finished frame's balance of strength, rigidity, and weight more pronounced than any alloy frame in history.
Specialized has also taken comfort into account by employing a butted tube design, where excess material has been removed from low-stress areas. This allows the engineers to create a natural compliance in the tubes of the frame, so you'll experience less of the harsh ride characteristics that've plagued aluminum frames and more of the smooth ride qualities that we've engineered into the frame.
Consider it aluminium rethought for the future.