Grand Finale Grand Prize in the Grand Slam for Kenya: Any Specialized Bike You Want

08.4.2015 | 1:16 pm

A TL;DR Note from Fatty: Donate here!

To get a sense of my feelings toward Specialized, all you need to do is come break into my garage.

No, wait. Scratch that. Don’t break into my garage. But feel free to swing by (by appointment only, so I can prepare a snack for you), and I’ll show you the eight Specialized bikes The Hammer and I ride and race, from mountain bikes to road bikes to time trial bikes.

And while you’re in our garage — ogling our bikes and eating our food — I’ll take the opportunity to tell you about how Specialized has been an incredible partner in my World Bicycle Relief fundraising, right from the beginning and through each and every one of my Grand Slams.

Specialized provides bikes to WBR ambassadors, they provide bikes to me in my contests. They are, in short, committed to the cause and a great partner in the WBR vision.

So — as you might expect — I’m incredibly grateful that they have donated any S-Works frame of your choice to the Grand Slam for Kenya.

And that will be paired to absolutely top-end parts from SRAM and ZIPP to make you a killer dream bike. 

Want to go the mountain bike route? It’d be hard to beat the S-Works Stumpjumper 29 if you’re a hardtail guy (like me):

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Or maybe you’d rather go with the Epic, for extra go-down speed.

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Personally, the bike I would build for myself (since I have the Specialized mountain bikes, road bikes, and time trial bikes I want already) is a Crux:

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I’d build that up with SRAM CX1 components and — why not? — take up CX racing this year, just to show off my bike.

or if road is more your thing, you could go with the Tarmac (like I did): 

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Or you could go with the Roubaix — for a slightly smoother ride — like The Hammer did:

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The thing is, I’m just getting started. Specialized has a bike for pretty much every riding style. And they’ve got these bikes dialed

What is this prize worth? Anywhere from $8000 to $12,000, depending on the frame, components, and wheels you go with. Regardless, you’re going to have one heckuva bike.

Now You Know

This is the final grand prize in the Grand Slam for Kenya. Which means, all told, there are six dream bikes and two amazing trips (details on the other five bikes and the two trips are linked to from yesterday’s post).

Eight grand prizes. Eight. And a cause — getting Kenyan schoolchildren bikes, so they’ll stay in school, do better in school, get better jobs and have better lives — that is impossible to top.

The cause is huge. The prizes are commensurately huge. You have from now ’til Friday to donate

I hope you win. And I know schoolchildren in Kenya will. 


  1. Comment by BostonCarlos (formerly NYC) | 08.4.2015 | 1:22 pm

    sooooooooo sick.

  2. Comment by spaceyace | 08.4.2015 | 1:26 pm

    Almost to $100k! I’m tempted to scrape some more pennies out of my piggy bank and buy another bike.

    Mr. Fatty, could you kindly consider moving to the east coast so I don’t have to hit “refresh” all morning? I *knew* the last prize would be a road bike (or include a road bike option) but I had to make sure.

  3. Comment by NDE | 08.4.2015 | 1:52 pm

    I just want to get to the 3rd installment of the race report. Reading them makes me want to race more.

    I promise, I’ll get back to those now. – FC

  4. Comment by rb | 08.4.2015 | 2:28 pm

    Any trek, specialized or Ibis? Plus experience trips beyond compare? The karma you have generated could power the entire western US, and beyond.

    So I can plan for that call I get next week, does that ride with Gary include a new bike, or do you need to bring your own, or will the folks at Trek loan you one?

    Critical info as I build my “Grand Slam for Kenya” winner decision tree.

    The Trek folks will loan you a bike for the trip with Gary. Great question! – FC

  5. Comment by Andy@WDW | 08.4.2015 | 5:38 pm

    No joke, if I were to be the first winner, I’m sure I would end up in the corner of my room rocking back and forth in the fetal position locked in an indecision induced coma for at least 36 hours. So many incredible bikes, how could anyone pick just one?!

  6. Comment by leroy | 08.4.2015 | 9:08 pm

    Oh well, at least it’s for a good cause.

    Not like the time my dog’s book club borrowed my credit card to pay for beer pong tournament using plastic wading pools and a beach ball.

  7. Comment by MattC | 08.5.2015 | 7:38 am

    So Fatty, when you say “till Friday”…does that mean THROUGH Friday (ie: Friday up to 11:59pm)? Or is that through Thursday, 11:59pm? (I need to know as I’m trying to set up for ONE MORE bike buy). Thanks!

    And btw, this is the most fantastic contest EVER! With more winners than any contest in the history of mankind! (considering that each recipient AND their families of every Buffalo bike is also a winner!)

    Great question, Matt. It means THROUGH Friday. ‘Til 11:59pm PDT to give you maximum donating time. – FC

  8. Comment by Jeff Dieffenbach | 08.5.2015 | 9:32 am

    @rb, don’t forget Cervelo (although it’s not “any Cervelo you want”).

    You know, it occurs to me, it’s not too late for BMC, Cannondale, Focus, Moots, Parlee, Seven, … to hop on this train.

    I think it’s safe to say that this is any Cervelo you want, because given the choice of any Cervelo, is there any way anyone would choose any other bike? – FC

  9. Comment by ScottR | 08.5.2015 | 5:24 pm

    Just to agree with Andy@WDW – I can’t imagine picking from these options.

    Choosing between amazing bikes of every variety (do I hugely upgrade my road bike? would I mountain bike more if I had a great one?, etc*) vs amazing experiences (would Gary Fisher impart his fashion secrets?)… wow.

    * – at least my nothing-special tri bike and cross bike(s) are far enough ahead of my abilities that I’d probably be able to remove those from consideration – but that only seems to eliminate a tiny % of the choices!


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