History of the 1994 specialized s-works m2
In the early ’90’s before aluminum alloys became refined enough to make perfect bicycle frames Specialized introduced the Metal Matrix Composite M2 line with FS geometry. Composite means it is a mixture of different materials bonded together. This is an incredibly lightweight, stiff, and aggressive frame that can be quite unforgiving. It handles like a road bike and will tip the scales at sub-20lbs when built.
Now, not unlike my fork, the 1994 specialized s-works m2 is admittedly a poor choice for a touring frame. Rack or fender mounts are missing. Aggressive riding position and a super stiff unforgiving frame are also not what you might expect from a touring bike. I realize this might not suit everyone; however, when paired with my fork I feel I am riding a racing bike that was built for touring.
Composites like this ceased to exist as new alloys equaled the performance of aluminum composite frames and cost less to make. The problem with a composite is too much or too little of one of the materials results in failure. I have already ridden this frame across the country and know exactly what too expect. I love the Battleship Grey.
It will be dressed in it’s original XTR components and a mix of titanium goodies with bikepacking bags to carry a nice complement of adventure gear.
The frame is 3.417 pounds. Take a close look at the welding job….perfection.