I killed two pairs of Spesh shoes as a guide in two seasons. My old Shimanos are still going now. Their gloves also seem to disintegrate - I get the impression that their stuff is well designed, but put together on the cheap. Cost of R&D maybe?
I also don't like Specialized's idea of routing a brake hose on the underside of a downtube. Does no-one else find that is rockier climes their downtube gets a hammering from flying rocks? I'm sure there's a reason for it, but common sense tells me it's baaaaad.
I *also* don't like the fact that on most Specialized sussers the seat-tube is interrupted.
Nice riding bikes though - I've owned two.