Chisel LTD

Specialized Chisel LTD Elements – Bike or Art?

by 15

Specialized has revealed four limited edition runs of the Chisel, its alloy XC race hardtail: Earth, Air, Water and Fire. Let us grab some lamé and chiffon and boogie this way for a closer look.

Just as the Chisel rides a thin ribbon of dirt through the landscape, we are riding a thin line between a physical and digital reality in our daily lives–a line that is becoming increasingly blurred every day. As our natural world decays and our digital world continues to expand, we challenge you to question the relationship of the two with our latest Artist Series—Disrupt the Decay. We used the elements of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water as inspiration to push against the digital world to create four unique, limited-edition Chisel frames that beg the question, “Where does one world end and the other begin?”


Far out, man. If you want to blur the lines between art and sport, reality and fantasy, or just ride so fast you are a blur, then perhaps a Chisel LTD is for you. Each one comes with a premium collector’s book that showcases the art, words, and inspiration for the Disrupt the Decay series from the designers.


The subdued colors on the Earth frame are inspired by the ceramic-like tones and textures of the desert landscape interrupted with a digital glitch effect, creating a gap in the information. The glitch appears on areas of the seatstay and the collage photography of the seat tube.



The luminous wash on the Air frame symbolizes the fog rolling over the hills off the Pacific colliding with Silicon Valley. Just as the fog envelopes you in the natural world, the digital world can also envelope you in its technicolor infinity, which is represented in the colorful and glitch-filled logos.



The flowing layers of color on the Water frame are inspired by the shifting blues of Icelandic lakes. This flow also takes place in the digital world through the binary code of 1’s and 0’s. Binary 1’s and 0’s create the Specialized downtube logo and the S head tube badge. When translated to English, the binary reads “Nature Digital Nature Digital. . .” over and over again.



Fire can be overwhelming and creates a barrier, with only small gaps between the flames to pass through. Similarly, digital firewalls are a barrier, only allowing small pieces of data to pass through. Reflective foil pieces under red tint on the Fire frame represent data passing through, while the Chisel graphic on the seat tube melts from the heat of fire.


Are you moved to buy one of these frames? Is your heart burning with desire? Would you go through hell and high water to get one? Have they taken your breath away? See what we did there? Depending on which you want you might need to be patient. The frames are all priced at £1099, and the Earth and Air models are launched today. If it’s Fire and Water you’re after, they’ll be on sale on 8th June.

Singletrack Merch

To-Go Ware Bamboo Utensil Set

At Singletrack we are not fans of single use consumables. One minute of use and then an eternity in landfill, or worse… an eternity as litter. It’s just selfish and…

Singletrack Sponsored Features

Hitting the “Home of Trails” with Local Hero Claudio Caluori

Narrated by Danny MacAskill Pictures by Martin Bissig If I could, I would spend every day on my bike. Nothing beats hopping on my bike, getting out there in the…

MTB Beds

MTB Beds – The Mountain Bike Holiday Company. #ONEPEDALAHEAD since 2012 Enduro and Downhill Mountain Bike Holidays how they should be! Established in 2012 and operating across some of the…

Coming in your inbox once a week

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Join our mailing list to receive Singletrack editorial wisdom directly in your inbox.

Each newsletter is headed up by an exclusive editorial from our team and includes stories and news you don’t want to miss.

We hand pick these deals and refresh them every week.
Singletrack may earn a small commission from any purchases you make

Meanwhile, in the forum..

Is anyone an insurance broker?

You don’t have to confess publicly to being one! I’m trying to locate a broker who is a mountain biker and understands the risk profile of trail building and maintenance,…

Continue reading

Fat bear week!

How did I miss this?! There’s even a link to bear cams.

Continue reading

Possibly Stupid Question About Single Vision Glasses.

Possibly a daft question. I’d managed to get to the ripe old age of 54 without needing glasses but the last couple of months have been struggling a bit with…

Continue reading
Thanks for popping by - why not stay a while?IT'S FREE

Sign up as a Singletrack Member and you can leave comments on stories, use the classified ads, and post in our forums, do quizzes and more.

Join us, join in, it’s free, and fun.

Comments (15)

Leave Reply