Craig Alexander’s 2013 Specialized S-Works Shiv

In case you forget, Craig Alexander won both the Ironman 70.3 World Championship and the Ironman World Championship in 2011. That means Alexander is getting ready to defend his world titles aboard a Specialized Shiv in 2012. Craig, also popularly referred to as Crowie, is potentially one of the most scientific and calculated triathletes at the moment. He’s spent time in the wind tunnel and works closely with Mat Steinmetz to obtain an extremely efficient and aerodynamic bike position that will allow him to run fast off of the bike. It’s not hard to see that every detail of the bike and its equipment has been meticulously thought about to reduce any unnecessary drag penalties so that Crowie can go as fast as possible, with as little effort as possible.

A big influencer and advisor to Craig Alexander is Mat Steinmetz. Steinmetz recently launched his coaching service 51 Speedshop to make his professional services available to age-group athletes too. In addition to coaching Crowie, he also works with Mirinda Carfrae, Julie Dibens, and Tom Danielson– to name a few. If you’re interested in learning more about 51 Speedshop, head on over to FiftyoneSpeedshop.com.

Thank you to Mat Steinmetz for allowing us to photograph this bike.


This bike belongs to multiple-time world champion Craig “Crowie” Alexander.

The paint job is a combination of glossy and flat matte black.

The front end is super clean.

Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 7900 shifters allow Craig Alexander to shift while in the basebars.

The Shimano Pro Missile stem is really clean looking. The graphics make it look particularly aggressive and fast.

This is what the reigning world champion’s cockpit looks like.

A view of the cockpit from above.

This is the Shimano Pro Missile Evo bar with Fizik bar tape.

There isn’t much for the wind to hit here.

A view of the Specialized Shiv from behind, with the very recognizable Specialized “S” on the seat post.

Crowie uses a Fizik saddle.

More specifically, he uses a Fizik Arione Tri 2 saddle.

An X-Lab Chimp cage is fastened to the frame bottle holders.

Alexander uses a Dura-Ace SRM to track is power. He also has Dura-Ace pedals.

Yup, this is a Specialized Shiv.

The battery lives next to the rear brake caliper.

Enduro ceramic bearings help make for a smoother ride (available on SuperflyCycles.com).

These Enduro bearings have “Crowie” laser engraved on them.

This is a freshly glued Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 wheel.

This is a brand new Shimano disc. Shimano claims that the disc weighs under 1kg.

Another view of the brand Shimano new disc.

Mat Steinmetz dialing Crowie’s fit in after the bike is finished being built.

Steinmetz takes another measurement.

Steinmetz went to the wind tunnel with Craig Alexander.

The pair tried out different helmet options. In this photo, they’re trying out the new McLaren Specialized helmet.

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