How Does The Specialized Future Shock Work?

How Does The Specialized Future Shock Work?

Hows does the Specialized Future Shock work and what exactly is it? The Future delivers smoothness to a road or gravel rider by offering 20mm of travel without degrading speed, handling, or comfort.

For many, “smoothness” is a term that’s replaceable with “comfort,” and likewise, it’s been historically treated as a variable that’s in the way of speed—you either have a fast bike or a comfortable bike.

Specialized Future Shock Concept “Smoother is Faster”

Reducing fatigue is a pretty obvious factor in speed, given that the more comfortable you are, the less tired you’re bound to get—especially after a long day over rough terrain. Over the long haul, this also contributes to power, but Specialized also found that a smoother ride also increases your ability to apply constant power.

Increases in smoothness also aid in traction, which in turn aids in speed, as it keeps the tires better seated to the ground. This not only provides an obvious advantage in inclement weather, descending, and cornering, but it also optimizes your effort.

Specialized Future Shock
Detailed schematic of the Specialized Future Shock. This does not look like something you want to work on at home.

The Future Shock features up to 20mm of travel, and it’s positioned above the head tube in order to move in a vertical path. So when the front wheel encounters rough terrain, the bike moves up towards your hands and preserves your forward momentum without slowing you down. Another important fact is that, because the Future Shock is positioned under the stem, the bike’s wheels are held together rigidly by the frame.

Learn more on the Specialized Future Shock at or pop into your local dealer and take one for a spin.

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