Specialized Dolce - Women's

2016
 
5.0 stars
 (16 Reviews)
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Description

The Dolce will take you places you've never dreamed of. Light, fast, and fun: simple words that can't describe the quick-handling, smooth-pedaling feel of Specialized's A1 Premium Aluminum frame and FACT carbon fork. Paired with tacky Specialized tires and corner-carving Axis Classic wheels, and you'll be adding bonus miles to the route home. Integrated shifters, smooth, easy lever action, and a gear range that topples mountains are right under your hands thanks to Shimano's 16-speed Claris drivetrain. And when it comes to comfort, it's hard to do better than Specialized components and a sleek, supportive women's-specific Body Geometry saddle.

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Consumer Reviews

 
5.0 stars

(16 reviews)

93% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight  (15)
  • Comfortable  (12)
  • Good Geometry  (9)
  • Handles Well  (8)
  • Responsive  (6)
  • Fast  (5)

Cons

  • Uncomfortable Seat 
  • Triple 
  • None I love i 
  • Brakes Could Be Better 
  • None I've Found 
  • Too Rigid 

Best Uses

  • Casual Riding  (11)
  • Commuting  (6)
  • Exercising  (5)
  • Climbing  (4)
  • Serious Training  (4)
  • Racing  (3)

 
5.0
Apr 11, 2017

LOVE this bike!

Pros:
Cons:
Best Uses:
I bought this a few years ago and it is my first road bike. I have no desire to upgrade as this bike is amazing! It gets a LOT of use and has never disappointed me! I rode another model before this one and I am so happy I waited and tried the Dolce!
by Cycle Queen from Essexville, MI

 
5.0
Jul 26, 2011

I love this bike!

Pros:
Versatile, Lightweight, Durable
Cons:
Best Uses:
Road Biking
I would buy this bike again and again.
by Tori from florida

 
5.0
Sep 02, 2010

Great Bike!

Pros:
Responsive, Handles Well, Lightweight, Fast, Good Geometry, Comfortable
Cons:
Triple
Best Uses:
Casual Riding, Exercising
I bought this bike a week or so ago and put in a 20 mile ride yesterday on it. I LOVE IT! It's a great bike and it fits me perfectly. It's fast and the components are nice and smooth. I still think I would have preferred a double over a triple, but that was my mistake, not the bicycle's. I find that this bike rides smoothly and that the shocks are absorbed by the seat post and the cork wraps on the handlebars, okay. You certainly do not want to be hitting potholes or too rough of roads on this bike, but it performs outstandingly...and...the price is very nice! I highly recommend this bike for any woman wanting to get her feet wet in road cycling and not spending an outrageous amount of money.
by bicycletyro from Indianapolis, IN

 
4.0
Aug 24, 2010

GREAT RIDE

Pros:
Handles Well, Fast, Good Geometry, Lightweight, Responsive, Comfortable
Cons:
Brakes Could Be Better
Best Uses:
Commuting, Racing, Serious Training, Exercising, Climbing, Casual Riding
Great for long rides or short ones. Best for SPEED- this bike loves going FAST. Not the best for city rides just because Toronto has some poor roads out there- and with every bump-you do feel it.
by Sandra-Cab from Toronto, Ontario

 
5.0
Sep 18, 2009

Love it!

Pros:
Lightweight, Handles Well, Good Geometry, Fast, Responsive
Cons:
Uncomfortable Seat
Best Uses:
Exercising, Serious Training, Casual Riding
[...] Initially I was hesitant to spend more money on a new bike because my Trek mountain bike was stolen. The road bikes cost a lot more money but are really well worth it. I tried different types of bikes and the people at the store never tried to upsell me. They helped me pick a bike tht was within my budget, needs, and made sure it fit my body frame. I took this bike for a ride around the neigbhorhood and really love the handling on it. I love that it's light even though it's made of aluminum. I tried the carbon bikes and didn't feel much of a difference so I didn't fork over $500 extra for the carbon. I also love the brakes on this bike because they are on two areas so it's easy to handle if it's been awhile since you've been on a bike. Thanks Bike Barn [...] I will be back to buy my mountain bike in the future.
by pink lady from San Antonio, TX

 
5.0
Aug 03, 2009

Excellent bike for a great price!

Pros:
Handles Well, Fast, Comfortable, Lightweight, Good Geometry, Responsive
Cons:
Best Uses:
Serious Training, Racing, Exercising
I've had this bike for 1 yr. & have logged almost 2,000 mi. on it.... I LOVE this bike, and the price doesn't get any better for the quality. I've used it for quite a few triathlons, as well, and it has allowed me to be competitive without breaking the bank. Go for it!
by TriGirl from Sutton, MA

 
4.0
May 01, 2009

Love it!

Pros:
Handles Well, Good Geometry, Comfortable, Lightweight, Responsive, Fast
Cons:
Best Uses:
Casual Riding, Exercising
I just started getting into cycling and bought my dolce in February. I absolutely love it. My husband is jealous that I have a better bike than he does. The bike is extremely comfortable and easy to ride. I love my bike.
by KJAZZ13 from Ogden, UT

 
5.0
Feb 16, 2009

I love this bike.

Pros:
Good Geometry, Great Components, Lightweight, Responsive, Comfortable, Handles Well
Cons:
Best Uses:
Commuting, Climbing, Casual Riding
What a difference when I made the switch to this road bike. I love it. Hills are so much easier.
by MJ from Rhode Island

 
5.0
Sep 01, 2008

Great!

Pros:
Good Geometry, Absorbs Shock Well, Handles Well, Lightweight
Cons:
Shows dirt on handlebars
Best Uses:
Casual Riding, Commuting
Just picked up this bike and it's great. The geometry fits my body height, leg length and torso length well. I tried the Trek 1.2, Fuji Finest 1.0 and 2.0 as the only bikes in the size range I needed. The Fuji Finest 1.0 has better components but the same type of frame. This is my first road bike. Between the two, even though the Fuji has better components, I'd rather save the $$$ as the handling seemed a bit more sensitive on the Dolce and was just as easy to ride as my MTB. The 44cm frame is great for shorter riders (I'm 5'1") who want 700mm wheels instead of 650's.
by newbierider from San Jose, CA

 
3.0
Aug 05, 2008

fun but stiff

Pros:
Comfortable, Good Geometry, Lightweight
Cons:
Handles Poorly, Too Rigid
Best Uses:
Commuting, Sprinting, Climbing
this is actually my first road bike, so im not sure if ill be much help, but this is what i figured so far. i enjoy riding it; it is light-weight and very woman-friendly (comfortable) =). it is kind of stiff though, probably because of some aluminum components, but im not exactly sure why. overall i like it so far, and i think its a good starter bike for road riding.
by mel c from south pasadena, ca

 
5.0
Feb 28, 2008

Perfect Bike!

Pros:
Comfortable, Lightweight, Good Geometry, Absorbs Shock Well, Great Components, Handles Well
Cons:
Best Uses:
Casual Riding, Racing, Serious Training
I wanted a more expensive bike, but this was all I could afford. What a sweet surprise! This bike is excellent. I have used it in 4 triathlons and numerous rides. This is the best bike for the money and more. Not one thing would I change!
by Tara from Ft Worth

 
5.0
Jun 21, 2007

Excellent Entry Level Bike

Pros:
Comfortable, Versatile, Lightweight
Cons:
Best Uses:
Climbing, Commuting, Sprinting, Casual Riding
I bought the Dolce over the Trek 1000 WSD because the geometry was a better fit for me. I'm 5'2" and the size 48 is perfect. I am not a competitive cyclist (yet) and I find this is a great beginner road bike. So much easier to climb hills than my Specialized mountain bike. The only thing I would change are the stock pedals. I am replacing them with clipless pedals.
by bj from Austin

 
5.0
Jun 11, 2007

I LOVE THIS BIKE!!

Pros:
Versatile, Comfortable, Lightweight, Durable
Cons:
Best Uses:
Casual Riding, Serious Racing or Training, Commuting
This bike feels like skin!! It's extremely lightweight and easy to ride. It gears nice and smooth and handles like a dream!
by Martha from Vancouver, WA

 
5.0
May 21, 2007

EXCELLENT!!

Pros:
Affordable, Versatile, Comfortable, Lightweight, Easy to maintain, Great Starter Bike, Durable
Cons:
Best Uses:
Exercise, Sport
I recently started riding for sport and exercise with fellow gym buddies and I have to say this bike is not only comfortable but totally affordable and easy to ride =) When I started I was using an old racing bike from 1983 and let me tell you, what an improvement!! I highly reccommend this bike, just make sure you have someone go through all the gears with you and double check it's set up for your height!
by Panda85 from Hanford, California

 
5.0
Apr 25, 2007

Nice bike!

Pros:
Durable, Lightweight, Comfortable, Versatile
Cons:
None I've Found
Best Uses:
Casual Riding, Beginning rider
My husband and I bought this for our 12 year old daughter. The bicycle store we buy from was able to achieve proper fit with this bike. Being 12, she falls between "sizes". She is enjoying it greatly! She also has a Specialized mtn bike which she has truly enjoyed. She has only had it for a month or so, and has already completed some rides with CLIMBS that I have yet to do very well at all. Yeah for cycling! and yeah for the bike!
by mustang1965 from Bountiful, UT

 
5.0
Apr 20, 2007

Great first time road bike

Pros:
Lightweight, Easy to put on roof rack, Comfortable
Cons:
None I love i
Best Uses:
Casual Riding
This is a great bike for beginners. I am 5'1" and this bike is easy to handle. My friend who is a competitive cyclist helped me choose this bike. The price is right for the quality of the bike. I was a former mountain bike rider. Road bikes are more fun!
by Nels from San Diego, CA

Specifications

Frame
Specialized A1 Premium aluminum, women's-specific geometry
Fork
Specialized FACT carbon
Rims/Wheels
Axis Classic
Hubs
See Rims/Wheels
Spokes
See Rims/Wheels
Tires
Specialized Espoir Sport, 700 x 25c w/Black Belt puncture protection
Crankset
Shimano 2400 Claris
Chainrings
50/34
Front Derailleur
Shimano 2400 Claris
Rear Derailleur
Shimano 2400 Claris
Rear Cogs
Sunrace, 8-speed: 11-32
Shifters
Shimano 2400 Claris
Handlebars
Specialized Comp, aluminum
Tape/Grips
Specialized Roubaix
Stem
Specialized
Brake Levers
Shimano 2400 Claris
Brakes
Tektro dual-pivot
Saddle
Specialized Body Geometry Women's Riva Sport Plus
Seatpost
Specialized Sport, aluminum