Just picked up a New-Old-Stock Shiv, upgrading from a Kestrel Talon. While the comfort was a nice upgrade, I'm completely blown away with the handling. I think my only actual complaint is the brakes which will likely be replaced soon. I searched the thread, but has anyone tried upgrading just the pads?
I thought I'd give credit where it's due. The seatpost binder was defective virtually out of the gate and I was concerned about the repair vs replacement. A Specialized rep assured me they internally test post-repair to make sure they will hold up (ok, I'll admit I thought the guy was just giving me a bullcrap customer service line). After 1-2 days, the rep called me back and said the repair did not pass their internal QC process and they will be sending me a 2016 replacement. Another bonus being I've been told 2016's have a revised binder bolt that should not fail. Thank you Specialized for standing behind your product (I know there are Specialized employees who watch this thread). For what it's worth, this is my 4th new Specialized bike, which includes an Hard Rock many years ago, 2 Epics and now the Shiv, that's on top of my new Evade helmet, Propero helmet, 3 pairs of shoes, gloves, GB fit insoles, saddles, I can go on. My point being I'm not sure how I'd feel about buying another Specialized bike this this was "repaired" and it failed again at a bad time.
I swapped out the pads for Kool Stop Salmon pads....world of difference! One of the best, cheap upgrades you can do.