Specialized GEN-S: Young MTB Crushers in Training

Meet the first class of Specialized’s exciting youth development program, a pack of super-stoked kiddos from all over the world.

Launched in summer 2022, GEN-S pairs tweens and teens with some of the best mountain bikers in the biz. The goal, according to Specialized’s mission statement, is “to develop the next generation of passionate riders by merging the past with the future.”

This edit introduces the program’s freshman set of young badasses and their MTB senseis, Loic Bruni, Manon Carpenter, Kriss Kyle, and Annika Langvad.

Need a bit of inspiration to keep ya going? Look no further. Just press play and enjoy the ride.

Runtime: 5.5 minutes

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Jilli Cluff

Jilli grew up in the rural southern Colorado mountains, later moving to Texas for college. After seven years in corporate consulting, she was introduced to sport climbing — and life would never be the same. She now works as a contributor, gear tester, and editor for GearJunkie and other outlets within the AllGear family. She is based out of Atlanta, Georgia where she takes up residence with her climbing gear and one-eared blue heeler, George Michael.

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