Out-of-the box with gobs of FSR suspension and quality specs, the Pitch allows you to get your fill of exhilaration without having to empty your wallet.
RockShox Ario rear shock with adjustable rebound and lockout for efficient climbs and plush, controlled descents
RockShox Sektor 150mm-travel coli spring fork with lightweight alloy steerer, rebound adjust, and Maxle Lite thru-axle for consistency and durability
Pitch disc-specific double wall rims with eyelets provide the durability needed for all-mountain terrain
Truvativ GXP2 2.1 2-piece crankset with 24/36t rings for stiffness, durability, and efficient climbing/descending
Custom Avid Elixir 3 R SL hydraulic disc brakes and Juicy 3 levers with G3 Clean Sweep rotors and alloy-backed organic pads promise maximum stopping power
Similar Products Used: Mostly XC bikes first am setup
Bike Setup: Stock except a marz 55 micro ti front fork and DMR flats
a Weekend Warrior
from Costa Mesa, CA, USA
Date Reviewed: February 21, 2012
Strengths: Solid bike, so far everything is good
Weaknesses: None so far.
Great bike for the money. Ride probably every other day and on different trails and so far this setup has worked just fine. Climbs amazing well and down hill is even more fun. Overall rating is based on value for the buck and have no complaints.
Similar Products Used: Haven't compared anything in the same price range new or used. But have demo'd a Trek Superfly in Aliso Viejo from 'Jax Demo Days' and that was awesome, but that's 3 times the money. Ridden a couple of other friends bikes: Intense, Santa Cruz, etc. but those are higher end bikes.
Bike Setup: Stock mostly. Swapped out stock neck for a longer one and now can climb easier; before the front tended to want to steer one way or the other on its own.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: July 14, 2011
Strengths: So far everything
Weaknesses: Would be nice to have a bit more adjustability but if I that had been a big deal for me I would have bought something else and it's easy to add new parts later on when I'm ready
Great bike especially for the price I paid new it would have cost me 1750$ so thata 400$ in savings however even if you pay the full price (which is currently up to 1900$ where I'm from) this bike is worth it. It's tough bike that can take your punishment on the downhills and be nimble on the uphills as well. I've taken this bike up steep climbs and down double blacks and Fernie resort and it always holds up just fine as long as you keep it maintained (as is the case with any bike). Would recomend to anyone although if you have the money and are interested in more adjustability i would suggest upgrading to the specialized pitch pro or even something of similar quality like a giant reign 2.
Similar Products Used: Specialized Enduro comp, Giant Reign 2
Bike Setup: F/S All Mountain
a Weekend Warrior
from Twin Falls, ID, United States
Date Reviewed: April 23, 2011
Strengths: long travel, rugged build, awesome performance for the price.
Weaknesses: Rear shock is not good when it comes to pedaling. The bike does not handle well in slow speed situations.
In its price range there is nothing else that compares. Period. Unless you are used to riding high end bikes this bike could not disappoint you. I love it. People complain about the suspension, but other than not having the extra bells and whistles it performs well. Hard to bottom the rear shock. Fork is impossible to bottom. I dare you to try it. The faster you go the better it gets. This bike was built leaning towards downhill performance and that it does well. Bottom Line: Not very fun to climb. Very fun to descend. If you don't want the compromise you will have to spend another grand.
Let me say first that this is a rental bike that I have used off and on for almost 6 months while I am stationed in S Korea. I love Specialized and the first time I have ever been disappointed with them is when they selected this fork and shock. For a bike that retails for over $1k, lockout should be standard. I know some have said you don't need it, that's fine, but it should still be on there stock. Other than that, I like the bike, after all, it is Specialized. I thought about picking one up as an extra, but for what it would cost to replace the forks/shock, you may as well get a Stumpy.
Similar Products Used: 2010 Specializes Stumpjumper FSR and 2010 Specialized Stumpjumper Carbon 29er hardtail
Bike Setup: Stock except for replaced headset and cassette. After the shop had the bikes for about 6 months, a few of the forks locked up. Spec replaced under warranty.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: April 15, 2011
Strengths: FSR,great price vs proformace,light at least to me last bike weight 45lbs,2011 has great part spec for the money,it climbs up hills like a goat
Weaknesses: mine is early 2011,the fork is secktor r,but that was easy fix,$60 for motion control damper(on order right now)still looking for other none yet
this bike is sweet for the money,i have been on to rides now in a week now(back on a bike after 5 yeas)this bike rocks with the lock out on the rear she climb like a hard tail.on the way down is where this bike shines,it reminds me of my haro dhr the way it eats roots and rocks,great bike for single track rides.so far i am verry happy with this bike(will up date this reveiw after i get motoin control and a few mor rides in)best stock bike i have ever bought
Strengths: Stong frame, low maintenance, low standover and bottom bracket.
Weaknesses: stock parts that came with the bike.
The only thing left stock on this bike is the front derailleur everything else has been upgraded. The pitch pro frame is an awesome 150mm frame to build up with a coil shock and 160mm fork. It slackens the bike out and makes it sort of a mini dh/fr rig that can take a pounding through the gnar, at least thats how I use it and it's been performing really well. It can climb good also.
Strengths: Goes up hill amazingly well. Goes down again amazingly well. Solidly built, not too heavy for what it is.
Weaknesses: At this price it would curmudgeonly to list weaknesses relating to part specs.
Took the bike for it's first ride today after using an older Enduro for 5 years. The difference is amazing. The geometry was spot on for me straight off the shop floor. At this price, the bike is simply amazing. It does exactly what it says on box. The PIKE is an excellent fork I've been using a TALAS 140 RLC and the PIKE was really good in comparison feel wise, despite the lack of controls. I will fit MoCo to it. Maybe U Turn. But as is, amazing. I give 5 Chillis' because I am so surprised at how good this machine actually is for me.
a Weekend Warrior
from verona nj usa
Date Reviewed: January 22, 2011
Strengths: great brake system,nice front hub and nice back shock (can pump it up to hold my wight iam a big dude)
Weaknesses: the cranks are a littel bulky
like i said iam a big dude thats likes to go big i get to the trails and lose control and its great to have a bike that can take what i give it.Its great bike for the price maybe down the line some upgrades
a Cross Country Rider
from Brighton, MA
Date Reviewed: April 13, 2010
Strengths: Very plush suspension. Great traction on rocky, technical climbs. Eats rock gardens for breakfast and cruises over roots like they're paved over.
Weaknesses: A little heavy at 33.5lbs, but you make up efficiency in other ways. Heavy/crappy stock cranks.
This is a really fun bike if your not a racer and not a downhiller. I ride it XC and it truly makes me want to ride all the time it's such a blast. Bottomless suspension is great on the downhills, but more surprizingly, also helps on the technical climbs in that you can stay seated, conserve energy and spin over rocks and roots that would make you stand and waste energy on a bike without such a plush rear end. The FSR suspension is truly active under all conditions, which explains the excellent grip on the steeper, sketchier climbs. The front fork is a stripped down version of the Pike, but it works great and I don't miss the lockout or compression adjustment. I never use the UTurn on it but I can see how someone might want to as I have lifted the front end on some steep climbs, though I personally don't think it's necessary.
Cornering is surprizingly good as the stock tires have good grip and the long wheelbase combined with the through axle fork make the pitch stable but still agile and resonsive in the corners.
This is a bike that you can take anywhere to do anything, and not have to worry if you'll be able to keep up with your XC buddies on the climbs or if you'll need to take a pass on a drop because you fear for your frame or your health. Great bike, great deal.
Strengths: What a bike! Coming from a hardtail I found that from the first ride everything seemed so effortless in comparison - the brakes and suspension worked well and opened up a lot of new possibilities. This bike allowed me to enjoyriding stuff I was previously nervous on.
Weaknesses: Some of the components - saddle especially, hardly worth mentioning since it's a cheap replacement. Long seatpost - I cut a few inches off for the steeper downhills. To be honest there were no major issues of any kind.
Best bang for the buck budget bike out there - handles just about everything and every ride ends with me grinning like a loon. Get Some!
Similar Products Used: A few friends bikes - Coiler, Commencal Meta 5 and Supreme.
Bike Setup: As per spec but with new boots i.e. dual ply highrollers - the original tires are fine for most things but a trip to Innerleithen was too much for them. I picked up a few bargain bits here and there over the year like an E13 Bashguard and some Azonic B52 bars and ODI lock-ons - the usual stuff. I added a Charge spoon saddle to up the comfort level, but that's about it. I expected to replace the rear shock, but so far it's performing flawlessly, so it's staying until it dies.
Strengths: Frame Geometry!!!! DUH SPECIALIZED!!!!!! THE COLOR!!!!! BABY ENDURO.....DUH!!!!! you shouldnt even read more.....DUH look at all the stars in the rating.
Weaknesses: pedals FOR SURE, misc parts, but thats the way it is i guess.
This bike was too hard to resist.... the paint job is sick,the spec ehhhhhh whatever....
i get this bike out on the trail, even with the pedals that everyone replaced at the dealer (but me), this bike ripped, ripps, and will slay whatever any intermediate rider is willing or able to do. My confidence was peaking to the next level when i got this bike. threw some platforms on it, and now i have stepped it up beyond what i thought i was willing to do!
I visited a sweet mtn outside of LA called MT PINOS.. all other bikes riding that day were 6-10inch bikes... this bike was biting the turns begging for a challenge, so i gave more, but still it begged for more raging down the hill on any line it took, so i gave it more, to the point where i was slamming on the brakes praying not to go over for every hard turn ahead and still taking them though reckless, reckless with ease..... lol i have never been leaned out using a rock garden to make my turns like they were burms before, thanks to the blue billy goat im using what every is there for traction.... the geometry on the headtube saves your life even when you think your already on your way to braking stuff on your person.
the pike is sweet... get the fox.... front and rear.... w/o propedal this bike is still a goat!!! did i say that this thing is lite? it is for what it accomplishes with ease, dont hesitate ladies.... this bike will make you a man.
check out this thread for ideas or good ole special ed pitch love: (copy and paste)
Weaknesses: hayes brakes (have thay ever made good brakes tho?) although the new ones have avids (who have never made a bad brake!)
I usually ride a 10" dh bike or a 100mm forked hardtail for xc and this bike is as good as either at both jobs it goes up so flat and well balanced and on the downhills feels like, well my dh bike. its solid tracks great round corners and jumps amaizing (even off stuff that i think spesh would say is too big for this bike!)
Im sure if your a bit of a heffalump (the kind of ock that need 3"tyres and monster t forks) and land the smallest "huck" to flat like a sack of poop you will be able to break bits of this bike, but if you can actually ride an mtb and know the difference between landing a jump and casing the lander like it just dissed your mum youll be fine!