Specialized 2001 Big Hit Full Suspension Bike

4.77/5 (31 Reviews)
MSRP : $2219.99


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Adan a Downhiller from Hinton, Alberta, Canada

Date Reviewed: June 28, 2005

Strengths:    The frame is very strong and it can take a beating. It pedals good up hill not like most downhill duals.

Weaknesses:    The amount of rear travel it comes with (5.5"). I had to buy the big hit kit that came with a new link to allow me to but a bigger shock on only weakness i can think of

Bottom Line:   
This bike is a North shore stunt bike is really strong. It pedals very well to. Its a heavy bike but the weight is not a big factor for what the bike is made to do. It is a good all around bike to. I reccomend this bike to every one

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Favorite Trail:   Just Giver, Animal Cracker

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Hinton

Similar Products Used:   Santa Cruz Bullit, Heckler

Bike Setup:   The bike was made from scratch. It has sun double wide rims front and 24" on the back, 04 Marzocchi Junior T's, Fox 3.0 shock on the back, Funn head banger headset with Funn fatboy slim bars, Hayes hydro megs, ODI Intence lock on grips with Truvitiv Hussfeller cranck, xt front derailer and lx rear derailer.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by pitt53 a Weekend Warrior from San Diego CA

Date Reviewed: June 30, 2002

Strengths:    Everything except for Specialized parts. Good deal on such a heavy duty bike. Ride is awsome.

Weaknesses:    all specialized parts. low BB height, Z3 flexes, those tires....they are thick tubes right? seat post sucks real bad.

Bottom Line:   
very nice bike. very adjustable. smooth ride. I ride XC on it and this bike goes!! even climbing is no prob. low BB is just a minor prob until get a 7 inch fork or something. I'm pretty happy with it. too bad the price has gone up so much though. This bike does everything I need. I still give this bike 5 chillis cause I new I had to change specialized parts to begin with. You know you will never be happy with how bikes come from factory. At least you can ride until you have money to upgrade lol.

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Favorite Trail:   Noble cyn

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1999.00

Purchased At:   UC cycle

Similar Products Used:   1999 Big Hit. 99FSR enduro, etc

Bike Setup:   Azonic shorty 50mm, thomson seatpost, EA50 riser, shimano 646, Kujo DH 2.35. SDG satellite Intense model.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andrew a Downhiller from Foirt Kent

Date Reviewed: June 23, 2002

Strengths:    Frame is kick ass asome on jumps but back shock bottoms.good front shock for bejenner .Good on drop offs.I always am brought towards bying a specialized ?

Weaknesses:    The front fender sucks ass,back shock bottomos out heavy but i have a large so it may depened needs 8 in. back disk.

Bottom Line:   
This is a very good bike if you are able to pay for new things beter of spending 2000.00 more on a big hit pro.but i have a bh comp . you should buy this if you want a very good bike.for a good price. you shouldn't if you have enough for a big hit pro

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $2600.00

Purchased At:   Record Bicycles Qubeec

Bike Setup:   I have not changed any thing on it so it has all the same factory produocts but i have p.3 pdeals

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rob a Weekend Warrior from North Shore BC Canada

Date Reviewed: May 20, 2002

Strengths:    Unbeatable value. Love the four bar link suspension. The entry level cost of this bike makes it easy to add upgrades and wind up with a better bike than what other brands offer for bigger dollars. Great for fast DH and drops and surprisingly nimble on technical sections. For a bike that now weighs in at over 40 lbs I'm amazed how well it climbs over hilly sections. Clearly not the best ride to the top of Fromme but not too bad! Love this bike.

Weaknesses:    Don't get me wrong but what you're buying here is a good value package where a few corners had to be cut. Here's what you'll want to just get rid of right off the bat: The absolute crap Specialized tires that don't even come close to the conditions that this bike is designed for. Hit a root, you're down. Fox Vanilla R Shock tends to seize, fail, not give adequate travel and generally act like the crapo that Fox seems to be producing. I had trouble and I've heard a lot of similar comments on the trail.Up-grade the rear shock and spring and you're laughing. Oh, and the stock Specialzed seatpost? It won't last.

Bottom Line:   
One of the best frame and suspension setups going and it's a bonus that it's such a good value. It's a good idea to replace the "temporary" parts I've mentioned above before you leave the bike shop so you can get the best deal. Go for the Super T too, you'll never regret spending the extra bucks. The Big Hit is getting as common as mud puddles here on the North Shore and for good reason, this frame is the real deal.

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Favorite Trail:   Upper Oilcan

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2300.00

Purchased At:   Dizzy Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Norco VPS Shore. Brodie Devo. Rocky Mountain RM6

Bike Setup:   Just swapped the very good Stock Z3 Drop for a Super T. Love the stability and predicatablity. CHANGE THE TIRES! I have a 2.65 Cujo in front and a Maxxis High Roler on the back. Drill out at leat the rear wheel for a Schrader valve 24" tube. Do this before you find out the hard way that 24" Presta tubes are about as rare as flying cows. Fox Vanilla RC shock. Rock Ring, Platform pedals and beefier seatpost (see above).

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by DR. DRE a Weekend Warrior from BOOGIE-DOWN PROD.

Date Reviewed: May 8, 2002

Strengths:    Bombproof frame, stiff rear end, frame quality(welds), suspension feels bottomless....oh did i say BOMBPROOF!!!!!!!

Weaknesses:    No weaknesses structurally. The Fox RC shock did blow up on me 2 times in less than 6 months though. Some might consider the 24" rear wheel one though.(I bought the Pro frame and built it up)I wish Mavic made the 321's in 24".

Bottom Line:   
This is a follow up review to the one i posted a year ago. The bike is still rocking. I'm a 205lbs rider. I do drops and sick riding and the bike is holding up. I was just dissappointed with the Fox RC shock in the rear that blew out on me twice within 6 months. At first when i bought the bike it had a 600lbs. spring. It wasn't until the second time that the shock blew it dawned on them that they should change the spring. I'm running a 650 lbs spring in the rear now and it seems to be holding up. I'm still gonna change the shock and get a Avalanche. I would definetely recommend this to anyone with this bike. It'z like night and day between the Fox and Avalance......Plus you'll NEVER blow out the avalanche-Trust me. Otherwise this bike is so damm sweet. I wanna buy another one. But this years colors SUCK!!!!! C'mon Specialized you have a great bike on your hands......Do something about the dull paint jobs man!!!!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Anything steep & technical

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Sid's Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Intense, Santa Cruz,GT

Bike Setup:   Pro Big Hit frame with DoubleWides, Hope Big un Hubs,Gazzaloddi 2.6 tires, North Shore DH cranks, 636 DH & slalom pedals, MRP chainguide, Azonic Cockpit, Hope C2's Thompson and SDG Saddle. Oh and last but definetely not least Marzocchi Shiver WC.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Eric Belanger a Downhiller from Canada

Date Reviewed: March 19, 2002

Strengths:    Bearings, Hort link, Stiff and reliable low maintenace

Weaknesses:    The aluminium aloy is like butter, I bended my rear swing arm derailleur on the first ride...Neaded a new one.

Bottom Line:   
Not a lot of rear travel ( for my MONSTER ), i need to purchase a Jr T or up grade to 8 inch in the back to balance my set up

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Favorite Trail:   Bromont

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Abc cycles

Similar Products Used:   1999 fsr Elite that i broke and they sent me this

Bike Setup:   Monster T, Mrp, Odi lock jaw, Hayes, Dee MaX, michelin 2.8, high roller 2.7 in back

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by dan mckinzie a Downhiller from kaneohe, hawaii

Date Reviewed: March 13, 2002

Strengths:    good frame design. good bike for everything but climbing. the hayes brakes.

Weaknesses:    the tires. not enough knobs, the suck in mud and they wear out too fast. could also use an 8" disc in the rear. needs a different seat post, creaks to much. could use a better chainring setup.

Bottom Line:   
this bike rocks from the get go. could have been a little better though. a little tweaking and it was fine, i just went to the extreme.

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Favorite Trail:   st. louis heights

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $4000.00

Purchased At:   the bike shop

Similar Products Used:   santa cruz super 8

Bike Setup:   marzocchi shiver, king headset, azonics shorty, protaper bars, odi lock jaws, thompson seatpost, mrp system 2, profile crank, spot chainring, snaffu pedals, rear suspension upgrade, 8" rear disc, gazzalodi dh tires.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andy a Downhiller from Rancho Cucamonga

Date Reviewed: March 9, 2002

Strengths:    Stiffness, and plush travel, the 24in rear wheel helps shorten the wheelbase. Suspension bob is tolerable for So-Cal climbs. Lots of adjustments for headtube angle and suspension travel. Almost feels indestructable.

Weaknesses:    The Specialized handle bars and stem are weak. The original tires wears out fast and has minimal grip. The Ritchey seat post is a joke. Marzzochi M3 forks are marginal, definitely upgrade for a Shiver.

Bottom Line:   
The Big Hit is an awesome bike for dh and freeride. Although it is a heavy bike and does not take climbs fast, the suspension bob is tolerable for most climbs in Southern California. But when gravity takes over and the speeds pick up, the Big Hit will take just about take anything that comes your way except tight switchbacks. The long wheelbase slows you down a little on tight turns.
...If the thought of riding a 45+ pound bike uphill scares the crap out of you, then you need to go buy some spandex and a cross country rig. This bike is for guys who love big drops and insane DH runs without spending $5,000 big ones.

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Favorite Trail:   San Juan and Gabrielino

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   Supergo

Similar Products Used:   Santa Cruz Bullit

Bike Setup:   01 Shivers, Azonic shorty stem, Michellen 2.8 in front and Maxxis 2.7 in rear, Hayes 8inch rotors front and back, SDG Bel-Air, Thomson Elite post

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chase Norvich from Friday Harbor WA

Date Reviewed: December 15, 2001

Strengths:    frame a speck

Weaknesses:    specalized tires, 135mm spaceing 3" rear tire does not allow you to use small ring no worries though I'm strong

Bottom Line:   
big hit's are totaly sweet bikes I wish I could keep mine but I have to sell it, it's still perfect in every way. I'm a obsessive shop mechanic and I need to sell it to pay tution, so if you want a great deal on one of the best downhill bikes ever e-mail me. p.s. I might be able to get you a good deal on a 8" kit.

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Favorite Trail:   the ones I"ve Built

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Bike Setup:   Intense tires Sun Ringle ZUZU pedals ODI lock-ons titec bar Lx shifters rock ring thompson azonic love seat PC-99 chain custom spring setup, IRC tubes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jasper from Springfield

Date Reviewed: September 22, 2001

Strengths:    Strong, plush, fast, adjustable suspension (travel, geometry and rate), 8" front rotor, FSR link, ugly top tube sticker is easily removable, price,...

Weaknesses:    not Canadian, Specialized cranks, not much seat height adjustment, weight? (I'm really reaching here)

Bottom Line:   
This bike kills. Shooting steep, tech, descents is like sitting on your living room couch and it feels more agile than it looks on tech stunts. Climbing is suprisingly good for a 37 pound beast with a 24" rear wheel. The adjustable suspension is nice, I keep the travel at 6.3" and set the head angle depending on whether I'm doing flat out downhill runs or North Shore tech.
I work at a shop so I got a smokin' deal but even at retail it's a bargain. Basically the same spec as a Kona Stinky Dee-Lux for a few hundred $'s less.
I don't have many complaints except that the Specialized cranks and tires are crap (easily replaceable) and I wish the seat height was more adjustable. I guess it could use a burlier fork and an RC (or an Avalanche) but the z3 and Vanilla R are keeping me happy so far.
Specialized doesn't have that North Shore mystique usually associated with Kona, Brodie, Norco, and Rocky but they sure put together a nice bike for that style of riding.
Killer ride, straight up.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Kona Stinky, Stinky Dee-Lux, Brodie Diablo, RM Slayer, Ellsworth Dare

Bike Setup:   Stock except for Hussefelts w/ rock ring, Sun Ringle platforms, and WTB Speed V saddle

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris Hoey a Downhiller from Manhasset, NY, USA

Date Reviewed: August 21, 2001

Strengths:    Beefy frame. I used to ride a 1997 Ground Control FSR until I cracked it. This frame looks like it will last a lot longer then my previous one did. I cant talk about the bike as the stock setup cause I got a frame only but it seems to be a great setup to get you into downhilling at a good price. The 24" wheel made me nervous but once I rode around on it I loved it. Acceleration is noticably faster and I am railing turns at much higher speeds.

Weaknesses:    The 24" wheel only, makes me upset that I cant run Mavic rims just yet but as soon as I can then this weakness will dissappear.

Bottom Line:   
This is a great bike. From the complete bike setup you can race up to the sport class I think and thats East Coast racing. Once you start to move up the ranks you can upgrade it to be a pretty nice Pro/Expert course Racer. Setup just right it can easily contend with an Itense M1 or other Pro DH bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Any of the Pro/Expert courses at Plattekill

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   1997 Ground Control FSR
2000 Dual Slalolm FSR
Friends Prototype Spooky Project X and Cortina DH8


Bike Setup:   Shiver up front, WTB 20 mm thru axel laced to mavic 321 rim, hayes 8 inch discs front and rear, profile 3 piece chromoloy cranks, mrp world cup style 2, xt rear derailer, sun piece o junk rim in the rear ( just flat spotted it like crazy at Mount Snow Nationals so I will probably be replacing it with an Arrow ) I am planning on putting the Shimano Airlines shifter on it and machining my own link to fit an Avalanche 3.0 x 9 rear shock and to accomodate a floating disc for the rear. Plus I cant wait arround any more for the supposed 8 inch kit from Specialized.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by sp a Downhiller from canada

Date Reviewed: August 19, 2001

Strengths:    it the bomb baby with its super beffy fram 24 inc low rider look its the best and the rear suspension setup

Weaknesses:    lothing matty

Bottom Line:   
one of the best bikes you well look at and ride for free ride and downhill and even raceing

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2700.00

Similar Products Used:   most free ride and downhill bike

Bike Setup:   out lands beffy downhill steam and beffy platform peatls and the vary beffy Monster.T

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by DR. DRE a Weekend Warrior from BOOGIE-DOWN PROD.

Date Reviewed: August 10, 2001

Strengths:    THIS REVIEW IS ACTUALLY FOR THE BIG HIT PRO. I BOUGHT THE FRAME AND BUILT IT UP. BUT AS FOR STRENGTHS LET ME RUN DOWN THE LIST. 1. THE FRAME DESIGN,COLOR ARE FATT. 2. NOT TOO HEAVY. THE FRAME IS PRETTY LITE, BUT STILL MADD BEEEFY!! 3. BOX SECTION SEAT AND CHAIN STAYS THAT MAKE THE BACK END STIFFER THAN ME AFTER A FEW GUINESS'. 4. WELD QUALITY, EVERYTHING THAT CAN BE IS FORGED ON THIS FRAME(SWEET). 5. THE FOX RC SHOCK. THIS THING IS SOOOO F$#$%ING PLUSH IT'S UNBELEIVABLE. THE SHOCK FEELS LIKE U HAVE AN EXTRA 2 INCHES IN THE REAR.(THE SHOCK ALSO HAS ADJUSTABILITY FOR COMPRESSION AND REBOUND) JUST TRY GOING OVER A ROCK OR BETTER YET A HIGH SIDEWALK. LIFT UP THE FRONT OF THE BIKE AND LET THE REAR HIT IT DEAD ON. THE REAR AND THE SHOCK MAKE THE SIDE WALK FEEL LIKE A LITTLE ROCK. THIS WAS EXACTLY THE FIRST THING I NOTICED MY FIRST TIME OUT ON THE BIKE. 6. GREAT BIKE TO THROW AROUND AS FAR AS FREERIDING IS CONCERNED. THROW A THROUGH AXLE OR EVEN A REGULAR Z1 ON THE FRONT AND YOUR READY TO GO. 7. THE BIKES VERSATILITY. U CAN USE IT FOR FREERIDING, DH OR DUAL SLALOM. 8 OH DID I MENTION THAT U CAN ADJUST THE BIKES HEAD AND SEAT ANGLES AND TRAVEL, THE LIST JUST GOES ON AND ON THIS BIKE IS STRAIGHT UP BOMBPROOOF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Weaknesses:    THE COMPRESSION KNOB ON THE FOX VANILLA SHOX IS HARD TO GET TO AND THE KNOB WAS HARD TO TURN. FOR SOME IT MAY BE THE 24' INCH WHELL IN THE BIKE. BUT IT LOOKS SOO COOL. THE 24' GIVES THE BIKE THAT LAID BACK PIMP LOOK. YOU'LL BE AT WORK DAYDREAMING ABOUT THIS BIKE TRUST ME. AND WHAT EVER YOU DO, DON'T BUY THE BIG HIT TYRES THAT COME WITH COMPLETE BIKE. THEY START OFF O.K. BUT WEAR OUR EXTREMELY QUICK AND THERE ARE HARDLY ANY KNOBS ON THE THING.

Bottom Line:   
GREAT ALL AROUND BIKE. CAN DO ANYTHING. IT EVEN PEDALS PRETTY WELL UP HILL. GET THIS BIKE IF U ARE A CRAZY ABUSIVE RIDER AND WANT A BIKE/FRAME THAT WON'T LEAVE U HANGIN ON THE RUFF STUFF. THROW A DOUBLE OR TRIPLE CLAMP ON THE FRONT AND YOUR READY FOR SOME DH ACTION. TRUST ME. THIS THING THRIVES IN THE ROUGH. IT BEGS YOU TO PUNISH IT. GET ONE AND HAVE FUN!!!!!!!!!

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Favorite Trail:   VANCORTLANDT PARK

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   SID'S BIKE SHOP

Similar Products Used:   SANTA CRUZ, GT, TREK, SUPER 8, INTENSE.

Bike Setup:   BLACK PRO FRAME WITH SUN DOUBLEWIDES BUILT AROUND RED HOPE BIG UN HUBS, HOPE C2 DISC BRAKES, RACEFACE NORTHSHORE CRANKS, SHIMANO DX PEDALS, SILVER Z1 WITH 5 BLIMY INCHES, AZONIC, EASTON, AND XTR.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Axel a Downhiller from Germany

Date Reviewed: July 30, 2001

Strengths:    Everything. Stiff frame combined with a superb suspension and brilliant handling

Weaknesses:    Front fender crashed after one week.


Bottom Line:   
If you are searching for the perfect freeride bike, do not think about, just try to get one. You can use it for everything, for a tour, for downhill racing and even for dual. I love it.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2300.00

Similar Products Used:   Rocky Mountain DH Race

Bike Setup:   BMX-Pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by FSR big from CA

Date Reviewed: July 25, 2001

Strengths:    Every thing is good

Weaknesses:    There are none

Bottom Line:   
VERY GOOD FOR EVERYTHING

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Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Price Paid:    $2169.00

Purchased At:   The spokesmen

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   14 in forks in front
upgraded to 10" in the back

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