The "P' in "P. Bikes" doesn't stand for "Pretty". No fluff and no sparkly stuff. Just bombproof rides that mix advanced technology and top-shelf materials with geometry proven in the street, park and dirt. The P.2 Cr-Mo can ride it all, but is most at home on the dirt jumps.
Butted singlespeed-specific Reynolds 520 Cr-Mo frame with integrated head tube, MID BB, and 3D-forged horizontal dropouts with integrated chain tensioner has perfectly dialed geos for dirt, park, or street
80mm-travel X Fusion ENIX R fork features hydraulic damping with compression and rebound adjustments to take the edge off larger hits.
Low-flange, 36-hole wheels with rear Cro-Mo axle, sealed cartridge bearings and rear 14mm cassette with 12t driver; double-walled and eyeleted 26" alloy rims are built to withstand endless abuse
High-volume, impact-absorbing Specialized tires give you the versatility to ride dirt, park or street
BMX style, 3-piece tubular Cr-Mo crankset is strong and light to boost with confidence; press-in MID BB is light, durable, and easy to service; singlespeed 25t chainring resists bending and delivers the clearance you need
P. Lo Pro nylon platform pedals w/ molded pins for lightweight and strong performance
One-piece, CNC'd, 12t, Cr-Mo cog is designed to be strong and durable
Super-light and padded, durable one-piece saddle/post combo can take a serious beating
One-piece saddle/post combo can take a serious beating
Strengths: Can take it out of the box and ride a little bit of everything. Urban, dj, street, park, and whatever you want without too much hassle.
Weaknesses: crappy wheelset, weight
Not really worth the retail price, but if you can find a deal on a used one they are a great way to get into the hardtail scene. I upgraded to an Azonic Outlaw rear wheel and it was the best money I ever spent on that bike.
from sonora,CA / US
Date Reviewed: March 18, 2012
Strengths: super light and just amazing to ride.
Weaknesses: brakes super loud when they get wet.
and tires aren't the greatest.
so swap them out.
this is a great dj bike and even good of some down hill racing. so i use it for everything i do i love this bike and im hooked on it.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: December 18, 2011
Strengths: This review is for a 2009 aluminum P2. Great geometry, very long top tube (~23.5") for a one-size-fits-all bike, very short chainstays, horizontal dropouts, this bike loves to jump and is easy to control in the air (what little air I manage to get anyway). This bike builds confidence quickly.
Weaknesses: Stock rims are pretty weak, stock handlebar and stem are lame.
I'm 6'6" 200 lbs and this bike works for me, with a setback post, 50mm rise bars, and 50mm/10 degree rise stem to create a little more space in the cockpit. I've fought the urge to buy a "hybrid" DJ/trail bike (like the Kona Shred, Giant Bass, etc) which would fit a little better, but would not be as fun. The P2 is like a skateboard in bike form.
Bike Setup: stock 2008 P2, dj2 forks, hayes stroker ryde hydraulic discs
a Weekend Warrior
from Auckland, New Zealand
Date Reviewed: January 6, 2011
Strengths: The geomtry is aswome, you can manual and wheelie as long as you want pretty much. jumps are a breeze. bunny hopping is great. real light and good all rounder for dirt, street and skate park.
Weaknesses: The rims, they held up for about a month but now the rear has a slight buckel and I just bent the front completly, when i under rotated a 360 into sand
Its the first bike i have owned in 5 years and on my 2nd ride and a good set up jump i landed a 360 with in 3 trys.Its awsome (the bike jumps for you). I also folow my mates on their down hill bikes and it holds up over pretty big jumps. Then after work its still great for mucking round the street doing wheelies manuals etc...
Bike Setup: completly satndard. but looking to single speed and the new rims im getting ofcourse.
from kuna id us
Date Reviewed: October 16, 2010
Strengths: diggin the geometry,brakes work really well,28" width bars, comes pretty set up out of the box!!!
Weaknesses: wish it had the marzochhi 20m fork instead of 80m
i really like the bikei hope i get used to have suspension if not i will be getting a 20 mil travel fork!!! i can hold my own on a bike and its holding up to some pretty hard park and trail rideing so far!!! GOOD BIKE FOR THE BUCK, CANT GO WRONG!!
Strengths: Extremely sturdy frame. Good suspension too. With the right gear added on, you can make it look like a sexy creamsicle. Thats what i did for mine. Orange and white for almost everything.
Weaknesses: Wheels. I suggest that you sell them while you can still make a buck and get some dirtjumper rims. Anything but alexrims(brutally misadvertised, most of their products should be used for cross country only) and its made of chromoly. Great for weighing you down.
Wonderfully sturdy bikes, but i dont like how they cut corners on the wheels. Also, last time i buy a chromoly bike. Heavier than your sh*t after a night of mexican food. As for the asterisk, use your imagination. I just didn't want my review removed.
Bike Setup: 2009 specialized p.2, rock shox argyle 409, new wheels, shimano slx crankset, sunline v-one bars
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: January 3, 2009
Strengths: Great frame! Nice package to learn with.
Weaknesses: The grips, pedals, and HUBS!
It has been great to ride. I dirt jumped it for 2 years while in Florida, and it was great! I took some nasty falls, and it stood up well. I have had to replace both the hubs on the bike, the pedals, and the grips. Now that I am in Japan it is not as easy to find dirt jumps, so I put on some street tires, went single speed, and have had a blast with it! It is fun to urban ride, and try some light "trials" riding with. It has inspired others to ride with me, and improved my riding 10 fold over the old hardrock I had. The 2006 is a better option if you can get a good deal on it, but this one is still just as fun!
Bike Setup: truvative cranks n headset specialized armadillo hesmisphere street tires ,
a Weekend Warrior
from Austin, Tx
Date Reviewed: August 6, 2008
Strengths: Bike practically jumps for you
Weaknesses: None found yet
Got a 2008 P2 Aluminum, I am an older guy wanting to try DJ'ing and urban riding before the clock runs out on this type activity. I messed around with pump tracks and DJ'ing on wife's 15 inch mountain bike, it did okay. Had my eye on this P bike for some time, it essentially had many similarities to my wifes bike's geometry and I was not sure if I should get it. Anyway, wow, this thing jumps on autopilot and makes the wifes 15 inch MTB feel dangerous in comparison. Someone over at Specialized spent some time dialing on this bike to make it an autojumper. I am a beginner at DJ, and this is my first DJ bike, all I can say is I am very happy with the purchase. Don't let the P Bike haters steer you away from this bike, if you taco the wheels, just get new ones. I will say that this bike seems very dialed for DJ'ing, not so sure it is a great pavement trick bike, though (manuals are very difficult on this bike). But, I mainly bought it to jump, and it seems to do this very well.
Similar Products Used: 15 inch fully rigid Giant bike (wife's bike turned DJ'er)
Bike Setup: OEM
from Santa Cruz, CA
Date Reviewed: June 15, 2008
Strengths: Solid. This thing feels like a tank. I do some DJ but mainly downhill trails around UCSC and Wilder. I love the geometry of this bike. It's easy to handle and steer. Manuals and bunny hops are so easy now. I could never bunny hop before I got this bike, and granted I'm not the best in the world at it, I can now hit a jump and launch off it with more confidence.
Weaknesses: The weight I guess. I weigh ~160lb, the first few times I rode it up the hills to go on rides were very hellish. I'd gotten up those hills before with no problems, but this bike is definitely heavy. I got used to it though. After about 4 rides, I fly up hills without even thinking about it.
The fork (Marzocchi EXR Comp) is lame. I'm in the market for a new one right now. It doesn't soak up anything really, I feel like I have a rigid fork...that's with all the air out of it. To its credit, I haven't checked the oil levels or anything, but I want a bit more travel for downhill stuff anyway.
I love this bike. It's brought me from a brake-riding luzer to actually being able to enjoy the trails around here. I'm not afraid of smaller jumps, I'm working my way up to bigger ones, and I can really let this thing rip on single-tracks. The tires grip everything and put a lot of confidence into my turns.
Yeah, yeah...it's heavy, but if 4 or 5 extra pounds really bothers you that much, go on a diet. The fork is crap...I'm not the only one, many people don't like this fork.
Bottom line: This bike is good for urban. This bike is good for light downhill. This bike is good for jumping. I got it because I wanted a bike that handles everything I throw at it...so far, I'm not disappointed at all.