Specialized P.3 DJ/MtnX

4.63/5 (62 Reviews)
MSRP : $1300.00


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Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Bryan

Date Reviewed: November 9, 2012

Strengths:    Components are above average for this style, I had an original P.2 when they came out in 2003-04? Anyway since then they figured out the head tube, A lot of ppl are saying its steep, and it is. If your 6'2" like me then you need it to clear your foot when steering or crossing the bars off a jump.

Weaknesses:    The frame is not indestructible, I broke the 2003-2004 frame by ovalizing the head tube so bad I couldnt get a fork thru, and I was 15-16yrs old...ya I abused it but cmon. and I managed to ovalize this one already. To add some fun I had DJ 3's on there, snapped those too.

Bottom Line:   
If you plan to ride hard, dirt jump and freeride Id reconsider, it looks sturdy but after a few rides I knew it wasnt as strong as a Kona which I have snapped as well. As a kid I launched off 8ft to cement, cleared 10-20ft dirt gaps on this model and it was just too light sometimes, then I got this years model for cheap new, now I know why, same s*** different day. Also I do not know why ppl are saying its a great freeride or trial bike, its awful no one uses disc on a street or trial riding (hopping around on the back wheel, etc) and there is no back mount for a v brake. Go watch the pros, none have disc on the street, dirt sure, street no. From what I have heard for prior years they still have not corrected the crankset/bottom bracket striping, get a better set if you have this model or you will destroy the frame. This model will be a headache for a harder rider

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by kraft dinner a Downhiller from canada

Date Reviewed: June 9, 2009

Strengths:    its a solid frame. no vibrations. light easy to Manuel and bunny hop. really nice for dirt jumping smooth

Weaknesses:    i broke the head tube off at a bike park..... and my arm in 2 places

Bottom Line:   
make sure the head tube is not gonna fall off it hurts. it was great when it worked i could go any were rvrn climb

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Favorite Trail:   fistful of diamonds

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $993.00

Purchased At:   some asian guy

Similar Products Used:   kona cowan, gary fisher mullet, giant stp0

Bike Setup:   mtx sun ringe single speed.with pink spokes. rock shox totems

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by istrate tudor a Weekend Warrior from romania

Date Reviewed: August 13, 2008

Strengths:    the frame is light, ultra stable, nice weldings and forged parts

Weaknesses:    head angle a little steep

Bottom Line:   
this is a review for a P2 frame 2008(the same as p3). this so much better than 2005 P series. manuals great. it bunnyhops real easy with a 3100g fork, its light and easy to throw around. great frame but the head angle is a little steep but its ok. great bike!

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Favorite Trail:   dirt

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   friend

Similar Products Used:   mongoose thunderball, P3 2005, NS suburban, Ns Capital, Commencal Absolut Al

Bike Setup:   MZ DJ 3 2006, oddysey cranks, Hayes Mag, Stype rims and single speed

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by TheRedCoat a Weekend Warrior from Lilburn, Georgia

Date Reviewed: July 8, 2008

Strengths:    -light
-strong
-excellent geometry
-fabulous parts


Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
awesome bike...excells at the dirt jumps and the skatepark...good parts...a little expensive but not that bad

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Favorite Trail:   the secret 10 pack

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Bike Setup:   2008 Specialized P.3 -stock-
2008 Marzocchi DJ 1

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Paul Durand a Weekend Warrior from surrey, british columbia, Canada

Date Reviewed: March 16, 2008

Strengths:    Its a smooth bike it jumps, stable in the air goes where you want it to go. Has good components and has a lifetime warrenty on the frame!

Weaknesses:    Probably the wheels,hubs and cranks and a little over priced in my opinion

Bottom Line:   
Its a great bike for people starting to learn bigger tricks and hitting bigger dirtjumps its a smooth flowy bike that helps you progress bottom line best bike ive bought yet

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Favorite Trail:   whistler dirt jumps

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1806.00

Purchased At:   Rocky Cycle

Similar Products Used:   2008 Devinci district 2, 2008 Norco 4hun

Bike Setup:   stock set up dj1 fork sram x9 drive train stroker breaks

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by andy almostwise a Downhiller from taunton

Date Reviewed: January 6, 2008

Strengths:    The Bear-claw sent back the new version of the P3 and has continued to run 04 frame. Its so far indestructable. Light-weight, excellent confidence inspiring ride feel. Best hardtail I've ridden.

Weaknesses:    Powder coat finish is a mare to clean.Get some Hope SH1T Shifter and scrubbing brush and give it some tough love.

Bottom Line:   
If you can find one of these frames, buy it. If you run it with 24" rear wheel be aware of the low BB. (if you haven't run it with 24" rear, its worth a try. Very stable but easily manouverable). Can't say enough about this frame, it awesome. The 07 P1 is pretty damn good aswell. Only had a short ride, but its the best since the 04 version.

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Favorite Trail:   Orchard Portman / Haldon Hill

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Ralph Colmans (BikeUK)

Similar Products Used:   24seven Dark Angel, 24sevenV4, Cannondale Chase, Curtis Trailboss, GT Ruckus, Kona Stuff, Norco Sasquatch, DMR Trailstar LT. Specialized P1 cromo, Specialized P1 (04,05,06,07).

Bike Setup:   Halo Tornado, Hope MonoM4, Marzocchi Z1 Drop-Off, SRAM X7, ODI Ruffian, Race Face Evolve DH bar/stem, Hone, Shimano DX, FSA Pig, DMR moto digger.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by ben a Cross Country Rider from laramie wy united states

Date Reviewed: December 21, 2007

Strengths:    never broke on me

Weaknesses:    never caused me any problems

Bottom Line:   
held up to everything i threw at it. i wasnt really hard on it but i hit more 3-5 drops to flat than i can count and a few 8 or so footers and lots of jumps. never had a problem with it till i got nailed by a car and it bent. from the first time i rode it till the last time i loved it.

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Favorite Trail:   anywhere steep

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   from a buddy

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   i think its the factory build kit. manitou jumper hayes9s syncros, holzfeller but i single speeded it.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by sam branch a Weekend Warrior from bexley

Date Reviewed: October 28, 2007

Strengths:    light, quite strong, easy to ride, good forks

Weaknesses:    Chainset is weak, quite bumpy

Bottom Line:   
Nick you lie you dont ahve moto diggers and revells aint the best bikes in the world stps r lol ;) and your stp aint custom build so ha....... oh and i am sick breed

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Favorite Trail:   bostall

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   bexley bikes

Similar Products Used:   none


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Nick Evans a Weekend Warrior from kent (england)

Date Reviewed: October 25, 2007

Strengths:    good frame geometry, light as anything, good for manuals, but.......

Weaknesses:    the gusset on the headtube has just cracked, its only minor, but it still cracked, and its too light, so when you are in the air on a jump, it fees really hollow and doesnt feel to health landig big doubles.

Bottom Line:   
I thought that the bike was the bollocks.....but then.....i tried a Revell 450R, and it rocks my world, and now my P3 frame is just laying there on its own in the garage...aawww, poor frame, but ur still a piece of crap!

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Favorite Trail:   PORC or Chicksands

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   Just the frame from ginger lee johnson

Similar Products Used:   giant stp 2 custom build 06, the best bike in the world...REVELL 450R in red, specialized P2 cromo

Bike Setup:   hayes HFX-9 HD, Halo SAS wheels in gold!, NS bikes disrtict bars in white, DMR V8 pedals in white, DMR moto digger tyres, marzocchi dirt jam pro 06.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Justin a Cross Country Rider from Eagan, MN

Date Reviewed: August 17, 2007

Strengths:    The price was insane; some fool traded it in at my shop for a meager $300 credit, I then bought it the same day for $350 cash. I couldn't believe the price. Great group, great fork, awesome ride

Weaknesses:    Heavy like a neutron star. Sun Rhyno rims were a lil wimpy compared to the frame/fork combo. piss-poor seatpost, heavy tires

Bottom Line:   
Considering the price I payed, about the best value I ever got out of a complete bike. This frame was built to last--great for DH/DJ/DS/FR. I'm not a big fan of specialized, but they got it right this time around. For the year I owned it I thrashed the hell out of it and only needed to replace the rear rim (w/ Sun Mammoth rim), due to the Sun Rhyno rim tacoing on me doing 360s. I ended up selling this bike locally on ebay for $300 + xbox w/ 4 controllers + IR remote + 22 games + carrying backpack (which i sold later that day for another $350.) So after a year of abuse I was able to net $650 for this bike, and only payed 350.. not a bad deal. I don't miss this bike, but it was definately a good ride for the money.

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Favorite Trail:   Lebanon Hills XC Trail, Eagan

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   Stewarts Bike Shop, Duluth (2001 model)

Similar Products Used:   Giant STP custom, XS Fisher Supercaliber freeride custom.

Bike Setup:   Bomber through axle fork, Truvativ hussefelt 2-ring crankset, deore ft / xt rear der, deore shifters, xt cassette, specalized / sun rhyno wheelset, Hayes HFX-9 brakes (8"ft, 6"rr), piss-poor seatpost.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mark Cole a Weekend Warrior from Wichita

Date Reviewed: June 15, 2007

Strengths:    Awsome Frame geometry, Im a 6'1 230 pund guy and this thing is awsome comming from a 24" cruiser bmx bike.

Some might say the skulls are cliche' but i think its a plus for this bike it realy does look good.

Sram components are buttery smooth

It just feels nice.


Weaknesses:    Grips are slick as snot if your hands start to get sweaty but gloves fix that problem.

Fork is heavy as hell but beefy so i guess its a trade off

multispeed but not so much a downside as just a dislike of mine personaly but i think im getting used to it.


Bottom Line:   
I was really sceptical on weather my chunky ass would fit on one of these bikes and feel safe but it does. I would recomend this bike for all levels of riders that want to get into DJ or freeride.

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Favorite Trail:   Any thing that has a lip

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   Continental Cyclery in wichita

Similar Products Used:   Specilized fuse 3 07', Redline Proline 24 05', GT hardtail some or another from back in the day.

Bike Setup:   Bone stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Blair a Downhiller from Zurich, Switzerland

Date Reviewed: June 14, 2007

Strengths:    EVERYTHING. this bike is uber strong. The frame is geometry is perfect, low bb, short chain stay, low top tube. you can manual for days on it and i found spins were easier than other bikes. Great for dirt jumping, urban riding and handles well in parks too.

Weaknesses:    nothing big. the skulls on the paint work chip easily but thats all.

Bottom Line:   
THIS BIKE ROCKS. i would highly recommend this bike for anyone who is into dirt jumping or urban riding. Im a big guy 6'1", 80kg and after trying all other dirt jumpers i had my eyes on there was no question about it, i had to buy the P.3. Its solid, easy to do tricks on, looks great, light.

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Favorite Trail:   all

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   bikeway

Similar Products Used:   kona cowan, scott voltage yz ltd, cannondale chase 1, orange MII, yeti dj, santa cruz jackle

Bike Setup:   2007 p.3 frame, rock shox argyle 409, truvativ holzfeller oct crank set, truvativ howitzer m12 bb, truvativ holzfeller risebar, FSA pig head set, truvativ holzfeller stem, MRP system 1 mini me 1, crank bros 5050xx, avid juicy 5 brakes, sram x0 trigger and r\d, sun single track rims, maxxis holyroller, dt swiss champion spokes, chris king hubs

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Micah a Downhiller from provo ut usa

Date Reviewed: June 1, 2007

Strengths:    frame geometry is good manuals and flips well good specs i love the avids

Weaknesses:    nothing so far i guess $1700 is alot for a hardtail

Bottom Line:   
the bike is sick it rides and flows really well great for urban and dj i love this bike you can thow down on it

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Favorite Trail:   deer valley

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   binghams

Similar Products Used:   kona stab p.1 p.2 rocky mountain flow

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jesse a Downhiller from New York

Date Reviewed: May 10, 2007

Strengths:    I bought a 2004 frame only off of pinkbike.com and built the bike up with all 2006 p.3 parts. Most amazing bike i have ever been on. all of my friends ride too. I've owned a good amount of bikes and this is by far the best. The balance on these is amazing, the angles for holding manuals is PERFECT. STRONG FRAME!

Weaknesses:    I'd marry it but it's not human.

Bottom Line:   
I encourage anyone who wants to imprpve their riding skill to pick up one of these frames. Their extremely light and very strong. RIDE SPECIALIZEDD!!!

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Pinkbike.com

Similar Products Used:   Azonic Steelhead, Azonic Evolution, Evil D.O.C, 2006 Specialzied P.3, Kona Stab Supreme, Specialized BigHit Spec. Santa Cruz Jackal. 2004 SPECIALIZED P3 WAS THE BEST

Bike Setup:   Deity cranks, specialzied pedals, dj urban fork, Deity bard and stem, ODI lock on grips, FuNN seat. Kenda Blue groove tires (front and rear) Mavic Deemax rims. 8" juicy five brakes. BEST BUILD UP EVER.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nick Evans a Weekend Warrior from kent (england)

Date Reviewed: May 3, 2007

Strengths:    Everything about this bike is just soo good , the frame is really strong and ridgid , ive never had any probs so far....touch wood. the best thing about it , is that i can't keep off of it , i'm always jumping onit , and no other bike i go on will be as good as ma sexy P3!!

Weaknesses:    the only thing that was weak was the bash guard and the rims , and grips were a little soft and wearing! but apart from that , itz all perfect!!

Bottom Line:   
ive now had this wonderful bike 4 about 2 and a half years , and it hasn't gone crap or snapped , and i would advise you 2 get 1 , seriosly , it's worth , its wicked!!!! this is the ultimate dirt jump bike , but dont use it 4 mountain biking or park or street , coz u will just ruin it, but if ur a real dirt jumper , get this bike immediately!!

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Favorite Trail:   itz gotta be either penshurst or bostall man!!

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   ma uncles crib

Similar Products Used:   kona stuff 03......giant stp 06......mongoose fireball 04

Bike Setup:   marzocchi DJ 3's.....sun double walled rims.....hayes 9.....DMR wing bars.....kenda blue grooves.....DMR singlespeed kit.....truvativ hussefelt cranks.....DMR V8's.....DMR headstock stem.

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