Strengths: The frames a f***ing tank. It's bombproof and takes bails excellent. The 8 inch rear travel with adjustable geometry is a thing of beauty and takes both large impacts and roots on trails well. The stance fork takes a lot of heat. Mines got a good amount of time on it and lots of abuse and is just finally due for seals and wipers. The left sides leaking very slowly and I ride it every day. The handling with the 24" rear wheel is impeccable.
Weaknesses: Forks not the greatest thing ever from what I hear but I personally have no complaints about mine.
Great bike. I only put different specialized wheels on it. The bikes bulletproof and suspension is good. Unles you do 10' plus drops you shouldnt have any problems with the stock stance fork.
Date Reviewed: May 1, 2011
Strengths: its pretty much bomb proof, very strong bike good at both the tracks and great at jumping!
Weaknesses: very rattley. the bike seams to rattle alot even though everything on it is tight
good all round bike good for experienced and novice riders. great for jumping but loud and rattle
a Weekend Warrior
from Hickory, NC
Date Reviewed: October 15, 2009
Strengths: Great bike, I do some downhill but I mainly ride trails. It soaks up bumps and roots very well. Its a little heavy pedaling up hill but you can get there. I love the way it feels the way the geometry is setup with the 24 inch rear wheel. Awesome design, reminds me of a dirtbike with the smaller rear wheel.
Weaknesses: I really don't have any complaints about the bike. Biggest problem I've ran into was the first time I had it on a trail. I was flying down a hill when a stick got wrapped up in the rear derailuer. It caused the derailuer to get caught in one of the spokes and jerked it all the way upside down. When that happened the little hook on the wheel mount that the derailuer hander does in, got pulled all the way out straight. When I tried to straighten it back, it snapped right off(I knew this would happen if I bent it back but it was worth a shot). It wasn't that big of a deal, I just took the swing arm off the bike and took it to a local machine shop that does aluminum welding and had the build it back up with aluminum weld and machine it back like it was. It only costed me around 40 or 50 bucks. Its been about a year since that happened and the bikes still going strong and bullet proof. Havnt had any more problems like that. And believe it or not, I'm still using the same derailuer. Its tweaked from being wrapped up in the wheel but amazingly still works well and shifts pretty smooth. Also the rear shock that was on the bike blew but it wasn't stock. It was on the bike when I got it. It was an older fox rc coil.
Awesome bike, very solid. Great all around bike, not the lightest but not too heavy. I think the mishap with the swing arm I had was just a fluke, wasn't that big of a deal really. I would recommend this bike to anyone that wants a bullet proof bike with plenty of travel that will take pretty much anything and won't break the bank. Very affordable. Great quality, I havnt had anything but fun with mine. I hit a 12 to 13 foot gap coming down a hill in the highest gear on both rings pedaling as fast as I could go, and wrecked on the landing, the bike flipped what seemed like forever and the only thing that happened was the wtb saddle was ripped from the seat frame. Everything else remained unharmed. Put the seat back on and went back for more. BULLET PROOF.
Similar Products Used: I've never really rode another bike like this one, its one of a kind with the rear 24 inch wheel. Its amazing what it does for the geometry and feel of the bike.
Bike Setup: Marzocchi drop off triple crown forks, progressive 5th element rear shock, race face diablus stem, avid juicy 5 front and rear hydraulic disc brakes, s.o.s front rim with IRC trail bear front tire, rhino lite rear rim with IRC KuJo Downhill 3 inch rear tire, WTB saddle, great setup in my opinion.
Date Reviewed: June 17, 2009
Strengths: i bought this bike in 09 its an 05 and bought it brand new. Because I love the frame and love the 24'. 24' is killer when you put a 3.0 on it. Bulletproof frame. 24' wheel is great when u come up short 7.5' of travel the bike is sick..soaks up the 10 foot drops like nothin clear 25 foot gaps with ease...Manitou kingpin suck break them on purpose call manitou and have them send you sherman sliders. no matter what year it is they'll send you better ones. great customer service...answer rules...
Weaknesses: nothing i dont belive anybody if they tell me this bike has a weakness
big bike get something little less agressive if small.. bike is easy to throw around bottom line: gnarly
Bike Setup: Manitou Sherman Sliders, Fox Vanilla R, front tire:26x2.3 specialized roller, back tire: 24x3.0 leapurd wildlife unicycle tire (massive), Hayes nine hydraulic brakes, chopped rear end, 6 way fly bar (dont try this very hard)
from Bozeman Montana
Date Reviewed: February 19, 2009
Strengths: Frame is bombproof, 24" wheel is dope for jumping and corners and is super strong, looks killer too
Weaknesses: 24" wheel or tires are expensive and most stores dont stock them, get rid of the fork
You can buy these bikes used for around 600 bucks, put a good fork on it. You will never hurt this frame and can adjust the travel in about 2 minutes from 6" to 8" in the rear for pealling up. Cant go wrong with specialized, great company and great warranty
Bike Setup: juicy 5's, marzocchi 888, marzocchi roco rear shock,
from jaffrey, nh
Date Reviewed: August 16, 2008
Strengths: just about bullet proof frame, yet still fairly light(all things considered) i mean it is a free ride bike.
lots of them to be had used at decent prices
Weaknesses: not a really good down hill bike(not meant to be) lots of them kicking around on the mountain, head tube angle to tight(not slack enough) and my biggest complaint (older models) a 24" rear tire. i flat all the time on it, and yes i run a lot of pressure(up 2 40lbs.) i have flatted 2 races and quite a few practice runs, not to mention having to push it back to the house after a short run trying to jump stairs. they do make a 26" conversion though so thats nice.
if you want to get into the sport cheap with a fairly decent bike. then this is it. if you have the cash to drop though there are much better. for under $1000 though you can be crank'in down hills dropping what ever your heart desires just plan on buying lots of tubes or the 26" rear end.
if you want to race down hill dont bother with it spend a couple hundred more and get a full on downer
Similar Products Used: first bike stolen bought 2nd cause it was much cheaper
Bike Setup: marz. shivers.
hayes 9s(junk) and hayes stroker(much nicer)
fox van. shock
bongtrager bars and stem
Date Reviewed: July 9, 2008
Strengths: THis bike is incredibly strong. I sold my cannondale chase to a friend for 600, then when a block away and bought this from another friend. Really strong, jumps really well. I thought I would be just dropping on the jumps, but on this bike, its really easy to overshoot the landings.
Weaknesses: The rear shock is pretty bad. Get a roco or a dhx 5.0 if you can. It kills your back pedaling to. And its also a little hard to manuever in the air.
Its a great all around bike. Except for up hill. It handles single tracks really well, and is a great freeride bike. Get this if you want a bike that is good at downhill and jumping.
Bike Setup: Manitou fork. Fox van r, hayes 9 brakes.
a Weekend Warrior
from Missoula Montana, Unites states
Date Reviewed: April 14, 2008
Strengths: price. For $1250, i got a LOT of bike. It uses the 7.5" of travel very well, and it seems to soak up 10-15 foot drops like theyre nothing. very confidence inspiring
Weaknesses: the fork. Very soft. Plan on replacing it before doing anything too hardcore thats for sure.
Excellent bike, especially for the price. Rock solid, and it can even climb if need be. Perfect for somebody looking to buy a bike and upgrade as you go, or get a value that can do just about anything. But don't be fooled, this is not a cheap "bargain" bike. It is ready to rip right out of the shop for sure.
Bike Setup: 2006 bighit fsr 1 frame, 2006 888vf fork, front alex supra d rim and back mag 30.
a Weekend Warrior
from N.Y. Corona ....USA
Date Reviewed: March 19, 2007
Strengths: This was my first mountain bike & by far the best purchase i ever made.EXCEPT FOR THE FORK.Stance kingpin is garbage, i broke it leaving the bike shop. Spend the extra $150 & upgrade it to the sherman. It's a much better fork.
Weaknesses: There is no real weakness in the bike. I'v taken some pretty serious falls & its still going strong.OH YA,THIS BIKE IS NOT THE EASYEST TO RIDE, THERE IS ALOT OF BOUNCE. I learned the hard way.
Great bike for everything, once u get strong enough to ride it up hill. If you are lucky enough to ride at a mountain you'll have no problems...WORTH EVERY PENNY...MAKE SURE YOU CHANGE THE FORK GO BIG,GO REAL BIG!
Favorite Trail: NYC...street riding & local trails
Duration Product Used: 2 Years
Purchased At: spin city
Similar Products Used: demo 8,
Bike Setup: big hit frame, chris king headet, Deity stem, Thick 6 piece handlebar, Marzochie super monster T 12", & dangerboy peddals.
from Steamboat Springs, CO
Date Reviewed: March 16, 2007
Strengths: Cornering and high speed stability. Also, the adjustability of the rear geometry is something to behold! Add a 6-way rear shock and the adjustment is infinite. 24" rear wheel. Many people dont like the 24" rear, but I like it and wont go back to a 26".
Weaknesses: As every one says, the front fork is junk. I put a Boxxer Team on mine and now its a champion. Also the Hayes hfx 9's arent the best brakes, but they work great if you can get them adjusted right. Hard to find GOOD 24" tires
Great bike. SOLID, SOLID, SOLID! Ive taken some huge crashes on mine and hardly so much as a scratch in the paint. Feels great in the air. Very throwable. Buttery smooth landings. Not a pedaling bike, but why would you buy a big hit if you wanted to pedal somewhere. Outstanding bike at an outstanding price.
i love this frame , i run dual 24's but with the 185 super T on tall it still has chopper style rake . you dont need spv (manitou) from the rear shoks this bike pedals nice , it inspires convidence my 900$ was for just the frame ,
from The Oklahoma Hills
Date Reviewed: February 5, 2007
Strengths: Burly as hell, sexy curves, adjustability, love the dinky 24" rear wheel
Weaknesses: Some of its spec'd componenty, hfx-9's not the best, particularly the fork which I blew in less than 2 weeks.
One of the best frames out there, super adjustability, progressive, rear end stays put during pedaling, climbable but not recommended, inspires confidence on the quick steeps, little wheel lets you get down and dirty in banked turns like horizontal I mean. 10+ feet to flat no problem, 25 foot gap to transition you might not notice. Throw the fork away when you get it and use it for a trellis or something. The bike should have been spec'd with the 66, it improved the handling so much it felt like a different bike. I love that Specialized was like, "What the hell, its the last model year for this design, let's put flames on it." Four chilis on the value just because of the fork. Even at a somewhat budget level you should still be able to get a functional fork.
Found another guy on pink bike 2009 big hit will trade for my 7Point. Again always wanted specialized but font want to take a step down. If it was a demo it'd be a no brainstorm. But.not surer about.the big hit. J know 09 they made some changes so amy input before I do this plzRead More »
like the title says I have a 05 big hit FSR. Im wanting to upgrade the forks and shock, Im going with the new '12 Fox 40 FIT RC2 on the front... I really wanna put the the new '12 FOX DHX RC4 on the rear. My question is the stock shock is a 8.75x2.5 and the only size I can get is a 8.75x2.75... Can ... Read More »
Hey everyone i just bought my first downhill/ freeride bike.. A 2003 big hit. I hVe a few questions about it hopefully someone can help me find some anwsers.
I dont have a manual so its made figuring out how to adjust the rear shock. I have no idea what im doing. Can anyone give me a quick lesson ... Read More »
Just got a '06 BH2.
The Vanilla on the bike is in great shape, and remember them being solid as a stone, but the upgrade to 2.75" stroke and the bump up in travel is enticing.
Can I bolt any quality shock (preferably DHX 5) to do the job?
Did Specialized spec FSR tuned shocks?Read More »