Specialized BigHit FSR II Freeride Full Suspension

4.71/5 (35 Reviews)


Product Description

  • Fox Vanilla R coil shock
  • 170mm travel Marzocchi Drop-Off Triple fork
  • Lighter Avid Juicy 5, hydraulic disc brakes
  • SRAM X-9 rear derailleur
  • SRAM X-7 Trigger, 9-speed shifters
  • StrongerTruvativ Hussefelt crankset


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by The Shark a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: October 9, 2012

Strengths:    Burly, good looking in black (2011 frame). Takes the hits. Makes up for my small mistakes (though punishes me for the bigger mistakes haha). Good weight with single crown forks up front. Wide stock 750 bars.

Weaknesses:    Stock chain guide, X5 shifter & X7 derailleur.

Bottom Line:   
Since I replaced a few parts from stock, she's been a beauty. Heavier spring on the van r shock and a swap to a 318 domain instead of the Boxxer RC's that came with it and she was a beast. I ditched my 2010 Cove Shocker and went with the big hit as I'm a free rider & enthusiast more than a racer, so far it's been more than capable

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Favorite Trail:   A-line

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   Trademe

Similar Products Used:   Cove g-spot, Cove Shocker

Bike Setup:   X7 shifter, X9 Derailleur (10 speed) Funn Hooka cranks, race face 50mm stem, elixir 5 brakes, Nukeproof bars, grips and seat, 318 domains

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by SacredYeti a Downhiller from San Diego, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: September 14, 2011

Strengths:    Bike feels light as a feather in the saddle, VERY nimble and tracting as fast lines, does everything amazing on a trail or course except for climbing, sinks right into corners w/o any hesitation or chatter, rear end is flawless and does anything you want it to w/ proper set up, equipment on bike is top notch, no cheap crap anywhere, Specialized is rumored to have some of the best customer service, and while I haven't experienced any issues it's good to have the thought in the back of your head for peace of mind, parts are easy to find, didn't nuke my wallet, ergonomics in the cockpit feel perfect, nice and roomy but not bulky.

Weaknesses:    Extended uphill climbs can be a PITA but other than that I have not one single bad thing I can even think of to say about this bike.

Bottom Line:   
I'm 6'6" and finding a large frame bike is hard enough, finding one that fits you like it was made for you is next to impossible. I've ridden a few DH bikes, owned a Mongoose Boot'R for about 5 weeks before picking this up, the Big Hit blows me away. I'm not a loyal brand junky, I obsess over what works, and to the point this does. Imo, it rides just as great as an "older" Demo model, just with a shorter wheelbase and is way easier to pedal. Most of my riding consists of freeride sections mixed w/ DH, and this thing bosses everywhere. I haven't ridden w/ the Mars forks that come w/ the bike as mine came w/ Boxxers so I can't speak on how the bike is OEM. But as it is in it's current state, there's nothing this bikes needs to do whatever I want it to.

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Favorite Trail:   N/A

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   Craigs List

Similar Products Used:   2007 Demo8/9, Mongoose Boot'R, Giant Glory

Bike Setup:   2" drop Boxxer top crown, Azonic Ultracross Riser, X-9 derailleur, Hope wheelsets and seat post clamp, 2008 Boxxer Race forks, X-Fusion Vector rear shock, rest of bike is stock to my knowledge.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mr.dude a Downhiller from Battle Ground, WA, USA

Date Reviewed: May 7, 2011

Strengths:    Very rugged, glides over boulders, heavy in a good way. Nothing on the bike ever breaks loose. Never had a flat tire thou biked in very rocky trails. Considering the price I got it for, it is the awesomest deal ever.

Weaknesses:    N/A, although stock fork needs to be upgraded

Bottom Line:   
Awesome bike for big guys, don't buy it if you don't have it in you to push it up the hill.

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Favorite Trail:   Tarbell for Now

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   Craigs List

Similar Products Used:   Demo

Bike Setup:   Mostly stock.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by oshow523 a Weekend Warrior from Freeport Pa

Date Reviewed: May 21, 2010

Strengths:    Super stiff and it has that heavy stable feel to it, not crazy heavy but its got some weight. It eats up everything and keeps on rollin. Looks pretty sick

Weaknesses:    Rock shox 302 domain fork is sort of a joke, the fox van r shock sorta sucks but it works and gets the job done, the avid juicy 4s arent to bad but not great, cable and brake line are routed under the frame but thats an easy fix, paint chips way to easy.

Bottom Line:   
Its a sweet bike for freeride and some downhill use. YES there are better bikes out there, but for the price you can get them for its your best bang for you buck hands down. Buy one and (try to) beat it to death....it just wont die. Its a good bike for anyone whose looking to get into freeriding and downhilling, im sure anyone but serious racers and wallet jockeys will love this bike.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Bike Setup:   2009 Bighit 2, rock shox totem coil, chris king head set, easton havoc stem, easton havoc dh bars, intense 909 fro lites crank brothers 5050 pedals , fox dhx 5 on the way along with race face atlas fr cranks

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by anonymous a Downhiller from CALIFORNIA

Date Reviewed: February 12, 2010

Strengths:    It really eats up the trail and takes in all the beating from hucking overall its a great bike for DH and is a great deal

Weaknesses:    little heavy cant bust bar spins

Bottom Line:   
overall the big hit is a really sick bike if you want to go big and just do it all cuz it can do watever you want it to do and take it where ever you want to

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Favorite Trail:   Jump trail on GMR

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   craigslist.com

Similar Products Used:   haro 6 inch travel DH bike

Bike Setup:   fox rear and front easton bars and pedals shimano gears hayes nine disc brakes and hubs

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by joshc123 a Downhiller from Honolulu, Hawaii

Date Reviewed: January 13, 2010

Strengths:    Strong and sturdy frame, lot of bike for the price, built to take a beating.

Weaknesses:    Paint chips quite easily, brakes can be noisy sometimes but doesn't affect performance.

Bottom Line:   
I bought the 2009 big hit fsr II because I was looking into getting into some real downhill. I rode a hardrock to SHREDS, and needed a new bike. So far I'm satisfied with the bighit. I can trust it when going mach 1 through rock gardens, or launching gaps and drops. I find that the lower end fork and shock are enough for me. I prefer the single chainring up front, less stuff to worry about, this bike isn't meant for pedaling anyway, although its not toooo hard. If you care about what your bike looks like, watchout because the paint chips mega easy. Bottom line, great first downhill bike, instead of pushing the bikes limits I'm now pushing my limits.

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Favorite Trail:   St. Louis Heights

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1850.00

Purchased At:   The Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   First downhill bike

Bike Setup:   stock as of now.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jdogbiker5 a Downhiller from Provo, Utah, USA

Date Reviewed: November 19, 2009

Strengths:    Great product for the price. It has a lot of suspension and is a beast. It can take anything and I have never gotten a flat with the huge tread either. Also, it has hydraulic brakes. Those who dislike many of the parts either need to adjust it or should have expected it when they bough it.

Weaknesses:    Heavy though in a good way, but the seat clamp is terrible and the pedals aren't the best.

Bottom Line:   
This is a great bike for the price that will take anything you throw at it. The weaknesses are to be expected when you buy it and many of the parts are adjustable but it is a great bike. It isn't top of the line but works well.

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Favorite Trail:   Porcupine Ridge

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by joshymojoe a Downhiller from newcastle, nsw, australia

Date Reviewed: November 12, 2009

Strengths:    Really Strong bike, handles everything perfectly, really nice/strong forks, chunder tyres grip really well in wet conditions. the sram x9 derailure set is really dominating.

Weaknesses:    the paint can chip easy, the chain guide isnt in the best spot - its tightening point goes straight into the chainstay and takes allot of paint off there. the grips will need replacing really quick. the stock chunder tyres dont handle well in dry dirt. brakes moan really loud in hot conditions, high pitch squeaking in wet conditions.

Bottom Line:   
This bike is great and i have never used a bike this good. it isnt the best on loose ground, but handles really well when the ground is slightly wet or moist. the pedal bob isnt very nice, but that happens to most DH bikes.
the bike is perfect if you are beggining to get into some DH/fr and have a budget of less than 2000. the bike is really easy to adapt to.

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Favorite Trail:   greenys point, Glenrock

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1476.00

Purchased At:   the Ebay

Similar Products Used:   never used a bike as good as this.

Bike Setup:   2008 bighit ii.____ Da Bomb- Napalm Bomb pedals, Pink Spacers, david ossato Grips. The rest is Stock.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by the_forge.nz a Weekend Warrior from Karratha Australia

Date Reviewed: July 9, 2009

Strengths:    seems real sturdy , handled everything i have thrown at it. Heavyish but in a good way.

Weaknesses:    Cant find an on top bike rack , too heavy for all of them.
Only 9 gears. One more rotor at the front would have been nice.


Bottom Line:   
Awsome bike if you dont like downhill but want something that can do thr slopes and not be too hard going up hill and stonge enoough to handle downhill. Cant believe the Big Hit in the US has Marzocchi forks

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Favorite Trail:   none

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2100.00

Purchased At:   Malaga Cycles Perth

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Stock , Rockshock domains, Fox rear shock , hayes stroker brakes , SRAM S9 shifters derailers,

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Alex B. a Downhiller from Mead Wa.

Date Reviewed: June 14, 2009

Strengths:    Thios thing is bullet proof I have taken this thing of huge gaps and dropoffs it is very nimble

Weaknesses:    NONE!!!!!!!!!!!!11

Bottom Line:   
This is a great bike I would recamend to any one

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Favorite Trail:   Camp Sekani

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   craigslist

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nobby Tozer a Downhiller from Santa Cruz, Ca

Date Reviewed: December 3, 2008

Strengths:    A good fairly sturdy entry bike, does not break the scales either (37lbs). comes stock with decent components:sun ringle single track, Fox vanilla R, Juicy 5. Air fork is nice.

Weaknesses:    Fork is too short only has 6.5 inches of travel. Nothing else too major. Rims are nice bit slightly flimsy, I cracked the stock rear singletrack.

Bottom Line:   
A good sturdy bike. able to soak up bigger hits (like nose casing 20ft jumps, and 5.5 foot drops to flat) slightly pricey new ($2200). with some practice this thing is magic down any trail.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   Another Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Bighit SPEC, Giant DH Team, P.2 short frame.

Bike Setup:   2006 Bighit 2, azonic outlaw wheelset, odi grips, all else is stock (no real need to change it, other than the fork)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jenglish23 a Weekend Warrior from Vacaville, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: October 23, 2008

Strengths:    Good entry level DH bike. Can be upgraded and works like a high end bike. Great for a bike Park with lifts.

Weaknesses:    Pretty heavy. Suspension is poo. The Marz Drop-Off fork is horrible

Bottom Line:   
This is a great DH sled for the money. Take it to your local bike park that has lifts or shuttle with it. Sucks to ride any kind of XC on this bike. Mine tipped the scales at about 46 lbs. This is a great Whistler bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Whistler - Freight Train to Sidetrack to A line to GS course

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   Ray's Cycle

Similar Products Used:   Enduro SX. Other FSR DH bikes (Palmer replica)

Bike Setup:   Changed the fork to a 888 RC2X and rear shock to Van RC. Added a bash guard.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by EXdownhillrider a Downhiller from USA

Date Reviewed: August 6, 2008

Strengths:    Psht, everything! It has a pretty sick setup! The fork is pretty strong and the rear suspension is good. It has an easy way of setting the compression right before a big hit so you don't have to stop and get off. The bike is surprisingly versatile as well. It's just about as easy to take up hill as my old hard tail. ( a crappy $500 deal.)

Weaknesses:    Hard to take through rock gardens when going UP, just because of the angle of the fork. Soars the rock gardens with the lightest of ease. =)

Bottom Line:   
Great bike for the money! I am the guy who does every kind of riding style, but downhill and freeride was my passion. I looked at the SX but it was to much for less. This bike pedals fairly well and takes the up hills like a dream. Much better than I ever would have thought. I've really put it through it's paces and it handles everything beautifully. It easily handles 18 foot drops with out bottoming out. In fact, this bike put me in the hospital but was fine itself. =/ This bike is da bomb! (within my price range) It's totally bombproof and just, amazing! If your looking for a bike that will pedal up your descent before you bomb it, get it, you will not be dissapointed! AMAZING!

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Favorite Trail:   Paid in Full

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Criterium Bicycles

Similar Products Used:   ha, crappy hard tail?

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tony a Downhiller from Maryland

Date Reviewed: June 3, 2008

Strengths:    Many good qualities. Strong, feels solid on everything that I have ridden.

Weaknesses:    The suspension and the stock wheels. The weight can be a pain on occasion.

Bottom Line:   
I did mention the suspension as a weakness only due to the fact that there is minimal adjustability. The wheels are ok, but once you start riding the bike to its full capability the wheels will not last. Other than the aformentioned weaknesses, which I do not feel are reason to look past this bike, I love it. It can be a bit heavy if you are going uphill, but on downhills its like sitting on a rocket. I definately recommend this bike.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Friend

Similar Products Used:   Iron Horse Sunday, Kona Stab

Bike Setup:   Boxxer Team fork, DHX 5.0 shock, Mavic Deemax wheelset

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by CJ Harris a Downhiller from Boise

Date Reviewed: June 1, 2008

Strengths:    this bike was made for downhill and is some instances it is a better pedaler than a specialized demo. it makes it much harder to fall down

Weaknesses:    it is heavy and is a little more difficult to pedal uphill

Bottom Line:   
the best bike ive owned by far, it will last me for years, it can do what ever you want it to do. go big or go die

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Favorite Trail:   trail 4

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $950.00

Purchased At:   pinkbike.com

Similar Products Used:   transistion bottle rocket, cannondale rush,

Bike Setup:   all non-stock. there is nothing on my frame that is originally on a big hit. i could sell my fork for as much as i bought the bike.

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