Specialized BigHit FSR III Freeride Full Suspension

4.3/5 (20 Reviews)


Product Description

  • 208mm travel Fox DHX 3.0 coil rear shock
  • 200mm travel Marzocchi 888 VF fork
  • Truvativ Hussefelt cranks
  • Lighter Mavic EX325 disc rims
  • Specialized freeride light saddle


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by juby81 a Downhiller from Jackson, WY, US

Date Reviewed: June 28, 2010

Strengths:    Great build-awesome brakes, nice shifter, awesome suspension (DHX 4.0 is super sweet), etc.

Weaknesses:    At right around 39.5 lbs it is a bit heavy but its manageable.

Bottom Line:   
Though you wont keep up with XC bikes on the climb, you will more than make up for it on the descent. This things soaks up bumps, drops, and jumps like crazy. It pedals pretty well for a heavier bike. The weight feels stable at higher speeds and on landings though. Probably change the fork to something a bit more adjustable eventually (maybe 66RC3 or Boxxer Team).

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Favorite Trail:   Anything on Teton Pass

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Bike Setup:   09 BigHit 3, Transition T-Bar 30, Crank Bros., 5050X pedals

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by iridespecializednz a Downhiller from New Zealand

Date Reviewed: June 13, 2010

Strengths:    this bike is solid takes big hits with ease, comfortable to ride and is pedalable if you dont mind the work

Weaknesses:    2007 888rv was way to soft and im only 65kg replaced with 2008 888rc3 they are soooo much better smoother ride and enhances the big hitting capacity even more,
Standard wheels werent solid enough so i replaced with funn descenders they are super solid.


Bottom Line:   
Sick bike would recomend anyday. I can keep up with demos sundays glorys etc. on it.

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Favorite Trail:   little red riding huck rotorua

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2800.00

Purchased At:   tradme

Similar Products Used:   UMF Freddy 1.

Bike Setup:   stock with 888 rc3 wc and funn descender rims

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by SoCaliStinky a Downhiller from Orange county,CA

Date Reviewed: March 24, 2010

Strengths:    Smooth, handles very tight, Buttery smooth, awesome geometry!!

Weaknesses:    short TT but then again im about 6'3"

Bottom Line:   
I was a specialized hater but i pedaled this bike around and fell in love. nice slack head angle and quality parts i mean even the domain feels really smooth. for the money i cant think of any bike that has more value. for that matter i have ridden much more expensive bikes and this thing puts a bigger smile on my face and i am yet to find a downhill section this bike doesnt make easy. If your looking for a freeride/DH bike dont overlook this bike!!!!!!

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   The Path!!!!!!!

Similar Products Used:   kona stinky, older big hit, Yeti 303, Demo 8

Bike Setup:   stock 09 bighit fsr3 with wide bars

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by silentmac11 a Weekend Warrior from Chico, CA USA

Date Reviewed: January 14, 2009

Strengths:    Well everthing, this bike inspires confidence, youll try shiit youd never think of doing and if you mess up youll still land it and come out ok because this bike just handles it...

Weaknesses:    none so far, except for the seat, its too high and the only way to adjust it any more is to cut it, so im looking at a new post and seat, or maybe ill just cut the amn thing and get a new seat...

Bottom Line:   
more bike for the price, no complaints, its the shiiiiiit...

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Favorite Trail:   All

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $2200.00

Purchased At:   Craigs list Santa Cr

Similar Products Used:   Diamondback, gary fisher, gt, haro, custom build.

Bike Setup:   Stock, havent needed to change anything yet, but want to change the seat setup...

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by PCinSC a Downhiller from Pennsylvania

Date Reviewed: December 3, 2008

Strengths:    Frame seems pretty bombproof. It's survived a 300lb rider (me)jumping and dropping on it (and frequently accidentally flinging the bike down the mountain). Eight inches of travel is nice in the rough stuff.

Most of the parts are more than adequate. I've swapped out a bunch of parts, but I'm running the brakes (Juicy 5's) and bars on my Enduro and I like them.


Weaknesses:    Rear suspension performance is very good, but not great. I suspect that it has to do with me being so heavy and not necessarily an issue with the bike itself. I'm running the DHX 4.0 with about 35% sag, I may look to get Push to do their factory tune to see if it'll liven up a little.

The stock fork (Marz 888RV) is bleh. I've got the stiffest springs and I'm running 15 weight oil and I still bottom out half the time on small (2') drops. Plus, the damping (is there any?) doesn't control the performance in the chop. I'm hoping to be able to swap an RC2x cartridge in over the offseason to help improve things.

The Truvativ cranks literally fell apart on me, luckily I was coasting around at the bottom of the lift and not barreling down the mountain at the time. The crank bolt stripped out and the splines on the cranks stripped as well, rendering the crankset unusable. Replaced them with Saints, problem solved.

I've had a few recent problems with the chain dropping, even with the Blackspire Chainguide.

I broke both the saddle and seatpost in a crash.


Bottom Line:   
It's my first "long travel" freeride bike, and it's a good one. I know I listed a few weaknesses, but I still feel the Big Hit is a workhouse that will carry me for another few seasons, at least. I don't go particularly big or particularly fast, but I have no doubts that this bike would handle an abusive rider no problem (with perhaps a few key upgrades). It's a tremendous value, especially if you purchase used. Even at the new retail prices, I don't see how you can go wrong.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   used

Similar Products Used:   Turner 2002 RFX, Titus Supermoto (demo only), Sinister R9 (test ride only)

Bike Setup:   '07 Big Hit 3 frame, large, DHX 4.0 - 650lb coil
Marzocchi 888RV
Truvativ stem
Race Face Diabolus bars*
Magura Gustav brakes*
stock headset
Sram X9 rear trigger
Lizard Skin lockon grips*
Speshy seatpost
Speshy Enduro seat
Salsa seat collar*
Saint Crankset, 32T*
Blackspire Chainguide/bash
Sram 970 chain
Syncros Mental Chromo pedals*
Shimano XT cassette
Sram X9 RD
Mavic EX823 rims*
Magura/DT Swiss FR hubs*
Maxxis Minion DHF/DHR 2.5" 3C tires*

*denotes upgrade

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by nic a Downhiller from uk

Date Reviewed: November 26, 2008

Strengths:    great bike! its the best bike ive ridden and ive ridden a few,really well balanced and great in the air.

Weaknesses:    you have to get off to adjust the seat!

Bottom Line:   
great bike at a great price,i dont think you could get more for your money!!

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   uk

Similar Products Used:   tomac 247,orange patriot,giant ac1,iron horse sunday,demo 8,and old bighit.

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by robertcymbalski a Downhiller from Toronto Canada

Date Reviewed: July 1, 2008

Strengths:    Awsome bike! Good frame construction, good welds! Overall engineering on this frame is state of the art. Can handle any drop I throw at it! This bike climbs well too! I hear people complaining about it's weight! Screw you! If you can't handle the weight, stick to BMX, or better yet ride a tricycle! Any bike meant for massive drops and insane air won't be a little rinky dink bike frame, it will be a state of the art, well designed piece of engineering like this SUCKER!

Weaknesses:    None...... And I mean NONE!

Bottom Line:   
If you want a bike that will out last you on any day of the year, get this bike, you will not be let down! The price is good too. #$%@ the DEMO, get the BIG HIT!

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Favorite Trail:   eveywhere

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $2300.00

Purchased At:   Cycle Path

Similar Products Used:   Just about everything under the sun!

Bike Setup:   Totaly stock... Just modified a few minor adjustments....

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Laun Kulbeth a Weekend Warrior from North Shore, Ma.

Date Reviewed: May 13, 2008

Strengths:    Excellent product spec, Lifetime warranty on frame, Pretty much bomb-proof. The '08 paint and graphics scheme is done nicely. Just about the best set of OEM pedals I've ever seen on a bike. Specialized sealed hubs are of excellent quality.

Weaknesses:    Bike comes with white grips and seat(well, supposed to be white, but were filthy upon arrival). The grips were loose from the factory, tightened them, went home to ride around the driveway and realized why they were loose-stripped threads. Both the fork and shock are set up for 135lb. Cross-country racers. Even after installing the firmest springs, changing to 10wt. oil and filling to the max recommended height the fork is still too soft. Would rather pay an extra 2-300 to have a fork with more adjustments. The rebound damping knob does work, but not to an acceptable measure. Even with the heavier weight oil, the fork is still comparable to a pogo stick on the return stroke. Even more so since installing the firm springs.

Bottom Line:   
Bang for the buck cannot be topped with this bike. Specialized wants $600 more for the SX Trail 1 with less travel, juicy 3's instead of the 5's, and a 55 instead of an 888. No brainer for me. The extra weight will only make me stronger and now the guys may keep up with me. A few years back my bighit was done to the 9's with the best of everything. Tell you the truth, I can't tell the difference. I actually think this is better, having the 26 out back instead of the 24. The DHX has so far been nice other than having a very soft spring(maybe I'm still in denial of being fat). Have done a couple of decent drops and no sign of bottoming yet. Perfect bike for anyone looking to get into freeriding without paying out the ear.

Have to Say Thanks to T.D. for helping me out this season, and also to Mark at North Shore Cycle for taking care of me like I still work there. WWW.NSCYCLES.COM

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Favorite Trail:   Lynn

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $2900.00

Purchased At:   North Shore Cycle-Lynn, MA.

Similar Products Used:   '03 BIGHIT DH. Ridden a few other Turners, Banshee's, Kona Stinkys and Stabs.


Bike Setup:   Stock except fork spring and oil upgrade. 32t e-thirteen DH ring.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Alex Hawn a Downhiller from Fairfield, CT USA

Date Reviewed: November 14, 2007

Strengths:    Ultra stable, well balanced, great kit for the money


Weaknesses:    LONG and a bit heavy, (but hey, it's got 8.2" of travel)... haven't owned it long enough to have anything bad to say.

Bottom Line:   
The large frame suits me and I typically like bikes a little on the small size. I am 6'2" and weigh 230. Still breaking the bike in so I haven't really put it through the paces yet. I can say that the bike is super balanced and stable, well made and has an admirable parts set on it for the money. The brakes are solid even though they havent bedded in yet and the bike just begs you to huck it. Even with the soft rear spring(500lb) there is little pedal induced bob out back. The front is a different story though. I have been a fan of Marzocchi for quite a while and even their OEM stuff is great, but on a big bike like this it would benifit you to upgrade to something with a little more adjustability. I dont see any reason you couldn't swap a few parts and have a blast racing this thing. You may not be the fastest guy out there but you'll have just as big a smile and quite a few more bucks to spend on beer and chicks than the guys riding $5000 plus bikes.

If you've been looking for a big bike to start doing bigger drops or to step up your gravity fed freeride game this is an awesome bike. If money is no object however your choices are as varied as they are limitless. If you're considering this bike you wont be disappointed. It encourages you to go a little further and doesnt penalize you if you go a bit too far.

If you plan on making this your only bike however, you may want to consider something a little more versitle with a single crown fork, this bike is what the name says... A BigHit bike.

I accidentally gave this bike 4 chilis in the preeceding review so I resubmitted with the more appripriate 5 ;-)

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Cycle Dynamics

Similar Products Used:   Kona Coiler...
If you're looking at this bike you know what to compare it to.


Bike Setup:   Pretty much stock... swapped to firm fork springs and 650lb rear spring, also swapped out X7 trigger for X9 grip shift.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Alexander Hawn a Downhiller from Fairfield, CT, USA

Date Reviewed: November 12, 2007

Strengths:    Ultra stable, well balanced, great kit for the money

Weaknesses:    LONG and a bit heavy, (but hey, it's got 8.2" of travel)... haven't owned it long enough to have anything bad to say.

Bottom Line:   
The large frame suits me and I typically like bikes a little on the small size. I am 6'2" and weigh 230. Still breaking the bike in so I haven't really put it through the paces yet. I can say that the bike is super balanced and stable, well made and has an admirable parts set on it for the money. The brakes are solid even though they havent bedded in yet and the bike just begs you to huck it. Even with the soft rear spring(500lb) there is little pedal induced bob out back. The front is a different story though. I have been a fan of Marzocchi for quite a while and even their OEM stuff is great, but on a big bike like this it would benifit you to upgrade to something with a little more adjustability. I dont see any reason you couldn't swap a few parts and have a blast racing this thing. You may not be the fastest guy out there but you'll have just as big a smile and quite a few more bucks to spend on beer and chicks than the guys riding $5000 plus bikes.

If you've been looking for a big bike to start doing bigger drops or to step up your gravity fed freeride game this is an awesome bike. If money is no object however your choices are as varied as they are limitless. If you're considering this bike you wont be disappointed. It encourages you to go a little further and doesnt penalize you if you go a bit too far.

If you plan on making this your only bike however, you may want to consider something a little more versitle with a single crown fork, this bike is what the name says... A BigHit

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Cycle Dynamics

Similar Products Used:   If you're looking at this bike you know what to compare it to.

Bike Setup:   Pretty much stock... swapped to firm fork springs and 650lb rear spring, also swapped out X7 trigger for X9 grip shift.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Warren Olson a Downhiller from Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Date Reviewed: July 25, 2007

Strengths:    indestructable

Weaknesses:    the pedels arnt very good

Bottom Line:   
this is the best overall bike i have ever ridden and had. the juicy 5's work amazingly well but they gobbel like a turky but i kinda think its cool

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Favorite Trail:   COP

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2800.00

Purchased At:   the bike shop

Similar Products Used:   demo 8

Bike Setup:   new stainless steel syncros pedels, syncors bar

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mitchell moore a Downhiller from esco, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: July 24, 2007

Strengths:    good solid bike for the price. also good components and a fun downhill ride.

Weaknesses:    MAXXIS tires is the only thing i needed, specialized needs to give up on tires.

Bottom Line:   
Its perfect for the relativly price concious downhiller, but if your a dh racer it is like trying to race a suburban against a corvette.

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Favorite Trail:   nobel canyon

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2800.00

Purchased At:   Performance bike

Similar Products Used:   Kona Coiler, Kona Stinky Dee-lux, Devinci ollie, and a cannondale judge

Bike Setup:   2007 fairly stock, just new maxxis high rollers, crankbros 50/50xx, e.thirteen, and i swap out the 888 with a 66rc2x from time to time.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Kym a Downhiller from Werribee Vic Australia

Date Reviewed: June 25, 2007

Strengths:    so strong i have had many crashes and it is still in one peace. it is a hucking machine. No other bike in this price bracket go huck like it

Weaknesses:    it is the worst pedaling dh bike i have rode. but it is a gravity bike not a xc bike

Bottom Line:   
it is a great bike i race all the time on it. When i am not racing i am sending the local gaps, drops and jumps. it just pedals OOOO so bad. for the price it is a great bike.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   ted's cycles

Similar Products Used:   Kona stab delux, iron hourse sunday, demo 8

Bike Setup:   factory except for a fox DHX 5.0 to try and fix that peddeling problem and a mag 30 rear rim i split the the join on the mavic(drops to flat rock)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ronan a Downhiller from Dublin, Ireland

Date Reviewed: May 5, 2007

Strengths:    Strong, good value for money, excellent brakes, amazing travel very comfortable.

Weaknesses:    Forks have lack of external adjustibility control,
possibly bit heavy for racers.


Bottom Line:   
I love the bike it came with weird washers that pushed the chainring bashguard out too far, with the effect that the cain would slip off and get stuck between the bashguard and the chainring. This happened just before going over a fly jump the crank got stuck in position of left all the way down and right crank up, very dangerous as you cant control your weight, i had to bail and smashed my hip. I dont knkow if this was the shops fault or specialized,,,

Bu apart from that its a great bike its pretty heavy so if you into racing probably go for the demo 8.

the paint finish is a matt black, it loooks really cool when you buy the bike. but now (after being dumped in good irish mud) it has the effect of always looking dirty even when you clean it.

Im 6' 5" and about 230lbs I changed the bars to raise the front a bit.

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Favorite Trail:   Piso, Italy

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2700.00

Purchased At:   W heel World, Culver City California

Similar Products Used:   -

Bike Setup:   Stock, size Large 2006 version changed to 2" rise bars.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John a Downhiller from Birmingham

Date Reviewed: February 25, 2007

Strengths:    Very good bike, can handle drops, suspension is very smooth (front and rear). Good brakes...all round good bike

Weaknesses:    Marzocchi 888VF's only have internal rebound adjust, brakes take a little while to bed in

Bottom Line:   
Very good bike, worth the money.

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Favorite Trail:   chavannes

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   www.bikescene.co.uk

Similar Products Used:   ------


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