Specialized P.3 2003 Hardtail

4.9/5 (21 Reviews)


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Trevor a Downhiller from Mill valley , C.A , u.s.a

Date Reviewed: July 8, 2005

Strengths:    Everything. this bike is good for all sorts of riding like freeride, dirt jumps and perfect for parks and street riding. But you should put a knew bottom bracket and fork on it because I snaped them both in half.

Weaknesses:    Not to good for cross country. And also Comes with suck ass componts.

Bottom Line:   
If you dont like to jump off of stuff and do fat hucking you should not buy this bike. If you do like to do that stuff this bike is perfect for YOU.

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Favorite Trail:   Corck screw

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   craigslist

Similar Products Used:   p. seris , Cove stiffie, kona stab stuff and scratch.

Bike Setup:   dirt jumper 1, Diabouls race face cranks and bottom bracket, XT dearaler, atom lab and sun ringle rims, azonic stem, azonic cully petals, chris king head set, intense tires ,lizard skin grips, wtb seat, hays hidrolics, lots of stickers and other stuff.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Trevor Perelson a Downhiller from Mill valley C.A

Date Reviewed: December 8, 2004

Strengths:    best for dirt jumping and freeriding comes with good comonents a pretty stiff fork and its good for street and park you should get 24s when you get it so its like a bmx bike

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
fun good buy it now good bike get it good for almost everything comes with an ok set up best for jumping and street buy the bike you will be happey with it plus it dosent have a weakness it can face anything this bike is the bomb the p3 rocks

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Favorite Trail:   Eldridge

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Kregs list

Similar Products Used:   the P. series

Bike Setup:   all moutain 3 fotk, azonic stem, chris king headset, cully petals truvativ cranks , XC long arm ,rims

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Aki from Bothell, WA

Date Reviewed: November 29, 2004

Strengths:    Solid, disc tab area has been fixed, good geometry

Weaknesses:    A little heavy

Bottom Line:   
First I have to say props to Specialized for sending me this frame for free. The Specialized Enduro hard tail ('01) model had problems with the rear disc tab which broke off twice in two weeks. I ended up going back to the LBS & they contacted Specialized where they sent me a new frame.

I also do a lot of trials & though rear disc is not usually recommended for trials, this frame has lasted me over 8 months even with huge drops & a lot of torquing. The frame does weigh a bit but it's worth it due to the strength. Specialized did reinforce the disc tab area with another piece of aluminum between the rear triangle which I can rely on.

I was upping a 3 foot wall easily with this & dropping close to 8' without a problem. My rims & cassetts went out first. It's definitely a great street & urban ride as well as doing jumps. I recommend it greatly :)

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Free frame from Specialized

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Enduro hard tail

Bike Setup:   XT's, Marzocchi Bomber, Avid discs front & back, Race Face cranks

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rob from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: September 20, 2004

Strengths:    The geometry is perfect, it feels so good both in the air and on the street.

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
This frame is amazing, I tried so many bikes before I went with this frame. I is ballanced really well and takes all the pounding i put it through. Not much to say other than try one for yourself and you will be impressed. The DJ1 forks are a good compliment to the frames geometry. I use this bike mostly for Urban assult, Trials and occasionally dirt jumping.

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Favorite Trail:   the street!

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Cycle Solutions on Parliment St.

Similar Products Used:   Dirtjump frames by Norco, Kona, Orange, DMR

Bike Setup:   Built from ground up with Double track rims sporting Maxxis Hook worms, Hayes Mechanical Disc brakes, DJ1 fork, Mosh platform pedals, Shimano XT front and rear deraleurs, race face cranks and BB

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mai1 p0st a Weekend Warrior from Calgary

Date Reviewed: July 11, 2004

Strengths:    The entire bike is built like a beast, it is incredibly dtrong everywhere, but the rims are a bit heavy.

Weaknesses:    The rims are a bit heavy, and i am probably going to upgrade the fork to something a bit bigger.

Bottom Line:   
This is a great bike, the price is good and the components are all trustworthy and strong. This is the second *TRUE* mountain bike that i have purchased and i could not have bee happier about the outcome. a great bike that deserves a great rider. The P3 is an awesome all around (except XC or DH) bike and will kill most things you throw at it because of its components and unsurpassed reliability! WHAT A BEAST!

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Favorite Trail:   the poop shoot

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   Bow Cycle and Sports

Similar Products Used:   2003 Norco Wolverine; set up with DjIII, The Pig headset and front singletrack wheel.

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rob from Toronto

Date Reviewed: April 10, 2004

Strengths:    This is an awesome frame, it feels great in the air, and is has great geometry. Awesome balance points for manualing and jumping.

Weaknesses:    None that i've found

Bottom Line:   
This is an awesome bike for urban riding, it is super stiff and has great balance points. Real stable on the dirt jumps too. Before I got this, I had a Schwinn that I modified so i could try some urban stuff, then it got stolen. It turned out to be a good think though, because now I have the P3 and it is a world of difference. I tried many dirt jumping/urban bikes like Kona and Norco, but this by far felt the best.

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Favorite Trail:   Anything Concrete

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Bike Setup:   DJ1 on the front, double track rims, Shimano XT hubs, Easton Monkey Bars, Mosh BMX Platform pedals, Hayes Disks

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Aki a Weekend Warrior from Seattle, WA

Date Reviewed: January 8, 2004

Strengths:    Very stiff, low top tube angle, cool design

Weaknesses:    Disc brake mount area is tight

Bottom Line:   
Specialized sent me this $700 2004 frame after I cracked two 2001 Enduro hardtail frame. (they had a problem with the model)

Anyway, I do trials and urban assault riding and this is one of THE stiffest frame I ever ridden. It doesn't squeak or speak a word but take all the bashing and drops like a charm :)

The only problem is with the disc brakes, it's hard to mount/dismount the wheels. It seems like the disc itself is slighting hitting against the brake assembly's edge and I end up pushing the tires a bit aggressively before it slides in.

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Favorite Trail:   Anything I can hop and drop off from

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   FRAME ONLY, warranty replacement

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Enduro hardtail

Bike Setup:   Marzocchi MX Comp, Race Face LP carbon + bash ring, Rhinolite's, Thomson stem, Azonic riser, etc

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by D-Man from East Greenwich

Date Reviewed: January 2, 2004

Strengths:    Frame is made for tons of hucking. Perfect set up and huge welds on all sections that count. Nice ISCG tabs on the bb area and an extra tough weld on the rear brake mount.

Weaknesses:    None to date.

Bottom Line:   
I have ridden my fair share of XC and DH full suspension bikes. Needed to build something in the middle. Wanted a P.3 from the local bike shop I work at, but it was specked with parts I did not want. Purchased a left-over 2002 P.2 frame [p.2 and p.3 are the same frame, just different decals and parts]. Put all of my custom stuff on it. Built with 24" all around for a real fun jumping and DH set up. Note: The frame does not support a 3.0" rear. Managed to fit a Gazzi 2.6 perfectly. Also build it with an 8" rear brake, since they come from Specialized with a 6". The rest of the parts fit perfectly. The frame is long so I put a shorter 40mm stem on. If you are 5'8" or taller, go with the long frame.

THE RIDE: This bike is the best thing I have built yet. It looks mean and rides even meaner. I ride at a place in RI that has 1-7 foot drops and I hit them all on this rig. It is well balanced and corners very fast. Wheelbase is perfect for dropping in on anything. Also use the bike for urban rides and the same thing applies.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Casters Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   First true Hardtail DH bike. Many other full bangers before, but first hardtail DH ride.

Bike Setup:   Long frame, 2003 Boxxer Race, 24" wheels all around w/ Hugi FR hubs, Doublewides w/ 3.0'/2.6" Gazzi's, Hayes HFX DH Hydraulics w/ 8" f/r, Truvative everything - bars, cranks, bb, chainguard, etc... Old school 8-speed.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jon a Weekend Warrior from Loughton

Date Reviewed: September 22, 2003

Strengths:    Fantastic frame!
Strong, Reasonably light for what it is, ISGC mounts, easy to jump, great value for money, versatility,


Weaknesses:    None! Whatsoever!

Bottom Line:   
All you need to know is that this is the best hardcore hardtail that your £250 (or $400USD) can buy. You have to spend alot more money to get anything close to being better! The ISGC mounts are great! I have had a few problems setting up mrps in the past but this was a breeze!

If you're in the market for a new hardtail frame for street/bsx/jumping/dual etc, look no further!

It can even be built up into a reasonably lightweight hardcore trail bike, but due to its size this might only be an option for people shorter than about 5ft 7".

Top notch! Five flaming thingies all round!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $430.00

Purchased At:   local shop

Similar Products Used:   rocket stage one fab, Kona chute, Dmr trailstar,

Bike Setup:   Built up from scratch: Z1 dropoff, Xt drivetrain, hope hubs, headset & discs, D321, azonic bars & stem, intense tyres, middleburn cranks, mrp,

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Roee from Israel

Date Reviewed: September 19, 2003

Strengths:    Great components, very nice mid-air balance, confidence inspiring. Suprisingly good on downhills.

Weaknesses:    Heavy, mostly because of the wheels (which is even worse than just heavy). I replaced two seats under warranty (Titec crap, I bent the rails badly). Tires are bad for urban (already falling apart).

Bottom Line:   
It's a nice bike for flat surface or slops. Going uphill with it is a pain. It's almost perfect for Urban use, other than the delicate seat and the knobby tires. Jumping it is a must. You'll look for new things to launch it from, I assure you.

Otherwise, it's a bit too short for some (including me, at 6'2" I had to bolt on an XC stem to lengthen the riding position).

Bottom line is, for jumping/hucking/just going around the city it's awesome. For real trials, I'd look for something lighter, or just change the wheels.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Bike Setup:   Stock, other than Race Face prodigy stem, Azonic Double Wall bar, Setlaz seat, Truvativ chainguide, ODI grips (recommended), 400mm seatpost

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tom a Downhiller from Winnipeg, Canada

Date Reviewed: September 5, 2003

Strengths:    Wheels, Hubs, Bars, Frame, Stem, Cranks, Ring, short cage xt

Weaknesses:    Bottom Bracket blows ass, Broke it, Hayes lever is messed, keeps on popping in and out, I have to ride with one finger 100 % of the time to keep it place, but that's ok.

Bottom Line:   
This bike is sweet, can't believe it's held up so long. It wheelies like a mofo, nice for manuals too. It begs for air. It handles nice on downhill sections. Urban riding is pretty good, either i'm out of shape hardcore or it's the bike, but It's pretty dam slow on trails, any sort of up hill I walk it up. I'm lazy too. Buy a new bb and warrenty the stock piece of ass so you have a back up, even tho it wouldnt last long. I say buy this bike because the chicks dig it.

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Favorite Trail:   GCAP LOOP

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1900.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Kona, Devinci Hucker, dmr,

Bike Setup:   FSA BB
New grips
everything else is stock, and there's nothin wrong w/ that

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by face face a Weekend Warrior from canada eh'

Date Reviewed: August 9, 2003

Strengths:    strong enough to take my hardcore crosscountry riding

Bottom Line:   
it is the greatest bike i've ever had exept i have to admit my sister was pretty good too

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Favorite Trail:   whats a trail

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   i found it when i was cutting down some trees

Similar Products Used:   log, beaver, sister

Bike Setup:   p3 with super monsters and shimano sis and no name everything else

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kyle Spanos a Downhiller from Vancouver B.C

Date Reviewed: August 6, 2003

Strengths:    Everything.

Weaknesses:    Nothing exept minor problem with seat post, the bolt snaped and had to be fixed. No problem though.

Bottom Line:   
This is a great bike for all round use if ur a seasoned pro or just getting in to freeriding, this bike will take it all...

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Favorite Trail:   anything steep, fast and has drops.

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   Black Dog Bikes Port Moody

Similar Products Used:   Tried p.2's, norco's and brodie hellion.

Bike Setup:   stock p3 exept for seat and post.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Romel Myrick from Sherwood Park, AB, Canada

Date Reviewed: June 18, 2003

Strengths:    GREAT fork, SUPER tough frame, not as heavy as anticipated, great ride position for me (5'6), feels like it will be great on mass jumps and freefride or urban riding, i got a damn good deal on it

Weaknesses:    NOTHING

Bottom Line:   
F*&^KING AMAZING, So glad I'm buying it. Now i can huck the F&*% around anything.

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Favorite Trail:   U of A

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   United Cycle

Similar Products Used:   my first freeride hardtail ever, switched from a Trek VRX 300

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by nanananana a Weekend Warrior from Québec, Canada

Date Reviewed: May 17, 2003

Strengths:    strong frame. good parts

Weaknesses:    nope

Bottom Line:   
BUY IT!!!!!!!!!!!!NOW!!!!!

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Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   specialized P2

Bike Setup:   stock

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