Specialized's Status - A New DH Bike For 2012

Oct 19, 2011 at 0:07
Oct 19, 2011
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While in Whistler during Crankworx this year we filmed with Curtis Keene and Brad Benedict on the new Specialized Status DH bike. This is Specialized's new, more attainable DH bike for 2012. With all new geometry and a new design, this bike is built to shred. Check out this video of Curtis and Brad riding the all new Status.

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Here's some photo's from Sven Martin and some words from Specialized Bikes on the 2012 Status.

 during Kokanee Crankworx festival Whistler BC Canada. July 2011

Source: Specialized Bikes
bigquotesWe are always excited to work on a new DH project at Specialized because it means more testing time on the big bikes. We wanted to build a bike that just as capable as any downhill bike out there with the right geometry and look while not killing the wallet. Jason Chamberlain, our Senior FSR Engineer and the creator of the Demo, took his skills and experience with suspension design and came up with a DH-tuned FSR linkage, complete with 8 inches of travel. We added some sweet paint, wrapped it with Butcher tires, and the Status was born, a ripper right out of the box. Keene and Brad have been racing it all over North America, we couldn't be happier with the bikes' performance. - Joe Buckley, Specialized MTB Product Manager

Check out the Status at www.specialized.com

 during Kokanee Crankworx festival Whistler BC Canada. July 2011

Loading up for the first run. The locals weren't too happy that we asked to hold the lift for 12 seconds, but once we name dropped Sven, they were cool.


 during Kokanee Crankworx festival Whistler BC Canada. July 2011

Keene sliding off rocks going a million!


 during Kokanee Crankworx festival Whistler BC Canada. July 2011

 during Kokanee Crankworx festival Whistler BC Canada. July 2011

Brad slapped this corner the way only racers do. Love the concentration.


 during Kokanee Crankworx festival Whistler BC Canada. July 2011

Proof that "affordable" doesn't mean it can't be fun or take a beating. Keene and Brad absolutely sending the Status on Crabapple, missing the landing on more than one occasion.


All photos by Sven Martin.

Visit www.specialized.com for more info!

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227 Comments

  • + 108
 $2450 for a bike with 200 mm rear travel and modern geo that you could feasibly race dh on is insanely good. Specialized has just killed it with this. The only thing I wish they did was keep the name. Nothing against calling a bike the "status", but bighit was distinctly specialized and had a history.
  • + 23
 sweet bike, has everything you'd need except the 135x10mm rear end is a huge bummer for me. This is what holds it back in my opinion. 12x150 and i'd probably choose this frame over the demo just on its compact, sleek looks!
  • - 2
 exactly what I was thinking too !!!
  • + 8
 its beacuse they had a load of old sx trail drop-outs laying about, so wanted to use them up Wink

also the shock is disappointing, thought spesh had learnt, 9.5x3 is better then 8.75x2.75
  • + 2
 This bike is sweet. I saw it in whistler, very slick and fast looking machine.
  • + 16
 I agree swearmouth. Very good value. The notion that you can buy this and go shred big mountains for that price is fantastic. I understand the name change though, while this does take the place of the BigHit, it is a different beast and deserves a new name. Good job Specialized.
  • + 2
 You can get alot of bike for the money if you look around. For 2800 you can get a Voltage FR 20 or 3100 you can get a Glory 2. But I really like where Spec is going with this, since alot of people want to ride bike parks and DH but can drop 4K on a bike....just wished they put a thru axle on the back for a big dude like myself.
  • + 2
 Agreed, its not the only game in town. But the Voltage is $350 more and imo comes with a lower spec.........Domain vs Lyrik? I like the the Status in this price class.
  • + 2
 Voltage 20 has the DC Domain too, but more of a park and slope geo not straight DH. I would love to see bike parks pick these up as rental bikes too! Then I can get one really cheap after next season
  • + 15
 People are funny- a top of the line DH bike has a frame price of $3000.00 plus, and people say they'll stick with XYZ.... Now here's a complete bike at a good price and people are complaining about the spec. Better spec= HIGHER PRICE!!! Get the shop to trade the lyric for a domain DC if you need it. Most people don't.
  • + 7
 Id rather ride the Lyrik. Besides, you buy this.........save up some coin for a year, they upgrade to a Boxxer if you like. Or a 888Wink
  • + 5
 I disagree with the whole 150x12 is a loss. In this case i disagree, i actually think it is a better option for all except race bikes. I'd rather have 135x12 because there are so many choices for components available. So many times have i been looking at wheels for my downhill bike and i spot a killer deal but it turns out to be 135x12.

The only downside is that some "downhill" wheelsets wont fit...
  • - 7
 Big Hit had a history of riding like poop. I was stuck on one for 2 years so I feel it is a valid statement. Specialized was wise in choosing a new name for a new bike, especially if it doesn't ride like poop.
  • + 18
 How does one ride poop?
  • + 21
 With extreme caution......and your old riding kit.
  • + 22
 Bighits are perfectly good bikes and do not ride like poop..I got a feeling I know who was doing the poop riding between you and that frame
  • + 28
 dirtworks911, so which one on this chart most accurately describes your Big Hit riding experience? http://www.continence.org.au/data/images/bristol_stool_chart.gif
  • + 6
 Lcculus: I'd have to say a combination of Type 2 and Type 6 poops. To be more specific, 30% Type 2 and 70% Type 6. I feel bad for the guy in Germany that bought my big hit 4 years ago...
  • + 10
 ^^^ I bet the bike box was dropped off at his doorstep and he immediately smelt it and said, "AH CRAP!"
  • + 15
 I motion to use the poop chart for all product reviews from now on.
  • + 15
 Specialized Big Hit: Type 2/Type 6
Transition TR450: Type 4
Kona Operator: Type 5
Giant Faith: Type 1
Trek Session 9.9: Type 7
The one I had this morning: Type 3
  • - 3
 this isnt the end of the demos is it?
  • + 3
 No, this is a much lower cost DH platform. The Demo still offers many advantages beyond this frame.
  • - 1
 ok its off topic but does any one no about he cccx races in monterey cause i cant find them on their web site and the last i heard there was a dh race this weekend if you no any thing about it shoot me a comment or somthing to let me no thanks.
  • - 14
 Not enough travel for me, and it's got the outdated FSR design so it also pedal like shit I'm guessing. Hopefully it won't be recalled like a bunch of the crap Specialized put out in 2011 was.
  • + 8
 Not enough travel at 8 inches? That's standard for literally every single dh bike on the market.
  • + 7
 Yeah, protour wtf man? What are you talking about?
  • + 6
 just everyone remember that this is a "budget bike."
  • + 9
 Also, my 'outdated FSR design' rides like a dream and pedals just as well as I ever need it to.
  • - 18
 8 inches isn't standard for alot of dh bikes
  • + 9
 lets list bikes that have 8" of travel shall we? Glory, Demo, 951, Supreme DH...

need I continue?
  • - 10
 bikes that don't-v10, session, wilson, tr450....yes there are plenty that have 8" my point was that there are those that don't
  • + 4
 Yes, but no one ever says "look at that Giant Glory/Morewood Makulu/Specialized demo 8/trek session88/rocky mountain flatline/etc., they only have 8 inches of travel, thats not nearly enough. 8 inches is plenty for downhill, and while you can run more, its not a requirement at all. I exaggerated by saying that all dh bikes have 8, but even then the vast majority do, and when you ask someone how much travel a typical dh bike has they will say 8 front and rear, 99.9% of the time if they know their stuff.
  • - 5
 oh no i completely agree with you on that. 8 is plenty for dh and the majority of them do i was just being picky haha
  • + 5
 only specialized bike to have a recall in 2011 was the Sirrus and Vita with the carbon fork. and Spec just sent out replacement before it was an issue. PS FSR is one of the most licensed suspension designs (23 companies pay spec to use it in the US alone), it doesn't suck. brake jack does suck.
  • + 3
 Both the Glory and the Demo reduced their travel to 8" during their last major overhauls, so they thought nine inches was too much.
  • + 2
 lol the demo has always been 8" except for when they still made the demo 9 in like 2005, and 2008 when they made it 8.2" for some reason...
  • - 10
 I simply said it wasn't enough travel for my preferences. Some people like the smooth bike park trails and maybe they only need 8"of travel, but not me. After riding a V10 for two years when I get on a Demo it only feels like it has 6"of travel.

If the FSR design pedals so well then why does Specialized feel like they have to put their silly Brain on their high end XC bikes? because they feel mushy when you pedal them, not responsive at all compared to more modern designs.


Another thing I dislike about the FSR design is the axle path, the back wheel comes back to the front of the bike when you hit something, shortening the wheelbase, instead of away from the BB or up like the better designs.

If your only defense of the FSR design is the brakejack issue, that's weak. That debate ended about 3 years ago, it's pretty much a non-issue, and most modern designs don't have any more brake jack than the outdated FSR design does.

Pabst, you forgot about the Specialized recall of the Tricross this year, and people have been injured this year because of Specialized's negligence. Even after they knew there was a problem they didn't start the recall; they waited another month and sat on their hands instead of starting the recall of the defective products.
  • + 8
 actually if you CAD the FSR ststem you'll find that the axle path is almost vertical until the very end of the travel....

and as for people who only ride smooth trail not needing more than 8" of travel, we downhilers have these things called lines, you'll find that if you pick a good one instead of blindly smashing through everything in your way you need less travel which results in a more agile and responsive bike...
  • + 8
 @Protour A bike park doesn`t require a full downhill bike, a 6-7 inch bike is plenty...

Theres no trail on this earth where an 8 inch dh race bike wouldn`t do just as well as a 10 inch race bike. Dh race bikes can feel vastly different from one another, but they`re all designed for optimum performance on the same kind of trail. the V10 is a great bike, no question, but having the extra 2 inches of travel isn`t the main factor in what makes it so good. If it was, everyone I mentioned would be making 10 inch bikes instead.

The only time you would ever absolutely desperately need the extra 2 inches of travel is if you`re hucking absolutely massive cliffs, in which case you would run a fork with similar travel as well like this;

www.avalanchedownhillracing.com/mtn10.html

instead of the boxxer or 40 I`m assuming you have on your V10.
  • + 2
 tricross fell under the same recall it was actually on a specific fork not a bike. They did a Stop sale on the bikes to see if a recall was necessary, it's not the first time they stopped sales to do more research before deciding to recall or not. this is reasonable as a company since getting all the facts straight before doing a recall is key. what if the problem was only on a single batch? jump the gun and you just cost the company more money than needed.
the Brain aids the climbing capabilities of the bike, just like other systems (TST for example) and the wheel travel actually accelerates the bike a tiny amount and makes the bike feel fast though rock gardens, ride a canfield jedi and see what a really curved wheel path feels like. Nobble's is right tho the path stays nearly vertical till the last bit so the effect isn't as noticeable as it is on something like the Jedi
i really don't see what your issue is. maybe you should learn to ride smoother
  • - 6
 Nobble, sometimes even the best riders get off line and into something rough, thats where a bike with more travel could mean the difference between crashing or finishing. Also, a vertical axle path doesn't absorb hits as well as one where the axle extends away to the back, unless you are hucking to flat.

Swearmouth, if you are riding through a rock field, like a part of one of my favorite trails, a V10 feels way smoother than a Demo. You aren't as likely to crash, and are less likely to use your brakes, so it is faster on some trails.

Pabst, you ask what is my issue? I like super-plush bikes, which the Demo and Status are not. Plush bikes are smoother, faster, and more fun to ride in rough terrain. But an even bigger difference for an all-day rider like me is that your body doesn't take the beating like it would on a 8" bike. So you stay fresher, ride longer, and are less likely to crash.

I agree, the Specialized Brain does help bikes climb better, it is essentially a band-aid for an out-dated, poor pedaling suspension design. A much better solution for XC & All Mountain bikes is an on-the-fly travel Adjuster like the new Cannondales have, which also slackens the head angle in the long travel mode. Then you have the best of both worlds instead of a lame compromise with a band-aid attatched to it.

I disagree with you about the fork recall, but why in the hell is Specialized putting carbon forks on hybrids that people will ride to the grocery store? The unfortunate answer is marketing. More than anything else they do, Speciaiized excels at marketing. Sometimes out is misleading marketing, like the way the bikes above are shown with nicer parts than will actually be on them. On some of the bikes recalled, customers have received forks that are a completely different color than their original fork, then the shop has to deal with the pissed-off customer while Specialized does nothing.
  • + 3
 the brain does a good job on XC bikes I rode one for a while for enduros and really liked the hardtail feel but suspension when I needed it .

anyways back on DH .. Do you guys think its funny that the guys are running boxxers when the status come's w domain's .. It got me thinking what else have they changed ?
  • + 0
 FWIW I ride a Reign X2 with 6.7in of travel and I have ridden every trail at Diablo and never felt like I needed more travel.
  • + 4
 @Protour, fair enough, that's totally your personal opinion though, and while that doesn't mean its not valid to some extent, I would still argue that the vast majority of people would ride through a rock garden just as fast on an 8 inch bike as they would on a 10 inch bike.
  • + 8
 IT'S NOT A WORLD CUP BIKE. It's a budget bike for people like me who don't have enough to invest 6g's into a new bike. I buy secondhand bikes ONLY because there aren't enough options like these.
  • + 1
 in portugal there is a bike brand wich produces an awesome bike, very similar to a iron horse sunday, with a boxxer world cup, vivid 4.1 and a butload of good equipment and it costs about as much as the status (2199€)
  • + 0
 Specialized is a big name though. a lot of what you pay for is name. I'm not saying I necessarily agree with that but you're paying for the company's rep and history.
  • + 3
 I dont really agree with the "you pay for the name" idea. Spec is a HUGE bike manufacturer and if some other small bike company made this rig it would cost double.
  • + 1
 you're definitely right about that. but the trouble is is that if a tiny bike manufacturer produces a bike, their profit margins have to be smaller other wise there is no way that they will be able to sell their bike.
Specialized can charge 5g's+ for their upper end bikes because people will still buy them because they have a history of being a good and large manufacturer.
  • + 1
 or it would cost half, the same brand i was referring, with better equipment (domain p.ex) costs 1390€
  • + 2
 @mtnbiker395 you are absolutely right, but well i know the sales manager of the whole brand and they can produce a bike much, much cheaper beacause they contact directly to the factory that produces the frames, and the components brand and trade/buy directly from them, that means that they have less middlemans, so cheaper price :p
  • + 2
 I agree with Icculus. I have to say, with the bix boy guys like Specialized, Trek, Giant..........you get a really good value. Lots of r&d, experience with keeping costs down while maintaining profit = good riders = good input = good product= better results. Im not saying all big box bikes are great, not at all, but these companies have the ability to do things the small guys simply can not. And when tech from bikes like the Demo trickle down to the lower end stuff, thats a great thing.
  • + 3
 well Propoor, i mean tour if you're a good enough rider and enough essence and skill u dont need 10inches of travel, and not even 8 cos if u have enough know how talent and practice u can ride a massive hucking DH course on just 6inches, im sorry you feel the need to have 10inches on your bike, maybe just compensating for something else as well eh???
hmph, 10inches, no need
  • + 1
 I have to admit, saying that 10 inches of travel is required makes one seem a bit un-educated. Most World Cup race bikes do not sport this much travel. The V-10 is a wicked bike, and I would love to own one, but it does have an 8.5 setting and there is a reason for that. 10 inches can be a hinderance on certain tracks, morso than only having 8.5 on others. Also, Protour. Since you appear to need a bit of a refresher course here.........carbon forks are mostly used for ride quality, not weight or looks.....or even marketing. A carbon road fork on a commuter takes the harshness out and is the primary reason they appear on so many road going steeds.
  • + 0
 For FUCKS sake, let it die already. I cringe every time some idiot keeps this going and it pops up on my dash
  • + 2
 Yeah It keeps popping up on mine too, figured I might as well chime in...... sorry to bother you.........you having a rough day kiddo?
  • + 0
 this argument is over a week old... lets move on with our own little lives...
  • + 2
 Sorry Knobby, Ill check with you before posting next time.
  • + 1
 should i get this or a yt tues dh??????
  • + 2
 that's a tough one. I haven't owned either but the Tues is a better deal in terms of components.
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  • + 37
 I'm starting to hate all this marketing bullcrap...
Don't get me wrong, I really love the bike vids and enjoy new edits daily, but this abuse of perfectly fine video material for industrial cause is really starting to piss me off.
All they do is taking some good riders - who by the way can ride everything with two wheels and full suspension technology - and have them say "If I had to choose one bike for this.. or that... or even everything, this would be it!" ...for a lump of ca$h self-evidently.
And the worst part is, the majority of people is so naive, they even believe it.
I mean... decent products get ignored for YEARS, until some pro-rider choses (or gets paid) to ride something... for instance Garett Buehler who started to ride a Durolux fork and suddenly everybody is like "oh my god, what fork is that? it looks so sick!".
It seems to be more of a coolness aspect, that makes people buy stuff, not any kind of decent functionality.
Come on guys... we can do better than that. Seriously.

The firms need to show their product and nothing more than that... we don't need none of the "this bike is so sick" evaluation bullshit.

Bike looks nice though... didn't want to be bashing on the product.
  • + 3
 same as it ever was'd
  • + 5
 how would you sell something, differently? People use marketing techniques all the time like that. Michael Jordan for instance, eating hotddogs, wearing fruit of the loom tighty whities, and drinking milk is cool, because he did so, on TV
  • + 5
 Hahaha they get it from snowboarding... "Buy this board cus Torstein can do a triple cork on it...(just like he can do on any board.)"
  • + 9
 It is up to a buyer to have the right stuff in his brain, and up to the parent to make sure his kid has the brain as well... One of the reasons I got rid of TV is because I hate commercials and I started hating news... it's just too much material coming at me from all sides, assuming that I am an idiot, trying to stuff me with sht. And that is not the saddest thing. The real fkd up sht is that most are people buying into it, or at least they're fine with it.

It really pixxes me off this callousness among people: Oh marketing has to work that way, it's like saying: bankers have to steal, politicians have to lie, petrol companies pollute, etc... what's next that you are going to be fine with? where do you draw the border beyond which I don't allow to get stuffed with more sht? I'm personally annoyed with commercials in public space. Why if I want to go for a walk around my neighbourhood, i have to walk past several posters with stupid commercials, some are dreadful.

There is a thin red line between informing someone about what you sell, and manufacturing demand. How exactly producing stuff people might not need makes the world a better place? Thin red line here as well, between small luxury and excessive purchasing of useless crap ( like changing a bike every year )

As to the bike - really great! As to this commercial - bsht level in my 0-10 scale, max 3 .But when i see some rider promo - I'm like: I think he's a cool guy, your story wha'eva but... fk off Oakley
  • + 1
 Don't think they get it directly from snowboarding, but yeah I was thinking the whole time, these guys on my AM bike would beat me down if I was riding that new DH bike.

And as for the marketing, yes it's annoying but it's just how the marketing world works. Majority of people are stupid/gullible/easily bought by ads like these. I don't watch the news anymore because of the same reasons as you, it's all depressing news, nothing good is ever reported.
  • + 14
 I drink Redbull because It gives me wings.
  • - 1
 an because Gee does! hehe Smile
  • + 1
 the thought of people in a marketing "focus" group is even scarier.cuz you know someone blurted out " i feel like it gives me wings!" after their 5th can.

as far as the bike goes..this would allow a nice bike park trip to be affordable for me!
  • + 2
 It's the way the world works sadly. The person with more money is on top even though the person with less money may have a better product.
  • + 1
 Redbull may give you wings... ... but Powerthirst gives you BIRDS! Birds all over your body! Birds! Birds! Birds!
  • + 2
 as in this powerthirst?......

youtu.be/qRuNxHqwazs
  • + 1
 If marketing didn`t work, people wouldn`t do it. As it stands, sponsorships and advertisements for various products help so many events and organizations function its not even funny. Its pointless to complain about them when they help the athletes and people you care about maintain their involvement in the sport. Think Curtis Keene and Brad Benedict would be racing if they had no sponsors? No way in hell. Would there even be things like the world cup or crankworx without ads? Again, not a chance.
  • + 3
 swearmouth - you are right but mind that there is a certain level of danger in believing that something has to work in some slightly shitty way so that other things can work at all... oh BP disaster had to happen because we all drive cars, cars bring us food and get us to beatiful places - they are also top killers after diseases.

I know, every analogy is wrong but honestly I have big doubts with no clear answers, about sportsmen and sponsorships: to which degree it inspires people to move their arses, and where starts pure profit without much mission in it. Football is the ultimate example. They no longer encourage you to play, they don't even encourage you anymore to go to the stadium - they want you to sit at home drinking beer and paying for sports channels, so you watch commercials. It's not the most productive and helpful job in the world to be a sportsmen... even a plumber can do more good. I'm not bashing, I'm just saying there are some troubles with where do we draw those borders.

But as said above: this Specialized spot is pretty balanced, I don't feel someone tries to stuff me with crap. Nothing to Kona, but this commercial with Joe Smith in Whistler on Operator, even though visually very appealing, was a proper bullcrap. A top level bullsht in my books was Oakley commercial with Lance Armstrong... we're not selling a product, we´re selling an experience - no you are marketing a lie that someone can experience what these guys do just by buying your product.
  • + 2
 swearmouth, you just don't get the point.
I'm not complaining about advertisements or sponsorships in general, anywhere.
It's not about involvement in the sport or anything like that, either. As I say, I love the edits they provide and I love to see innovation and development on the market... I also love to be the first who reads the news on pinkbike - as long as I get real and well-founded information about a product!

What I am complaining about is that stupid "it's the sickest bike ever"-crap that makes me feel offended in my intelligence and common sense. The truth is, bikes just work nowadays. They have all pretty much access to the same technology and I believe personal preference does the rest.
Of course it is as it ever was, the companys want to win us over to buy their stuff... it is not about them doing that.. it's about HOW they're doing it... they infiltrate pinkbike, as in "our private happy-place", and sneak upon our backs instead of being real and just giving us facts and winning us over with innovation.. and since we love what we do, there is no way we can get rid of them, but to wake up and realize what's going on.

I did not want to be specific and relate to specific brands, but there is advertisement that I absolutely adore and that I can really enjoy.. for example the Devinci Wilson pinkbike-ad here: www.pinkbike.com/video/160298
It's not that I like the bike in particular... it's just that they give me the facts of the bike in combination with some serious shredding packed in a insanely high quality edit. You can really see, that they put much into it and it's very creative all in all.
  • + 2
 Now have a look at the new Trek Slash video here: www.pinkbike.com/video/221390 with sentences like "the Slash to me is THE ultimate bike" and look at how the camera is focused on Shandro and his gesture when he says "the POWER to go on the pedals and just be EFFICIENT"... come on... I think I threw up in my mouth a little when I heared what emotional BULLCRAP they were saying on the Slash... it sounded like they found perfect love.

But again, I dont want to be bashing on the product. I think the Slash is some killer bike, though is the Status!

Now, to get to your point of how important sponsoring is, I'm really stoked for the sport to be evolving and all.. but I don't necessarily think, that sponsoring does only good. Did you ever see "2 broken bones with Bearclaw" www.pinkbike.com/video/155115 ? For me, personally, it looks like sponsors and eventmanagers are starting to give a shit about the athletes, since they obviously are interchangeable, for me they crossed a certain line with that.
I'm not willing to encourage that the show is of overriding importance.
It's the fun that should be at the top of priorities.
  • + 2
 Not once in the video do they proclaim "sickest bike ever"? I don"t think.........correct me if Im wrong. They call it "DH shredder on a budget" or something along those lines.........which quite frankly I don't believe is a lie.

The Slash btw........looks like it COULD be the ultimate bike ever. lol. C'mon dude, that thing IS sick.
  • + 1
 Sickest bike ever... my brain just skips that kind of stuff, really.
  • + 1
 Fair enough, I get what you mean about the incredulous comments like best bike ever. But at the same time, advertisements being full of crap, as they always tend to be, is a small price to pay for the amount of sponsorship $$ they provide.
  • + 3
 I think this a critical failure of understanding on the part of Mazze. The company's products barely differ, bikes roll down the hill, you pedal, parts act slightly differently but they all preform the same function.
Ads are used to differ the product, to bring up how slight variations do "make their product the best", because the company is it it for profit, to succeed, not to really challenge the sport or something of that nature, it is simple they want to get paid. Pro riders are just a walking ad space, and tester of the product, they get paid or provided with bikes and because of this will promote their brand, as they should.
However I'm not accusing the Specialized of doing anything that other companies in the past have done. Mazze here has simply failed to understand capitalism 101, the bike company exists to make money! Other wise bikes would be free, their goal is to sell the most bikes they can, using various methods, such as this ad. This is how it has always been and will continue to be.
Keep asking questions but don't expect ads to change, because companies have to differentiate their product, in a market with a hell of a lot of the same thing.
  • + 1
 Except, that I didn't accuse Specialized of anything at all... I was talking in general, as I pointed out explicitly in each of my posts.
If you didn't get that, I think the critical failure of understanding is on your side, bro.

After watching so many of those kind of vids it just felt like I had to get that off my mind, you know...
But if you don't have the same opinion as I do, that is absolutely fine with me.
May be I was totally overreacting actually, but obviously there are some who feel the same way.

Only thing I did ask, was to get vids that make us SEE how awesome a product is, instead of hearing guys TALKING of how sick it is. I already gave examples of what I think is reasonable advertisement.
I surely do want to know the features that sets one company's bikes apart from others... but if I feel I'm getting bullshitted by a company, the so-called marketing does the opposite of which it was intended to do... making me don't like a product as much as I would if it was just for the nice product without the crappy marketing.

I admit however that my comment here was somehow misplaced, since the Trek marketing vid is - at least in my view - much worse in terms of how it makes me feel bullshitted. But as I said over and over again, my comment was not meant to be in direct relation to this particular Specialized Promo vid.. could've been any video really. It was just a feeling, man.
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  • + 20
 Pity they don't actually come with Boxxer's.
  • + 1
 Yea that is a pity.
  • + 2
 At least you can get a CCDB that will fit it good and proper
  • + 25
 i gotta say its saughta cheating seeing though they are claiming a cheap bike out of the box when really there not testing the out of the box bike but the frame with better specs :/
  • + 12
 that's called MARKETING lol
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 The bikes are spec'd fairly for the price. The real value is a good solid frame with modern DH Geo that you can feel good about upgrading as you go. Not fair to bash it for not having a Boxxer fork.
  • + 3
 Yeah, this is blatantly aimed at being an upgradeable frameset so in a way it makes more sense to test it in a spec that somebody would actually be aiming to have rather than one that they're going be swapping out as soon as they can afford to. At least now people will know (sort of, a pro saying it rips isn't really a brillaint review but whatever) it's worth spending the money on upgrading it.
  • + 1
 It's great that Specialized are trying to get into the affordable DH market, the competiton will be good for the market. The bike looks a bit weird though. I think the rear linkage and the rear of the bike in general look out of place. It looks like the front of a Demo with the rear of a Voltage FR. Most obvious in the 3rd photo.
  • + 1
 I hope some site does a proper run down of this bike, really pushes through its paces and writes a good review on it. I'm pretty intrested in it.
  • + 1
 Im sure they will. But given the spec and FSR design, and taking into account the very modern aggressive geo - Ill bet it rips.
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 this bike is for bitches who cant handle what the demo is bringing to the table
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 or people who cant afford a demo...
  • + 1
 yah its actually a sick bike at an awesome price
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 Darkstar63 .. it's perfectly fine to bash it for putting a fork on that the bike doesn't come with .... looking like that I'd be yeah good bike might buy one but I want Boxxer WC's w mine like in the pinkbike video
  • + 1
 nah, I dont agree. Of course you want Boxxer WC's - but you wont get them at that price point. I really don't mind that these guys are running their preferred component's in the video. It still showcases the platform.
  • + 1
 what jersey does curtis have on in this video?
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 i am sorry but in the uk this bike is out classed by a saracen myst at £2500 which comes with boxxer rc and a E13 with a 150X12 rear axle also these pic are rubbish and i had ago at a person from specialized about it because they show it with a much better spec then you get, it doesnt have boxxers it has RockShox Domain Dual Crown which no body really want and it has no bash guard.
  • + 5
 £2500 is a lot more than $2450
  • + 5
 Yes but in the UK most bikes costing $2000 CAD come in at £2000 GBP.
I agree the MYST wins in the UK every time.
  • + 2
 Same thing with the Operator... Much better spec and world cup proven frame.
  • + 1
 $2450 (CAD) = £1535

$2450 (US) = £1550

I would be VERY surprised if this came into the U.K anywhere near £1600... I'm just waiting for SPECIALIZED TO PROVE ME WRONG*

And I have to agree with you guys if this is even close to the price of the Myst, the Myst will eat it for elevensies.

*this would be awesome, if you're from specialized - make this happen.
  • + 1
 Except the Myst weighs a hundred pounds...
  • + 1
 you do realise you have to add UK tax right?

so bike costs $2450 (US) which is £1550. But then you add 20% VAT and you get... a lot close to what the actual price you will see it in the shops for sadly. Once again, this is britain Frown

its exactly the same with computer components, they seem to be way cheaper in america, whilst forgetting about tax
  • + 1
 sorry but it doesnt get any better for specialized.

because the $2450 is for the status 1 with a x fusion front fork not the one shown, that one works out a over $3000 (us)

myst weighs 40Ibs. but it maybe better now on the new one.
  • + 1
 That myst looks sweet can you get them in the good old us of a?
  • + 1
 a) Those US retail price must include the equivalent* US taxes

b) Even with 20% VAT this it is still under £1900 - I know this is blind optimism and VERY unlikely to happen.

*equivalent as in same principle, not as in the same rate - presumably these taxes are somewhere between 10-20%
  • + 1
 er, US taxes are state by state dependant but the most i have seen are 5%
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 Retail prices never include taxes.
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 Yeah you have fed sales tax, state, city and county dependate on where you live usually the fed is like 4% I think then state is 1-2% and then city is usually .25%-who knows and county can be anything from nothing to a couple persent that really varies. For example if I was to buy a bike in Minneapolis there is like 10% sales tax but if I drove to a sub I would only pay like 6.4% in the actual town I live in. It veries a lot and if it is considered a necessary product or not.... and MSRP never includes tax, usually in a small text to the side it will say + tax
  • + 1
 my point was, its not 20% like UK
  • + 1
 the myst is an awesome bike but for some people its "well would i want the myst, a totally awesome bike, or would i want the specialized just because its a specialized"
  • + 1
 I've found out the U.K. prices (inc taxes) are:

Status I: £1800 (only 16% more than U.S price which doesn't include taxes)

Status II: £2300

Which is actually pretty competitive pricing!
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 This vid is misleading. They aren't using the same forks or drive-train as what is offered through Specialized. And that is just what I spotted in the vid that that I could see. I wonder what else has been replaced we haven't spotted.
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 Keene and Benedict shred on anything!
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 What about a wheelbarrow . . . . or a sack of potatoes . . . . or a shoe. Could they shred on a shoe?
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 Yea man they shred parkour
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 Yo specialized is playing games with us. So you can buy this bike for 3100 then spend another 1000-2000 to bring it up to what you see in these pics. At that point just get the demo. Nobody wants domain crap or 135mm rear. This is like my xc bike on steriods. It looked like a beefy sx trail with a boxxer, then i check spec site and call bs on them.
  • + 9
 Both Keene and Brad are sponsored by SRAM through the Blackbox program. They are riding there actual race bikes in that video. If you look at pictures from the Pro GRT's this season, you will see the same bike. The suspension and Components are a bit upgraded to be able to be competitive at the pro level but, the suspension platform and geo is the exact same as the stock model. That really is what they are commenting on. This bike is a true DH platform at an affordable price. I think that's a good thing for the sport and for the young kids coming up.
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 @hcanderson, Curtis rode a Demo all yr... Those pics are of the demo... Do you actually think those guys would race an inferior race bike than the flagship model? Look at the rear linkage of any of Keene's race shots, they are all Demo.. Same color doesn't mean same bike...
  • + 1
 Ya I could def see myself riding that frame built up with my components. Hopefully they sell it as a frame only at a reasonable price. That 135 rear is annoying but you could get a 10mm bolt on at least. Young bucks got alot of options getting into the sport now soo hopefully that creates more business.
  • + 3
 @Skinner check this vid out
www.pinkbike.com/video/215117

Both Keene and Benedict on the Status, they started racing the Status further into the season to prove it is a fully race capable machine. I think it looks awesome, 135 doesn't bother me (cos I'm light) and probably won't bother the target market of younger kids coming through to DH looking a a great performing but affordable(?) bike.

Also @ Shiska it will come as frame only, the best colours in the range IMO
www.specialized.com/co/en/bc/SBCProduct.jsp?spid=62043&scid=1100&scname=Mountain
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  • + 2
 Love how the guys in the video are riding like 4,500 dollar versions of the bike... boxxer teams, vivids..ect...and they are advertising for a 2,500 dollar bike. It's still a big hit, same suspension linkage, just moved the lower shock mount up the bottom tube of the frame a few inches,and lengthened the swing arm; adding .5 inches of travel. Not to take away from the fact that it probably rides well, as do the newer model big hits. Should have kept the name!
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 LOL. It's still the same linkage, except they changed this, that, those and the other... FSR is a time proven design and do you realise how much difference even a few tiny mm's here and there can make to the ride character of a bike, they have evolved it away from the hucker of old to a race inspired DH bike which is more affordable than the Demo and felt the amount of changes warranted a new name. I think it looks spot on.
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 so pros need to swing their blessed legs over a entry level priced bike that the community finaly starts to speak about it? its a shame... im glad specialized starts to make some marketing for the entry level priced bikes, the big hit is a hell of a bike allready and i bet the status will be awesome too.
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  • + 2
 This is great news,especially the price tag.
But Kona are kind of ******.They were known for there good priced bikes with good spec and now Specialized have matched it.
And everyone would go for a Spesh over a Kona anyday.
Im glad more manufacturers trying to make more affordable bikes.
Looks pretty sweet aswell.
  • + 2
 Come on guys you are missing the point here. No this bike is not World cup material straight out of the box but some parents or broke college kid can afford to by this bike at 3Gs ride it as is for a season and then put a boxxer on it the next season and so forth. It is an affordable entry level rig as is, with a solid frame and platform that people can build up over time or by the frame and due it up big timer style right away, or just buy a demo. This is a working mans DH bike not some sponsored ripper! but it could be!
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  • + 2
 Why not just have the ripping it on the actual bike. Posting prices in a vid where they are riding a totally different spec'd bike is a tad misleading. Major components should at least be the same, in my opinion. Awesome to see companies bringing bikes in at this price point though.
  • + 1
 Those are their race bikes for 2011. They rode all season on them, including during crankworx when I assume this was filmed.
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 this looks like a fun DH rig to me. it looks alot simpler than the demo, and bikes with simple pivot designs are pretty smooth riding bikes, you have to admit. i think if you built up the frame with better parts, like with a rc4 with some fox 40s, or bomber 888s it would be a pretty fun race bike that would also kick ass at those fun days at the bike park with your bro's
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  • + 1
 I was extremely disappointed when I heard that Specialized did away with the BigHit. I always wanted Spec to make an 8" BigHit. After watching this video and seeing real life pics, I am pretty excited about this new rig. I really like the fact that the geo isn't that far off from the demo, but I would have liked to see a 12x150 rear axle. I can't wait to see one in person and eventually buy one! I only hope that after I buy one, I am as giddy about the Status as I was the BigHit!!!
  • + 2
 the last versions had 190mm instead of 200mm, do you realy think that wouldve made a big difference?
  • + 2
 maybe not, but I'm a travel whore
  • + 1
 fair enought
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  • + 1
 I have read a lots of review's about this bike and at the end I have decide to buy it, The Status 1 need's some change when I buy it:
Brakes take off elixir 1 and put a brand new avid elixir CR F&R, Handlebar, wheels, cassette change to 9 speed 11-26T, R derailleur to shimano xt and the shifter, front sus to rock shox boxxer 2012 and than it will be ready to ride.

I don't care what the rest say Razz
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  • + 1
 Too bad the Status in this video is the one for 3100 and has an upgraded boxxer fork.. The stock one for 3100 comes with a domain. The status 1 is 2400 but doesn't come with a triple crown fork. In my opinion, if I bought the status 2, ide be dropping at least a few hundred into it.
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  • + 1
 I've had a chance to throw a leg over it and I have to say it's pretty good. I was never a fan of the Bighit but was a huge fan of the original Demo 9. While the Status is nothing like either of those, it is pretty good for the price. Nothing is wrong about this bike. Let's try to remember this is not a World Cup race bike but something for the masses. The 135 rear spacing is great because wheels are easy to find and reasonably priced.
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  • + 1
 nice!!! had my doubts about this bike but this video has just sold me... If i ever need to give up my old demo.. definitely might think about getting this. To broke to afford a new demo lol.
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  • + 1
 doesn't seem right that this promo video features the Status with the new pedals and RS Boxer forks, when the bike doesn't even come with those parts. The "higher end" model gets you the dual crown Domain. meh.
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  • + 4
 looks so much better than i expected probs specialized
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  • + 2
 How come everyone is freaking out about the 10x135mm rear end? The demos had that for YEARS before the couple most recent versions!
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  • + 2
 They're going to sell every single G-D one they build. It's not the bike for me, but plenty of rippers are going to have a blast with that whip.
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  • + 4
 Thats a happier looking pricetag
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  • + 3
 So it's a bigger version of the SX Trail?
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  • + 3
 Can't wait Demo for me and Status for my girlfriend.
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  • + 1
 i saw this bike today its cool but it dosnt come with boxxers or chromags it comes with cheap parts these bikes are costom to their likings
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  • + 2
 Can't wait to hear what you guys say when the 13 Demo has a 135x12 axle ha ha...
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  • + 3
 sick new frame! got to say i still prefer the look of the demo
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  • + 1
 the entry level kona operator beats the crap out of this bike when it comes to price and specs except that the status is an FSR and the kona is just a plain faux bar.
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  • + 1
 A good bit of kit for the money and it looks like it can take the big hits. But for me i would still go for the cube Hans pro, it just has the edge on it.
  • + 1
 really in what way? the Pro has a single crown domain and all the other bits are right on par if not below the status?
  • + 1
 It matches the status 2 spec nearly, MOTO x crank, better forks, rear shock, formular brakes. I reckon the cube is going to out sell it, I do like the look of the status but lining them nxt to one another it just lacks a little.
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  • + 1
 when is a mountain bike company, going to start making frame desighs we haven't seen. COME ON SPECIALIZED!!!!!!!! great bike for the price!!!
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  • + 1
 was that whole bikes for the price fo 2,5 - 3,5? thats not tooo bad, good for specialized... and the wave of standardization comes yet again
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  • + 1
 Its funny how in the pic where there both sitting having a chat, Brads lowers are distinctly red yet once there riding they seem to be black. Funny that...
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  • - 1
 the question is why?.......not hating or anything but wut is the point of this bike.........is it trying to be a demo or what?? they shoulda just kept the bighit instead of making this pointless thing......its like a fake Rolex u get at china town to show off to your friends when you know ur not fooling anybody..........no offense......i still think that specialized is one of the best companies out there though
  • + 1
 You`ve entirely missed the point of the status. Its an affordable race bike, that people who aren`t able to spend 5-6k on a demo can get as a reasonable alternative.
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  • + 2
 Looks like the old devinci wilson?
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  • + 1
 Looks like the most impressive thing..... IMHO.... from the big S in along time !!
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  • + 1
 Would have been cool if they would sell it as a frame! I would have gotten one if they sold as frame!
  • + 1
 ask your LBS I don't see it on their sight but I could have swore I saw frame only in the LBS' cataloge
  • + 1
 nice, good work dirtydee, I knew they had one, not sure why it didn't show up when I looked before
  • + 1
 Awesome find... any idea on the price though? looks like a great bike on a budget, and i'm on a budget! :-) but it comes with a Van Shock, i would def. upgrade to a better shock!
  • + 1
 Just noticed that link above is from the Australian Specialized Site... when i changed my region to USA it does not show:

www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/SBCMain.jsp?scid=1100
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  • + 2
 i am already going to start saving
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  • + 2
 what is the price for the frame only?
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  • + 2
 hmm looks nice...this replacin the bighit yea?
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  • + 2
 Yeah nice bike just shows price isn't everything!!! Big Grin
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  • + 1
 GT Fury Alloy is a better spec, for basically the same price. I like the color better too.
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  • + 1
 Throw a 150 spacing in the rear and this dud would be super sic.....Want to ride one soon.....
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  • + 1
 With regaurds to the first comment in this thread ocoarse its not going to have any history yet it new.
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  • + 1
 lol i thought it was a nice deal until i saw the real parts spec..... SERIOUSLY SPECIALIZED!
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  • + 2
 just ordered one a few days ago. can't wait Big Grin
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  • + 1
 Specialized can go suck my bone
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  • + 1
 A much better priced DH bike from specialized
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  • + 1
 so whats the go with the demo then??
  • + 4
 CARBON DEMO SOON
  • + 1
 hopefully they will make a carbon boxxer for it Big Grin
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  • + 1
 personnally. i prefer the demo
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  • + 0
 This bike don't even came as shown... very disappointed!! Better get an Operator!!! who at least come with a Boxxer..
  • + 3
 You're saying that their entry level downhill bike should come with a pro level race build? Yeah, that makes total sense... Facepalm

It would completely defeat the purpose of the bike.

Anyone with two brain cells to rub together would pick this over an operator...
  • + 0
 At least a Boxxer RC, not pro level, but for me, 10x better than the domain. stop trying to be cool beeing a anti-kona, have you even ridden an operator? yeah right....
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  • + 1
 Not a fan of the red lines on it haha! Keep it white Smile
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  • + 1
 think this would be a good race bike?
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  • + 1
 this bike begs for a black/red frame only option
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  • + 1
 Disapointed there's no BigHit anymore Frown
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  • + 1
 I like it. spezialized is going back to there roots. Palmer days.
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  • + 1
 those jumps are beautiful
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  • + 1
 Ew. i like the demo just fine. or a session.........
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  • + 1
 just got mine...cant wait till it comes
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  • + 1
 from the first pic the back end looks tight! Smile
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  • + 1
 specialized has the best bikes on the market. everything else is poop
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  • + 1
 hello some one knows the price of the specialized status frame?
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  • - 1
 Looks like a 951 equivalent.
The Demo is such an old design, about time they get some new 8" travel rigs!
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  • + 0
 Good stuff, Shame that it looks like a Wilson, though.
  • + 2
 Looks like an older Wilson but without the 150x12mm rear, and not as beefy. I bet the geo is different though.
  • + 3
 Looks like an over-sized SX Trail to me.
  • + 1
 Oh yeah, It's a totally different bike, and I'm sure it'll ride completely different, just at a glance, that's what I was reminded of.
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  • + 1
 Nice! I like it!
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  • + 1
 loved the helmet
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  • + 0
 looks really nice, sure it rides good, but why not 3" stroke?
  • + 1
 I was a wee bit confused with that. Because my coiler has the same stroke as this. And yet its a totally different style of ride..
  • + 1
 i'm assuming that extra .25" of space allows them to optimize their DH geometry. shorter shock could mean lower bb / slacker HT angle. slight weight penalty as well, but those are just little details.
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