Everything We Know About the 2021 Specialized Status

Aug 5, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  



Specialized is doing things a bit differently with the launch of their new Status. The former Status, which was discontinued in around 2015, was a budget downhill bike for those riders who couldn't stretch to the full Demo. It was a hugely popular bike, especially among younger racers who were still getting into downhill racing.

The new Specialized Status first caught our attention in May and has been a familiar sight on our social media ever since. The only problem is that finding any concrete information on the bike has been much more difficult. The bike is on sale in the UK and has been seeded to some UK media, but for North American outlets, we're still sitting on our hands and waiting. It's definitely an unusual way to launch a bike, but Specialized apparently want to build a surge of interest among the young people they are predominantly aiming this bike at using influencers rather than going down the traditional route.

Photos for Status Sessions video. All photos by Ian Lean Photography.

So, because the internet isn't restricted by country and it seems silly to not let you know about a new bike just because Specialized won't tell us about it, here's everything we've picked up so far from across the internet. Information has been mainly taken from: Singletrack and MBR.

The first thing to note is that the Status hasn't strayed too far from its namesake. As enduro racing takes over from downhill as the race format with the highest level of participation among mountain bikers, so too the Status has changed to become something more closely resembling an enduro bike. Instead of a downhill/freeride bike, it's now a 160mm travel bike that rolls on mullet wheels aimed at everything from racing to jibbing.

Details

Frame: M5 aluminum
Travel: 160mm front and rear
Wheelsize: 29" front, 27.5" rear
Head Tube angle: 63.7°
Seat tube angle: 76°
Sizes: S1, S2, S3, S4, S5

The frame is made from M5 aluminum with a solid build kit that's clearly aimed at producing a burly yet affordable ride, and we think Specialized has done a good job of spending where needed and saving on some less crucial areas. Only one spec is available, and that includes Fox Rhythm suspension, a SRAM NX drivetrain and SRAM Code brakes, with most of the rest the kit coming from Specialized's own ranges including Roval wheels and Butcher tires.

Photos for Status Sessions video. All photos by Ian Lean Photography.

The geometry for this bike points to an aggressive bike for riders who like to like to get rowdy, but there's also a fliip chip that can set the bike in a higher setting for those who like to get not-quite-as-rowdy-but-still-pretty-rowdy. The head angle sits at a super-slack 63.2°combined with a 487mm reach for the S4 size, which roughly correlates to a large in other brands' sizing. Some other key numbers include a 338mm BB height, 76° seat tube angle and 426mm chainstays.

Now for the all important factor, price. The new Status maintains its heritage as a more affordable option and the one spec level is currently retailing in the UK for £2,399, and $2,600 in the US.



Photos: Ian Lean Photography


133 Comments

  • 154 5
 Cool bike and all, but I wish they'd just made an alloy Enduro. Kinda feels like I wanted Lego for my birthday and got Megablocks
  • 14 2
 I agree. I absolutely love my enduro but the frame has already sustained a bit of damage. Really wish there was an aluminum model
  • 6 35
flag chyu (Aug 5, 2020 at 22:31) (Below Threshold)
 76 degree SA. Do they expect rider to climb with that bike?
  • 18 0
 Comparing the layout of both bikes, the Enduro is simply more complex and therefore more expensive to make compared to the Status. I'm sure that's the ultimate reasoning here. Perhaps you will see an aluminum Enduro in the future, but not at the current price point that the Status occupies.
  • 14 0
 This is bascially a revised verison of the pre-2020 enduro...In aluminum. The design of the 2020 Enduro might not work very well in A.L. Or the cost isn't significantly cheaper.. Probably why they came out with the Status.
  • 7 0
 @Glory831Guy: I don't know about the design not working well, the Enduro is similar to the Demo which is an aluminum bike. Probably, as you say, it's not much cheaper to make and Specialized wouldn't make a good enough profit margin to justify its production
  • 1 0
 @Glory831Guy: yep, rear end is exactly same as x wing
  • 1 0
 I'm guessing ditching the SWAT box saved a bit too. Straight tubing.
  • 4 0
 Could have just continued the 2019 Enduro and called it a different name.
  • 3 0
 @blowmyfuse: swat box never existed in aluminium models
  • 3 0
 @Noeserd: Oh. shows how many I've bought.
  • 1 0
 @Noeserd: in terms of geometry? The links and pivots look to be straight from a stumpy rather than an enduro
  • 1 0
 @pbuser2299: most of the tubing is old x wing enduro
  • 43 3
 Wow, sounds like a great combo: mullet setup, 160mm front and rear, modern angles and low price! Well played, Specialized!
  • 14 20
flag ranke (Aug 5, 2020 at 22:43) (Below Threshold)
 They do make some nice rigs. Now if they'd only do away with those butchers, you wouldn't be out $160 from immediately having to swap to some trail-worthy rubber when u pulled the trigger on one of their bikes.
  • 9 1
 Tbh if I get one I’ll put a 27.5 2.6 wheel on the front and bump the fork to 180mm travel
  • 1 0
 @ranke: I've heard some people say good things about specialized house brand tires. But kinda like with trek, I wouldn't seek out their tires when maxxis and schwalbe make so many good options.
  • 3 3
 @ranke: try some before you bad-mouth them. The butcher and hillbilly are badass.
  • 3 0
 @dirtbagluvin: Already swapped four of them off two different steeds because the traction was non-existent. Thanks for the suggestion though.
  • 1 0
 @ranke: the ones on my enduro were crap, but I'm not sure if we got OEM spec ones there, because the aftermarket ones people seem to love. The hill billy seems like a good tyre too.
  • 1 0
 @pbuser2299: I’ve got a hill billy for really sloppy weather and it works a treat
  • 1 0
 @ranke: odd. I've ridden the steepest, gnarliest chutes of my life on a butcher rear, hillbilly front. Different strokes for different folks I suppose. They're the only tires I've been impressed with besides Maxxis and Schwalbe.
  • 26 0
 It would be interesting to do a comparison between the enduro capabilities of a Stumpy, an Enduro and now the Status.
  • 24 1
 Bonus points if they get Finn Isles to do it.
  • 10 0
 Stumpy should be due for a revamp soon? Given that the epic Evo now has more progressive geometry than it...
  • 2 14
flag zonoskar (Aug 6, 2020 at 2:17) (Below Threshold)
 Why not throw in the Grim Reaper in that comparison?
  • 7 0
 @zonoskar: because they’re talking about a comparison between Specialized bikes. Try to keep up.
  • 6 3
 @cuban-b: also Grim Doughnut
  • 3 1
 @coletrane-mtb: reading comprehension > you
  • 19 2
 Got to say, that was a fun video. Don’t even care it was a laid-back infomercial. Few Northern lads having fun on a bike.

Doubly impressive as the Big S is hitting a very different market segment with this than they normally do. Don’t underestimate the effort to reorient - or even more: experiment with - a massive sales machine like theirs.
It’s ace to see Specialized expanding away from a NA-centric, semi-pro, very-serious, performance-oriented market to include... well... lads... who ride bikes... for fun.

And loved the table-to-jib-to-roller-manual at 3m40.
  • 6 0
 I feel like Specialized has played that game for a while. The previous Enduro was far from being "racey".
The Big Hit was a great affordable freeride bike.
Kinda the same for the previous Status.
  • 8 0
 Joel Anderson is from Somerset. Most of the riding in this vid is Triscombe, Quantocks.
  • 2 0
 While I have to agree with the support to Spec, I must disagree with your use of "semi-pro" - maybe you're implying pro? However, the riding isn't anywhere in the realm of amateur.

Specialized has been killing the marketing game since the release video of the latest stumpy, followed by the epic evo.
  • 14 0
 "I should have grown a mullet for this"

silly man, a mullet can't be grown deliberately, it chooses you, if you're worthy.
  • 9 0
 Took one of these for a 3 day rip in the Gifford Pinchot Forest. To say the least it rips... real fast. Climbing was a breeze too.
  • 1 0
 Love the GPNF, what did you ride?
  • 14 4
 Kind of disappointed it's not a 27.5 180mm park bike. Not enough choices in that category
  • 15 1
 The darkside reigns supreme
  • 14 1
 Just stick a 180mm fork and a 27.5 front wheel in it and you’re almost there.
  • 5 1
 Look no further than the 2020 Knolly Warden or Delirium.
  • 1 0
 @onlyDH: Darkside need extra size, 438 reach on Large is way short
  • 3 1
 Uh, YT Capra, Commencal Clash, Canyon Torque...?
  • 1 1
 Literally every single enduro bike on the market are dh/bike park/freeride platforms
Its all in your setup/bike fit
There has never been more choice in every single bike category than in today's market, its just the general mass who cant use a single tool on their machine see bikes only for the builds/specs they come in and as if a bike (suspension tune, cockpit, drivetrain, wheels, tires, geometry) cant be setup to excel at multiple jobs either at once or at a time.
  • 1 0
 @onlyDH: just wish it came in longer sizes. My Large Darkside was like a S2 Enduro.
  • 13 2
 Full review tomorrow
  • 6 0
 Yeah, the whole release has been super weird. The European and UK rags have already had a go at it, meanwhile absolutely nothing for the US, it's not even on the site, but apparently you can walk into a shop and buy one? Huh? Anyway, seems like a pretty cool bike with great value.
  • 3 0
 Saw one at Snow Summit a few weeks back. Had no idea that it was so "special". Looked nice though.
  • 2 0
 I got one, had to drive up to Santa Cruz to get it. I think only 9 stores in the US got them. You had to follow the hashtag statusmtb to find what stores had them, or find people that knew where to get it.
  • 8 0
 I paid 4700 CAD last year for a Stumpy evo alloy with the same parts. WTF . It has been my favorite bike though.......
  • 2 1
 Why
  • 8 3
 Probably the most annoying bike release I’ve experienced. I say that as a lad from the UK, living in the US, being told by my Specialized dealer that I won’t be able to get one from them. Not to mention that according to Specialized's target market, I am too old for this bike. If only I was a 14 year old jib jester again (never was).
  • 1 0
 Just tell them its for your younger child
  • 4 0
 A shop local to me has actually been selling a few Statuses (east cost US). The launch of the bike has been incredibly weird - people are going in and buying the bike from the shop, while Specialized doesn't even acknowledge its existence on their US webpage.
  • 4 0
 I really like the ethos behind this bike. A simple and affordable good times machine.

Actually, following this I wish the major players would drop the XC pretensions from their sub-1000$/£/€ hardtails and bring back the freeride hardtail!
  • 9 6
 Old Status used to be a wonderful park bike, except its QR rear axle.
The new one might be a good park bike also, if using 27.5 front wheel.
The diameter difference between 27.5 and 29 wheels is 38mm, so if using 27.5 front wheel, there is 19mm difference of the hight on the front axle. To compensate it, you will need 19/sin(63.7°)=21.19mm more travel if we don't consider the difference of the offset. So 275 front wheel with a 180mm fork seems fine.
  • 7 3
 I did this maths test but got different answers. Changing between 27 and 29" wheels at the front actually changes things by the full 38mm, because there's the radius of the wheel PLUS the added length of the fork axle-to-crown.
So you'd need to run a 200mm travel 27 fork to get close to similar geometry, and then it would just feel weird.
Because of the extra fork sag, the already-low BB would probably be getting too low as well.
Basically it won't work
  • 1 0
 @IllestT: you’re correct here. Stick it in the high position, be rate.
  • 6 0
 @IllestT: If you'd stick to a 29" fork @skylinespeed 's math would be okay.extra mud clearance included.
  • 1 0
 @IllestT: Yes you are right if using 27.5 fork. For example, the fork length of 29er 160mm Lyrik is 572mm, based on the calculation, we need a 27.5 fork with 593mm length, which does not even exist (27.5 180mm fork has the length of 572mm). In this case, we may need a 10mm headset cup extender, and maybe also a 27.5 190mm zeb fork? 582+10.
  • 3 0
 Really like this. Surely one of the best value bike around? Build kit seems sorted in all the right places. Any idea where I can buy one?
Looking for an enduro bike to replace my downhill and trail bikes as they're a bit old now and most trails around me dont need a full on dh bike, but are sometimes a bit much for a trail bike
  • 4 1
 I wish there was more information from a wider audience, and also more information on the 140 version. I'm in the market for new bike in this price range, and the status seems to hit a lot of the things I care about, namely suspension, brakes, geometry at an entry level price. But damn, I can only find like 3 reviews and only of the 160. My my concern is that it may be a bit unbalanced with that short of chainstays and that long of a front end on the larger sizes. The reach/chainstay numbers are not super radical by today's standards for 27.5 bikes I don't think (I think equivalent Mojo 4 has nearly idential numbers in that regard), but it's paired with an almost downhill HA. I wish I could get more input before I try and go find one, if I even could fine one to try out at this point.
  • 1 0
 I've got one in S4, I'd say it likes to be ridden aggressively, like weighting and pushing hard through the turns no lazy riding. It's more of a play bike with a flickable rear end and a planted front. I was worried about it being unbalanced but I think with the 29 contact patch vs the 27.5 traction feels fine up front. I ride in the high position almost exclusively unless I go to the park. In the low position it's a sled and feels like you can push through anything. High position feels playful/ poppy and less pedal strikes. For changes I'd say load the fork with tokens and run it softer to account for the rear weight bias but also give more mid-end support, and the tires are 2.3s so it would be nice to put some 2.5s on. Climbing is ok similar to most bikes in the Enduro category, steeper climbs are difficult with the short stays, but I think the bike is for people who don't mind hiking when the climb gets steep. Overall I'd say the bike is for people who just want to have fun and not break the bank, if you're racing you'd probably want an Enduro or a bike with longer stays unless you are shorter then it's perfect. A dude got 2nd in cat1 on one in a DH race here, so it's probably more the rider than the bike on how fast you can go. If you need help finding one pm me.
  • 1 0
 Hi, Do you think it could fit a 29er tire and rim in the rear?@cfox109:
  • 1 0
 @Brooksmoney: no, it's pretty tight back there
  • 1 0
 @cfox109: thanks for the info! Just picked an S-3 up a few days ago and only 1 ride in so far. Trying to figure out a best case on front and rear tyres. Any ideas? I did notice I struck my pedals in the low position but have not switched yet to high. The mullet is a new mystery for me to unlock- not quite there yet. Thx Andy.
  • 1 0
 @Brooksmoney: Switch to high, its not too much of a geo change, takes 2 minutes and if your getting a lot of strikes it'll help. Id go with what tires you like for your area to be honest. I just think some 2.5s front and back should be good for this bike.
  • 3 0
 Just bought one 2 days ago at Family Cycling Center in Capitola CA (They had several S-3and S-4s. I Paid about 2800 w tax. I purchased the S-3 in gray. I’m 5 9” 165 lbs and that size fit perfectly. I was immediately impressed with the value for the money, progressive geometry, mullet layout and good looks. Some immediate upgrades will be: Tyres (Those stock butchers kinda suck and are not tubeless). The cons I have identified so far are a rubbing chain bash guard so I removed it. Also, the overall weight with the tubed butchers makes this bike heavy. I’ll be looking for ways to lighten It climbs but up for sure. I’m still getting used to it as far as handling and figuring out body position and what it can do in the corners. So far the suspension feels plush and the fox shocks are a great addition to this bike. I went with Chester pedals and changed the handgrips to ODI pro elite for a little more cushion. Next step will be figuring out a good tyre combo on this mullet. Good luck I’m excited about this bike.
  • 1 1
 Is it enough room for 29er wheel in rear?
  • 1 0
 @q232: I don’t think so because of the short chain stays. I’m trying to confirm w specialized - So I know about options for the future. What I do know for sure is you will need to replace those crummy Butcher tires front and back with something wider and more stable.
  • 1 0
 @Brooksmoney: Thanks,
I will be pleased to hear answer.
  • 7 1
 Stop the press, there's a market outside of North America. ????
  • 5 0
 Comes in a 140 configuration as well
  • 1 0
 Kinda fixes the things I had issue with on the '18 Cannondale Jekyll 27.5. I wished for a much steeper STA, cause it sagged/slackened so much on climbs. I also wondered how it would've been with a 29er's rollover. Amusing how the Jekyll, carbon model, went on closeout for as much as this bike's MSRP. Just saying, since people are hyping up value... seen a Marin Mt Vision also on closeout for a similar price range too.
  • 2 0
 I work at a Specialized dealer and I am totally confused by this whole release/not release; it exists/you can't buy it product release concept they have going on. Cool bike from Specialized, neat, but you can't buy it.
  • 1 0
 I freaking love this bike!!! I've had a ton of very nice and expensive Enduro style bikes. None of them have fit my style better than the status. Just spend a day in the bike park on one and I was sending 40 foot doubles with it by the end of the second run. Fastest I've even taken to a bike. I hate Spesh, but I love the plush suspension, love the big geo and love love love the affordable price point. This bike is such a freaking winner.
  • 4 0
 there is also a 140 version, saw it on peoples instagram
  • 4 0
 looks like a cannondale habit
  • 1 1
 Its great the name is coming back no matter what it represents, people need to let go of past products.
Good amount of travel as a long travel trail bike to come between the stiff and short on travel Stumpjumper and the race ready big Enduro. Great price and alloy frame is the way to go for price, longevity/damage resistance and i think every single frame should be offered in both carbon and metal/alloy.

Personally kind of bummed by the very long front end and very short, nonadjustable and not growing proportional to each frame size rear end (the future of proper bike fitment) making it another bike that needs to be ridden aggressively over the front wheel. Nothing wrong with that for weekend warriors but as a daily one bike quiver its gets very tiring on long days/sessions over years.

Price wise, its refreshing seeing that offer from Specialized as its part of the brand to be over priced for bikes built in Taiwan, far from boutique fit/finish and even being warrantied for life (same as Trek and Giant, all 3 sharing the markets oligopoly)

Definitely want to see the reviews tho
  • 1 0
 please Al 2020 enduro frame....specialized....listen to me....I NEED an 2020 enduro AL frame to change my great enduro pro carbon 2017 frame....thankyou.....you rock....hehe!!!...cheers
  • 2 0
 I’m very interested in demoing one of these to see how it rides compared to my Stumpjumper Evo.
  • 1 0
 As far as I can tell it's an Evo with 10 more mm? My Evo already has a 170 up front.
  • 3 0
 @rewob: Chainstays are way shorter too, more fun than speed focused
  • 2 0
 @GraphSol: Those super short chainstays and the higher bottom bracket in combination with the 27.5 rear wheel should make it feel considerably different. It will probably feel less stable at high speed but more maneuverable. I really want to ride one.
  • 3 0
 I'm seeing these for sale near and around Santa Cruz, CA
  • 1 0
 Just bought an S-3 in grey at Family Cycle Center in Capitola CA.
  • 1 0
 There are a few floating around Maryland, a shop here has been selling a few. There are more pics and specs and geo on a thread at MTBR.com under specialized status thread.
  • 4 1
 Cannondale habit? Is that you old friend?
  • 2 0
 Before I bought one, id want to know if the frame has clearance for a 29" rear wheel.. Just in case
  • 1 0
 From what I saw, there's 0 chance a 29er will fit
  • 1 0
 Yeah the chainstays are super short, no way a 29 will fit
  • 2 0
 Damn, just when you think you're out front PB, Specialized eschews your ass for the 'Gram...
  • 2 0
 I saw a bunch of them at the Fat Tire Farm in Portland! Definitely available in the US...
  • 1 0
 > Only one build kit available with Fox suspension and an NX drivetrain
> Test bikes have Ohlins suspension and an XX1 drivetrain


........?
  • 2 1
 as much as I usually despise Specialized... This bike and the new epic/epic evo are sweet...
  • 1 0
 That was ridiculous. Hands down top 5 mtb videos I've ever seen. Every shot was a banger.
  • 2 0
 Meanwhile, singletrackworld has the complete geo table ...
  • 2 0
 Yea its on geometry geeks too
  • 2 0
 Looks just like the Calibre sentry and bossnut
  • 1 2
 So they describe it as a one-spec fits all, affordable bike... then both photos in the article show a bike with gold XX1, what I think is an Ohlins fork, different tyres, and probably more that I've missed.
  • 1 0
 You will be able to buy frame only in certain regions
  • 1 0
 Athletes have contracts with other brands and will build the bike up in agreement with their contracts. Happens all of the time.
  • 2 1
 @ka-brap: If thats the case for the riders in the video, then thats cool. But given there's a number of photos on the internet of the bike in its stock form, could they not have been included in the article?
  • 2 0
 Guy Gesteven gave it a good hoon and review on Bike Perfect.
  • 1 0
 Why not go 78 seat angle? Need more 6ft+ testers riding stuff like laguna apparently...on a Wednesday.
  • 3 2
 can it accommodate a 29'' at the rear?
  • 10 2
 That's what she said ????
  • 1 0
 Even if it can, I won't hold that against it Wink
  • 6 5
 34+ lbs without pedals, ouch
  • 4 1
 Sounds about right for the price. An alloy instinct BC edition weighs as much, costs more and got recalled (ouch).
  • 4 0
 A low budget park play bike, and the weight is an issue?
  • 1 0
 Probably in line with the metas, konas...giants seem to be lightest Al
  • 2 0
 My C1 norco sight weights pretty much the same too.
  • 1 0
 The love child of the original status and the pitch!
  • 1 0
 Shops in Switzerland sell it since weeks...
  • 1 0
 Have you a link or more detailef specs?
Thanks
  • 1 0
 So the enduro isn't enduro enough?
  • 1 0
 Actually beyond enduro a bit. Most teams guys arent even running that bike.
  • 2 1
 Looks good. Is there going to be a carbon version?
  • 1 0
 Man that bike looks like it corners so good! I want one!
  • 1 0
 It's kinda like a ZJ, if you don't know about it you can't afford it...
  • 1 0
 this is actually nice looking frame, and especially option of frame only!
  • 1 2
 Spaz dont want people to spend far less on this cheapie rather than buy sn Enduro?
  • 1 0
 Roey. Nuff said!
  • 2 4
 338 bb with 150mm cranks hopefully... ????
  • 5 1
 Is 338 supposed to be too low or something?
  • 2 2
 @thegoodflow: ask your pedals
  • 2 0
 @thegoodflow: this dude is tripping 338 is an ideal bb height for 160 travel. I've got the bike with 170 cranks and really rocky trails, no issues at all.
  • 2 3
 Ask your pedals.
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