Spotted: Is This a New Specialized Status?

May 4, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  

Specialized are no strangers to out of the ordinary marketing tactics, and we recently featured three of their campaigns in our round up of unconventional edits. Today, we're doing our best impression of Charlie from It's Always Sunny trying to uncover Pepe Silvia as we try to uncover what we believe is another unusual tease from them and the rebirth of the Status.

The old Status was an entry-level downhill bike that sat underneath the Demo in Specialized's line up, for more info on that check out our review of the Status from 2012 here. The new bike looks to have a totally different brief and instead of a gravity-fed sled, it's a single crown, aluminum trail bike.

The 2012 Specialized Status

So, where does our theory come from? Firstly, we noticed pro BMXers Chase Hawk and Sean Ricany both posted about mountain bikes for the first time with pictures of this bike and the hashtag #statusmtb, suspicious. Digging deeper we found a few more posts about the #statusmtb with Specialized ambassadors also showing the same bike off too.



The biggest clue to its identity was a video of Allan Cooke riding a bike that looked suspiciously similar to the bike posted all over social media. You may know Allan Cooke best as an X-Games Gold medal winner and Whip Off World Champ, but his day job is working in PR for Specialized. Allan also seems to be connected to all the people who have taken pictures of the Status and his BMX background will surely put him in a good position to convince Chase Hawk and Sean Ricany of the merits of mountain bikes. Piece it all together with the name and things start to fall into place pretty quickly.

Allan Cooke taking the bike for a spin

The spec seems to suggest this bike will be aimed at the cheaper end of the market, much like the original Status was. We can see an aluminum frame with Fox Rhythm suspension and SRAM NX components, not bad kit, sure, but not what you generally see hanging of a brand's high-end bikes or their test bikes. Add on top of that Specialized's own finishing kit and tires and it's easy to see how this could be a very competitively priced bike. Other things to note are a Horst Link suspension design that looks very similar to the Stumpjumper's and that all the bikes we've seen are running a mullet wheel set up.

We reached out to Specialized and all they would tell us was: "Specialized relies on feedback from professional athletes in developing and testing advanced pre-production products in real-world applications. Thanks to this top-level feedback some of these products, or elements of their designs, eventually show up in future retail product offerings." In other words, watch this space.

We'll update you with more info as we get it, although one of the posts confirms the bike is coming June 2020, so we may not have to wait too long.


285 Comments

  • 263 6
 Looks like a... cannondale?

Never thought i'd be saying that...
  • 81 10
 Well to be fair Specialized has been using this configuration way longer than Cannondale.
  • 22 0
 @alexsin: Yeah you are totally right. I guess the habit just came to mind that because the angles on this thing. Previous years' stumpys all have that one sided thing going on, so I forgot what older ones looked like.
  • 27 2
 Your right. It looks like a long travel habit, which all Cannondale hate aside, is a rad bike.
  • 19 1
 Kinda looks like a revel too. Either way, cool bikes.
  • 15 1
 It looks like my 2014 Stumpy Evo
  • 1 0
 @dglass: I agree with you
  • 8 2
 @kiddlivid: just received my 2020 Habit and I'm seriously impressed.
  • 2 0
 That’s it
  • 2 0
 Wouldn't mind one of these...
  • 9 2
 @scottsemple: Ya, I demoed the habit on a few trails last fall, and while the numbers look meh, the bike was really impressive. Despite bobbing a lot on climbs, it was fast and I wasn't any slower on the ups. Downhill, it feels a lot slacker than the geo would suggest on the rough and straight, but was also peppy on the twisty stuff and for airtime. Its no surprise that Bryceland loves jibbing on it so much.
  • 6 2
 Jeffsy, actually
  • 2 1
 @vtracer: nah, this is more rounded like the Habit; the Jeffsy is more angular and "sharp"
  • 1 0
 @alexsin: earlier than 1988? SM700
  • 3 1
 I would say more like Capra with water bottle option Smile
  • 4 2
 Let's hope this won't become a "Habit"...
  • 4 4
 its time to join the fray:
this looks like 3rd gen nomad Wink
  • 1 10
flag Kmans (May 4, 2020 at 11:41) (Below Threshold)
 Actually it looks like a Ripley..
  • 5 0
 @hamncheez: Agreed. It’s a surprisingly fun bike.
  • 9 0
 Cheaper Enduro
  • 1 2
 @alexsin: Cannondale was also 6000 series Aluminum...and US owned...and.........I will leave out HeadShock and Lefty.
  • 4 2
 Looks like Spesh made a Clash
  • 1 1
 ....or my 2015 710 voltage
  • 5 0
 Looks like the front end of the former gen Nomad and the rear end of the former Enduro...so its a NoDUro?
  • 12 0
 Looks like an Enduro if you designed it for function instead of trying to use "x-frames" or "shock tubes".

If they make it in Raw Aluminum for a decent price with modern geo they'd sale a shitload of them....
  • 2 7
flag the-burd (May 4, 2020 at 14:24) (Below Threshold)
 Wow. The cannondale habit is a blatant rip off of the stumpjumper. You're bassackwards on this one.
  • 1 1
 @vtracer: Also wrong.
  • 3 0
 @stiingya: Shhhh, dont tell them the secret.
  • 4 0
 What's the status of this new bike? We gon' see that review? It would be epic
  • 19 7
 I believe we've reached peak "Looks like a..." comments.

"It has two wheels, so it looks like a ... " is now where we're basically at with bike design.

All these comments are now for is to humblebrag about how much bike history you know, that's all. All it does is recognize your Rain Man-like personality. Okay, so you know the BB width of a 1974 Nishiki road bike off the top of your head, but will that help you podium at the next enduro?
  • 5 0
 @stiingya: they re used the x wing enduro's seat stay and chainstay, just checked mine even the weld points are same it might even have 426 cs lenght
  • 2 0
 Down tube and seattube is same too
  • 3 0
 @kiddlivid: Cannondale is hated? Why? Honest question.
  • 4 0
 If its a 2500 bike similar to the ibis ripmo af i’m excited
  • 4 0
 @sevensixtwo: 2.5 grand for spesh with fox suspension sounds not possible
  • 2 15
flag willdavidson9595 (May 4, 2020 at 20:06) (Below Threshold)
 Specialized has had this serious problem lately of copying other brands bikes. EX- 2020 Enduro- Santa Cruz lower link design 2019 Stumpjumper- 2018 Orbea Rallon
  • 3 1
 @DavidGuerra: because they built this awesome and interesting DH bike and won´t let us play with it.
In reality they built some questionable bikes with questionable "standards" over the years, I think a few people have resentments because of that
  • 1 0
 @F22: like bb30, 1.5 steerer
  • 1 1
 Actually proven 2016 Enduro swingarm with more simpler front triangle. Mullet is a thing of the 80s.
  • 1 0
 @RobertBro: pretty sure 2017, 16 is thinner
  • 4 0
 @RobertBro: "Mullet is a thing of the 80s."

Did you not pay attention to any racing last year? Now I've no idea if we'll see as much of it this year as some of the mullet riders have other options this year. (And especially since this years racing might only happen next year? Smile ) But a fair number of riders had some great success with mixed wheel bikes.

Be nice if more 29er bikes could have a flip chip for mullet. Be an excellent "lift day" swap at the very least!
  • 1 0
 @willdavidson9595: when a bike is released vs. when it’s actually being designed are two completely different time schedules. We have no idea when any of these conceptions were first drew up, so saying one brand copied another is sort of impossible to know, unless you’re with said brand and leak info.
  • 197 4
 In three - four years some kid who rides in jeans and smokes cigarettes mid ride is going to huck his 600$ third hand status off something bigger than you could ever imagine doing on your 14,500$ wonderbike
  • 33 1
 But my wonderbike looks cool.
  • 12 0
 Its always been that way...and I like it!
  • 9 4
 Oh Wibbly...here comes that complex of yours, again!
  • 14 1
 I used to huck off huge rocks to flat on a hardtail with a 100mm manitou xvert dual crown (because Kranked/new world disorder)... now I can afford a much better bike, but my body and my brain have aged and hold me back much more than when I was 15... but you are definitely correct.
  • 23 3
 600 bucks in 3 years? If you go by all the idiots selling their 8 year old thrashed trailbikes, a 3 year old status will easily get 2500.

Not to mention all the decade plus old dirtjumpers that somehow command 600+.

No wonder entry into this sport is damn near impossible
  • 22 66
flag phops (May 4, 2020 at 14:03) (Below Threshold)
 I respect the 40 year old that managed to learn to jump a 20 foot gap on his $14,500 wonderbike than some kid without responsibilities or care in the world going big.

Besides, if you can afford a $14,500 toy, you are already winning at life in general, whereas hucking something big may get you a entry level racing sponsorship deal, if you are insanely lucky.
  • 26 6
 @phops: sour much?
  • 2 0
 @jaycubzz: truth! Haha so many 8 9 10year old DJ bikes and or trailbikes(not the greatest componentry and usually in need of some minor TLC) the seller seems like not bike-inclined or they just ride the bike 1 or 2 days of the week and it sits in the garage for 8years and then they list it, saying they paid this much amount of money back in 2010 and now they think half the value is still there, as if they "invested" and expect no less than half of what they paid for, lol
  • 144 2
 It says "Status" on the frame. Not sure if this is a clue. It's quite hard to spot though; you'll need to squint.

/s
  • 71 1
 "Spotted: Is This a New Specialized Status?"

Man, y'all know it is. Quit playing games.
  • 33 0
 Make no mistake, if it's on social media pre-launch it's been orchestrated.
  • 31 1
 @TheR: bike review in 3 days
  • 6 1
 @TheR: LOL someone listens to PB podcast
  • 13 1
 The only thing I don't understand is how this is a Status and not a Big Hit
  • 4 2
 Is there a gravity version without the boat anchor gears?
  • 7 0
 Elite level detective work
  • 7 0
 Throw away NX, add cheap groupset, done @jorgeposada:
  • 31 3
 To be fair it might say "STATIIS". Smile

Also, no review in 3 days. I think they're seeding this one out early with influencer types and non-MTB athletes, we don't have our hands on one yet. Kind of an interesting approach.
  • 10 0
 @mnorris122: Seriously! They already have the 26"/24" mullet heritage from the BigHit name, why not?
  • 9 1
 I'm curious as to whether they're considering a "Scion" like offshoot given that it's clearly branded "Status" and not Specialized. Specialized is about the least BMX/alternative bike maker out there, so they might want to open up their market a bit.
  • 1 1
 @MarcusBrody: I think you may be onto something. None of the pictures online show a S badge up front. Idk how edgy nx is though on social media...
  • 1 1
 My thoughts as well....????‍♂️
  • 3 0
 @Austink: nx is super edgy Brea
  • 1 0
 The new Status is pretty much the old Status. Next year they'll sell the old Status as Status EVO because that's what the Specialized staff secretly already has been riding and they thought maybe some of the most progressive riders out there might like it too.

Big Hit name would be fitting too. They'd call this one the Tiny Hit?
  • 1 0
 @vinay: Bighit is big name to live up to, im not sure this bike could handle 10ft to flat.
  • 1 2
 @zyoungson: The review in two days will show
  • 1 0
 @mnorris122: It's a Big hit gone full circle
  • 1 1
 @JSTootell: The sky is blue right?
  • 62 1
 Loving the affordable aluminum trend. Let's hope specialized continues it. Gonna be hard to keep up with Privateer.
  • 13 36
flag hamncheez (May 4, 2020 at 10:02) (Below Threshold)
 You can get a stumpy evo aluminum frame for $1700 new. Thats a pretty effing good value. If you pop the spacer out of the rear shock (I think thats how you do it, or just buy a longer stroke shock) then you can bump the travel up to around 155mm and raise the BB a touch, creating a pretty freaking good bike.
  • 23 1
 I saw a claim that these will be consumer-direct. Wonder is Spesh is trying to create Status as a kind of sub-brand to differentiate from dealer-only Specialized.
  • 8 0
 @Drew-O: ah good shout. Almost (completely?) free of specialized branding in all of the pictures above...
  • 6 0
 @jaycubzz: not even a S-badge on the head-tube.

Well, when you don't want to devalue a brand, the easy way is to create a B, C brand; as this is Spez, I don't think it will be a C brand but, most likely a B brand to compete with all the consumer direct(yt, comm, canyon, etc) and low volume cheap wonder bikes manufacturers(NS, Privateer, etc) from the industry.
  • 3 1
 @eugenux: There's obvious stickers covering the S
  • 1 0
 @Drew-O: The bikes would end up at spesh dealers anyway for warranty & servicing, I cant see that happening, but could be wrong.
  • 3 0
 @azogas413: S for status, right?
  • 7 1
 @zyoungson: Sure but not like Spesh would be trying to pretend Status wasn’t theirs. More a branding effort; e.g. Toyota created Scion to appeal to value-conscious younger folks, also trying to make it seem cool. The fact that they’ve given them out to all these Insty influencers and BMXers would be consistent with this goal.
  • 37 1
 Chase hawk now has This MTB, everyone should be very very afraid
  • 7 4
 Afraid? He is not the type of guy to throw himself down slopestyle courses. I am actually psyched to see that guy on some big wheels. This is going to be great.
  • 1 0
 Was lookin for this comment. Knew I saw that bike somewhere recently. First thought was "status mtb? Looks like a spesh"
  • 24 3
 Does marketing show that people respond well to names they know? Otherwise what's up with rehashing of old names on totally different bikes? Heckler is an e-bike, Status is a trail bike... Why not just make up a new name?
  • 16 0
 To be fair, this looks like the upper travel end of trail bikes and some people did run their old status as long travel trail/freeride bikes.
  • 8 0
 Also considering how descent capable the new enduro design is, why not just make an alloy enduro? Unless this bike is coming in with 180mm+ a completely different model/frame seems a little unnecessary to me. Plus I think the low-slung shock/linkage design would be much better suited for a bike like this.
  • 12 0
 Specialized already brought back the Pitch, but as a cheap hardtail.
  • 2 0
 Agree. The same with movies. Cheaper marketing to make a 2 or 3 or 7 than to start over again.
  • 11 1
 @brycepiwek: This is the poor mans Enduro; look at the stroke of the rear shock. No way its a "trail" bike.
  • 7 0
 "Does marketing show that people respond well to names they know?"

Ummm yes... just look at the auto industry. Brand recognition is huge... best example is when Ford released the "Ford 500" and the "Mercury Montego" in 2005, then three years later they renamed them to be the new Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable because people still recognized those old names from the '90s. The new cars were nothing like the old ones, but they gave them the same name just for brand recognition.
  • 26 0
 As a product manager in a different industry, I can tell you that finding a name that isn't already trademarked is a giant pain in the ass. When brands have one that works (or at least that they like) they hold on to it.
  • 4 0
 @ka-brap: good point
  • 3 1
 @hamncheez: that’s more or less what I was getting at; Instead of making a totally new “poor mans enduro“ Bike they could’ve just made an alloy enduro with a couple more budget friendly builds. Maybe the top option being shimano xt or sram gx with fox performance elite or something along those lines
  • 5 0
 The status was a budget shredder so the name looks like it may make some sense. Same idea, less travel.
  • 17 0
 @brycepiwek: that new enduro linkage is too complex to make cheap, I'm guessing. this is essentially the same design as the old enduro but dumps the X-wing design, which probably saves cost even more. Plus they have to differentiate between their top race bikes, the Enduro and Demo, so they don't eat into those sales.
  • 4 0
 @hamncheez: good point, I didn’t think about that side of it
  • 6 0
 Might be something like Commencal's lineup: Meta is the 29" enduro race bike, Clash is the 27.5 single crown park smasher / fun bike. Could really see this being a hit with the bike park and local woods crew if it has a decent build kit and price.
  • 5 1
 Heckler is a great tongue in cheek name for an e-bike though. Up there with Decoy, for sure above Shuttle.
  • 1 0
 @kingtut87: That makes me sad about the Pitch. My buddy had the Full Suspension Pitch and it was wicked (outside of the non-drive side crank falling off fairly regularly).
  • 5 0
 you have no idea how difficult it is to come up with ok names that aren't already trademarked globally
  • 4 0
 @Warburrito: I think the biggest issue with the original Pitch was that it was so good it took sales away from the Enduro.
  • 4 2
 @brycepiwek: They need to start doing this and return to offering value in their bikes. Privateer is like a gold standard for this at the moment. I think carbon only on the enduro was a miss, and corner cutting with some of the spec is a piss take. Not everyone is a cashed up punter drooling over plastic frames & flash paint jobs, some people actually ride & know what they want in a bike.
  • 5 0
 @Warburrito: Pitch was a sweet bike, and geo ahead of its time, I think reach on a large was 480mm. Its a shame spesh took a step backwards for a while.
  • 4 0
 Looks like it might be a park bike with a 38 to me, similar to the intended use of the first one.
  • 3 0
 Probably. Apparently SRAM didn't get the memo regarding Totem however.
  • 1 0
 @zyoungson:
I had a 2012 one; a silver-titan like color. Pretry decent bike. Horst was bobbing waaay to much in those days.
  • 1 2
 @alexhyland: That's good though, if they came out with a Totem that didn't have the totem graphics on it, I'd have to riot.
  • 17 0
 Something tells me this will replace the Stumpy EVO and the new Stumpjumper will move to a suspension layout similar to the Demo and Enduro. #armchairproductmanager
  • 5 0
 Nice guesswork. That’s 99% what’s happening
  • 2 0
 Seems like a reasonable idea. It might be another year or 2 before Specialized redesign the stumpy. It feels like they just redesigned it last year.
  • 19 3
 The original Status still looks good now. Stick a single crown long travel fork on it and huge amounts of 26" wheel fun will be had.
  • 15 0
 So funny reading the comments on the link to the old Status and the top ones are about people making fun of bars wider than 750mm
  • 13 1
 "The new bike looks to have a totally different brief and instead of a gravity-fed sled, it's a single crown, aluminum trail bike."

IDK what you guys are smoking (unless there is a review coming tomorrow and you're playing dumb) but that rear shock looks like a pretty long effing stroke shock. Wouldn't be surprised if its 160mm+ travel.
  • 10 0
 Also in all the pics it looks to be a mullet
  • 4 1
 Sorta like Spesh made a Clash or something I think...
  • 1 0
 @hamncheez: Absolutely is a mullet bike! straight edge shows that the front is much larger than the back.
  • 1 1
 Pictures on insta look like it's got a 36 not a 38 meaning it's not got more than 160mm of travel so I assume what they mean is that it's a trail bike not a super long travel 180mm+ freeride bike like the old status was
  • 4 0
 @Arobb: Fox is still supplying 170mm oem fox 36’s, I believe. So it could be 170, maybe
  • 15 0
 I like it!
Just me...or it has a 275 rear / 29 front (79er, right?)?
  • 2 0
 Xylena Hoppen called it "the ultimate mullet party machine!!!" on her insta.
  • 7 1
 I was hoping it was actually a 26-275 rig like the old Big Hits, hence having a bunch of BMXers ride it. But I guess that would be too bold these days lol
  • 12 2
 @lepigpen: Its very unlikely that a big brand is ever going to sell a mainstream model with 26" wheel(s) ever again.
  • 6 3
 @hamncheez: give it a couple of years.

Mark my words.
  • 3 2
 @alexhyland: Not going to happen but what will is mullet bikes becoming the norm.
  • 3 0
 @jclnv: We'll see eh?
  • 4 0
 I'll hedge my bets and say within the next 5 years.
  • 10 1
 - Is This a New Specialized Status?
- I don't know... I think you are jumping to conclusions too fast. Just because it says STATUS it doesn't means that is a STATUS.
  • 10 0
 It reminds me of my old SX Trail. I loved that bike, was so much fun and looked awesome too.
  • 5 0
 I have a 2012 SX Trail. Its still my go to bike for park riding. I ride that instead of my DH bike most of the time. I feel like the SX trail was sort of the predecessor to the original status. Alot of people mistake my bike for the status when they see it.
  • 2 0
 @sino428: I still have my first gen sx trail, when it was still based off the enduro platform.

The original enduro race rig that could handle park laps all day long.
  • 6 0
 I loved my SX Trail. Probably my first actually good bike (after years of an 8-Ball and a Banshee Scream...).
  • 1 0
 @jaycubzz: I think that one was a little different. The one I have from 2012 was definitely just more in the mini DH/Freeride category. No a bike you really want to be pedaling anywhere.
  • 1 0
 @sino428: yeh I had a 2009 sx trail. Progressive geo for the time. I managed to run an air shock on mine.
  • 1 0
 @tremeer023: I have an air shock on mine now. Had to buy the aftermarket yoke to fit it on there.
  • 2 1
 Some of the old SX trails had the coolest graphics.
  • 10 1
 Yup, "watch this space" for a review tomorrow.
  • 4 0
 It's interesting because they are clearly targeting the "spy shots" release of this bike with influencers - ie, people who don't race. That's a good move too, because the people who are into that style of riding (modern freeride, MTBMX, etc) probably would like a bike that's more affordable and designed around reliability than all-out efficiency and lightness.
  • 5 0
 A lot of people are in to that style of riding, we are just starting to see bikes that cater to it again. You can keep your big $$ plastic enduro race rig.
  • 4 0
 Not sure why, but I get the feeling this will be a park/freeride bike. If I'm correct in my assuptions the name Status makes sense, since it will still be a gravity bike like the original. Certainly long travel due to 1) the length of the shock's stroke and 2) the height of the unsagged bottom bracket.
  • 11 0
 Makes sense since there is no aluminum Enduro and the've gone full dentist with the prices for them. 3999€ for the frameset. I guess this will be targeted at people who would buy something like the Privateer.
  • 7 0
 I just popped by to see the Status of the comments and information on when we will see Demo units available
  • 5 1
 Its pretty easy to see this the cheaper aluminum version of the Enduro .Sort of like the old Pitch was a cheaper version of the Enduro back in 2008-2010. It looks to be 170mm in front (based on stanchion vs. crank length), and if the seattube is 34.9, the stanchions appear to be 36s. A mullet setup would also allow for more clearance to get 170-180mm of travel without doing a funky crank layout like you see on the new Enduro. It's spec'd very similar to the SJ Evo base model, so i bet it come in around $3000.
  • 6 0
 $3000 USD for Enduro amounts of travel, a solid alloy frame, and full NX Eagle drivetrain from a bike shop brand and I'll buy it tomorrow. I was looking at used Enduros and Nomad alloys for a few weeks but I'd much rather buy new with a warranty and local service available. The Process 153 is also on my radar but I like shiny new things and my local Kona dealer isn't walking distance away.
  • 4 0
 @sjma: Ripmo AF?
  • 1 0
 @jambarbeast: totally forgot about the Ripmo. Looks like there's a shop 40 miles from me that can order coil versions - off to Youtube for more research
  • 3 1
 @jambarbeast: ripmo is a enduro-ish bike
this bike looks like in enduro-superenduro category
  • 9 1
 Nobody ever will ride a "prototype" with a NX crankset...
  • 1 1
 Good catch
  • 4 0
 I think there is a lot of this re naming going on and i also think we will see a 2021 Giant faith as their big enduro bike. The current reign doesnt cut it when up against a specialized enduro or pivot.
  • 3 0
 Wonder if this is a successor to the stumpy evo? 36 upfront so gonna be atleast 150, running a chain guide like the evo, and looks slacker than a standard stumpy, biggest knock on the evo in reviews was that due to its geometry you easily outride the suspension, wonder if this could be the answer?
  • 4 1
 Stumpy evo is a slacked out trail bike, this is clearly a huck machine, completely different bike.
  • 3 0
 How dare you Specialized? I have just brought some solid distance between me and you, riding a different brand long, low, slack, mullet bike and slowly replacing all kit by different makes, except saddles... and now this! It's like they have telepathics in there R&D, whenever I think there is no offering from Specialized, (Enduro being too big for local trails, Stumpy Evo only available in a too short S3) they come around with a bike that seems to be the incarnation of my wishful daydreaming. Now, high pivot/ idler pulley... but that would be too much to expect.
  • 3 0
 I'm thinking this is actually a low priced offshoot brand that's Specialized owned, designed to go up against future Walmart / Viathon bikes.... Status I'm thinking is the brand. some dude mentioned Scion offshoot of Toyota I think this is a good comparison.... aimed at converting BMXers (which is happening all over with lots of brands as they realize bmx riders are instantly better riders than their current rosters even if they've never ridden a big wheel before, i.e. Chase Hawk). The old BMXers are just rich enough and close enough to age 30 to be looking for something more comfy on their back and less brutal/twitchy.
  • 5 0
 I wish someone would release a model called the “Spotted”. Spotted is this the new spotted
  • 2 0
 Status was one Hell of a fun bike, still have it cracked and locked, shame they made 135*10 rear axle and not 150*12 thru axle like demo had. I think it would prevent the crack i have. I Hope they do not screw it this time.
PS: I'm still thinking about fixing the crack and have some 26 fun bcs I love this sled
  • 2 0
 Just in, Ryan Johnson has been hired as the new Specialized product manager, naming their new long-travel, hard hitting single crown all-mountain bike with mixed wheel size 'Status' instead of 'Bighit', to subvert our expectations. Wonderful, once again you've nailed it again Mr. Johnson.
  • 2 0
 You could argue the status has always been what people ride in bike parks... The original was a downhill bike because that's what you got to go bike parks, just slightly less race focused, the new one is more enduro bike because that's what people ride in bike parks now... When the original was being developed in 2010 enduro bikes weren't up to the smashing they are now so dh bikes were the go.to... now enduro bikes can take more than 80% can dish out . Makes sense
  • 5 0
 "I drive a Dodge Stratus. People are afraid of me!"
  • 2 0
 I'm trying to find the link but I'm sure I read on another website that this was mooted to be a mail order brand for Specialized... Kind of like the Toyota/Lexus but without bike shops.
  • 2 1
 This bike looks amazing! Mullet set up is awesome and looks clean. Hopefully its a longer travel bike made for park and affordable. Maybe I will get this instead of a new downhill bike since I'm still on a 26inch demo.

(coming from a bmxer and cannondale habit owner so I might be biased)
  • 5 1
 Great. Comes with NX. So you’ll need all new parts like, as soon as you’ve ridden it.
  • 1 0
 Yep, price is actually price + cost of new drivetrain.
  • 4 0
 Chase Hawk (BMX) is on one as well.
  • 3 1
 A black one, without surprise
  • 1 0
 Looks like he has a smaller wheel on the back too.
  • 5 1
 If say the big STATUS logo on the down tube is a clue..........¿
  • 1 0
 Looks great, though. I was very hesitant to buy the Stumpjumper I had, and it ended up being one of my favorite bikes. I'd still have it if I bought the XL instead of the Large.
  • 4 0
 An affordable park bike just in time for all the parks to not open?
  • 4 1
 Listen, it doesn't look like a cannondale, a Jeffsey, or a whatever. It looks like a specialized, the original.
  • 4 0
 Looks like a go outdoors Calibre Bossnut.
  • 3 0
 too bad the seat tube has a bend in it, otherwise it could have a decent length seat post in it!
  • 1 0
 My Status was a great bike!!! A few years back 3 or 4 of them were used in Rampage. I wish the pivots on this were a little more beefier. My Kona Process 153 is putting in the work just fine.
  • 3 0
 Looks dope to me. More options is a good thing and it doesn’t look like a a trek thank god lol
  • 4 0
 looks fun...hopefully frame only option..need coil on the back
  • 4 1
 Ooops. Didn't read the SEVERAL mentions of Hawk on one.....
  • 4 0
 Deepcee!
  • 1 0
 The Oaktown OG
  • 1 1
 Who is djdeepcee and why he looks terrified coming down on, what is essentially, an xc trail abroad a 150-170mm bike?
  • 4 1
 Will it have a QR rear axle like the original?
  • 1 0
 www.instagram.com/p/B_unT7xhXdi/?igshid=1hcvvn7wbj6wo

Specialized better pony up and pay Chase for making their bikes look so good!
  • 2 1
 @specislized, what we want is an aluminium enduro; this bike seems fine but, let's focus on the important things.

The color is reaaaaally nice though!
  • 2 0
 Looks like a mid to longer travel (150-170mm) enduro type bike. Seems like overlap with the Enduro.
  • 2 0
 Drop that shock down like the Enduro, and here is your new Stumpjumper Ladies and Gentlemen.
  • 1 0
 Mullet of the factory with OEM 38 looking fork? I'm willing to bet that one this bike comes out it's gonna have a rockshox build with the re-born totem
  • 3 0
 Chase hawk is riding it too
  • 2 0
 Pinkbike: We really need to dig deeper into this story!

Everyone else: Huh!? Let me click this hyperlink/hashtag.
  • 4 1
 I think this is the affordable/aluminum version of the Enduro
  • 4 0
 Why not call it a Pitch?
  • 2 2
 Don't get your hopes up, it's Specialized we're talking about, so "cheaper end of the market" is still going to be like 3500+ $.

So the only question really is why on earth would you get this instead of a YT Jeffsy.
  • 3 0
 I prefer the looks to be honest
  • 4 0
 @nordland071285: Yea it definitley looks a lot cleaner. While I love YT's value proposition and the general shredd-y attitude, I've never been a fan of their design
  • 2 0
 @benmoosmann: yep, the price will be the decider for me! Both lovely bikes
  • 1 0
 First move my specialized should be to get Phil Mclean on one! Pretty sure he's still doing crazy shit all over the place on his older one!
  • 5 3
 Interesting.

I wonder what the status on the release date is.

Specs?
  • 2 0
 Never trust the Deep Status #tinfoilhat
  • 2 0
 Looks sweet! Now let's see an alu raw version!
  • 1 0
 Reminds me of my 2009 Devinci Frantik. Horst link, around 65 deg headangle....
  • 2 1
 I'd still probably buy this bike and throw a Double crown and a coil shock on it, give it a roots throwback.
  • 1 1
 so if it's their new budget trail/Enduro bike wouldn't that make it a new version of the Pitch? (Apart from the name obviously)
Looks tidy, I'd buy it
  • 2 0
 Lauren Daney posted this same bike in black on her Instagram last week
  • 3 0
 38 or 36?
  • 1 0
 I’d say the biggest clue is Xylena’s picture where it clearly says Status on the downtube ????????‍♂️
  • 1 0
 Sweet. I expect to see this in a "Levo SL" format in the near future as the long travel counterpart to the current SL.
  • 2 0
 Looks like a jeffsy on a mullet
  • 3 0
 no motor, thank God!
  • 2 0
 Freeride bike. So yeah, a status
  • 2 0
 Pinkbike should write an article on all the Doppelgangers out there
  • 1 0
 I'm .....If the matte black comes out, I'm going to add a point with gold color.
  • 2 1
 Ah yeah, more entry-level awesomeness is what we need to get more people riding!
  • 2 0
 aluminum Enduro replacement, cheaper to make than new enduro linkage...
  • 1 3
 who cares though. its just another trail/enduro bike in an already saturated market. I'll be interested when someone makes a new DH bike, slopestyle bike, f*ck literally anything other than these identical mom and dad bikes that keep coming out.
  • 3 1
 Mullet
  • 2 1
 Bay Area DH Series DJDeepcee with the Dirt Trail Riders!!
  • 5 3
 Looks like a YT
  • 2 0
 Yeah it looks like my Jeffsy.
  • 3 2
 This was my first thought. But I like it because it looks like it'll take normal water bottles
  • 1 0
 Official Launch Tomorrow!
  • 1 0
 I hope they offer a frame only option.
  • 2 1
 Looking forward to the full review tomorrow.
  • 4 4
 DPX2, gross. It can’t be too much more to put on an X2? Given the intention of this bike, why not?
  • 1 0
 They could start with the fork damper, at least you can sell a rear shock if you dont need it.
  • 3 0
 Yeah, for about $300 more.
  • 4 2
 Full review tomorrow
  • 1 1
 But....the status is a freeride bike......why this enduro wtf s*** ??You alredy have enduro bikes Specialized....come on Frown
  • 2 1
 Mullet + new Fox suspension (DPX2/36 Rhythm) = hopefully pretty fun
  • 2 3
 Lol....a disgrace to the original. It was a great bike fir the money. Only thing would have made it perfect would have been a through axle rear end.
  • 2 1
 Mullet bikes are the new trend?
  • 2 1
 Looks like my next new bike.
  • 1 0
 Wonder why they didn't put the shock in the same area as the new Enduro.
  • 2 1
 Looks like a capra.. Would crush this thing.
  • 2 0
 Looks like mullet setup
  • 2 1
 Missing a SWAT box on the downtube. One of Specialized's best features.
  • 4 1
 swat box on my bike has been crammed with junk for 2 years. I cant even remember what is in there, literally never use it.
  • 1 1
 Could we just not f*ck around and build an afordable 27.5 downhiller sub 3k? Maybe sub 2.5k?...
  • 4 0
 YT for $2399 us.yt-industries.com/cat/index/sCategory/487 aka 2019 leftovers
  • 1 0
 I’m going to wait for next update to find out what this really is.
  • 1 0
 Looks a fun entry level bike.
  • 1 0
 It's the old enduro! Cool!
  • 1 0
 Looks like an instant classic...
  • 2 1
 Check out that wheel combo! Reincarnation of the bighit #mulletbike
  • 1 1
 Make your bets- how long until Specialized starts making bikes that look like a session.
  • 2 0
 Looks like a mullet!
  • 1 1
 Just make an edit all ready with strobel shredding the tits off this thing.
  • 1 0
 Missed opportunity to call it the anti-status
  • 1 0
 This looks like the perfect bike for me????????
  • 1 1
 Distancing themselves from their own brand. Probably a good marketing call.
  • 1 0
 Where are the youth bikes Specialized?
  • 2 1
 Looks like my park bike for 2021 ...
  • 1 1
 It's similar. ...similar. ...similar. ...similar.What's similar? That design is typical of a specialized bike design... Smile
  • 1 0
 Well considering it say "status" on the downtube, i'm guessing yes
  • 1 0
 optical effect or mullet bike?
  • 3 0
 You could read the article above.
  • 3 2
 At least they aren't pushing another e-bike....
  • 1 1
 Should have called it the Big Hit. Mixed wheel size, single crown bruiser....
  • 1 0
 Is it 29er, and how much travel does it have?
  • 2 1
 Looks like a Revel.
  • 1 1
 Copy-Paste de una CANNONDALE HABBIT.
  • 1 0
 Looks really nice!
  • 2 1
 Looks like a YT
  • 1 1
 Not gonna lie, it looks like a literal carbon copy of a Cannondale Habit.
  • 1 0
 I'd bang that.
  • 1 1
 what a question written on downtube
  • 2 2
 no "brain shock"?
  • 1 1
 Or brain fork.
  • 1 2
 Looks like a session.....wait a second.....
  • 2 4
 Looks exactly like a Canyon Spectral. Which isn't a terrible thing.
  • 4 7
 Does anyone really care about this?
  • 8 3
 That is like saying, does anyone care about The-Gunt? To answer your question, I guess it depends.
  • 1 4
 Is that aluminium? wow, just wow..
  • 32 35
 Full review tomorrow?
  • 37 9
 No.
  • 23 1
 @mikekazimer: Full review yesterday?
  • 9 4
 FULL REVIEW TOMORROW YEEEEEEWWW
  • 38 0
 Mike Kazimer: *waits 2 days to post full review in order to prove point*
  • 4 2
 @mikekazimer: Whats the status of the bike review? Pending, my dear
  • 5 1
 @mikekazimer: Wheres the demo 29 review?
  • 3 1
 "We really like the fact that the front end was so easy to ride over bumps with because of the circus wheel but the tiny-miniscule-micro rear wheel really held the bike back. With the nanoscopic rear wheel, we felt that we were the pilot rather than the passenger. A feeling we've become unfamiliar with after riding 95% circus bikes for the past 5 years." ????????
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