The Specialized Status II could not provide the bling factor of a few other horses in this classification, yet it'll line up and smoke bikes that set you back two times as much. This isn't simply an additional strong bike for the cost-- it's simply a phenomenal bike. That it is affordable is simply the crowning achievement.
150-millimeter rear-end spacing, we were a little stunned to see 135-millimeter spacing. Nonetheless, the Status II still won the hearts of all our testers, price be damned.
Previous Operators had a pinch screw on the non-drive side alone, yet screening revealed that benting pressures were wearing on the axle. Adding a pinch screw to the drive-side as well raises tightness and also toughness. The front runner design is spec 'd with Hope centers, which make certain to last at least as long as the bike.
This year, it has a new carbon front triangle and swingarm and a stiffer carbon upper web link. It has thoughtful touches like shaped guards on both chainstays as well as on the downtube, a threaded base brace, and also fork stops with integrated wire transmitting on both sides of the headtube. The front triangular utilizes a monocoque building and has been lost weight by 300 grams. Remove an additional 400 grams for the brand-new rear end and also you've obtained a sub-8-pound DH structure.
Group Beast Energy-Specialized debuted this concept in 2010, and numerous racers have actually considering that tried reproducing it with their own less-ingenious customizations. Regrettably, it doesn't work flawlessly because the limitation screws on the derailleur do not prevent over-shifting on top gear, although an artificial guard does assist.
Specialized developed the Standing II from scratch to fit into a certain cost array. Despite the fact that the Status is Specialized's 'spending plan bike,' it might conveniently be one more business's front runner design. With smooth, easy lines, a tried and tested suspension platform and solid build, this bike destroys the Demonstration 8 from five years earlier. If you're still doubtful of the Status' beefy credentials, consider this fact: Darren Berrecloth chose a Standing as his rig of choice for his line of death-defying decreases at the 2012 Red Bull Rampage near Virgin, Utah.