Specialized constructed the Status II from scratch to suit a particular price variety. Although the Status is Specialized's 'budget bike,' it could conveniently be an additional business's front runner design. With smooth, basic lines, a tried and tested suspension system and also solid construct, this bike damages the Demo 8 from five years ago. If you're still unconvinced of the Status' burly qualifications, consider this reality: Darren Berrecloth selected a Condition as his rig of choice for his line of death-defying declines at the 2012 Red Bull Rampage near Virgin, Utah.
DH bikes are a considerable investment, and it behaves to understand that if you unintentionally backed over it with the truck that you could really do more damages to the vehicle.
Downhill racers will certainly appreciate the performance at full throttle. This thing intends to be ridden quickly, a fact that was proven absolutely this year by Devinci biker and also Globe Cup Champ Stevie Smith. While we can't pin it anywhere near as quick as Stevie can, we did see that the faster and also harder we pressed the bike, the much better it did, annihilating harsh and also rocky surface as we took apart the route with a purpose.
Every little thing regarding this bike screams big, from the double-welded T6 6061 hydroformed tubeset to the swingarm that would certainly make a motocross bike envious. Housed in that durable swingarm is a 150 x 12 through-axle and also Nukeproof's interchangeable dropout inserts that enable you to adjustchainstay length from 435 to 445 millimeters.
However, we had lots of time to adjust our riding design to suit the Bettor and also just what we located was a bike that, once you would certainly mastered it, felt like a good friend ... one that wants to let go as well as trigger chaos all too often.
One of the hardest elements of testing gravity-oriented bikes is locating a training course that absolutely presses these big monsters to their true capacity. And even after that, finding a route that straddles the great line between the spontaneity of freeride as well as the computed imperative of DH-racing speed could be a complicated task. Did our testers discover the Devinci Wilson Carbon RC to be a bike with one wheel in each of these globes? Find out in today's 2014 Bible of Bike Tests 'Roundtable Reels' video clip.