At simply under 40 extra pounds, the bike felt heavy in our hands by contemporary DH race-bike requirements, yet appeared much lighter underfoot. Though the Scott Bettor wasn't every tester's favored bike in the gravity group, a few of us definitely enjoyed it. It's a big bike designed for red-blooded, white-knuckle activity and smiles supplied, certainly, that you're ready and also able to push the envelope.
Previous Operators had a pinch screw on the non-drive side alone, but testing revealed that twisting forces were wearing on the axle. Adding a pinch bolt to the drive-side as well boosts rigidity as well as strength. The flagship version is spec 'd with Hope centers, which make certain to last at the very least as long as the bike.
The Gambler 10 comes shod with the Shimano Zee groupset, which did so well it left us questioning the advantages of the much more expensive Saint group. The Scott also included properly large Funn bars, as well as testers discovered the Fox 40 to be a best suitable for the bike.
The genuine standout of the program was the Öhlins TTX 22M back shock, developed by the Swedish suspension firm particularly around the Trial 8 (as well as Enduro Evo) exclusively for Specialized. The high-volume, twin-tube design has a straightforward modification variety, with high- and low-speed dials that maintain the shock functioning within the useable series of the bike.
This is a heavy-duty bike. It seems like it could make it through being thrown off a 12-story roofing onto a carpet made of land mines. This makes it an optimal candidate for being a bike park daily chauffeur. Nevertheless, that energy comes at a cost. Weighing in at 40 pounds (with pedals and also tubes, right out of the box) this bike is very much in the heavyweight category.
Specialized developed the Status II from scratch to fit into a particular cost array. Although the Condition is Specialized's 'budget bike,' it could quickly be one more company's flagship model. With sleek, easy lines, a tried and tested suspension system as well as strong construct, this bike ruins the Demo 8 from five years earlier. If you're still hesitant of the Condition' big qualifications, consider this reality: Darren Berrecloth selected a Status as his gear of choice for his line of death-defying decreases at the 2012 Red Bull Rampage near Virgin, Utah.