The Independent Drivetrain suspension system has been changed for 2014. The moderately high main pivot provides a rearward axle course so the suspension demolishes hits while the floating base bracket mitigates the chain growth of the layout. The outcome is an encouraging feeling via the stroke, enabling the bike to be flicked around and really feel bottomless, particularly on larger hits.
The Specialized Status II might not offer the bling variable of a few other horses in this classification, however it'll line up and also smoke bikes that cost two times as much. This isn't really just another strong bike for the price-- it's simply a phenomenal bike. That it is inexpensive is just the crowning achievement.
The wheelbase is long at 1,230 millimeters, but the chainstays are a brief 432 millimeters, which allows you to dedicate to the front wheel more than numerous bikes, and it still really feels receptive. We did doubt the high standover. Such crotch touching is a normal trait of GT bikes that we wish would certainly alter.
Specialized didn't skimp on the Condition' components, either. Its 2.3-inch Butcher DH tires are fast-rolling as well as instilled confidence in dry, damp, hardpack and loosened conditions. The RockShox Boxxer RC fork as well as Fox Van RC shock are also solid options.
While we appreciate the point-and-plough nature of having such a slack bike, it does come to be difficult. Mastering edges does call for mindfulness for the initial couple of rides on the Bettor. With the wheel up until now out in front, it is simple to have it press out of turns and also it's only as soon as you start doing some substantial bodyweight/position improvements that you tame the beast. Certain, you could say that this sort of slack headangle functions better when heading down steeper terrain, however only extremely high terrain when there are no edges.
This year, it has a new carbon front triangle and also swingarm as well as a stiffer carbon top web link. It has thoughtful touches like shaped guards on both chainstays along with on the downtube, a threaded base brace, and also fork quits with incorporated wire directing on both sides of the headtube. The front triangle makes use of a monocoque construction as well as has actually been lost weight by 300 grams. Remove one more 400 grams for the new back side as well as you have actually obtained a sub-8-pound DH frame.
This is a heavy-duty bike. It seems like it could make it through being thrown off a 12-story roof onto a carpet constructed from ground mine. This makes it a perfect candidate for being a bike park day-to-day chauffeur. However, that brawn comes with a cost. Weighing in at 40 pounds (with pedals and tubes, right out of the box) this bike is quite in the heavyweight group.
The Specialized Condition II might not supply the bling element of other horses in this group, yet it'll line up and smoke bikes that set you back twice as much. This isn't really simply an additional strong bike for the price-- it's just a remarkable bike. That it is inexpensive is simply the crowning achievement.
DH bikes are a significant investment, as well as it's nice to recognize that if you unintentionally backed over it with the truck that you may in fact do more damage to the truck.