Sure, five years ago 40 pounds was considered affordable for a downhill bike but that was 5 years earlier. Forty extra pounds is a whole lot nowadays. I don't adhere dogmatically to the guideline that much less is a lot more not constantly yet the trouble is that the Bettor does seem like a lot of bike. A long lap on the Casino player and also the weight becomes a drag.
Specialized really did not stint the Status' elements, either. Its 2.3-inch Butcher DH tires are fast-rolling as well as instilled confidence in completely dry, damp, hardpack and loosened problems. The RockShox Boxxer RC fork as well as Fox Van RC shock are also strong choices.
This is a sturdy bike. It feels like it could make it through being thrown off a 12-story roofing onto a carpet made of land mines. This makes it a perfect candidate for being a bike park daily chauffeur. Nonetheless, that energy comes at a price. Considering in at 40 pounds (with pedals and tubes, right out of package) this bike is significantly in the heavyweight group.
This year, it has a brand-new carbon front triangular and swingarm and a stiffer carbon upper web link. It has thoughtful touches like shaped protectors on both chainstays along with on the downtube, a threaded bottom bracket, and fork stops with incorporated cord routing on both sides of the headtube. The front triangle makes use of a monocoque building and also has actually been slimmed down by 300 grams. Remove an additional 400 grams for the brand-new back side as well as you've got a sub-8-pound DH frame.
Our testers had very solid viewpoints when it involved fit and some taking care of facets. Cyclists reported that it felt confined in the front, resulting in an odd position that left you either standing high with short triangulation or low with your backside over the back and also elbow joints down. It really felt a little high and also steep, not always due to the angles, however due to a fairly lengthy back end and also short front end.
Our staff was totally separated on Santa Cruz's front runner DH equipment. With back to back World Championship pedigree, and a just as excellent price tag, the largest argument was on worth. Make sure to listen when the testers point out fit, as this bike runs on the tiny side.