First Look: 2013 Specialized P.Slope - Ready For Anything

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Introducing the newest member of the Specialized P.Series family, the 2013 Specialized P.Slope. It's an 87mm travel, pumping, jumping, racing, spinning, and flipping machine.
The P.Slope uses the same geo as the tried and true P.Series hardtails, but offers a little bit of cushion for bigger hits.
What linkage? The RockShox Monarch rear shock is driven by a simple, clean, and stiff rear triangle through the seat tube.
It's a single pivot affair for this new rig. Thanks to the relatively low leverage rate, lower shock pressures can be used which improves damping performance.
Single-speed and loving it. The swingarm on the P.Slope rotates around the bottom bracket on needle bearings. This prevents chain growth. Note the ISCG-05 chainguide mounts on the rear triangle - they'll rotate when the suspension is compressed.
Built-in tensioners keep the chain snug, and are cleverly designed so the rear brake stays aligned.
Prefer a geared setup? No problem.
The P.Slope's tapered headtube is gyro compatible.
Chuck those bars! The super short 35mm stem, custom top cap, and intentionally long rear brake line are ready for bar spin after bar spin.
Specialized went all out on this build. Nearly every part has something custom going on.
Pump it like Ropelato...
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...or blast it like Soderstrom.
The complete P.Slope should be available later this year in the $2000 range. Drop in at <u><b><a href="" target="_blank"></a></b></u> for more details.
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It's about time Specialized came up with a purpose-built slopestyle rig! Check out the all-new P.Slope bike that claimed multiple top five finishes in a variety of events at Crankworx Whistler under Mitch Ropelato and Martin Söderström. - Photos by Dave Trumpore

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