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2014 Specialized Crave Comp 29 Bike (discontinued)

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2014 Specialized Crave Comp 29 Bike 2014 Specialized Crave Comp 29 Bike
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Decent bike, with some flaws

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The Good:

The bike climbs quite well.
For what it is, the bike descends OK on technical terrain. Decently lightish.
Feels good on flowy singletrack.
Nice fork, and remote lockout.
Good frame. Decent brakes.

The Bad:

Most of the stock components are not that good. Tires are light but easily tear / wear, don't have really good grip especially in wet or loose conditions
Rims and wheels are heavy, need truing often (4 times in 8 months)
Cranks wear fast, as do both front chainrings
Saddle bent after a small crash.
Seatpost screw in the front is hard to get to with a larger screwdriver.
Seatpost clamp is awful, CAUTION for anyone like me who raises / lowers seats on climbs and descents.
Geometry / bike feel gave me the impression that the bike was a little confused; seems a little between a full on xc bike and a light trail hardtail.

Overall Review:

Essentially, this is the first real mountain bike I have ever had. I am now looking at purchasing an enduro bike, but this bike was strong and affordable, so I chose it.

After riding for a few months, I realized that all mountain riding is more of my style. I have done a few upgrades on my bike (wider bars, bigger brakes, big tires) and those DEFINITELY improved the bike, while keeping it at the same / lower weight. I think the way that Specialized markets this bike is not really good. I don't see this bike as an xc race bike at all. Given the relatively low price difference between this bike and a low end stumpjumper hardtail, (which I have ridden and feels way more like a race bike,) I feel like most people wanting to race xc will get the sj. To me, the crave is a bike for those folks who are not going to be racing or tackling tough trails. The daily mountain biker in tennis shoes and gym shorts.

For the price, I think the spec could have been better. 2x10 worked ok, but I dropped the chain many many times, and the chain slap is almost unbearable.

Overall a good 'beginner's' bike, and one I probably thrashed around and hammered way more then a 100mm hardtail should be ridden. I got a lot of funny looks and remarks from people on dh or 6inch travel bikes when I would pass them on rocky / jump trails.

If you are looking for a bike to take on the local calm trails, this bike probably will be good for you!

Wanting to tackle tough terrain? Not the bike for you.

Want an xc race bike? Get a stumpjumper ht or a cannondale fsi. Both feel way stiffer and lighter for not a huge price gain.

Specifications

Product Specialized Crave Comp 29 Bike
Model Year 2014
Riding Type Cross Country
Rider Unisex
Sizes and Geometry
15.5, 17.5, 19.0, 21.0, 23.0 View Geometry
Size 15.5 17.5 19.0 21.0 23.0
Top Tube Length 22.7 23.8 24.6 25.6 26.4
Head Tube Angle 71.5° 71.5° 71.5° 71.5° 71.5°
Head Tube Length 4.3 3.9 4.5 5.1 5.9
Seat Tube Angle 74° 73° 73° 73° 73°
Seat Tube Length 15.5 17.5 19.0 21.0 23.0
Bottom Bracket Height 12.1 12.1 12.1 12.1 12.1
Chainstay Length 17.4 17.4 17.4 17.4 17.4
Wheelbase 42.2 42.8 43.7 44.6 45.4
Standover 29.9 31.1 32.2 33.6 35.0
Reach 15.7 16.2 16.9 17.7 18.3
Stack 24.3 24.6 25.2 25.8 26.5
Wheel Size 29"
Frame Material Aluminum
Frame Material Details M4 Premium Aluminum, Fully Butted with Smooth Welds
Rear Travel Hardtail
Rear Shock N/A
Fork RockShox Recon Gold TK SA 29 SL, Solo Air Spring, TurnKey Damping with Push-Loc Remote Lockout, Tapered Alloy Steerer, 32mm Alloy Stanchions, External Rebound Adjust
Fork Travel Size S: 80mm, Others: 100mm
Head Tube Diameter Tapered
Headset 1-1/8" Upper and 1-1/2" Lower Threadless, Campy Style, Integrated Full Cartridge Bearings
Handlebar Specialized Mini Riser, Double-Butted 6061 Alloy, 700mm Wide, 10° Backsweep, 6° Upsweep, 31.8mm
Stem Specialized 3D Forged 6061 Alloy, 4-Bolt Clamp, 6° Rise, 31.8mm
Grips Specialized Body Geometry XC Contour, Kraton with Gel, Closed End, 132mm, Lock-On
Brakes Shimano Deore BR-445, Hydraulic Disc, 180mm Front Rotor / 160mm Rear Rotor
Brake Levers Shimano Deore BR-445, Hydraulic Lever
Drivetrain 2x
Shifters Shimano Deore, 10-Speed Rapidfire Plus, with Optical Display
Front Derailleur SRAM X5, 10-Speed 2x10, 34.9mm Clamp
Rear Derailleur Shimano SLX Shadow Plus, 10-Speed, SGS Cage
ISCG Tabs N/A
Chainguide N/A
Cranks SRAM S-1255, 2-Piece, 10-Speed XC Double for 29er
Chainrings 36/22 Tooth, Aluminum
Bottom Bracket SRAM GXP BB for 2-Piece, 73mm Shell
Pedals Alloy, 1-Piece Body and Cage, with Reflectors, 9/16"
Chain KMC X10
Cassette SRAM PG 1030, 10-Speed, 11-36 Tooth
Rims Crave SL Disc 29", Alloy Double-Wall, Sleeve Joint, 26mm, 28 Hole Front /32 Hole Rear
Hubs Specialized Disc, Alloy, Hi Lo Flange, RCC Ball Bearing System, Steel Axle, QR, 28 Hole Front // Specialized Disc, Alloy, Hi Lo Flange, RCC Ball Bearing System, Steel Axle, QR, 28 Hole Rear
Spokes Stainless, 14g (2.0mm)
Tires Specialized Ground Control, 29"x2.1", Aramid Bead, 60TPI Front // Specialized Fast Trak Control, 29"x2.0", Aramid Bead, 60TPI Rear
Saddle Specialized Body Geometry Henge, Steel Rails, 143mm
Seatpost Specialized Alloy, 2-Bolt, Micro-Adjust, 12.5mm Offset, Size-Specific 350mm/400mm
Seatpost Diameter 27.2mm
Seatpost Clamp Forged Alloy, 31.8mm, QR, Brass Washer
Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions
Max. Tire Size
Bottle Cage Mounts Yes
Colors Gloss Hyper/White/Cyan or Gloss Black/Satin Black/Red
Warranty Lifetime Frame Subject to Exclusions // 1 Year: Suspension Attachment Points, Suspension Related Equipment (Including Pivot Points, Bushings, Shock Units, Front Suspension Forks, Chain Stays and Seat Stays, Shock Links, Fasteners) // 5 Years: Chain Stays and Seat Stays
Weight N/A
Miscellaneous
Price $1,600
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