Specialized

  • Ihave learned a thing or two over the years of racing downhill – how to separate the wheat from the chaff as the old saying goes. So when I got the call to swing my leg over one of the most anticipated downhill bikes, from one of the most established brands, at one of the premier downhill riding...

    Posted by BrianBuell on 7/8/2019 3:19 PM

  • After a few years of real-world testing, Roval went back to the drawing board with their entire series of mountain wheels beforelaunching things last summer in Whistler. The latest Roval series features a number of refinements and has the potential to put the Roval wheelset near the top of every...

    Posted by hurricanejoel on 5/30/2019 1:46 PM

  • The Good:

    Single locking ring
    Multiple color options or basic black
    30mm or 32mm diameter Durable
    Works well with gloves or without

    The Bad:

    Nothing really

    Overall Review: I originally got a pair of these grips with a new bike I bought a few years back, I’ve got very few of the parts left from that bike, but the grips are still hanging in there. I just moved them onto another bike.  I much prefer the single inboard lock ring as I ride with my hands at the edg...

    Posted by yzedf on 4/30/2019 1:11 PM

  • The Good:

    -Very good grip on dry, wet and cold conditions
    -Excellent durability and price/performance ratio
    -Good sidewall support and resistance for the weight

    The Bad:

    -Wider transition channel than most tires (on the 2.6" version)
    -2.6" version is smaller than indicated

    Overall Review: There already are two Butcher reviews here on VitalMTB, but since I am on the latest released-in-june-of-2018 29x2.6” GRID version, I thought that this was worth another look. The main differences are the sawtooth-shaped inside of the cornering knobs, and redesigned center knobs. The new ce...

    Posted by nature.culture on 2/28/2019 6:14 PM

  • During the Vital MTB 27.5 DH Test Sessions, the Specialized Demo 8 went head-to-head with four other leading bikes. What follows are our thoughts specific to the Demo 8. Be sure to check out the main feature for an in-depth comparison video, timed testing results, and more. Highlights ...

    Posted by bturman on 1/6/2019 2:39 PM

  • The Good:

    Super grippy and love those side knobs.

    The Bad:

    Slower rolling than many other tread designs.

    Overall Review: I am using the Specialized Butcher Grid tire in the 2.3" size as a rear tire rather than on the front. Most of my local riding is across dry and rocky terrain. Smooth flowing sections are broken up with short steep climbs and challenging descents. I am not smashing laps or railing bike parks ...

    Posted by thinkbike on 5/31/2018 8:23 AM

  • The Good:

    Good grip and longevity, excellent front tyre

    The Bad:

    Heavy than other competitors

    Overall Review: Replaced my stock tyre with the Specialized Butcher GRID 2BR on the front. I haven't removed it and its going to stay there until I wear it out. Excellent traction and control in all conditions, even during the rainy season in the Philippines.

    Posted by Paracheilinus on 4/17/2018 5:28 AM

  • The Good:

    Fast rolling tyre, value for money, easy to install, good longevity

    The Bad:

    Less grip in muddy and loose over hardpack sand,

    Overall Review: My go-to rear tyres on long rides during dry season here in the Philippines. Good, fast rolling tyres for the trails I usually go to (e.g. hardpack sand, fire roads). Great value for money. Traction is a bit iffy in loose sand over hardpack especially on steep, technical terrain.

    Posted by Paracheilinus on 4/17/2018 5:21 AM

  • The Good:

    Fast-rolling, lightweight, plenty of grip in all terrain except for mud. Slick enough to slide when you want but still grips in the corners with the side lugs.

    The Bad:

    Can wear faster than others. No real traction in mud.

    Overall Review: Great all around rear tire for fast rides and different terrain. Sidewall is tough enough for lots of edgy gnar but still light enough to be nimble and fast.  I’ve ran 10 different combinations on my current rig and keep coming back to this tire and the Maxxis Aggressor. Nothing else compar...

    Posted by Jay_Sexton on 4/8/2018 10:03 AM

  • The Good:

    Lightweight, minamal rolling resistance, super sturdy sidewalls, slow wear and max grip

    The Bad:

    If the trails get muddy or you encounter wet tree roots then traction turns terrible. After side lugs start to wear/tear the tire is gone in terms of corner traction.

    Overall Review: EVERY bike shop will always have this tire in stock, making it a great option for the times you just need a rear tire while you wait for your order DDs to arrive in the mail.  Traction: The center has short standing lugs spaced tightly together. While the tire is on the center lugs ...

    Posted by Jacob_Spera on 4/8/2018 1:37 AM

  • The Good:

    -Grip so close to Minion DHF's that most mere mortals will never be able to tell the difference.
    -Great longevity. Tread and sidewalls seem to age at nearly the same rate, so no threadbare sidewalls while still lots of sciping left in the tread, or vice versa.
    -Mount up nicely tubeless, hold pressure well and keep sealant (sidewalls don't weep sealant like the control casing tires often do.) Never had one that would not mount with a floor pump. Usually they start to take the bead with the very first push of the pump. Don't think I have ever had to do the frantic pumping to get one to take.
    -Grid sidewall feels like it gives great support at reasonable tubeless pressures.
    -Take sidewall abuse as well or better than other protected type sidewalls like EXO, etc.

    The Bad:

    -They seem a little heavy on the spec sheet compared to some other similar tires.
    -Some real and in person weights seem to be even a little heavier than spec sheet shows. (I think that's actually just about the industry norm though...)
    -Side knobs are showing a little undercut wear after 425 miles

    Overall Review: I have 425 miles on a pair of 29 x 2.6 butcher grid tires front and back. These miles have included multiple trips to Moab, Hurricane/St. George and whatever is ride-able in northern Utah in between weekend road trips. These were literally the first pair my shop got in, and as some have mentio...

    Posted by Bill_Jackman on 4/5/2018 10:15 PM

  • During the 2018 Vital MTB Long-Travel 29er Test Sessions, the Specialized Enduro Coil 29 went head-to-head with four other leading bikes. What follows are our thoughts specific to the Enduro. Be sure to check out the main feature for an in-depth comparison video, timed testing results, an...

    Posted by bturman on 3/2/2018 10:23 PM

  • The Good:

    Claimed wiidth specs are accurate, Excellent grip, Great durability, A less expensive option than others.

    The Bad:

    Nothing I've noticed

    Overall Review: It’s a sickening world we live in when mountain bike tires cost more than car tires. We can thank companies like Maxxis for making some of the best and most expensive cycling tires. But what happens when times get rough and you can’t afford a $80 tire? Although it’s not exactly an inexpensive ti...

    Posted by dirtworks911 on 11/30/2017 10:20 PM

  • The Good:

    Looks great especially in red. Beefy frame construction with added reach. No fuss components including a quality dropper post and excellent, almost plus sized tyres. Pedals well for such a capable DH oriented bike. Set and forget suspension which is plush off the top but offers great bottom out resistance on the bigger hits. Value for money.

    The Bad:

    The tyres - they are tough and provide reasonable grip but are heavy and the tread pattern is over kill out back. Harder to find the pressure sweet spot than with 2-3- 2.5 tyres.
    The short HT and stack height makes the bars low like an XC bike even in XL, which works for climbing but isn't great when things get steep and technical. An upgrade to another brand of bar or angled stem is the only solution. Specialized bars only come in a max 25mm rise.
    Guide R brakes lack the power and reliability of old SLX brakes with same size rotors. Bleeding requires bleeding edge hose from SRAM, at extra expense.
    Yari fork does not match the back end in terms of plushness but is a solid performer. Wheel and tyre combo is heavy.

    Overall Review: The "bad" list appears to outweigh the good, but that's not the case. This is a very confidence inspiring and good looking bike. Although very heavy at 15.9 kg with DX pedals,  a different stem and grips, the bike pedals up hill well very well, even with the shock in the open position. Down...

    Posted by Headshot on 11/14/2017 4:57 AM

  • Cracking into the flat pedal footwear game is no small task, as Five Ten, the longstanding champ, presents a very formidable opponent with proprietary rubber compounds derived from the rock climbing world. Specialized isn't one to shy away from a competition, however, and their new shoes will gi...

    Posted by bturman on 8/1/2017 2:42 AM

  • Hailing from a long legacy of trail and enduro performance, the 2017 Specialized Enduro brings some updates to a classic design. Available in both 650b (27.5) and 29/6Fattie (27.5+) versions, the new frame is longer, lower, comes in more sizes, and sports a little more travel. With 170mm of susp...

    Posted by bturman on 3/23/2017 10:58 AM

  • The Good:

    light, comfortable, adjustable, good ventilation, extra pads

    The Bad:

    a bit expensive

    Overall Review: The helmet is very comfortable, nearly as comfortable as the TLD A1 I previously owned, which is an absolute benchmark to me. It's a lot lighter, though and also better ventilated. All the adjustments are very easy to use and it took me 1-2min to set it up. I like the adjustable visor, with th...

    Posted by Gweggy on 1/16/2017 1:29 AM

  • Review by Nick Zuzelski // Photos by Carl Gray These days, setting up tubeless tires usually goes fairly easily. For times when you need an air compressor to pop that difficult tire on the bead and you are away from the shop, you can find yourself out of luck and fighting an uphill battle with...

    Posted by Zoomlinski on 1/10/2017 12:20 PM

  • The Good:

    Want to ride like an EPO junkie that lives at 10000' elevation racing at sea level, this is the bike.

    The Bad:

    Lots of diehard MTBrs hate electric bikes.

    Overall Review: Federal law defines ebikes with a CONTINUES max power output of 750 watts,and 20MPH top speed with NO PEDALING with a 170# rider input as a bicycle. See 15 U.S. Code 2085 Low-Speed Electric Bicycles (B) for exact definition details. So in consulting with my attorney/friend, his professional opin...

    Posted by dirk.diggsbabs on 11/8/2016 7:30 AM

  • Review by AJ Barlas // Product Photos by AJ Barlas // Action Photos by Steve Li Specialized first launched the 2FO (Foot Out, Flat Out) range of shoes in mid 2014, and the original skate-styled clipless model has since made its way onto many a rider's foot from World Cup downhillers to the reg...

    Posted by ardor on 6/8/2016 11:41 AM

  • Review by AJ Barlas Back in 2014, Specialized released a product that caused a little bit of a stir in the mountain bike world. The release of the first SWAT bib seemed to unintentionally pit those that don’t have an issue with wearing a pack up against those that dislike packs. Those that cho...

    Posted by ardor on 5/18/2016 1:28 PM

  • Reviewed by Courtney Steen and Amanda Richter // Photos by Lear Miller At the 2016 Vital MTB Test Sessions, we ladies got the chance to sample a few of the latest trail/all-mountain bikes to see how they perform for women. With a smorgasbord of bikes ranging from 120 to 160mm travel, women-spe...

    Posted by bturman on 2/11/2016 7:35 PM

  • Reviewed by Fred Robinson and AJ Barlas // Photos by Lear Miller While Specialized may have been a bit late to the 650b wheel game, they're doing it right for 2016. The all-new Stumpjumper FSR gets a ground up redesign for the new year, gaining a more aggressive attitude, an ultra short rear e...

    Posted by bturman on 1/26/2016 12:13 PM

  • The Good:

    c'mon it's the SWORKS.

    The Bad:

    Der. hanger could be fine tuned.

    Overall Review: thanks A-1 Cycling, VA.

    Posted by Spec_Demo on 11/6/2015 5:19 AM

  • 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 bik...

    Posted by JeremyFRWright on 11/5/2015 5:12 PM

  • Wet trails, dry trails and even dirt jumps...Mitch Ropelato hauls the mail aboard his 6Fattie!

    Posted by sspomer on 11/2/2015 10:42 AM

  • Review by Johan Hjord // Photos by Nils Hjord and Johan Hjord Specialized has been making helmets for a long time, but they have been slow to develop an extended coverage half-shell which has become the go-to helmet type of choice for most aggressive trail riders and/or enduro racers over the ...

    Posted by iceman2058 on 10/5/2015 1:40 PM

  • The Good:

    Rides like a HT

    The Bad:

    Rear shock is slow to open valving, unreliable and expensive to repair

    Overall Review: I've a custom built bike with full xx1 and trail xo wc brakes. No need to review the xx1 here, we all know it's top notch. I'm going to focus on Specialized's engineering here. Bike was purchased October 2014 at a bargain price due to new model release, plus no one wanted a small frame. Paid 520...

    Posted by link1896 on 5/15/2015 9:18 PM

  • The Good:

    Solid frame, good suspension, and nice drive train

    The Bad:

    Not a big fan of the Magura mts and would prefer a more common shock stroke

    Overall Review: I have had the bike for about a month and a half now and have been thrilled with it's performance. Straight out of the box the bike build up real nice and an hour or two later the bike was dialed. Right off the bat I noticed that the suspension responded very well and I loved the brain. It certa...

    Posted by a99cook on 5/1/2015 7:26 AM

  • Review by Johan Hjord // Photos by Tal Rozow and Johan Hjord Specialized has been making flat pedals for some time, but it’s fair to say that they’ve sometimes been lacking a little flair. The same does not hold true of their latest creation, the Boomslang. Taking its name and maybe the inspir...

    Posted by iceman2058 on 3/19/2015 1:12 PM