Specialized Pitch – Your height, riding style, stem length and size?
blundering through or down graded from all mountain to some mountain – mostly lakes and moors
55mm standard stem it came with on a large frame but with wider bars 720mm
Its great but after 8 months the wheel bearings are fecked and I’m not that impressed compared to good old fashion Shimano cup and cone bearings. And Avid brakes are getting manky and pistons are sticky.Posted 6 years agojuliofloMember
MEdium pitch, 80mm stem, but just about to fit a 60mm as the 80 is far to long, didn’t realise until riding it that I could get away with a shorter stem. 710mm bars
i’m 6′ , 33″ inside leg and have the seat post on Max for climbing firetrack and roads.
Riding rocky moorland half day rides and ‘light downhill’ HSD at Gawton
It’s long and the cockpit is longer than I expected which is nicePosted 6 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
5.11 and 3/4″
Free-core mince (did a 2ft drop last night)
Standard 2011 bar and stem (60mm/710mm IIRC)
I tested a large, and while it would be better on the ups and XC stuff, and may actualy ahve been faster, it just felt loo much like I was passenger on the downs. I’d say 6ft is the cut-off between the two sizes. Riding from A to B I think it’s too short/upright, heavy, wallowy, but once you’re at B it’s ace.Posted 6 years agotwotonpredatorSubscriber
medium running 160mm wotans, 40mm stem, 760mm bars, pro 2 evo/flows, dropper post. i am 5ft 10″.the steering is just right now, very upright but for me very comfortable for all day thrashing. I find this to be the best position to be in to help get the weight over the back for manualling due to the ridiculously long wheelbase.
the bike is capable of warp speed given its stability due to the low bottom bracket and long wheelbase. the wide bar/short stem combo helps with the quickness of steering needed for warp speed.
its is very wandery on climbs but i have the travel adjust on the wotans which drops it to 120mm for climbs. it was never much of a climber though even when it was built lightweight with 150mm revs and fully locked out propedal.Posted 6 years agoxiphonMembergrum wrote:
Eh, you’ve had 5 warranty replacements? That’s literally the first time I’ve heard of a Pitch frame cracking – what the hell are you doing with it?
Sorry for the confusion – 5 cracks, 2 replacement frames.
First one cracked on the upper shock mount, and underneath the BB shell (where it is joined to the down tube), and on the drive side chain stay, just behind the BB.
Had that about 7 months before I found two more problems. Vertical crack, right hand side, up the weld between the head tube and downtube. Second crack was the right seat stay, just above the chainstay pivot.
Sold the replacement frame still in it’s box from Spesh.
Here’s a pic (sorry it’s a bit yellow… no idea why!?)
Then with a coil shock, and new wheels…
And an ‘action’ shot…. second day of ownership.
Posted 6 years agorobgarriochSubscriber
6′ here, have an ‘L’ 2009 Pro, standard stem (75mm), just bars (25mm wider), grips (comfort / lock-ons), saddle (comfort), pedals (preference) changed from O.E. Used for trail centres, light – all-day xc, long days on black-dash O.S. map trails, last years STW Weekender… Once used to it, it rode like an extension of my body… man… Don’t DH, though the bike easily will.
Wouldn’t mind trying an ‘M’ as I feel I’m just able to handle the size / length of the ‘L’. Stability? Could build a house on one of these.Posted 6 years agostevedeMember
5’10 riding a small pro frame with 50mm stem and 745mm bars,tough wheels,dual ply tyres,pikes,1×10 slx,superstar chain guide.Posted 6 years ago
Riding aggressive trail,dh,techy rocky stuff,jumps,big drops etc where my Cotic Soul may suffer.
Happy with length, in fact its perfect length wise for me, a touch more standover would be nice in an ideal world but i’m glad i didn’t go for the medium.
^That sounds promising to me stevede.
I have the intentions on going on 30km+ rides regularly, but will no doubt resort to just hammering downhill tracks, tech trails and some jumping/drops. My riding is definitely more “gravity” orientated.
I am torn between small or medium. I have a small frame sitting here right now, was advertised as a medium, definitely a small though. Trying to make my mind up before I send it back. I can’t and wouldn’t want to build it up for a tester, though it would be infinitely beneficial to me, hurt shoulder and morals get in the way.
I’ve been doing a bit of geo calcing too.
My current frame is a NS surge 2, 23.5″ eff tt. Comparing this and the small pitch i have sitting in front of me. the small pitch has an eff tt of 22.25″. Eff tt is only a good indication of how long the bike will feel in the saddle, as soon as you’re out of the saddle, eff tt becomes nonsense. the small 22.25″ eff tt Pitch is actually 0.5″ longer then 23.5″ eff tt of the NS surge, horizontally, bb to bars.
I’ve just put my seat 1″ forward on the rails of my current ride, and am going for a poodle along the road for a bit, see how it feels space wise.
I think it is more important for me to have the space when im out of the seat as that’s my default position.
I need to do some thinking.
Also, thanks for the many responses.Posted 6 years agostevedeMember
I think if mine was any longer when out of the saddle it would feel quite barge like even with a small stem.Posted 6 years ago
My only issue with the standover is that a normal seatpost at hill climbing and on the flat height for me needs to be about 330mm minimum length wise to be in safety in the frame and this means you can’t drop it fully down due to the bend in the seat tube but due to the low standover i wouldn’t want to drop it fully down anyway.
If you have a dropper post you won’t even have to think about this but i thought i’d make you aware in case your taller than me.
Not that it counts for much but the MBR review a few years back recommended sizing down as have a few on here and sdh.lucienMember
Ok, here goes
6ft (just under) tall
Try to jump of anything and everything I can find – tables, gaps, drops etc
Stock stem (50mm I think)
Ride a Large frame
When it comes to it, I’ll be changing the stock Pikes (140mm) for some 150/160 mm forks, widen the bars a bit and shorten the stem by 20mm or so. Thats about it, other than the fact that I love the bike – it’s coming the to Alps with me this year againPosted 6 years agoaeromarcukMember
I have 2009 medium pitch in brown, 160 wotan up front. 720 Octane bars, Hope tech M4 brakes(will stop a train, well my 16 stone). 5’10” 40mm BBB stick up stem. Bash guard instead of big ring. Stinger for security.
Used mainly for trail centres and local trails/tracks. It has performed well everywhere I have taken it.
For me this bike needs 160mm fork.(for trail centres and fast S/track) The change totally transforms the bike. It is long and I have thought of changing to small frame. Stock RP2 shock is excellent cant understand why anyone would change it.
It is tough as hell, I am surprised anyone broke it let alone 5 of them. It feels rock solid on the downs and steering is bang on. Climbs OK too pro-pedal is a bonus.
If you can not justify a bike for each environment and need a competent all rounder, I think this is a very good option.(It is exactly why I bought one, after months of research) There are lots of this type of bike on the market now but this one is pretty good value.
I have just ordered Cotic Soul HT for 2nd bike. More suited to long all day rides and with Thor fork 100-140 can be transformed for all but the most scary gravity rides.
The truth is that the majority of MTB’ers have bikes which are capable of more than the rider, it is just a matter of finding the bike and set up that makes you smile the most. Experiment till it comes good.
In the words of Albert Einstein, “I thought of this while riding my bicycle”Posted 6 years ago
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