Spesh Pitch Comp – Help me settle a debate with a mate

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  • Spesh Pitch Comp – Help me settle a debate with a mate
  • Xan
    Member

    My mate has a '08 Spesh Pitch. Plans to use it for Scottish XC riding (trail centres as well as natural)What would your first upgrade be.

    Forks – No lockout and no alot of tuning capacity on the Pikes Upgrade to Something like Talas RLC's( or any other recommendations)

    Rear Shock – Fox RP23 or DHX air 5 (RP23 for me Esp if it is 2010 version) Currently his x-Fusion is losing pressure all the time but only being 6 months old I would do this as a warranty job. Also heard of Spesh upgrading to Fox shock from the Pro if you complain enough.

    I vote the forks for the pure fact of adding lockout and getting the bike a bit more suited for climbing, while still having the option to open it up to be able to hit the downhill's hard.

    P.s. He plans to do both through time, just want to know what would be best to do first!!

    PeterPoddy
    Member

    For XC riding my first upgrade would be a Stumpy FSR, not a Pitch. Wrong bike to start with, IMO.

    richc
    Member

    Wheels, the forks are very good (don't let the Fox marketing dept tell you otherwise). Replace the rear shock when it dies (but not with a DHX air, they are shite), but it sounds like his is faultly so get on the phone to Spesh and they will do everything they can do fix it.

    As for wheels, do a search for the deals on Pro2's with Stans Flows and that will make a huge difference to the ride

    Xan
    Member

    I would do that as well but he wants to do the suspension first to improve the ride for the type of riding he is doing.

    I;ve got a XC comp and find the wheels crap as well. Mavic Rims and Hope Pro II's for me.

    PP. I agree with you. For 1k XC comp would have (was) my choice but all about personal taste I suppose!!

    tinsy
    Member

    Leave it alone and ride it… if you have to upgrade anything just pop some lock on grips on it.

    Bang loads of lube in the air can on the x fusion and it should hold air better, if not, try the warranty, I had a Fox once that lost air from new, no bother as long as you top it up, loads of lube in that and it wasnt a problem. Also from experience its worth checking if its lost pressure by checking sag not the pump.

    Ride it enough and there is plenty of time to spend lots of cash on it.

    If you buy a bike and want to upgrade forks/shock straight away would have been better off buying the next bike up the range.

    soobalias
    Member

    as we all know scottish xc is a different thing entirely to the more common uk xc.

    lockout/lockdown is massively overrated – tell him to learn to move his weight about better on the bike – if that is proving difficult for long climbs then a more climbing orientated bike/frame is more likely required.

    if the rear shock is faulty, get it fixed. if when it is fixed it doesnt work/blows up then replace it

    PeterPoddy
    Member

    Wheels – If they are anything like my Pitch Pro ones, then they are too light if anything. The ones mine came with are the same width as a Mavic 717 (I measured them against my Mavics) which is not man enough for a 6in travel bike of the Pitch's calibre. I went wider and tougher (SUN SOS rims) which suits the bike more.

    If you made me choose between the forks and shock, I'd say the shock because Pikes are excellent forks and you won't miss the lockout as much as you'd miss the brilliantly performing RP2 I have on mine. Just make sure you get the right compression and propedal tune to suit the bike……
    🙂

    neil853
    Member

    sorry to disagree Xan i'd upgrade the rear shock, the pikes aren't a bad unit and would cost a lot to upgrade to something significantly better

    Premier Icon njee20
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    Definitely not the fork, no place for a lockout on a bike like that, no place for a lockout anywhere really, pointless IMO.

    tinsy
    Member

    **** me, njee20 I thought you would love lockout being fully XC racer… 🙂

    But if you have to have that kind of feature a lockdown is of more use for climbing.

    I_Ache
    Member

    I got a SH Motion Control cartridge for £20 and now have lockout and compression adjust. I think a new one is about £40 so and its a 5 min job to literally drop it in. Other than that my shock is now an RP3 from the bay and I've got much better brakes couple of other things to make it fit me better and because of crashes but I would do the same again.

    I would like some 36 Talas tho. 😀

    The MoCo cartridge isnt in the pic.

    Premier Icon takisawa2
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    I'd always rated the brain shock on my 04 Sworks Enduro, but the RP23 on the Ventana I've just built is better from a "locking it out for climbing" aspect. I'd go for the rear shock first, the forks are fine, I have 454 Coil Pikes & hardly ever lock them out.

    PeterPoddy
    Member

    I got a SH Motion Control cartridge for £20 and now have lockout and compression adjust. I think a new one is about £40 so and its a 5 min job to literally drop it in

    You know, that is a superb idea. Really.
    😀

    Premier Icon thisisnotaspoon
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    On a spesh?

    The bars! Unless Spesh have started fitting proper ones they'r hideously narrow.

    Ditto the lockout comment, I run my forks fully open unless its on the road. Climbings much easier if you can just concnetate on the ballance point between rear wheel grip and wheelie without having to wory about the front wheel.

    I_Ache
    Member

    My bars were 660 I think and not too narrow they were the wrong shape for me tho hence the Truvativs. Something else I would recommend is one of these as it gives a larger area to push against making it easier to wind the forks up or down meaning he will be more willing to do it.

    GaryLake
    Member

    I 2nd PP, if he wants to improve the bike for the riding he does he really needs to just buy a Stumpy. The Pitch is an awesome bike but from what I've seen on the trails, a lot were bought off the hype of the review with very little attention paid to intended use.

    khani
    Member

    motion control upgrade kits with bar remote are £99 new,

    Premier Icon chakaping
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    Get the rear shock sorted first.

    If I were changing the forks I'd be looking at a Fox 36 or the new Rev Team 150mm.

    Agree with lockout comments. Never ever use it myself.

    steve_b77
    Member

    I used to have one of these, rather nice it was too but it was too much bike for what I rode 90% of the time. Ended up with Hope Hoops, DHX 5.0, Van 36R's, Double n' bash, joplin blah de blah.

    Get the shock sorted by Spesh'

    Change the wheels for something like Hope Hoops and while your at it sling a XT or SLX cassette on there and that'll save you a bunch of weight.

    The bike isn't a brilliant climber, but it's ace at going back down

    GW
    Member

    Pitch is pretty capable as a DH bike, I'd get rid of it completely if all you plan on doing is XC and trail centres.

    PJM1974
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    The Pitch is supposed to be a great all rounder, 32ish lbs on the Comp model and Enduro-esque geometry make for a compelling all day bike.

    If the Comp were mine, I'd opt for the lockout cartridge as suggested elsewhere. I'd also ditch the X-Fusion shock for either a Fox unit or a Rockshox Monarch, the latter can be had for a bargain on Merlin lately. Just make sure you get the eye to eye length right.

    You could transform the bike for less than £300, but then that does beg the question as to why not go for a Pitch Pro in the first place.

    Definitely not the fork, no place for a lockout on a bike like that, no place for a lockout anywhere really, pointless IMO.

    Totally agree. I used to ride Pace RC40's and the lockdown was great as it helped me keep the front end of the cotic down, however the lockout on the pikes doesnt, although the Pikes are far better than the paces ever were.

    mtbtomo
    Member

    Forks don't bob that much if you climb steadily, and on a bike like the Pitch I'd have thought thats what you'd be doing.

    Sort the shock on warranty, people automatically assume a Fox will be massively better.

    Lighter wheels will make the biggest difference, something like Stans Flow rims? Or even just lighter/less draggy tyres? Depends what tyres are on it now?

    grumm
    Member

    Fox 36 Vans were the best upgrade for my Pro – but I will be using them for DH/Alps duties. My bike is rather over-the-top for XC duties now but I can only afford one bike.

    Personally I would probably not upgrade anything until it breaks, apart from minor personal things like grips, saddle etc. The stock saddle is awful imo.

    Premier Icon njee20
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    **** me, njee20 I thought you would love lockout being fully XC racer.

    Nah, never been one for lockouts, even on the 140mm TALASs I had on my Fuel Ex I think I dropped them once to check it worked, and never ever used the lockout!

    Certainly wouldn't bother spending money on that fork though, do the shock if you really want to, fair bit of money though. I'd do the wheels or just keep the money until I had a better idea!

    I_Ache
    Member

    khani – Member
    motion control upgrade kits with bar remote are £99 new,

    Bar remote's are much overrated taking your hand off the bar for a couple of seconds to twist a dial 90 deg really isnt that difficult. To be honest I don't use the lockout unless its a really big hill and pretty smooth I have the cartridge for the extra compression control it offers me. Means I can run a softer spring than I could otherwise.

    PeterPoddy
    Member

    The Pitch is supposed to be a great all rounder

    Well, I think you've been misled there. They are a bike to plod steadily up to the top of a mahoosive great big hill, then unleash back down the other side, preferably over rocky, jumpy, technical terrain. An XC bike IT IS NOT. Too heavy. Too slack. Too much bike.

    Lighter wheels will make the biggest difference

    Yes, but in the wrong way. As above, a Pitch is not an XC bike. Light wheels are a silly addition. If you're trying to lighten it, you've bought the WRONG BIKE. It needs heavier, tougher wheels, big tyres, wide bars, a bash ring and possibly a chain guide.
    How many 'XC' bikes come with ISCG mounts?

    grumm
    Member

    An XC bike IT IS NOT. Too heavy. Too slack. Too much bike.

    I dunno, you can use it for XC, it's just not the ideal tool for the job. The bike is all about riding like a loon downhill certainly, but I have taken it up Helvellyn, High Street etc in the Lakes, and I am not mega-fit.

    I was a bit shocked to meet someone in Kentmere who had been sold a Pitch Comp by Evans, and she was walking down a very easy, short, smooth-ish, downhill section because it was too steep/scary. You have to think she got sold the wrong bike really.

    Premier Icon vinnyeh
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    I was a bit shocked to meet someone in Kentmere who had been sold a Pitch Comp by Evans, and she was walking down a very easy, short, smooth-ish, downhill section because it was too steep/scary. You have to think she got sold the wrong bike really.

    Not necessarily a bad thing to have a bike more capable than yourself. We grow into things, you know. It can take time to build confidence up, and better to have the tool for the job ready and waiting.

    grumm
    Member

    Not necessarily a bad thing to have a bike more capable than yourself. We grow into things, you know. It can take time to build confidence up, and better to have the tool for the job ready and waiting.

    Yeah true, I am still growing into my bike certainly 🙂 – but my gf is not a very confident rider, and happily rode the same section on her £200 hardtail.

    thomthumb
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    bars (wider) stem (shorter) if its anything like the 08.

    Premier Icon Baldysquirt
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    PP, you could get some light, but wide rims (stans flow or similar) which allow you to use lighter, big volume tyres for day rides, or heavier tyres for a more stable feel for messing about / DH. As long as they're wide / strong enough, I can't see light rims being a problem.

    Xan
    Member

    thanks all for your input. I'll let him know what the general thoughts are. As said above its a cracking bike and really good for pounding hills but IMO PP is right with what he is saying. Not my choice of bike for XC. For the riding my mates and I do my Spesh XC with Fox Talas and a few more upgrades coming (wanted a Stumpy but was limited to 1k with C2W) is more than enough bike. But I suppose it's all about what you like and what you are looking for in a bike.

    Wheels are my next upgrade as the ones I have compared to my mates Hopes mine are s**t. Hubs dont seem to last the pace either IMO.

    PeterPoddy
    Member

    PP, you could get some light, but wide rims (stans flow or similar) which allow you to use lighter, big volume tyres for day rides, or heavier tyres for a more stable feel for messing about / DH. As long as they're wide / strong enough, I can't see light rims being a problem.

    Very true. And the cost of said light/wide rims is how much? On top of a budget bike? Expensive parts on budget bikes? = Still bought the wrong bike…..
    🙂

    PeterPoddy
    Member

    Not my choice of bike for XC. For the riding my mates and I do my Spesh XC with Fox Talas and a few more upgrades coming (wanted a Stumpy but was limited to 1k with C2W)

    FSR XC. Brilliant bike. The XC version of a Pitch. Oddly, the clue is in the name….
    🙂

    yoohoo999
    Member

    i had Noah's Ark take a brand new Pitch and replace more or less every part on it for me before it left the shop.

    What I have now is basically a trail bike that is perfect for my needs, specced WAAAAAYYYYYYY higher than a Pitch Pro……..and only cost me a little bit more than the pitch pro!

    The only difference to the spec list detailed in the link below is that I now run Fox 36's up front instead of the Pikes (which transformed the bike completely). I bought Steve_b77's 36's for the same price that someone bought my pikes, so it was a straight swap really!

    Specialized Pitch Elite

    GaryLake
    Member

    I reckon the cycle to work scheme'll be scrapped before I can get round to actually convincing my boss to let me get a bike… for cycling to work on. 🙄

    grumm
    Member

    Don't understand how you got all that stuff for £450 – an RP23 alone is about £300 innit? Sweet bike though.

    yoohoo999
    Member

    every penny is accounted for in the first post grumm, have a read 😉

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