2009 Specialized Pitch Pro

Pro Reviews

Front End

Rock Shox Pike 351 - a 95mm-140mm adjustable coil sprung U-turn fork. This fork was made for Specialized so it is not described on the SRAM website. It has the 20mm MAXLE thru axle and alloy steer tubes for a lighter OEM Pike fork. This fork offers rebound and compression adjustability. The compression is adjusted with the lockout dial on the right top fork leg. The rebound, adjusted with the dial on the lower right fork leg, was set three turns from max high speed rebound for most cross country applications. Travel is adjusted with the black dial on the left fork leg. It is possible to turn this dial while riding slowly making for a precarious adjust on the fly system.

In all the applications used this fork never felt lacking. It was very stiff, plush and reliable. With a similar weight to its longer travel mate (the Rock Shox Lyrik), the extra travel would put this bike more into the free ride category and a 160mm travel adjust fork would be a good fit on this bike.

The Pitch is designed to accommodate a 160mm fork max. Anything above will void the warranty.

Rock Shock Pike 351

Rear end

Fox Float RP2 a 2 position shock with pro-pedal or full-open, rebound adj. 7.875×2.25″. Like the front fork, it too is plush, easy to adjust and what more can you say? It is a Fox! Another component tuned specifically for Specialized.

About the author: Sharon Bader

I am 5’9″, weigh 154lbs. I have been riding since 1991. I started on a classic XC hard tail but have moved with technology and now ride a Pivot Mach 5.7 for XC, a Trek Session for DH and a Pivot Firebird and Knolly Endorphin for freeriding/shore/technical XC riding.

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  • Andrew says:

    Haha yeah. For some reason, my Pitch Pro also attacks twigs and branches… I’ll be descending parts of narrow single tracks and I’ll hear my wheels eating up and snapping twigs and branches that jump into the bike.

  • roger says:

    Hi there, Great review. What size frame were you using? Am thinking of getting a pitch…am 6ft, and was thinking larger, but some reviews say go smaller, say a medium? I do prefer a slightly bigger bike though.
    Many thanks :)

  • roger says:

    …sorry, that was supposed to say large, not larger.! :)

  • If you're big enough, get a large. I'm Med and I fit a med says:

    see above.

  • Pierre Kaufmann says:

    Hi Lee
    Just want to let you know how much I appreciate your reviews, informative, well written, accurate and interesting. I also appreciate your reviews on Wildsnow.
    I have been riding since 1981 and have worked in outdoor education with students (I’m a teacher too).
    I was wondering if you have an index of all the reviews you have done, it would be a great resource for grade 9/10 language arts project on reviews.
    I currently have 4 bikes, RMX, nomad, Trance XO and a altitude 90rsl which I just picked up for a song.
    I also tour tele and alpine out of the Nelson area (sled up logging roads on 4 stroke turbo).
    If you ever need an additional perspective on a review I would love to collaborate.
    I have worked in the self propelled outdoor education movement for 40 years and still going strong. I’m semi retired and am the principal of a small alternative school in the Slocan Valley with a strong outdoor leadership program.
    As a rock climber i have several first ascent big walls under my belt too. ( I started climbing when I was 15 in South Africa where I grew up).
    My perspective is important as I have watched the evolution of equipment and have a strong technical background too. I have worked in retail for a stint including MEC in the early 1980′s and was an Arcetryx pro- athlete for awhile.
    Keep shredding and slaying it with your keyboard too.
    Thanks again
    PS epic Ski-touring up here near Nelson if you are ever in the area I would love to give you a tow up on my sled, awesome lines in the Valhallas.

    • Patrick says:

      Really? Then buy a bike, ride the shit out of it, start a blog, and review it. Then tag links to it, that way of stating what you can maybe do, you are showing what you have done, and if it’s any good I’m sure these guys would love to give you a shot. Regards

  • gramgram says:

    “I expected the Pitch Pro to be a better descender then it was a climber”

    You mean “than it was”, not “then”.

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