Equipped with Specialized components – seatpost, saddle, handlebar, stem, tires. The tires on this bike are the Eskar Control 60TPI which handled well on dry terrain and were only compromised on wet roots, rocks and steep rock faces. Specialized uses their own components as part of their philosophy of an integrated system and so that they do not rely on other manufacturers for supplies.
Using varied components on the drive train from Shimano SLX front deraileur, X-5 rear shifter, X-9 rear derailier shows that you don’t need to stay within a certain class to have a system that works. The Shimano 532 cranks did lose a few teeth after a few impacts with rocks. Replacing the big ring with a rock ring would work on this bike.
The Avid Juicy 4 brakes are OEM for Specialized. Weighing 20g less then Juicy 3 brakes, with a small wheel to adjust reach, filled with DOT 5.1 fluid these brakes work as great as you would expect from Avid. With a 203mm front rotor and 185mm rear rotor braking power was ample.
The 445g DT Swiss 445D rims were also special to Specialized and matched with Specialized disc hubs with a 20mm front thru axle. These rims weathered the tough riding conditions of the North Shore, Whistler and Pemberton very well.
The Pitch uses an E-Type front derailleur with the bottom bracket section removed. The derailleur is attached to the bottom bracket to allow the front derailleur to follow the chain.
I am 5’9″, weigh 154lbs. I have been riding for 18 years. As mentioned above I come from an XC hardtail background but have moved with technology and ride a Titus RacerX for XC, a Turner 6 pack for DH and Shore riding and a Knolly Endorphin set up for more freeriding/shore/technical XC riding. My Bikes!
I am 155 lbs and 5′ 11″ and have had over 15 years experience riding bikes in North Vancouver, Squamish, Whistler, the Chilcotins and many other areas in B.C. and Alberta. I’ve also made many bike trips to Utah, Washington, Oregon, California and Ontario (for example) so I’ve had some experience biking in a variety of terrain. My bias is towards pedalling up and unlike many people who learned to ride bikes on North Shore trails, I actually enjoy riding (and sometimes bushwhacking) uphill.