Shore – Fromme and Seymour
The Pitch performed admirably on the trails on the North Shore which involve long climbs, then loose rocky descents with drops and steep pitches. Also found are technical climbing trails that put a bike through its paces. This bike was great on all the trails and was only compromised when the terrain became slippery. The cranks would hit while riding over terrain containing large rocks and stumps within the trail, in this situation a half pedal stroke could get one through. The low standover was a noticeable advantage in this terrain.
On more flowing fast smooth trails interspersed with technical features found in areas such as Squamish, the Pitch rode firm and true when pedaling up, down or accelerating on rolling terrain. The fork and brakes allowed for confidence when the trail got rough and the bike easily navigated through the rough back to high speed cruising.
Whistler and Pemberton
Areas containing trails mixed with steep climbs, descents, rock faces, loose rocky chunder and fast and flowy loam typical of Whistler and Pemberton requires a bike capable of performing in this wide range of conditions. A bike capable of handling a mixture of terrain would reign over this land, the Pitch Pro fits the bill. The 150mm rear travel matched with the adjustable 95-140mm fork allows one to match this bike to most trails in this area. A bigger tire was used on these trails for flat resistance and enhanced braking performance.
I didn’t ride it in all the conditions Sharon rode so I’ll divide my impressions into two categories: uphill and downhill. This makes sense to me since it is, after all, an all-mountain bike.
Be aware that the RP2 rear shock is incredibly sensitive to rider weight and tuneable with different air pressures and ProPedal. You have to dial in the rear shock for the bike to climb well. Once I did have the rear set up for my weight (the standard 1/3rd sag formula),the Pitch Pro’s climbing ability surprised me. It feels more like a free-ride bike with its slack angles, short (70mm stem) and big wide chopper bars. I wanted it to be sloppy climber but it wasn’t. Instead it climbed technical rooty climbs like the proverbial goat. Just for a lark, I attacked one rooty section that usually tosses me and cleaned it. The rear tire bit, the rear end stuck like glue and I ground away alternating seated and climbing attacks and made that darn climb!
As for fire-road climbing, the Pitch Pro climbs as well as any low 30 lb bike will climb. It’s not going to win you any UCI World Cup races but then you wouldn’t buy this bike for that purpose would you? Suffice it to say that it does the job in extended long grinds and the bike puts you into a comfortable climbing position. I liked the tuneability of the Pike for this type of climbing. You can lock out the fork completely or if you just want the fork stiffened up a bit, you can also tune that into the fork with the twist of an easily turned dial.
I expected the Pitch Pro to be a better descender then it was a climber. Bearing in mind that I was pleasantly surprised by its climbing prowess, the bike was also an exceptionally nimble descender. Both the front and rear ends can be tuned for plushness and both are stiff; the bike inspires confidence when dropping in and I have to attribute a lot of that to how well the suspension is paired. I had tried Eskars on last year’s Enduro and was a bit nervous about them this time around as I had found those tires to have shockingly poor traction but this year’s edition of the Eskar was much better – so much so, that I left the tires on for slow technical and for faster trails.
On faster trails, the Pitch Pro was stable; the slack angles give one the ability to sit back and enjoy the ride and let suspension do the work..
It’s tough to find anything to fault with this bike. Let me try. The bars are wide! If this was my bike, I might cut them down a bit as I’d bash them into trees a few times. For some inexplicable reason the bike also seemed to attract stick and twigs – probably its just me. I realized I’m reaching so let me stop right there; simply put it’s tough to find fault with the Pitch Pro.
4.0 Very Good
3.0 Above Average
- Good mix of components that are tough and reliable.
- Lots of standover and slack headangle to make steep descents less intimidating.
- Great value bike for someone getting into the sport, or someone who can’t quite afford their dream bike yet.
- While the Pike works well, an air fork for more precise adjustability and a two step for easier switching between travel would be beneficial.
- cable routing makes cables susceptible to damage by rocks and chain slap and transport over a pickup tailgate.
- kept hitting low lying roots and rocks with cranks
Capable of accommodating a wide range of terrain with no compromise in climbing or descending, this great value bike will benefit a new rider, a rider who can’t quite afford their dream bike and will offer years of performance and enjoyment.
The source for this information is Specialized. Suggested Retail of this bike is $2700.00
Specifications are as follows:
Frame Set – 2009 Pitch frame, M4 Manipulated Alloy tubing, double ORE downtube, DMD front derailleur mount, sealed cartridge bearing pivots, replaceable hanger, bolt on cable guides, 150mm travel
Fork – Rockshox Pike 351 for Specialized, 140mm travel, coil U-Turn, Motion Control damper, disc only, alloy steerer, rebound adj., Maxle 360 included
Shock – Fox RP23, 7.875×2.25″
Sizes – S, M, L or XL
Color – Burnt Orange
Wheelset – DT Swiss 445D, disc, 24mm, double wall, pin joint, eyelets, 32h, Specialized Hubs, front with 20mm through axle.
Tires – Specialized Eskar Control, 26×2.3″, 60 TPI, tubeless ready, aramid bead
Stem - Specialized, 8 deg. rise, four bolt 31.8mm clamp, 3D forged. M/L:75,
Bar – Specialized mid rise 31.8mm, 6061 alloy, 660mm wide, 8 degree up, 8 degree back sweep
Post – Specialized 6061 alloy, black, 30.9×350, setback head, 2-bolt micro adjust
Saddle - Specialized Enduro, 7mm Cr-Mo rails
Headset – 1-1/8″ Threadless, loose ball bearings w/ seals, black steel cup
BrakeSet – Avid Juicy 4 RSL, 203mm front, 185 rear
Crankset – Shimano M532 175mm cranks and BB, 22, 32, 44 teeth rings
Pedals - Shimano 505 SPD
Front Derailleur – Shimano SLX FD-M660, E-Type
Rear Derailleur - SRAM X-9, 9-speed, mid cage, 11-34 cassette
Shifters – SRAM X-5, trigger, 9-speed
Geometry for a M Pitch Pro is as follows:
Standover - 748mm/29.4in
Head Tube Angle - 67o
Seat Tube Angle – 74o
Effective Top Tube Length - 586mm/23in
Bottom Bracket Height – 356mm/14in
Chainstay Length – 421mm/16.6in
Bike Weight - 32lbs