2009 Specialized Pitch Pro

Pro Reviews


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.

About me:

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!

About Lee:

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.

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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