2018 Specialized Pitch | Range Review | Tredz Bikes

2018 Specialized Pitch | Range Review | Tredz Bikes


The Specialized Pitch is a hardtail
mountain bike that rolls on 650b wheels, and offers an ideal introduction to
off-road mountain bike trail riding. There are four men’s and four woman’s
Pitch models in the range, each sitting in the £400-£600 price bracket. The pitch features a brand new frame for
2018, with revised sport trail geometry for more confident handling on technical
terrain. Specialized have a twenty-year history in making high quality aluminium
bikes, and the pitch features an A1 premium aluminium frame. Internal cable
routing keeps things nice, keeps the lines clean, and means there’s less for
mud to stick to. The women’s pitch models feature frames specifically designed for
female riders, and with softer spring rates in the fork. All pitch models feature a Suntour
fork that offers 100mm of bump soaking suspension travel. The
top three models feature multi circuit damping. This is a custom Specialized
internal that offers a more premium performance. The top model gets a fork with
wider 32mm stanchions, this gives a stiffer fork for more confident handling. The Pitch features a triple chain set on
all models to give you a wide range of gears for taking on all the climbs and
descents on your route. The first two models feature a 3 by 8 speed drivetrain,
and the top two get a 3 by 9 speed drivetrain, with gear ratios slightly
closer together to make it easier to get your perfect pedalling speed. The pitch
rolls exclusively on 650b wheels, and these offer the ideal balance between
rapid rolling performance, and nimble handling on the trail. Specialized’ own 2.3
inch tires offer great grip, and a little bit of cushioning as well for those
rough trails. The Specialized Pitch is a great bike for trail riding, it’s ideal for entry
riders, it’s also a good choice for more experienced mountain bikers who wants to
upgrade to a hardtail with modern trail geometry. As well as mountain bike trail
riding, the pitch is versatile enough to be useful for getting about town, for the
school run, or even short commutes.