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Specialized Pitch 27.5" Mountain Bike 2020 - MTB

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A mountain bike is freedom: the ability to pick a spot on the map and say, “Let’s go there,” or maybe go off the map altogether. With a lightweight frame, responsive front suspension, and powerful hydraulic disc brakes, the Pitch 27.5 is your perfect adventure partner.

BEST OF BOTH WORLDS

Riders have long debated whether fast-rolling 29er wheels were better than nimble 26ers. Turns out, the sweet spot for many is right in between, so the Pitch rolls on 27.5-inch wheels that keep much of a 29er’s confident handling in a tighter, lighter package.

STRONG YET SMOOTH

The A1 Premium Aluminum frame is burlier than a brontosaurus’s backbone. But strong doesn’t mean harsh or heavy. Our engineers went over every tube, tweaking, pinching, nipping and tucking to make sure it offers a smooth ride no matter what the trail conditions are.

TOP TO BOTTOM QUALITY

The Pitch’s sure-handling Sport Trail 27.5 Geometry provides unrivaled stability.

SR SunTour XCE suspension fork keeps you grounded on the most technical trails.

Shimano hydraulic disc brakes offer best-in-class power and reliability.

Key Features:

  • The best mountain bikes are the ones that let you tackle any terrain with confidence. The Pitch’s sure-handling Sport Trail 27.5 Geometry is designed for ultimate stability, whether you’re railing down a flowy singletrack or picking your way through a technical section.
  • Control means keeping those tires firmly planted. That’s where great suspension comes in, like the SR SunTour XCE 28 suspension fork on the Pitch, which features a coil spring for unparalleled small-bump responsiveness. Size-specific travel (80mm or 100mm) keeps geometry and handling consistent for riders of all sizes.
  • Braking isn’t just about power; it’s about how that power is used. The Shimano hydraulic disc brakes on the Pitch feature best-in-class modulation, so you can apply exactly the right amount of stopping power, without a death grip on the lever.

Occasionally, without notice, manufacturers change product design and/or specifications.

Specification

Frame:A1 Premium Aluminum, Sport Trail 27.5 Geometry, zero-stack head tube, internal cable routing, 135x9mm forged dropouts, chainstay-mounted disc brake, replaceable alloy derailleur hanger
Fork:SR SunTour XCE 28, Rx Tune, coil spring, 42mm offset, 80/100mm of travel (size-specific)
Stem:Stout 3D-forged alloy, 31.8mm, 6-degree rise
Bars:Specialized, alloy, 9-degree backsweep, 15mm rise, 31.8mm
Front Brake:Shimano BR-MT200, hydraulic disc
Rear Brake:Shimano BR-MT200, hydraulic disc
Front Mech:Shimano Tourney FD-TY710
Rear Mech:Shimano Tourney TX, 8-speed
Shifters:Shimano EF505, hydraulic, 2x8-speed
Speed:16
Rims:Stout Trail 27.5, alloy, disc only, double-wall, 25mm inner width, 32h
Front Hub:Shimano, Center Lock™ disc, 9x100mm spacing, quick-release, 32h
Rear Hub:Shimano, Center Lock™ disc, 9x135mm spacing, quick-release, 32h
Spokes:Stainless, 14g
Front Tyre:Ground Control Sport, 60 TPI, wire bead, Flak Jacket Flat protection, 27.5 x 2.3"
Rear Tyre:Ground Control Sport, 60 TPI, wire bead, Flak Jacket Flat protection, 27.5 x 2.3"
Seat Post:Alloy, 12mm offset, 2-bolt clamp, 30.9mm
Saddle:Bridge Sport, steel rails, 155/143mm
Chainset:Stout 2x, forged alloy
Bottom Bracket:Square-tapered, 73mm, internal bearings
Chain:KMC X8 EPT, anti-rust coating, 8-speed w/ reusable Missing Link
Cassette:SunRace, 8-speed, 11-34t
Pedals:Specialized Dirt

Specialized Pitch 27.5" Mountain Bike 2020 - MTB Reviews

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Overall Rating:
4.7
out of 5
4.72
Build Quality
4.67
Performance
5.00
Value For Money
4.50

Customer Reviews (3)

5
good

i like the way the bike looks and it ride great overall it a good bike

i like the way the bike looks and it ride great overall it a good bike

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4.7 out of 5
Build Quality: 4.5/5
Performance: 5/5
Value For Money: 4.5/5
5
I love it

It’s really good my kids love it and my uncles sisters kid loves it to its very versatile for the family

It’s really good my kids love it and my uncles sisters kid loves it to its very versatile for the family

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4.7 out of 5
Build Quality: 4.5/5
Performance: 5/5
Value For Money: 4.5/5
5
Good

I like the bike it’s nice and ready for eny thing it’s is great

I like the bike it’s nice and ready for eny thing it’s is great

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4.8 out of 5
Build Quality: 5/5
Performance: 5/5
Value For Money: 4.5/5

Pitch Sizing

See the table below to find the right size Specialized Pitch.

Specialized Pitch Bike Sizing

XS

5'0"

 

5'3"

S

5'3"

 

5'7"

M

5'7"

 

5'10"

L

5'10"

 

6'2"

XL

6'2"

 

6'5"

XXL

6'5"

 

6'9"

Read our bike size guide for more information on sizing.

Pitch Geometry

 

XS

S

M

L

XL

CRANK LENGTH

165mm

170mm

170mm

175mm

175mm

STEM LENGTH


45mm

45mm

60mm

70mm

80mm

SEATPOST LENGTH


350mm

400mm

400mm

400mm

400mm

HANDLEBAR WIDTH

720mm

740mm

740mm

740mm

740mm

REACH


380mm

400mm

420mm

440mm

460mm

TOP TUBE LENGTH, HORIZONTAL

542mm

572mm

599mm

625mm

649mm

STACK


562mm

562mm

585mm

604mm

618mm

WHEELBASE


1063mm

1083mm

1112mm

1139mm

1165mm

CHAINSTAY LENGTH

435mm

435mm

435mm

435mm

435mm

FRONT CENTER


631mm

651mm

680mm

708mm

733mm

BB DROP

43mm

43mm

43mm

43mm

43mm

BB HEIGHT


310mm

310mm

310mm

310mm

310mm

SEAT TUBE ANGLE

74°

73°

73°

73°

73°

HEAD TUBE ANGLE

68.5°

68.5°

68.5°

68.5°

68.5°

SEAT TUBE LENGTH

310mm

360mm

415mm

450mm

510mm

HEAD TUBE LENGTH

95mm

95mm

100mm

120mm

135mm

BIKE STANDOVER HEIGHT

660mm

690mm

739mm

766mm

808mm

FORK RAKE/OFFSET

42mm

42mm

42mm

42mm

42mm

FORK LENGTH, FULL

475mm

475mm

495mm

495mm

495mm

TRAIL

94mm

94mm

94mm

94mm

94mm

Read our Mountain Bike Geometry Explained guide for more information on MTB geometry. 

Please note, all size information is provided as a guide - if you're unsure or need any further assistance you can call us on 01792 799508 ... we're happy to help!

MTB Hardtail Guide

 

Hardtail Mountain Bike Guide

Is a Hardtail mountain bike right for me?

If you’re new to the cycling world, we highly recommend taking a look at our bike buying guide overview or our mountain bike buying guide to help you decide what type of bike is right for your needs.

When you’re choosing a hardtail mountain bike, there are a few things to look out for which can help you to work out the quality and performance you can expect from a particular model.


Usage and suspension travel

Depending on the type of mountain bike riding you’ll be doing, you will want a bike with a longer travel or shorter travel suspension fork as well as components suited to more or less technical terrain.

Usage

Travel

Price Bracket

Pros

Cons

Recreational - riding on gravel tracks and rough roads

80 - 100mm

£200 - £500

Affordable. Low profile tyres roll quickly on smooth surfaces

Not very lightweight. Not capable on technical terrain. Components are less durable.

Cross-country / XC - more adventurous off-road riding and XC racing

100mm

£500 - £9,000

Lightweight, especially high-end carbon models. Fast climbing and accelerating. Efficient on long rides

Less capable on technical terrain than a trail hardtail

Trail - riding technical trails and trail centre loops

120mm – 150mm

£800 - £4,000

More capable on technical terrain, especially fun downhill sections

Heavier than an XC hardtail. Less efficient when climbing

Jump - Dirt jumping and skatepark riding

100mm

£500 - £1,500

Robust frames and components. Ideal for learning airborne skills

Not good for general mountain bike riding

Usage

Travel
& Price

Pros
/ Cons

Recreational - riding on gravel tracks and rough roads

80 - 100mm

£200 - £500

Affordable. Low profile tyres roll quickly on smooth surfaces

Not very lightweight. Not capable on technical terrain. Components are less durable

Cross-country / XC - more adventurous off-road riding and XC racing

100mm

£500 - £9,000

Lightweight, especially high-end carbon models. Fast climbing and accelerating. Efficient on long rides

Less capable on technical terrain than a trail hardtail

Trail - riding technical trails and trail centre loops

120mm – 150mm

£800 - £4,000

More capable on technical terrain, especially fun downhill sections

Heavier than an XC hardtail. Less efficient when climbing

Jump - Dirt jumping and skatepark riding

100mm

£500 - £1,500

Robust frames and components. Ideal for learning airborne skills

Not good for general mountain bike riding


Frame Material

Hardtail MTB frames are mostly made from aluminium alloy. High-end cross-country race bikes will have carbon fibre frames while trail hardtails and jump bikes sometimes feature steel frames.

Aluminium

Aluminium alloy frames are strong and lightweight. More expensive alloy hardtail MTBs tend to have ‘butted’ and/or formed frames which are lighter but just as strong.

Steel

Steel frames are heavier but offer a more comfortable ride, especially on higher end models, thanks to the more compliant nature of steel.

Carbon fibre

Carbon fibre composite frames offer the best of both worlds as they are strong, lightweight and comfortable. They are more expensive however and carbon hardtails start at around £1,300


Groupset and Drivetrain

A bike’s groupset, or drivetrain, is where the biggest difference in component quality is seen. A complete groupset comprises of the following parts:

  • Chainset (aka Crankset)
  • Bottom bracket
  • Brakes
  • Brake levers
  • Shifters
  • Front & rear derailleur
  • Chain
  • Cassette

Mountain bike groupset components are typically supplied by either Shimano or SRAM, with additional manufacturers like Formula, Hope, Magura, Tektro and TRP supplying brake systems.

Shimano & SRAM both produce a range of groupsets to suit different budgets. The hierarchy table here compares the different Shimano & SRAM groupsets to determine which bikes offer the best performance. 

Groupset comparison - Shimano & SRAM

What gearing options are there?

Most hardtails offer a wide range of gears for taking on a variety of terrain. It’s not all about the number of gears though as fewer gears on the front, combined with a wide range rear cassette are much easier to use, but still give you the same wide range of gears. As you go up the price points shifting gets easier with more cogs on the rear cassette and fewer front chainrings.

Entry-level hardtails will have a triple chainset with a seven (3x7) or eight (3x8) speed cassette

Mid-level hardtails tend to have a double chainset with a nine (2x9) or ten (2x10) speed cassette

High-end hardtails get a single front chain ring with a ten (1x10), eleven (1x11) or even twelve (1x12) speed cassette

Which are the best brakes?

There are three types of brakes found on most hardtail mountain bikes:

Rim brake example

Rim brakes are powerful in the dry but are significantly less powerful in the wet.

Mechanical disc brake example

Mechanical disc brakes are powerful in all weather conditions

Hydraulic disc brake example

Hydraulic disc brakes are the most powerful in all weather conditions, and also offer the best braking precision.


Wheel Size

You’ve probably noticed that mountain bikes come in a choice of wheel size, mainly a 27.5 inch wheel (also known as a 650B wheel) or a 29inch wheel (known as a 29er). Another option is 27.5+ or 6Fattie wheels which bridge the gap between 27.5” and 29” wheels. The traditional MTB wheel size is 26”, but are now only found on some small sized MTBs as well as jump bikes. The difference between these wheel sizes can have a dramatic effect on the way a bike feels and handles out on the trail.

MTB wheel sizes

27.5” (650b) wheels strike the ideal balance between fast rolling and nimble handling. They are lighter than 29” wheels so are faster to accelerate. On the other hand, the smaller wheel size rolls less efficiently than the larger size, making the bike more prone to losing speed over rough ground.

29” wheels roll fastest but are less nimble. These wheels are naturally smoother over rough ground but are heavier and slower to accelerate. Larger riders may find a better fit on a 29er, but smaller riders may find 29” wheels a little cumbersome.

27.5+ (6fattie) wheels feature wider 2.8” – 3.0” tyres and offer more cushioning (float) as well as more grip. With the extra size of the high-volume tyres, the overall wheel diameter is similar to a 29er so these wheels carry speed very well on rough ground. Plus sized wheels are ideal for riding more challenging terrain.

26” wheels are the nimblest and are great for smaller riders as well as jump bikes. While quick to accelerate these wheels are the slowest over rough ground.

Does tyre width make a difference?

Tyre width effects both speed as well as grip. Narrower tyres are faster rolling while wider ones offer more grip as well as more cushioning (float).

Recreational tyre example

1.95” - 2.0” tyres roll quickly and are good for recreational riding and light off-roading.

Trail tyre example

2.2” - 2.6” tyres are a little slower on smooth surfaces but offer much better grip in the corners and are ideal for MTB trail riding

Plus size tyre example

Plus size (6fattie) 2.8” – 3.0” tyres increase the overall diameter of the wheel so still roll quite quickly while offering a lot more grip and float. These are best for rougher terrain


Suspension Fork

The performance of suspension forks varies a lot. Forks on higher end bikes tend to offer more control and are more adjustable. Look for Fox, RockShox or Manitou forks with adjustable rebound and compression damping for the best performance on technical trails. The performance level you require will depend on what type of riding you want to do. 

For recreational riding on roads and gravel tracks, you won’t need a high-performance fork. A lockout feature can be useful for more efficient climbing on roads and smoother tracks. Air sprung forks are lighter than coil sprung forks.

For cross cross-country mountain biking lightweight air sprung forks are best. Adjustable rebound damping is essential for serious off-roading and a remote lockout switch will allow you to quickly firm up the suspension when climbing.

Trail hardtails feature longer travel suspension forks for riding on rougher terrain. Adjustable rebound damping is essential for control on challenging trails. Lockout is less important on these bikes as they are catering for riders who like the downs more than the ups. Adjustable compression damping is useful as it can help you achieve optimum performance levels. Thru-axles and tapered steerer tubes improve steering control.

Suspension fork in action

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