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Specialized Status I Full Suspension Mountain Bike 2014

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Description

The Specialized Status I Full Suspension Mountain Bike 2014 has been designed with 200mm of FSR suspension for exceptional downhill performance.

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The Specialized Status I Full Suspension Mountain Bike 2014 has been designed with 200mm FSR travel and an excellent X-Fusion suspension system for great downhill performance. The lightweight M4 aluminium alloy frame has a low centre-of-gravity thanks to the slack, low DH Race Geometry. You can easily upgrade the Status thanks to the standard shock size and mounting and the frame design allow you to access the shock inside the frame for easy adjustments. Specialized have used the strongest, lightest components available to give you the best DH experience. 

The setup on this full suspension DH mountain bike provides race-ready suspension performance to easily handle the obstacles you may face at high speeds. The Custom X-Fusion Vector R Coil rear shock has adjustable rebound which works with the bike's FSR design to keep the rear wheel firmly planted to the floor. The X-Fusion Vengeance coil-sprung fork has a tapered alloy steerer tube and offers 170mm of travel for a plush fork that tracks through technical terrain.

The bike rolls on P.Disc rims which have been mated with Specialized Hi Lo hubs and laced up with 36 stainless spokes and a 20mm Thru-Axle in the front. This ensures your ride is robust enough to handle the most technical downhill terrain. The Status I has been fitted with Specialized Butcher SX 26x2.3" dual-compound tyres for premium traction and excellent cornering on challenging terrain. The Avid Elixir 1 disc brakes offer superior braking power and the super-wide DH low-rise bar is 750mm wide so you can easily navigate the trickiest courses.

Specialized Status I Full Suspension Mountain Bike 2014 Features

  • M4 alloy, 200mm-travel FSR frame with 1.5" head tube, full-cartridge bearing pivots and ISCG mounts
  • Custom X-Fusion Vector R coil rear shock with adjustable rebound keeps the rear wheel planted for aggressive riding
  • X-Fusion Vengeance coil-sprung fork offers 170mm of travel for a plush fork that tracks through technical terrain
  • Fork comes with a tapered alloy steerer tube, adjustable rebound control and 20mm thru-axle 
  • P.Disc rim is 32mm-wide and lace to Specialized Hi Lo disc hubs to handle technical downhill terrain
  • Specialized Butcher SX 2.3" dual compound tyres for premium traction on challenging terrain
  • The 750mm-wide Specialized DH low-rise handlebar is super wide to control the toughest conditions

Specialized Status 2014

There has never been a better time to be a downhiller; the Status is a DH machine that delivers performance and value that everyone will appreciate. Offering 200mm FSR and DH Race Geometry, this beast will provide exceptional performance whether you’re pinned on the race course or shredding your local trails. The reliable components will keep you on track and in control of your bike, even on the most technical downhill terrain.

Downhill-Tuned Spec

The Status allows you to ride with maximum confidence and stability with the strongest, lightest components available. Specialized have worked closely with DH race athletes and various manufacturers so you can have the highest level of performance. Specialized have also used their FSR suspension with four bar linkage which has been specifically tuned for Downhill racing.

FrameM4 hydroformed tubing, 1.5" forged HT, ISCG mounts, 135mm rear spacing, full cartridge bearing pivots, 200mm travel
ForkX-Fusion Vengeance R, Coil Spring, 1.5" Tapered Alloy Steerer, Rebound Adjust, 20mm Thru-Axle, 170mm Travel
Rear ShockCustom X-Fusion Vector R, coil over w/ piggy back, adj. rebound, 8.5x2.5", spring rate S: 400, M: 450, L: 500
ChainsetTruvativ Ruktion, 165mm, w/ Status guide
Chainrings34T Steel, 4-bolt, Compact 104mm pattern
CassetteSRAM PG-830, 8 Speed, 11-32T
Chain DeviceNot Specified
Bottom BracketTruvativ Howitzer XR, oversize sealed outboard cartridge bearing, 73mm shell
ChainKMC X8, 8 Speed, Rreusable Missing Link
Front HubSpecialized Hi Lo Disc, Sealed Cartridge Bearings, 20mm Thru-Axle, 32H
Rear HubSpecialized disc, Bolt-On 135mm, 36H
Front DerailleurN/A
Rear DerailleurSRAM X7, 9 Speed, Short Cage
Front BrakeAvid Elixir 1, Metallic Pad, 200mm Rotor
Rear BrakeAvid Elixir 1, Metallic Pad, 180mm Rotor
Brake LeversAvid Elixir 1 R, Hydraulic Disc, Tool-Less Reach Adj.
PedalsAlloy Platform, 9/16"
HandlebarsSpecialized DH, Low-Rise, 6061 Alloy, 780mm Wide, 9° Backsweep, 6° Upsweep, 31.8mm
StemSpecialized P.Series MTB, Forged Alloy, 4-Bolt, 40mm Length, 31.8mm Clamp
HeadsetSemi-integrated alloy cups for 1.5" HT and 1-1/8" steerer, cartridge bearings
GripsSpecialized Sip Grip, Light Lock-On, Half-Waffle Aramid-Infused, S/M: Regular, L: XL Thickness
SaddleSpecialized DH, 8mm Steel Rails
SeatpostSpecialized 6061 Alloy, 2-bolt micro-adjust, no offset, 30.9mm, 300mm
RimsP.Disc, 32mm Wide, 36H
Front TyreSpecialized Butcher SX, 2Bliss Ready, 26x2.3", Foldable Aramid Bead, Dual-Compound, 60TPI
Rear TyreSpecialized Butcher SX, 2Bliss Ready, 26x2.3", Aramid Bead, Dual Compound, 60 TPI
ShiftersSRAM X4, 8 Speed, Trigger
ExtrasSpokes: Stainless, 14g, Inner Tubes: Standard Schrader Valve, Seat Binder: Specialized 7050 Hard Anodized Alloy, w/ QR, 34.9mm, Black

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Professional Review for Specialized Status I Full Suspension Mountain Bike

Specialized has always done a good line in affordable hard-hitting bikes, and the Status range is no exception.

The Demo downhill bike might be Specialized's gravity headline, but the simpler and cheaper Status isn't stuck playing second fiddle. It's actually the go-to rig for freeride star Darren Berrecloth to use to jump off cliffs at the Red Bull Rampage. It's certainly tough.

Frame and equipment: cheapest of a two-bike range

The Status 1 is the most affordable of the two-bike line-up and pairs its 200mm of four-bar rear travel with a 170mm single crown X-Fusion Vengeance fork. The £500 more expensive Status 2 has a 200mm triple-clamp fork.

The low-slung aluminium frame looks extremely classy, with neat lines, a full 1.5in head tube and a neat, welded two-piece rocker link driving the X-Fusion Vector R coil shock. It's not all mod cons though; the lack of dropper post hose routing hints at the bike's downhill bias, and the dropouts are open 135x10mm with a bolt-up hub, rather than an easier-to-remove through-axle design.

Specialized still works with a traditional shop distribution model, and the increased operating costs over the direct-sale brands really shows in the kit fitted to the Status - it's noticeably lower rent. The X-Fusion shocks are both coil sprung and only have rebound adjustment, so tuning potential is limited, although they aren't bad performers by any means.

One aspect of the spec that really took us by surprise was the eight-speed cassette skulking on the back wheel, matched to a low-end SRAM X4 shifter up front.

Ride and handling: set it to attack mode and enjoy the ride

If you mate the chain device-equipped 34T single ring up front to the largest 32T rear sprocket, pedalling isn't actually too painful when you're taking on steady climbs, but the wide gaps between the eight ratios (what is this, the stone age?!) are most noticeable when sprinting out of corners or on pedally descents.

In fact the shifts are so noticeably steppy and rough it soon becomes less painful to just get the bike up to speed and trust to momentum.

Happily, it's in exactly this circumstance that the Status begins to shine. It's a bike that manages to create a sprightly riding feel despite its bulk, while the low frame with masses of standover aids rapid direction changes.

It's easy enough to discombobulate the fork when you're hitting rougher sections, but it deals with big hits in a measured and controlled enough way, and the supple, stiff rear end shines through despite the basic shock. It's long, low and slack enough to give you plenty of space to move about, while keeping a fun and flickable feel over jumps and in the corners.

The Status' sorted basic geometry is backed up by Specialized's own Butcher tyres, which offer excellent, confidence-inspiring grip and feel that has you keen to attack everything - corners, mud, rooty sections and whatever else comes your way.

Verdict

3.5/5

2/28/2014 2:54:49 PM | What Mountain Bike

Professional Review for Specialized Status I Full Suspension Mountain Bike 2014

Specialized has always done a good line in affordable hard-hitting bikes, and the Status range is no exception.

The Demo downhill bike might be Specialized's gravity headline, but the simpler and cheaper Status isn't stuck playing second fiddle. It's actually the go-to rig for freeride star Darren Berrecloth to use to jump off cliffs at the Red Bull Rampage. It's certainly tough.

Frame and equipment: cheapest of a two-bike range

The Status 1 is the most affordable of the two-bike line-up and pairs its 200mm of four-bar rear travel with a 170mm single crown X-Fusion Vengeance fork. The £500 more expensive Status 2 has a 200mm triple-clamp fork.

The low-slung aluminium frame looks extremely classy, with neat lines, a full 1.5in head tube and a neat, welded two-piece rocker link driving the X-Fusion Vector R coil shock. It's not all mod cons though; the lack of dropper post hose routing hints at the bike's downhill bias, and the dropouts are open 135x10mm with a bolt-up hub, rather than an easier-to-remove through-axle design.

Specialized still works with a traditional shop distribution model, and the increased operating costs over the direct-sale brands really shows in the kit fitted to the Status - it's noticeably lower rent. The X-Fusion shocks are both coil sprung and only have rebound adjustment, so tuning potential is limited, although they aren't bad performers by any means.

One aspect of the spec that really took us by surprise was the eight-speed cassette skulking on the back wheel, matched to a low-end SRAM X4 shifter up front.

Ride and handling: set it to attack mode and enjoy the ride

If you mate the chain device-equipped 34T single ring up front to the largest 32T rear sprocket, pedalling isn't actually too painful when you're taking on steady climbs, but the wide gaps between the eight ratios (what is this, the stone age?!) are most noticeable when sprinting out of corners or on pedally descents.

In fact the shifts are so noticeably steppy and rough it soon becomes less painful to just get the bike up to speed and trust to momentum.

Happily, it's in exactly this circumstance that the Status begins to shine. It's a bike that manages to create a sprightly riding feel despite its bulk, while the low frame with masses of standover aids rapid direction changes.

It's easy enough to discombobulate the fork when you're hitting rougher sections, but it deals with big hits in a measured and controlled enough way, and the supple, stiff rear end shines through despite the basic shock. It's long, low and slack enough to give you plenty of space to move about, while keeping a fun and flickable feel over jumps and in the corners.

The Status' sorted basic geometry is backed up by Specialized's own Butcher tyres, which offer excellent, confidence-inspiring grip and feel that has you keen to attack everything - corners, mud, rooty sections and whatever else comes your way.

Verdict: 4/5

1/28/2014 3:13:34 PM | BikeRadar

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Our handy size charts match your height to the appropriate frame size so you need to be sure you’ve measured your height accurately.

  1. Take off your shoes and stand with your back against a wall.
  2. Make sure legs are together and your shoulders are back.
  3. Place a pencil on top of your head and mark the wall (the best and easiest way to do this properly is with a friend to help you).
  4. Measure from the floor to the pencil mark you have just made with a tape measure.

Range of Reach

For most people to get the right frame size, measuring your height will suffice. However, you may find that your height is on the borderline of the range we suggest for a particular frame. If this occurs you need to measure the range of your reach or “Ape Index”. This will ensure you get a comfortable distance between the handlebars and your saddle.

  1. Stand up straight with your back against a wall.
  2. Life your arms out horizontally either side of you.
  3. Measure the distance from fingertip of one hand to fingertip of the other. This will give you your arm span.
  4. Subtract your height from this figure to get your Ape Index.
  5. If the result is positive (your arm span is greater than your height) you should go for the larger size of bike.
  6. If the result is negative (your arm span is less than your height you need the smaller size.

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You should also consider your inside leg measurement when choosing your bike to ensure adequate stand over height. Stand over height is the clearance between the top tube and the bottom of your crotch. For mountain bikes we recommend a distance of 2-4 inches and for road or hybrid bikes 1-2 inches of clearance is required. This will ensure comfort when you’re stopped and standing astride the bike.

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