Today we can, finally, tell you about the new Specialized Status – a bike we’ve had under us for the past two months.
Since the ‘launch’ campaign for this bike has been going on since May you may in fact already be familiar with this bike from following certain Instagram accounts. The idea apparently was to use influencers to create a ‘movement’ with the youth around this bike. You can assume from that that Specialized are aiming this bike at the more youthful and ‘agro’ end of the market, to which this 49 year old rider takes exception.
It’s quite a special bike though, which may not be that apparent until I get to the price. Let’s start with the basics then.
This is an alloy, long travel, full suspension, mullet bike. I’ll unpack that for you.
It’s made of Specialized’s M5 aluminium, which means it’s not particularly special and it’s made in Taiwan. It’s got an FSR rear end and offers up 160mm of travel front and rear through a Fox Rhythm 36 fork and a DPX2 rear shock. These are the lower end OEM versions of fork and shock, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
read more here https://singletrackworld.com/2020/07/specialized-status-first-look-all-new-all-mountain-affordable-trail-bike/