Specialized Pitch Expert Mountain Bike with DMR pedals £449 @ Cycle Solutions
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Specialized Pitch Expert Mountain Bike with DMR pedals £449 @ Cycle Solutions

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Posted 7th Oct
Decent spec bike with an option for DMR pedals for 28p!
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Our Sport Trail 27.5 geometry, meanwhile, keeps you comfortable and confident on a variety of terrain, and the Shimano component spec keeps you rolling for miles, with minimal maintenance. It's time to get out there and have some fun.

  • The frame is constructed from lightweight A1 Premium aluminium in order to provide a compliant, durable platform to support our acclaimed Sport Trail 27.5 Geometry. Combined, you get a bike that's extremely versatile, making it equally capable on the climbs and descents.
  • Custom SR Suntour 27.5 fork features our Multi-Circuit Damping technology to eliminate any "pogo" effect by delivering 80/100mm (size-specific) of hydraulic damped suspension and rebound that smooths out rough terrain.
  • The Shimano Deore rear derailleur provides crisp, reliable shifting that you can count on when the going gets rough. With it, you'll be able to precisely move through the wide, 11-34t gear range, to make climbing hills almost as easy as rolling on the flats.

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bonzobanana07/10/2019 18:29

Looks pretty decent for the money. 'A1 premium aluminium' is just …Looks pretty decent for the money. 'A1 premium aluminium' is just marketing guff and means nothing, it would be nice if they actually stated what aluminium is used as well. Centrelock rotors means you'll have to buy adapters if you want to use normal rotors with bolts. The front derailleur is Microshift and the cassette is sunrace so there is some lower end components used, it's not a full Deore groupset. It's a very decent deal if you want a big brand bike but you do see occasionally a bike with better forks go for similar money from the shop brands. It has an option for DMR pedals for 28p but in the spec it says it includes Specialized Dirt pedals and at the top it states includes basic plastic pedals as part of the free pack although states 'optional' next to them. Do you get the DMR pedals in addition to the Specialized pedals or are the DMR pedals an updgrade over the free plastic pedals. Quite confusing.


Centre lock discs might be less common but a quick look on Google has plenty of Shimano's own discs for between £5-10 so no more expensive that 6 bolt ones.

You seem to be over thinking the pedals. If they are selling you a pair of DMRs for 28p who cares if the disposable plastic pedals are included?
Looks pretty decent for the money. 'A1 premium aluminium' is just marketing guff and means nothing, it would be nice if they actually stated what aluminium is used as well. Centrelock rotors means you'll have to buy adapters if you want to use normal rotors with bolts. The front derailleur is Microshift and the cassette is sunrace so there is some lower end components used, it's not a full Deore groupset. It's a very decent deal if you want a big brand bike but you do see occasionally a bike with better forks go for similar money from the shop brands. It has an option for DMR pedals for 28p but in the spec it says it includes Specialized Dirt pedals and at the top it states includes basic plastic pedals as part of the free pack although states 'optional' next to them. Do you get the DMR pedals in addition to the Specialized pedals or are the DMR pedals an updgrade over the free plastic pedals. Quite confusing.
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Looks pretty decent for the money. 'A1 premium aluminium' is just marketing guff and means nothing, it would be nice if they actually stated what aluminium is used as well. Centrelock rotors means you'll have to buy adapters if you want to use normal rotors with bolts. The front derailleur is Microshift and the cassette is sunrace so there is some lower end components used, it's not a full Deore groupset. It's a very decent deal if you want a big brand bike but you do see occasionally a bike with better forks go for similar money from the shop brands. It has an option for DMR pedals for 28p but in the spec it says it includes Specialized Dirt pedals and at the top it states includes basic plastic pedals as part of the free pack although states 'optional' next to them. Do you get the DMR pedals in addition to the Specialized pedals or are the DMR pedals an updgrade over the free plastic pedals. Quite confusing.
Ok deal.
bonzobanana07/10/2019 18:29

Looks pretty decent for the money. 'A1 premium aluminium' is just …Looks pretty decent for the money. 'A1 premium aluminium' is just marketing guff and means nothing, it would be nice if they actually stated what aluminium is used as well. Centrelock rotors means you'll have to buy adapters if you want to use normal rotors with bolts. The front derailleur is Microshift and the cassette is sunrace so there is some lower end components used, it's not a full Deore groupset. It's a very decent deal if you want a big brand bike but you do see occasionally a bike with better forks go for similar money from the shop brands. It has an option for DMR pedals for 28p but in the spec it says it includes Specialized Dirt pedals and at the top it states includes basic plastic pedals as part of the free pack although states 'optional' next to them. Do you get the DMR pedals in addition to the Specialized pedals or are the DMR pedals an updgrade over the free plastic pedals. Quite confusing.


Centre lock discs might be less common but a quick look on Google has plenty of Shimano's own discs for between £5-10 so no more expensive that 6 bolt ones.

You seem to be over thinking the pedals. If they are selling you a pair of DMRs for 28p who cares if the disposable plastic pedals are included?
You're paying for the brand here and getting little value in return
johnnystorm07/10/2019 20:59

Centre lock discs might be less common but a quick look on Google has …Centre lock discs might be less common but a quick look on Google has plenty of Shimano's own discs for between £5-10 so no more expensive that 6 bolt ones.You seem to be over thinking the pedals. If they are selling you a pair of DMRs for 28p who cares if the disposable plastic pedals are included?


Some people actively avoid centre lock rotors because it locks you into a more expensive proprietary Shimano only design and generally they are more expensive and 6 bolt has many more rotor options including lower price rotors. It also seems like many do pay for the Shimano centre lock to 6 bolt converters which are about £10 a wheel. I've seen forum postings where even accounting for the converters it was cheaper to buy 6 bolt rotors than buy centre lock rotors but I guess it depends on the rotors you want.

As for the pedals the spec clearly states Specialized Dirt pedals are included so are the DMR pedals an upgrade i.e. they remove the Dirt pedals or do you get them in addition to the standard supplied pedals?. Alternatively are the DMR pedals an upgrade over their normal free plastic pedals in which case you get two pairs of pedals. If you only get one pair of pedals which is better Specialized Dirt pedals or DMR. I realise the Specialized Dirt pedals are composite but some composite pedals can be really nice and quite high end. It's nice to know what you are actually getting when you spend close to £500 on a bike.

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basergorkobal08/10/2019 07:22

You're paying for the brand here and getting little value in return



Got examples of better bikes at the same price or less?
Muig197208/10/2019 08:48

Got examples of better bikes at the same price or less?


No. Do you?
basergorkobal08/10/2019 09:28

No. Do you?



No - I thought when you criticised this deal, you must have had some better suggestions in mind.
Muig197208/10/2019 09:32

No - I thought when you criticised this deal, you must have had some …No - I thought when you criticised this deal, you must have had some better suggestions in mind.


All I stated is that this is poor value for money and overpriced brand.
I could have some suggestions but as you don't sound genuinely interested I'll keep them to myself.
basergorkobal08/10/2019 09:46

All I stated is that this is poor value for money and overpriced brand.I …All I stated is that this is poor value for money and overpriced brand.I could have some suggestions but as you don't sound genuinely interested I'll keep them to myself.



I'm genuinely interested
Please share.
mattzildjian08/10/2019 12:25

I'm genuinely interested Please share.


Calibre bikes like the Line are good value especially when on offer. Halfords often do a sale on the basic mtb bikes they stock. They offer great value over more known brands.
bonzobanana08/10/2019 07:54

Some people actively avoid centre lock rotors because it locks you into a …Some people actively avoid centre lock rotors because it locks you into a more expensive proprietary Shimano only design and generally they are more expensive and 6 bolt has many more rotor options including lower price rotors. It also seems like many do pay for the Shimano centre lock to 6 bolt converters which are about £10 a wheel. I've seen forum postings where even accounting for the converters it was cheaper to buy 6 bolt rotors than buy centre lock rotors but I guess it depends on the rotors you want.As for the pedals the spec clearly states Specialized Dirt pedals are included so are the DMR pedals an upgrade i.e. they remove the Dirt pedals or do you get them in addition to the standard supplied pedals?. Alternatively are the DMR pedals an upgrade over their normal free plastic pedals in which case you get two pairs of pedals. If you only get one pair of pedals which is better Specialized Dirt pedals or DMR. I realise the Specialized Dirt pedals are composite but some composite pedals can be really nice and quite high end. It's nice to know what you are actually getting when you spend close to £500 on a bike.[Image]


A not particularly thorough Google shopping shows genuine Shimano discs for £10. That's the going rate for a disc worth trusting or any design.

How you can even dream that the free plastic "get you home" or "test ride" plastic pedals are on a par with DMR V8s beats me.Anyone who doesn't take them up on the offer of a pair of DMRs for 28p would be making a mistake. Whether you get the cheapo pedals in the box still is irrelevant.
It's worth getting the DMR pedals, as my plastic pedals didn't last long on my Rockhopper!
johnnystorm08/10/2019 14:23

A not particularly thorough Google shopping shows genuine Shimano discs …A not particularly thorough Google shopping shows genuine Shimano discs for £10. That's the going rate for a disc worth trusting or any design.How you can even dream that the free plastic "get you home" or "test ride" plastic pedals are on a par with DMR V8s beats me.Anyone who doesn't take them up on the offer of a pair of DMRs for 28p would be making a mistake. Whether you get the cheapo pedals in the box still is irrelevant.


Again rotors do get bent and damaged and 6 bolt are cheaper many make the choice to go with 6 bolt adapters. Being locked into Shimano only parts is clearly going to cost you money depending on how you use the bike.

Of course no one ever said that test ride pedals are equal to DMR V8s you are just making that up in a pathetic attempt to move the discussion to somewhere it never was in a rather childish way to say the least. The issue was whether you got the Specialized Dirt pedals or DMR V8s and whether the Dirt pedals are better. They have a retail price of $80 in Canada and have a anti-free spin washer so they stay in the same position for your feet so they claim. Are you sacrificing the Dirt pedals to get the DMR V8s or do you get both with the DMR V8s being the upgrade over the free get you going pedals they normally supply. Is the listing an error and you don't get the Dirt pedals at all that is for other markets. If the site sells most bikes without pedals it maybe when a bike is actually supplied with pedals they remove the supplied pedals to fit the upgrade pedals. Maybe the 28p offer is simply there because they can sell the Specialized Dirt pedals for more than the DMR pedals so its a good commercial move for them hence why its only 28p to upgrade.

Why a simple mention of the pedals gets such a ridiculous reply I don't know. For those considering the bike it's probably worth deciding which pedals you want and clarify what you get with Cycle Solutions before purchase.

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bonzobanana09/10/2019 09:58

Again rotors do get bent and damaged and 6 bolt are cheaper many make the …Again rotors do get bent and damaged and 6 bolt are cheaper many make the choice to go with 6 bolt adapters. Being locked into Shimano only parts is clearly going to cost you money depending on how you use the bike. Of course no one ever said that test ride pedals are equal to DMR V8s you are just making that up in a pathetic attempt to move the discussion to somewhere it never was in a rather childish way to say the least. The issue was whether you got the Specialized Dirt pedals or DMR V8s and whether the Dirt pedals are better. They have a retail price of $80 in Canada and have a anti-free spin washer so they stay in the same position for your feet so they claim. Are you sacrificing the Dirt pedals to get the DMR V8s or do you get both with the DMR V8s being the upgrade over the free get you going pedals they normally supply. Is the listing an error and you don't get the Dirt pedals at all that is for other markets. If the site sells most bikes without pedals it maybe when a bike is actually supplied with pedals they remove the supplied pedals to fit the upgrade pedals. Maybe the 28p offer is simply there because they can sell the Specialized Dirt pedals for more than the DMR pedals so its a good commercial move for them hence why its only 28p to upgrade.Why a simple mention of the pedals gets such a ridiculous reply I don't know. For those considering the bike it's probably worth deciding which pedals you want and clarify what you get with Cycle Solutions before purchase.https://www.specialized.com/ca/en/dirt-pedals/p/129839


So. Many. Words.

(If I'm going to get branded as childish and pathetic I might as well live up to that)

Centre lock discs at this level are a tenner, that's no pricier than 6 bolt discs.

As for the pedals, sigh. Where to begin.
I would not get hung up on the rotors! Had loads of mtbs and XC bikes over the years, run a XC, Trail and CX bike now, never bent or worn out a rotor... besides if I wanted to change or remove one it’s easier with centre lock.

My issue with the lower end branded models they really do skimp on spec or charge a premium. For comparison I did manage to find my lad a very similar specced Felt MTB for £310 from CRC. Full shimano, 3x10, deore rear derailleur, 29er and wide rims, schwable tyres. So you can get a better deal, if you are lucky to find one and willing to try other brands
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