Bike Performance Guide
"Downhill (DH)" bikes typically have eight or more inches (200 mm) of suspension travel, long wheelbases, low centers of gravity, and very forgiving geometry. Cornering traction and control at high speeds are the hallmarks of DH bikes, and thus DH bikes are typically ridden on dedicated trails or racecourses. Most DH bikes have specialized gearing making them extremely inefficient for uphill pedaling.
Downhill mountain biking can be a tough sport to get into with the expense of a good bike creating a very high barrier to entry. The Specialized Status 1 is set to change that. This isn't just a bargain build on a heavy lackluster frame, this is a serious race contender. The stock bike's complete weight is on par with a 2012 Demo 1! The feel of the suspension is top notch too with a supple rising rate shock curve that is perfect for choppy, rough trails filled with rocks, roots, and braking bumps. The bike is race proven as well by Specialized's domestic race team demonstrating that you don't need to spend five grand to get a bike that will take you to the top step of the podium.
The parts spec has everything you need to handle multiple seasons of the brutal downhill punishment. The X-Fusion Vengance fork and Vector R rear shock offer solid performance and adjustability at very competitive weights. Avid Elixir 1 brakes with 200mm front and 180mm rear rotors are up to the scorching task they have been assigned. Specialized locking grips, 750mm wide bar, and DH stem work together to create a stiff, responsive cockpit. The same Butcher SX tires that Sam Hill and Troy Brosnan have ridden to victory are wrapped around Specialized's dirt jump proven P-Disc rims so you have the right tools to corner like a pro. The SRAM 8-speed drivetrain offers no-nonsense reliable shifting that doesn't require constant adjustment or fresh cables for smooth operation.
If you are looking to get into downhilling, the Status 1 is just the ticket to see how fast you can really go.
- M4 Alloy frame with 200mm of travel
- X-Fusion Vector R coil rear shock
- X-Fusion Vengance coil fork with 170mm of travel
- Avid Elixir 1 brakes 200/180mm
- SRAM X7 rear derailleur
- SRAM X4 8-speed shifter
- SRAM PG-830 11-32 cassette
- Specialized P-Disc wheels
- Specialized Butcher SX tires
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