Specialized Status Review
The Status range of mountain bikes from Specialized are designed with downhill courses in mind and cater to the emerging generation of riders who will have plenty of opportunity to experience this type of trail without breaking the bank.
The Status I uses an M4 alloy frame that has a combined travel of 200mm thanks to the X-Fusion Vector R coil rear shock and the X-Fusion coil-sprung fork up front. Each of these has been modified by Specialized to ensure that it is sensitive to the needs of this specific bike and you can make adjustments to the rebound so that you can soak up big impacts while still keeping the bike under control.
P.Disc rims are tough enough to withstand serious punishment and you get Specialized Butcher SX tyres which deliver a great deal of traction, even on loose surfaces. Avid Elixir 1 disc brakes use hydraulic levers for that extra level of precision and you get a drivetrain made up of SRAM components, along with a Truative Ruktion crankset.
A Specialized DH saddle will keep you comfortable when you are not standing up on the alloy platform pedals.
|Specialized Status I Specifications 2014|
|Front Derailleur:||N/A||Front Fork:||X-Fusion Vengeance R 170mm travel|
|Rear Derailleur:||SRAM X7||Rear Shock:||Custom X-Fusion Vector|
|Shifters:||SRAM X4||Brakes:||Avid Elixir 1 R hydraulic disc|
|Chainring:||34T||Tyres:||Specialized Butcher DH|
Specialized Status II
While the alloy frame of the Status II mirrors that of its sibling, this time the suspension setup has been altered. Up front is a RockShox Boxxer RC fork, the compression of which can be altered externally, while a customised FOX Van RC shock at the back works well on steep descents.
Avid Elixir 5 R hydraulic disc brakes are also customised for the Status 2 and matched with a hardy SRAM drivetrain and tuned crankset. Specialized Bennies pedals are included with this model, with their alloy bodies helping to prevent damage from regular use taking its toll too quickly on the Status II.