I’m on record here saying I’d rather be underbiked 5% of the time than overbiked 95% of the time, but I got the bug to have something with a little more travel and really jumped the shark with this one.
It’s a 2021 (maybe?) Specialized Status 140, which were never actually officially released in the US. Not really sure what Spesh was going for with the marketing of this one, but here we are.
Ride impressions: sweet bananas this thing is SLACK; 63.5* head angle in the high setting, which, compared to my epic evo, makes for quite a difference. Climbing with this thing is very much a “winch and plummet” affair. You’re not going to win a race to the top, but it’ll get you there as long as you keep the pedals turning. The weight doesn’t help. Whereas the epic can accelerate effortlessly on flats or uphill, this thing is basically just “nah man, it’s fine, we’ll get there eventually.”
Descending? Sheeeeesh, it’s surprisingly nimble and unsurprisingly very stable. It’s 140mm of travel front and rear, and the 36/dpx2 do a pretty good job even though they’re the more basic dampers. Butcher tires at both ends mean there’s grip for days, but they take a little bit of effort to spin up. The mullet setup will take me a little getting used to, but the bike feels balanced.
Anyway, on mobile, so I’ll leave you with a few pictures.