The old Pitch was a classic, can this one rekindle the flame?

Product Overview

Specialized Pitch Comp

Pros:

  • Affordable entry-level bike for the novice rider.

Cons:

  • If you want to put the saddle down, you are going to have to take a hacksaw to the seatpost.

Product:

Specialized Pitch Comp (2105) review

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£550.00
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The Pitch name will conjure up happy memories for many riders

The Pitch name will conjure up happy memories for many riders

If you’ve been mountain biking a while, you may remember the original Specialized Pitch. It was an absolute ripper — 150mm of sorted suspension, great geometry, and a bargain at £1,500. It was way ahead of its time and was the forerunner for a lot of the modern trail bikes you see around today, albeit with smaller 26inch wheels. Specialized may have killed it off too soon but we have very fond memories of it here at mbr.
The new Pitch is nothing like the old one. It’s an entry-level hardtail with 650b wheels and a basic SR Suntour suspension fork. We asked Specialized whether the new Pitch has anything in common with the old one; it turns out the new bike uses the famous moniker just because it’s a good name, and good names can be hard to come by.
Three models come under the Pitch banner, separated by just £125. They all use the same A1 Premium aluminium frame, the difference is in the spec; the top-end Comp has a slightly better fork and a nine-speed rear cassette.
The first thing I’d recommend doing on the Pitch Comp is chopping some length off the seatpost. It’s a full 400mm on the large frame but only has a 100mm of height adjustment due to the bottle bosses on the inside of the seat tube getting in the way. It wouldn’t go any lower than my maximum saddle height, and riding with your seat up, especially if you’re a first-timer, doesn’t really inspire confidence when descending.
Even with the saddle lowered, the new Pitch won’t set the world alight like the original, but it’s a great first step into mountain biking. The fork felt smooth and controlled and the low BB height somewhat offsets the twitchy steering. Granted, you may get more bike for your buck if you buy from a mail-order brand, but the Pitch is likely to hold its second-hand value — often a key consideration, especially at this end of the market — plus you’ll get the perk of dealer support.

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Specialized Pitch Comp

Details

Frame :A1 aluminium
Fork :SR Suntour XCM, 100mm travel
Wheels :Specialized Hi-Lo disc hubs, Stout disc rims, Fast Trak Sport 2.0in tyres
Drivetrain :Specialized Stout crankset, Shimano Acera 9-speed r-mech, Altus f-mech and shifters
Brakes :Tektro Auriga 160mm rotors
Components :Specialized Body Geometry saddle, Specialized 3D forged 75mm stem, Specialized low-rise handlebars
Sizes :XS, S, M, L, XL
Weight :13.8kg (30.4lb)
Size ridden :L
Head angle :70.5°
Seat angle :73°
BB height:301mm
Chainstay :424mm
Front centre :670mm
Wheelbase :1,094mm
  • Ed Pound

    Do you think if parts for the pitch comp were upgraded, for example and new fork, chainset + casset and lower seatpost it would be classed as a pretty good bike?