March 19, 2008
Specialized Pitch: Burly, upright, long-travel, big-brake aluminum bike.
Likes: Extra-plush shock absorption -- 6 inches of rear-wheel travel, 5 1/2 in the front wheel -- flattens out rocks. A short cockpit puts you in an upright, cruiser-like riding position that emphasizes comfort. Downhill braking is super because of huge, 8-inch front-brake rotor, biggest of the test bikes. Dislikes: Weighs a hefty 31 pounds. Upright position not optimal for power and speed.
Price: PitchPro, $2,700; Pitch Comp, $2,050. (408) 779-6229; www.specialized.com.