The all-new Specialized P.Slope will be available this fall (Zach White/BikeRadar)
from Specialized for 2013 is a slopestyle bike, the P.Slope. The
84mm-travel design features a concentric bottom bracket pivot, which allows it
to be run as a singlespeed without a chain tensioner as there is no
chain growth throughout the rear wheel travel path. The design is
low-leverage, allowing even the most rowdy of riders to run psi in the ballpark
of their body weight in the RockShox Monarch RT3, versus having to run upwards of 300psi
in some suspension frames.
P.Slope comes built up as a singlespeed, but ships with a second set of
dropouts if a rear derailleur is wanted. Both non-drive dropouts double as
direct-mount caliper mounts, allowing brake adjustment to accommodate rear wheel
adjustments that come with a singlespeed setup. Both versions of the P.Slope
dropouts are spaced for 135mm x 12mm axles.
BB30 bottom bracket is also in the stock build kit. However, Specialized offer
sleeves for a traditional threaded bottom bracket, as well as sleeves for an
old school BMX bottom bracket – both of which come with the frame-only option,
but not with the complete bike.
Specialized say the P.Slope will only be available in one size, which should
have a top tube length in the 22.6-22.75-inch range. The P.Slope on display at
Crankworx Whistler had a 22.5-inch top tube, but it sounds like that length has
been decided to be a little too short for production.
a complete bike, the P.Slope comes in at $2,000, and features a 100mm RockShox
RCT up front, a RockShox Monarch RT3 in the back, Avid XO brakes, Truvativ
Descendent cranks, an FSA integrated headset, and an assortment of Specialized
P-Series parts, including 750mm bars. A frame-with-shock option will be
available as well, but pricing isn’t currently available. Look for the P.Slope
on showroom floors sometime in late October.
The P.Slope’s concentric bottom bracket makes for a tight chainline
is offering two new colors in 2013 for the Dissident helmet. With a claimed
weight of just under 1000-grams, it’s currently the lightest downhill-specific
helmet on the market. So the obvious question is, how safe is it? “[The
Dissident] has the lowest impact numbers SNELL has ever seen,” according
to Specialized Helmet Graphics Developer Eric Colton. The Bob Lakes-designed
helmet is also the first DH-specific helmet that is Eject compatible, according
to Colton. Both of the new colors should be available now, and come in size
small-XL, for $350.
new for 2013, the Tactic 2 is an entry level “all mountain” helmet.
At $75, the Tactic 2 looks to be a bargain for a 305-gram(claimed, medium)
helmet that features a removable visor, plenty of ventilation, and 5 color
options. Look for the helmet at shops sometime this fall.
Troy Lee Designs Stumpjumper and Demo 8
Specialized are offering limited-run Troy Lee Designs graphics on
250 Stumpjumpers and Demo 8s in 2013. Both frames are said to be offered at the
same pricing as the standard production frames, and will be available this
Troy Lee Designs provided graphics for a limited run of Stumpjumpers (like this one) and Demo 8s