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We review the Specialized Pitch Sport to see if it might measure up as your first mountain bike.
specialized pitch
Best for...
Picking up serious mountain biking for the first time
A1 Premium Aluminum, Sport Trail 27.5 Geometry
SR Suntour XCT 27.5
Shimano EF500/Altus/Acera 3x8
Shimano BR-M375
Shimano Hubs/Specialized Stout Trail 27.5 rims
Finishing kit
A great frame, worthy of upgrade as you progress

Siting at the budget end of the Specialized range, the Pitch Sport is nonetheless a very capable mountain bike for the money. At this price you're cranking a 3 x 8 Shimano Acera/Altus drivetrain rather than more up to date one or two chainring systems, but we have little to complain about considering the bang up to date aluminium frame with capable custom damped forks, all rolling on 27.5inch wheels.

The Pitch Sport is capable of hacking along fire roads as well as dropping through moderately technical trails, but with fast and flowing ground, rather than technically steep terrain that would be better reserved for more specialist frames.

Specialized have taken the stock Suntour SR fork (80 or 100mm travel depending on which size you choose) and added their own Multi-Circuit Damping which they say alleviates the pogo effect when rebounding off obstacles, while the frame itself is Specialized's own A1 blend that has proven itself over many frames and many years.

Shimano M375 mechanical disc brakes provide stopping power, and while, with regular maintenance they work just fine, it might be worth upgrading to hydraulic when the opportunity arises.

Verdict: A great entry level mountain bike for not a lot of cash, capable of rolling challenging trails without the doors falling off.

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