Specialized Introduces the Jynx and Relaunches the Pitch as Entry Level 650b Hardtails


Specialized Pitch Comp 650B For 2015, Specialized is bringing back the Pitch! Originally launched as an entry level version of the beloved Enduro, this model has been reborn as an entry level hardtail. Priced similarly to the 29″ version of the Hardrock, it sports tweener wheels, and is available in three different trims.

The entry level and sport models ($550 and $680 respectively), feature Shimano 3×8 drivetrains, disc brakes, a Suntour fork, and geometry that will be at home on both the street or light trail duty.

Updated with video, thanks for the tip Mat!

Specialized Pitch Comp 650B BlackThe top of the line comp model retails for $780 and sports a proven 9 speed Shimano Acera drivetrain, and 100mm of front travel. Specialized 2015 Pitch GeometryThe bike will be available in five sizes, XS-XL.

Specialized Jynx Comp 650BThe Jynx his the same three budget price points, and the same Recreational/XC style geometry, but utilizes differeng grips, handlebars, crankset, and geometry, for a more female friendly fit. Jynx Specialized 2015 GeometryIn comparison to the Pitch, the headtube is one degree slacker, the top tube is shorter, the handlebar is smaller, and the chainstays are longer.Specialized Jynx Comp 650B 2Unlike the Pitch, the Jynx will only be available in four sizes, rather than five.

Head to Specialized for more.

Comments

Robo - 06/23/14 - 6:25pm

I’m probably the biggest Specialized fanboy on this site but……meh.

Dr. Sartorious - 06/23/14 - 6:32pm

@Robo – Meh…because? Or do you care about the buyer looking for the high-end carbon gizmo with 50 inches of travel, weighs 9.2 pounds, and runs both XTR and Campy at the same time, and also provides hand jobs?

People who spend less than $1,000 on bikes need to feel loved, too. Thanks big S.

Saris Mercanti - 06/23/14 - 6:59pm

@Dr. Sartorious,

I’d back that project on Kickstarter!

Ck - 06/23/14 - 8:20pm

Knew it was coming. Around here Giant Talon 27.5′s are selling like crazy. Of course the big S wants a piece of that. I do not agree with reusing the Pitch name for a cheap hardtail though.

rich - 06/23/14 - 9:10pm

@Dr. Sartorious the old suspension pitches were so rad and so cheap that they stole enduro sales.

these are meh hardtails in comparison.

Brent - 06/23/14 - 10:37pm

They swore there wasn’t going to be a 650b Hardrock, so they change the name of it.

drew-and-not-u - 06/24/14 - 12:17am

We got a batch of these things at our shop. Please god, kill me.

CDub - 06/24/14 - 12:49am

I don’t know what I like more, dr sartorious’ name or comment.

Pynchonite - 06/24/14 - 12:53am

For most people, these are high-zoot bikes. Not super exciting for the jaded, but it means that 650b’s going to be available to the 99%. Not that that is terribly exciting, either.

tommy - 06/24/14 - 1:30am

Hard to get excited about 27.5 hardtails for some reason…

Andy - 06/24/14 - 1:36am

Wow, Drew, which shop is that? So I can remember to avoid it at all costs. …Keep it up and maybe your wish will come true.

jim - 06/24/14 - 2:27am

Why didn’t they just re launch the pitch as a full suspension bike like the original. That’d make more sense to me

Ploutre - 06/24/14 - 3:21am

It’s a shame they are using the Pitch name (which was a pretty decent bike, especially for what it cost back then!) for some cheap a** bikes … 650b for the masses? Don’t see the point. People who want cheap bikes also want cheap components/parts, and I’m not sure you’ll find many sub-£10 tyres in 650B !

Steve J. - 06/24/14 - 3:45am

HAWK bikes style ! For over ten or 15 years, the HAWK bike company (from Berlin/Germany) brings the same frame style.

Pasabaporaquí - 06/24/14 - 4:55am

Are those aluminium Alma frames?

EM2 - 06/24/14 - 5:31am

$780 for a 9 speed acera ?

silverlining - 06/24/14 - 9:47am

Dang! You got shocks, pegs… lucky!
You ever take it off any sweet jumps?

wheelz - 06/24/14 - 9:56am

Nothing wrong with offering affordable bikes, but the upward and downward “humps” in the top tubes of these bikes are super ugly. Yuck.

TJ - 06/24/14 - 4:20pm

@wheelz Apparently, the downward bend in the top tube is for standover clearance on the women’s Jynx, and for more compliance in the Pitch. More exposed seatpost allows for more frame flex, thus more comfortable ride.
I also appreciate that this will simplify the Specialized entry level lineup somewhat. 26″ – Hardrock, 27.5″ – Pitch / Jynx, 29″ – Rockhopper.

AbelF - 06/24/14 - 5:16pm

For $780 I would expect at least low level hydro brakes like tektro dracos or shimano m395, an alivio drivetrain and fork with some type of damping. That what I got in 2012 when I paid about that for a rockhopper. It also came with “m4″ tubing that is now on the crave. New rockhoppers have the same a1 tubing as the Hardrock. With the advances in tech and trickle down improvements, we should be getting more for less, or at least keep it level compensating for inflation. The reality is the opposite, at least with the big S it is.

Matt - 06/24/14 - 6:40pm

@AbelF

The $780 Pitch Comp 650b is loaded and worth the $780 pricetag.

Custom SR Suntour XCM 650b, w/ custom Multi-Circuit Damping – The Multi-Circuit damping is hydraulic compression and rebound with a hydro lockout! It is even coming on their $680 Pitch Sport and Rockhopper 29! It is an A1 frame with ZeroStack 44 headtube as well as 31.8 bar/stem. It is worth the price. Please take the time to actually look at the spec sheet before commenting next time.

I copied a video below describing the Pitch. It is a great bike!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtu_rkTTswg

AbelF - 06/25/14 - 11:44am

@Matt,

You are confirming what I just said. The 012 rockhopper came equiped with the XCR, M4 frame and alivio drivetrain. They are all higher spec than the components you are listing. A1 is the lowest grade tubing used by specialized. XCT and XCM suntour forks are basically boat anchors, you might be better off with a rigid fork. the XCR is regarded as the first somewhat decent trail worthy fork in suntours line. Please take your time and gather some basic knowledge on components before you start refuting other posters comments and opinions next time.

Dauber Jenkins - 06/25/14 - 4:31pm

My only concern or issue at my shop is that consumers who ask me about 650b are usually racers. The “masses” are unaware of 650b here. I will have a hard time selling those interested racers on a Jynx or a Pitch. Maybe this is year 1 to test and year 2 will bring more offerings. That is the hope here anyway.

Dirtclump - 07/04/14 - 1:18am

I cant wait till a few months from now when a young lad comes into the shop with a tacoed wheel, anxious to get back on his rig, and I have to explain how his wheelsize is a minority and we don’t have replacements instock

gus27 - 07/11/14 - 4:52pm

Got the Sport bike about two weeks ago and like it a lot. It is not the older more aggressive pitch but for the type of riding I do and my budget it works well. mild single traks and gravel. breaks seem strong, rolls nice, and shifts smoothly. Not a big fan of the fork. I will need to replace that. Overall it is a good bike for the price.

I tried to post this review on their site but they rejected it. I am surpised because I seem to be the only person to say something nice about the bike. Splzd Customer Serive also would not return my call or emails. Very annoying.

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