Frame: 2011 Specialized SX, with OEM Fox RP23, and Pushed Fox RP23 with special tune. “Short” size of two options.
Intended Use: Four cross, Slalom, Slopestyle, Dirtjumping, General jumpy mayhem
Geometry Chart: Specialized SX Frame
Rider: 5’8”, 160 lbs. of stocky, pissed-off chihuahua, with about a decade of DH, 15 years of XC, 7 years of dirtjumping, way too much digging, and a love for speed over any and all terrain.
Test Location: Woodward West Mega Trails, Northstar dirtjump park
Duration of test: Several months of intermittent riding since Autumn, 2010.
The Specialized SX is the little brother of the very popular Specialized SX Trail, and has been around for years in several different incarnations. It is and always has been a 4 inch(-ish) travel frame that sported a design similar to the corresponding version of the SX trail, but with more of a focus on transitions, jumping and pumping.