The parched hills that surround Morgan Hill have been the proving ground of so many great Specialized bikes. What the Pitch proves is that you can have quality, flat out mid–travel action for just over a grand for the basic model. Built to take the hammer and still be able to head out on the hills to check the sheep, it has great jump stability and solid spec to match an already great attitude.

This bike surprised a lot of people.

Affordable six–inch booter.

Price: £1399.99

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