2022 Specialized Status 160

The new wave of mullet mountain bikes coming to the forefront of the industry is hard to ignore – its no longer a fleeting trend or marketing gimmick, with brands like Specialized, Santa Cruz and Transition committing to stand alone mullet models in their 2022 lineups. The mullet buzzwords are “business in the front, party in the back”, and that is precisely what the all-new Specialized Status is about. A fast rolling 29 inch wheel in the front, and a snappy, low inertia 27.5 inch wheel in the rear makes for a really special feeling bike.

Business in the front

In the 2021 season Specialized had some amazing success with their mullet Demo downhill bike, taking Loic Bruni to the top of the UCI World Cup Overall title. For the 2022 Status, Specialized took their wealth of knowledge on mixed wheel sizes and translated it into a feisty package that excels in various environments. Take it to your local hill and you’ll find it will make you re-learn how fast you can hit turns. Take it to the bike park and you’ll be popping and jumping off every little lip in the trail. Wanna go for an XC effort but still keep the downhills exciting? Throw on the clipless pedals, get some power down and you’ll eat up the miles with a big grin on your face on the way back down.

Party in the back

Will pushes the 160 into some fresh loam

Lets talk about that 27.5 inch rear wheel. What is the advantage to having a smaller rear wheel? When the 29 inch wheel size was released the change in ride quality and reduced roll over resistance was immediately apparent. 29 inch wheels have definitely changed the mountain bike industry and led to some dramatic improvements in bike handling and predictability, however there are still a die hard bunch of riders that enjoy the fast, snappy and light handling of a 27.5 inch wheel. The reduced centripetal force of a rolling 650b wheel allows you to lean the bike over more easily compared to a 29 inch wheel, bringing the rear of the bike around faster in turns. The difference is most noticeable when a sudden change of direction is required, especially once the wheels have left the ground, making whips, tweaks and tables a little easier. Its the best of both worlds!

Bullet proof spec

Specialized Status 160

The 2022 Status 140 and 160 come spec’d with a bullet proof set of components, with the money being spent on the equipment that matters. This means powerful 4 piston DH brakes from Sram, in the form of the Code R with 200mm rotors front and rear, Specialized’s own 2.3″ Butcher Grid Trail tyres in their stickiest T9 compound, and burly suspension from Fox with their brand new Float X rear shock and 36 Rythm forks.

Ride Impressions


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