specialized p4 frame review

Are you tired of frames that can't keep up with your slopestyle and dirt jumping[[]]? If you've been searching for a frame that offers both durability and versatility, you're in the right place.

With over a decade of experience in mountain biking, I've had the opportunity to test a multitude of frames. Trust me when I say, not all frames are created equal.

The Specialized P.4 Frame has caught my attention for several compelling reasons. From its robust build quality to its adaptability, this frame seems to tick all the boxes.

In this review, we'll dive deep into what makes the Specialized P.4 Frame a standout choice. We'll explore its features, compatibility options, and why it could be the game-changer you've been searching for. Stay tuned!

Review of: Specialized P.4 Frame

Uses: Dirt Jumping

We Like

positive points  Durable A1 Premium Alloy material.

positive points  Compatible with 26" or 27.5" wheels.

positive points  Lifetime frame warranty

positive points  Well-designed geometry

We Don't Like

negative points  Higher price point

negative points  Limited color options


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Specialized History and Information

Specialized Bicycle Components, commonly known as Specialized, was founded in 1974 by Mike Sinyard. Initially a component company, Sinyard sold his Volkswagen bus to fund a trip to Europe where he sourced high-quality Italian bicycle parts to sell in the United States. The company took a groundbreaking step in 1981 by introducing the Stumpjumper, the world's first mass-produced mountain bike. This iconic model made off-road cycling more accessible and changed the course of cycling history.

Specialized continued to innovate, venturing into manufacturing their own tires, road bikes, and later, e-bikes. Despite facing near bankruptcy in the 1990s, the company bounced back through continuous innovation. Today, Specialized is a global brand, employing almost 2,000 people worldwide and generating several hundred million euros in revenue.

What sets Specialized apart is its commitment to cycling as a lifestyle. Founder Mike Sinyard is an avid cyclist who believes in the transformative power of cycling, an ethos deeply embedded in the company culture. Specialized has come a long way from its modest beginnings, and its journey is a testament to the power of innovation, passion, and a deep love for cycling.

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Specialized P.4 Frame Review

  • Durable A1 Premium Alloy material.
  • Compatible with 26" or 27.5" wheels.
  • Lifetime frame warranty
  • Well-designed geometry
  • Higher price point
  • Limited color options
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Material and Build

The Specialized P.4 Frame is constructed from A1 Premium Alloy with fully butted tubing. The build quality is robust, making it a reliable choice for mountain biking. The frame also features a tapered head tube with diameters of 1.125" at the top and 1.5" at the bottom.

Versatility

One of the standout features is its versatility. The frame is compatible with both single-speed and geared setups. It also offers internal cable routing and can accommodate internally routed dropper seatposts.

Wheel Compatibility

The frame is designed to be compatible with 26" or 27.5" wheels. The rear dropout dimensions are 12mm x 148mm (Boost), and they are adjustable sliding. This makes it easy to switch between different wheel sizes according to your needs.

Color and Warranty

The frame comes in a Satin Rusted Red/White Sage color scheme. Specialized offers a lifetime warranty on the frame and a 2-year warranty on Specialized components. This adds an extra layer of assurance for long-term use.

Geometry and Specs

The geometry of the frame is well-thought-out, with a head-tube angle of 68.5° and a bottom bracket height of 318mm. The frame also features a BSA 73mm BB shell and a 30.9mm seat tube, making it dropper-post compatible.

Final Thoughts

After personally testing the Specialized P.4 Frame, I can vouch for its performance and durability. Whether you're into single-speed or geared biking, this frame offers the flexibility to suit your style. The lifetime warranty is a cherry on top, making it a worthwhile investment for any mountain biking enthusiast.

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Specifications

  • Product: Specialized P. 4 Frame
  • Riding Type: Dirt Jump / Slopestyle
  • Rider: Unisex, Kids
  • Sizes and Geometry: One Size
  • Wheel Size: 26", 27.5" (650b)
  • Frame Material: Aluminum
  • Frame Material Details: Specialized A1 Premium Alloy, fully butted tubing
  • Rear Travel: Hardtail
  • Rear Shock: None
  • Head Tube Diameter: Tapered, 1.125" top, 1.5" bottom
  • Bottom Bracket: 73mm English/BSA threaded
  • Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions: 12mm x 148mm (Boost), adjustable sliding
  • Front Derailleur Size: Not compatible (1x-specific)
  • Seatpost Diameter: 30.9mm
  • Max Tire Size:
  • ISCG Tabs: None
  • Bottle Cage Mounts: None
  • Colors: Satin Rusted Red/White Sage
  • Warranty: Lifetime frame, 2 years Specialized components
  • Price: $700.00

Specifications:

  • Seatpost Length: 0mm, 27.5inch
  • Stack: 588mm
  • Reach: 445mm
  • Head-Tube Length: 120mm
  • Head-Tube Angle: 68.5°
  • B-B Height: 318mm
  • B-B Drop: 34mm
  • Trail: 91mm
  • Fork Length (full): 492mm
  • Fork Rake/Offset: 44mm
  • Front-Center: 711mm
  • Chain-Stay Length: 385mm
  • Wheelbase: 1094mm
  • Top-Tube Length (horizontal): 636mm
  • Bike Stand-Over Height: 697mm
  • Seat-Tube Length: 350mm
  • Seat-Tube Angle: 72°


Pricing and Availability

The Specialized P.4 has been refreshed and updated for 2023. Specialized has been known to keep supplies limited and make it hard to purchase their new products, as of October 2023, you can still purchase the P.4 frame.

They have also released the P.4 as a complete bike, which is also in stock in many major stores.

You can currently order a brand new Specialized P.4 dirt jumper frame for around $700.

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