Low flow: There is a trade-off to
the bike’s low bottom bracket.
We’ll take it. The advantages
that the lower center of gravity
brings to the party are worth the
minimal downside, a downside
that is easy to ride around.
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Specialized’s AutoSag guarantees
riders will feel rear suspension the
way it was designed to deliver.
Suspension is only as good as
how well it is tuned.
The biggest issue we see with rear suspension is improperly set suspension sag. Your rear suspension needs sag to operate properly, but Specialized doesn’t think you should be forced to worry
about that. Instead, they do it for you with Autosag.
The shock’s Autosag feature, a Specialized exclusive that you’ll find from RockShox and Fox
shocks on select Specialized models, is the best thing to happen to shocks since air springs. First,
you pump the shock until your arms hurt. Next, sit on the bike wearing your riding gear and hydration pack. Now, just press the Autosag button (the Fox version requires removing the Schrader
valve cap and depressing the valve’s plunger pin) and the shock bleeds air until you are sitting on
This takes all the work out of setting sag. If you’re a rider who demands complete control, you
can always add or bleed air pressure to get the sag you want. For the other 99 percent of us, no
more messing around. Just push the button and go.