Specialized mountain bikes, talk for themselves. Top of the range, with performance at the forefront of every design decision made. From the iconic hardtail Rockhopper, seen on trails all across the UK, up to the full suspension top of the line Stumpjumper, pushing the boundaries of modern day mountain bike riding.

What truly sets Specialized MTBs apart is the understanding that every rider is unique, with distinct needs and preferences. That's why we offer a diverse range of mountain bikes to cater to riders of all skill levels and ambitions. Whether you're a seasoned pro or just beginning your off-road journey, Specialized Concept Store has a mountain bike designed to match your passion and elevate your riding experience.

What’s the difference between hardtail and full-suspension mountain bikes?

When it comes to choosing what mountain bike to go for, there is one clear decision you need to make from the start. Should I go hardtail, or go for a full suspension mountain bike? Here are a list of pros and cons for the two styles of mountain bike:


  • Simplicity & efficiency: Hardtail bikes have a front suspension fork but no rear suspension.
  • Affordability: Hardtail mountain bikes, such as the Specialized Rockhopper, are generally more budget-friendly than their full suspension counterparts, making them an excellent choice for beginners or riders on a tighter budget.
  • Maintenance: With fewer moving parts, hardtails typically require less maintenance and are easier to maintain and repair.
  • Control: On well-maintained trails and when climbing, hardtails can offer precise control and better power transfer to the rear wheel.
  • Skill Development: Riding a hardtail can help improve your riding skills and techniques, as it requires you to choose your lines more carefully and absorb bumps with your body.

Full Suspension:

  • Comfort and Control: Full suspension bikes have both front and rear suspension, providing superior comfort and control on rough and technical terrain. They absorb impacts from rocks, roots, and drops, allowing you to maintain better traction and speed.
  • Versatility: Full suspension bikes excel in various riding conditions, from smooth singletracks to aggressive downhill trails. They are ideal for riders seeking maximum performance on challenging terrain.
  • Reduced Fatigue: The rear suspension helps reduce rider fatigue on long rides or during extended descents, allowing you to stay fresher and ride more confidently.
  • Downhill Performance: If you enjoy downhill riding or aggressive descents, a full suspension bike offers a significant advantage in terms of handling and safety.
  • Technical Climbing: Full suspension bikes can handle technical climbs better by maintaining traction and contact with the ground.

The choice between a hardtail and a full suspension mountain bike depends on your riding goals and the terrain you plan to tackle. Hardtails are more efficient for smoother trails and offer a cost-effective entry into mountain biking. Full suspension bikes provide greater comfort and control on rugged and technical terrain and are favoured by riders who seek maximum performance and versatility. Ultimately, your personal preferences and the type of riding you enjoy will guide your decision. Whatever you choose, getting out there and riding is ultimately the right decision.

Trail Bikes

The main features of the trail bike is a geometry & design somewhere between a cross-country bike and an enduro bike. A comfortable position for all day riding, great in the uphill climbs, but with an agile edge to shred on the descent. The ultimate ‘all-rounder’. Dominate any terrain with ground-breaking trail geometry on the Specialized Stumpjumper or Stumpjumper EVO, a bike 40 years in the making.

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Cross Country Bikes

The racer’s MTB. Cross country bikes are there for you to take on any terrain, all with speed in mind. Be it on our latest Epic Evo, or a Chisel, these bikes are built for one thing. Speed. Specialized is the choice for countless Olympians & World Champions, so if you’re looking to improve on your best results, or just push yourself on a fast bike, the Specialized range of Cross Country bikes is for you.

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Gravity Bikes

Gravity, or downhill bikes, are built for just that. Going downhill. Fast. With geometry to create a fun but fast ride, the Demo, Enduro & Status bikes are perfect for those riders who want to push the boundaries of downhill speed. The Demo is the flagship Specialized downhill rig. Designed with the fastest riders on the planet in mind. With a low centre of gravity, there is maximum stability at high speed and braking designed to evenly distribute your weight. You will make it down the trail in record times.

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