Specialized P.3 vs. P.2 Cro-Mo
I have your Mastering Mountain Bike Skills, and Pump track e-book. Both are excellent, and I have learned a lot from them. I wish I lived close enough to you to take some skills clinics. Do you ever come to Canada (Ontario)?
Just a quick question about Specialized P.bikes, I can get a P.2 Cro-Mo frame for a good price, but how will it compare to the P.3 you ride?
Keep on BRAAAPING.
The more you click, the more I can post. Lee Likes Groceries dot com!
Thanks for the kind words. I doubt I’ll be teaching in Canada any time soon, but I am working on a scheme to seed the world with LLB Certified Coaches. Stay tuned on this site.
The P.2 Cr-Mo and P.3 are essentially identical. The only differences:
– The P.3 is aluminum. P.2 Cr-Mo is made of Cr-Moly steel (duh). Steel bikes tend to feel livelier than aluminum ones. I have a custom steel XC hardtail, and that thing is snappy like a leather whip.
– The P.2 Cr-Mo is supposed to be more durable than the P.3, for super-aggro crazy-style dirt jumping, park, etc. BTW: I’ve never heard of a P.3 breaking.
– The P.2 Cr-Mo is significantly heavier than the P.3.
– The P.2 has slightly less standover clearance. Slightly. See below.
P.3 is black. P.2 Cr-Mo is behind in white. The bikes’ geometries are almost identical.
Get whatever you can afford. Support your local shop. Braaaap on.
Thanks for the info, I’m going to my LBS tomorow to see if I can aford the P-3, if not i guess it will be a P-2 Cr-Mo.
Keep this great site running, I check in every morning befor work when I am at home.
I ended up getting the short p.2 cr-mo. I love it, I see what you mean by snappy. This baby rocks.
I am having trouble turning sharp(u-turn in driveway turning back down after a wall ride and such) my foot gets blown off the pedal by the front wheel. I am 5’10” and 33″ or 34″ inseem (not quite sure how to get the correct measurment), I have a size 9.5 to 10 shoe (5-10 impact) and have to contort my foot to miss the pedal. Would the long frame fix or just reduce the problem?
I have a fox 32 talas (had it hanging around off another bike) saint hubs, rear deraileur, and rear brake. I tried it without a front break for a week or so with bad results, I ran into all kinds of stuff because I couldn’t slow down quik enough. Got a cheep bb7 front brake, now all is well (i am used to 8″ front brake with metalick pad) now 3 fingers full pull I can just get the front wheel to lock on pavement, as on my other bike I can lock it up with one finger and mayby 3/4 full pull.
Keep on Braaaping