Specialized’s Stumpjumper FSR is a mainstay in the company’s lineup, a bike that’s designed to bridge the gap between an XC bike and a full-blown enduro race machine. Last season saw the introduction of the Stumpjumper 650b, signalling the official end of Specialized’s reluctance to enter the mid-sized wheel market. For 2016 any hint of that hesitation is gone, and there are new versions of the 650b and 29” models, a tool storage solution that’s unlike anything currently on the market, and even a 27.5+ option that’s sure to raise some eyebrows. As the action packed week of Crankworx came to a close in Rotorua, New Zealand, we headed to the outskirts of town for a few days to get a closer look at the updated bikes, as well as spend some time on the trails with the athletes and employees who were instrumental in the design process.
With the exception of the Comp model, all of the Stumpjumpers come equipped with SRAM 1×11 drivetrains, and a RockShox Pike fork, either the RCT3 or the RC. Stopping duties are handled by Shimano’s proven hydraulic brakes, and Specialized takes care of the tires with a Butcher up front and a Purgatory in the rear.
The last few seasons have seen Specialized release a number of solutions designed to make it easier to ditch the hydration pack, such as bib shorts with extra pockets, a multi-tool that mounts to a water bottle cage, and even a chain tool that’s stored in the headset topcap. On the carbon framed Stumpjumper’s Specialized takes their SWAT (Storage, Water, Air, Tools) technology to the next level with the inclusion of a secret compartment built into the down tube, an ingenious way of creating additional storage for a spare tube, a pump, and maybe a few snacks (or to fill with rocks to prank an unsuspecting riding buddy).
Underneath the water bottle mount located on the down tube is a panel that can easily be removed by flipping a latch, granting access to the inside of the down tube. To keep items from rattling around against the frame, Specialized has developed a cloth wrap that’s specifically designed to hold a tube, and another one for a pump, and there’s also a plastic plug in place a few inches down from the lower portion of the SWAT door opening that prevent items from dropping out of reach towards the bottom bracket shell.
Review from Pinkbike, to read more on the 650b & 29 versions: http://www.pinkbike.com/news/first-ride-2016-specialized-stumpjumper-fsr-2015.html