Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Expert Carbon EVO 27.5 Full Suspension

1/5 (1 Reviews)
MSRP : $6500.00

Product Description

A slacker head angle and 150mm of front and rear travel. The Expert Carbon EVO features a FOX Float CTD Factory shock with AUTOSAG, Boost Valve and Kashima coating, a RockShox Pike RC air-sprung fork, custom SRAM carbon S-2200, 11-speed AM crankset and a 2.3" Specialized Butcher Control front tire.

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Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Spectre a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: September 12, 2014

Strengths:    Not sure...handles slowly to be easier to ride by beginners?

Weaknesses:    Sluggish on climbs
Nervous on downhills
Doesn't want to turn

Bottom Line:   
I rode Stumpjumper EVO at the Interbike 2014 Dirt Demo with high hopes as I had read a number of decent reviews on this bike. The 26" version of the Stumpy Evo was a great bike and I expected the 27.5" version to be at least decent as well.

Climbing on this bike felt really sluggish. Other bikes with similar Horst Link rear suspension designs (Transition Patrol, Rocky Mountain Altitude) felt so much better climbing that I have to attribute the Specialized's poor climbing performance to something other than suspension design. Shock selection/tuning, frame geometry, bottom bracket height may all play a part. I think Specialized may still be repurposing a 29er front triangle for their 27.5" wheel bike as they did for the Spring 2014 early introduction model.

As dull as the Specialized felt climbing, it was the complete opposite when descending and not in a good way. I never got comfortable on this bike and was generally unsure of how it would react in different situations. Although the Specialized felt nervous going downhill, it also felt big going around corners. I thought this might be due to its 800mm wide handlebars, but other bikes that I rode later in the day had similarly wide bars and still felt agile in their handling. Handling was not at all intuitive and required a lot of focus to make sure the bike went in the desired and intended direction. What was real odd to me about the Stumpjumper Evo was that this bike had conflicting ride and handling characteristics that were completely wrong for each aspect of its performance. I was fighting this bike for the entire 30 minutes that I rode it.

If you want to get this bike, I would highly suggest riding it first and comparing it to other bikes in its price range and category. Don't get seduced by the fact that it is a carbon bike. The Transition Patrol (alloy frame with a similar Horst Link suspension design) at $4899 with SRAM X1 parts that I also rode at Dirt Demo was a much more enjoyable ride than the Stumpjumper EVO in carbon.

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Favorite Trail:   Soquel Demo Forest, San Juan Trail

Duration Product Used:   30 minutes

Similar Products Used:   Other bikes I tested at Dirt Demo 2014:

Devinci Troy Carbon - best bike that I rode that day, but I didn't like the alloy version as much
Transition Patrol - a super-fun bike to ride and made by a great bunch of guys from Ferndale, WA
Orbea Rallon - a bike more oriented toward descending and an absolute rocket when pointed downhill
Rocky Mountain Altitude Carbon - A solid bike all around
Pivot Mach 6 - this bike was a solid descender, but only an average climber.

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Decision Time: S-Works Stumpjumper FSR or FSR Expert Carbon EVO?

I'm retiring my 2006 Enduro AM rig for something that will climb better and not fight me as much on all the sit and spin trails we have down here in South Florida. I'm 6'6", 215lbs and am gonna stick with 26" this time around. I came from BMX and just don't enjoy the big wheels. So, I test ... Read More »




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