Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp 29: The Stumpy FSR Comp 29 is built from an M5 aluminum frame with 130mm of rear wheel travel, a custom Fox Triad II shock with AUTOSAG, Fox Evolution F130 RL air-sprung fork, and a custom...
Strengths: Fast rolling, excellent suspension, climbs like a goat, loves an aggressive rider. Probably immediately 10-20% faster than my 2012 Trance x0 26er on fast flowing trails. Value for money awesome with the LBS deal I got (and I always thought Giant were best in VFM!). Test road trance x 29er as well and the stumpy smokes the trance if you ride agressively. Trance more plush and good for the casual rider. Stumpy hands down if you wanna attack the trails and go fast.
Weaknesses: Swapped the brakes to XT trails from new. Juicy 5s a poor spec for this bike. Issues with fox fork, blow off valve for climb setting did not reset, fox fixed on warranty. Minor stuff.
If you want a fast bike that awards an aggressive rider and is great value for money then the stumpy is the 29er to have.
Strengths: Immediately fun and confident in the saddle...really no downside from my 26er (also FSR). Tried Tall Boy, both carbon and alum, and felt very awkward...not so with the FSR. Rolls over everything - point and shoot mountain biking - great climber and descender...great handling on technical trails
Weaknesses: would love to shave some weight (29+lbs)...will work on that when I can.
The FSR required no 'learning curve' going form a 26er to the 29er. Had to move the saddle back a bit to get comfortable over the bars, then it was all fun. Very important to watch tire pressure (I run tubeless)...I run about 23lbs...(large frame 5'11 160lbs) and it works perfectly. Spend some time dialing shocks (damping and rebound) and it all comes together beautifully. Very fun to just ride around exploring...you can cover so much more ground on a 29er. Just love it!
Riding this bike is almost cheating. Rolls over everything. You will pick less lines. Very plush. Climbs reall well for the amount of travel. I put I9's and flows on it and its a beast. I run the Reba w 20mm t/a up front and 10mm bolt on in the back, very stiff. You might not like this bike if your used to a light weight 26 that you can flick around. If you are looking for something that will smooth out the rough and with some time in the seat, make you a better rider, consider the 29 FSR from Special Ed
Strengths: An immediately comfortable bike. The frame feels strong and the geometry is very "all-purpose". I didn't feel like it was designed for any special riding style. It just rides.
Weaknesses: A little compact with the initial setup from my LBS. I reversed the factory stem and felt better. The factory front wheel (DT Swiss 520SL) is going to flex on hard braking. There is a long, long spoke but a big brake so things are going to flex. Inherent problem with 29ers that is getting addressed by the aftermarket I hope.
I love it. The bike looks huge (I'm riding an XL frame and I am 6'2", 180 lbs) but the center of gravity feels very natural. I've screamed through single-track flow like it was nothing. My climbs shouldn't be this easy for such a big bike. Downhill (not pro DH by any means) is confidence inspiring. The big tire and medium suspension make up for a lot of mistakes. I'd say the component group is weak mostly on the wheel side. My drivetrain has been very reliable. My brakes were set up poorly from the LBS but once adjusted perform great. The wheels seem to have a lot of slop but I know enough to understand that this is a 29" wheel.
Strengths: this my first 29er FS bike, coming from a Marin 26er hardtail. Before getting the Specialized Stumpjumper FSR 29er Comp, i did a lot of reading and researching. I compared the Camber to this and I believe that the Camber is an awesome bike on its own, but the Stumpjumper is a league of its own. When I got this, the difference was day and night! I rode on the same trails as I did with my 26er hardtail and if there were rock garden sections that I needed to dismount from the hardtail, I easily cruised on the Stumpy 29er. Going uphill was a breeze with my Stumpy as long as I practice good cadence and proper shifting management. There was a section of a local trail where even if I had engaged the tranny gear on my hardtail, it was not enough and i still had to dismount and push my bike up. But on the same section with my Stumpy 29er, I managed to clear it without going in full low gear; I was stocked! I discovered the joys and thrills of downhill with the Stumpy. It was fast and stable; the disc brakes have awesome stopping power. When I was a bit afraid to go fast downhill with my hardtail, I was literally flying on my Stumpy. It was lighter than my hardtail by a bit.
Weaknesses: One inherent weakness of Specialized bikes, Stumpies included, is the proprietary sizes of the rear shock. The stock Fox Triad II is awesome for my taste, since I'm new to FS bikes. But what if I want to upgrade later? Another weakness for me is the cornering ability of the 29er. I have to go slow and wide on switchbacks whereas on my 26 bike, I was nimble. But maybe when I get use to it and I bacome a better rider, I can more or less cut corners easily with my Stumpy.
I am 5'8", 160lbs and i got the medium. I highly recommend the Stumpy 29er Comp! Overall, a really nice bike for my needs!
Strengths: Climbs like a hardtail, goes downhill like a 6" travel AM bike. Doesn't feel awkward like most of the 29er's I've tried. Thru axle front and rear (incredibly stiff), smart and efficient kit. The only XL 29er package out there to have the brains to put 200mm front/180mm rear brake rotors. Fox front shock at the price point of Rockshox from everyone else
Weaknesses: If anything, maybe the weight. But no heavier than competition at same or higher price point
I'm totally impressed by this bike. I've been riding a 5.5" Ventana El Ciclon for the last year, and a Santa Cruz Superlight for 3 years prior. This bike smokes anything I've ridden before. I've been a big poo poo'er of 29ers for a while now because the ones I've ridden felt off to me. This bike doesn't have the funny floppiness or fear of going over the bars that most 29ers evoke in me. It feels like I fit in the cockpit; not up on top of it. I'm faster up and downhill on this bike, and catching bigger air on whoops than with either of my previous bikes. I'm 6'3"/190 lbs riding an XL, and I've finally found a bike that doesn't look like a circus bike!
Date Reviewed: July 29, 2012
Strengths: Great suspension. Rides very smooth. Tires are grippy. Easy to shift up hills. Brakes are very good.
Weaknesses: Back brake came un aligned. Tires have a great texture but are too thin for sand, gravel, and any other soft surfaces you find while riding downhill. Front tire slips around sharp corners or when leaning a lot, caused a broken wrist and a ruined season.
Pretty good bike all around. SOMEONE PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU HAVE THE ANSWER TO THOS QUESTION. How do I fix the issue of my front tire slipping around hard corners or when leaning? I have experience and I am not slamming my brakes on turns. Thanks
Harry van Breen
a All Mountain Rider
Date Reviewed: July 18, 2012
Strengths: Had the bike for 10 months now (2012 version) and still rides like a dream. Had the "command post" fitted as extra and recommand it to everybody. The bike is a steady platform downhill. With this bike I'm faster than my buddies downhill. All down to the bike. Just do not tell them :-)
Weaknesses: Most of my riding is under wet/sand/mud conditions (my preference). Consequenly, the components are disintegrating fast. Replaced the chain 3 times (due to rust, wear and one failure), replaced the cassette with a more durable XT version and replaced/upgraded the chainrings as well. While replacing the chainrings I noticed that they did not match the factory specs. Instead of the factory 36/22 mine had a 36/24 setup: no wonder climbing steep slopes did cost a lot of strenght. The brakes started squeeling after riding some 100 km. Solved by replacing the original metal sintered pads with organic pads (replaced those 4 times due to wear). Had to bleed the front brake about two weeks ago due to water ingress.
All in all I love to ride the bike. On the trail it really shines. Especially in downhill and/or enduro conditions compared to my last bike. And that is what counts. If you have or buy a Stumpy 29 fsr, do check the chainrings. If they do not have the 36/22 configuration, let them change it. If you have money to spend: install a command post and consider ergonomic grips (the wide handlebar made my hands tingle)
Strengths: I'm a big guy and the 29er in my opinion is the only way to go, uphills makes a heap of difference particularly up tight switchbacks, down hill wow! Suspension is great, the bike handles heaps better than my Giant Anthem X3 ever did and more enjoyable to ride.
I think me being a 6"3 guy has a lot to do with it however.
Weaknesses: Some creaking in the bottom bracket (I think?), Avid elixirs had to be rebuild under warrantee within 5months and the 32mm forks flex a little. I'm being picky however as I'm stoked about the bikes performance.
Strengths: Awesome brakes and suspension. 29" wheel makes climbing and diving through corners a dream.
Weaknesses: Handlebar creaks a lot. Stock grips suck. Low bottom bracket is a pain to get used to.
Went from a Santa Cruz Heckler to this....what an amazing bike. The 29er Stumpy has increased my climbing and technical ability. It corners awesome. Nice brakes and shocks. I'll probably swap out the bar and grips soon. Feels squatty sitting down and pedaling, but when you hit the trail it eats whatever's in front of it. Couldn't be happier with it.
Strengths: -Great component package for the price
-Faster than I can handle when pointed dowhnill
-Handles like a boss and soaks up everything I throw at it on the root covered VA trails
Weaknesses: -Stock bars are WIDE for xc riding and they flex alot during climbing. (This is the only negative thing I can say about the bike so I take off no points for it.)
-Bent a spoke on the first ride...meh I'm a big guy
I've been riding the bike hard for a few weeks now and have had zero issues and needed zero adjustments to become comfortable in the cockpit. I've ridden a hardtail 29er for 2 years and riding the stumpy feels like cheating. It made me much faster, more confident, and I enjoy riding that much more now. The thing I like the most is that the bike is capable of much more than I am at this time and I have room to grow with it.
Similar Products Used: Spec Epic 29, SC TBLT, SC TB
Bike Setup: Wider bars, chunky rubber.
Date Reviewed: May 4, 2012
Strengths: This bike does everything great, I was reluctant to get this machine because of the 29 inch wheels, fortunately my local shop had a demo, and they let me take it out on 4 separate rides. And on the 2nd ride I got the suspension dialed in and the bike descended like a tall DH bike, a flip to the ProPedal position and climbing technical terrain (see Dakota ridge Denver and Halls Ranch Lyons) was incredible, experienced no touching down of the cranks at all perfect. I seen some people complaining of not being able to wheelie drop or even ride wheelies, BS if you cant ride a wheelie on this bike you should hang up riding all together.
Strengths: It's a decent all-mountain bike. It comes with a very good fork.
Weaknesses: BB Height is STUPID low. If you never intend to try to pedal uphill on a slanted surface, perhaps it's not a problem. But I found that the pedal crashes while climbing in rock gardens where even proper timing couldn't save an awkward situation was DANGEROUS. Wheels are inadequate and inappropriate for an AM bike. They are very flexy--much more of an XC wheelset. The Fox Triad is A) a crappy shock, and B) on this bike a proprietary part that cannot be upgraded, unless you want to upgrade to the brain setup that comes with the Expert. The 5+ inches of rear travel is impractical to actually use. Sag is too low and the suspension too soft if set up with the right amount of air to get full travel. I found that when it carried enough air pressure to ride properly, only about 4" of travel ever came out of it.
This is a full-on FR/AM bike in semi-XC clothing. If you are primarily a shuttle DHer who sometimes does a little climbing on a tame doubletrack, it will work very well for you. However, if you intend to do technical climbs you will find that it is far too mushy and far too low to be a good performer. The proprietary shock mounting is really a bummer once you realize how crappy a shock the Fox Triad really is. The wheels are a joke for this type of bike. It has 130mm rear travel, but you will only get that travel regularly if you set it up so soft in the back that it climbs poorly and bottoms out on huge hits.