Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp EVO 29 29er Full Suspension
|MSRP : $3300.00|
Product DescriptionAggressive trail riding meets 29" wheels in the form of the Stumpjumper FSR Comp EVO 29. The 135mm-travel Comp Evo 29 features a Fox Float CTD Factory shock with AUTOSAG, Custom RockShox Revelation 29 RC3, and Roval Traverse 29 142+ wheelset mounted to Specialized Purgatory and Butcher tires.
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Date Reviewed: May 22, 2015
Strengths: Climbs well, great decent, confidence builder.
Weaknesses: Brake lever softness.
I am a 68 year old male 185 at 5-9. Been MTB since 1990. I ride mostly in the North Lake Tahoe Region, near Tahoe City and Truckee, Calif. I also ride in the Folsom Lake area of Calif. I am not a bike techy so I do not go too far down the road on componentry, but like stuff that works and works well, under demanding conditions.
I ride everything, with some fear limitations, from fast on rolling cruiser fire roads to fairly steep and technical single tracks, not so fast. Some are very technical and twisty.
I did a lot of research before buying my new ride especially weighing 29er vs 650B (27.5).
I have been riding a 26 Specialized S Works Enduro FSR for 7 years and have enjoyed the ride. My budget was under $4000.
I test rode a number of bikes, mostly on the street, jumping curbs and climbing. I never felt that different on a 650B than on my 26, a little more able to go over stuff, but no great shakes.
The 29er, even on the street felt totally different. You could really feel more comfortable going down stairs and just going straight at a curb with no issues.
I finally had narrowed down my search to the Scott Genius , Trek Remedy and the Stumpjumper Comp.
I talked to my LBS in Tahoe City, Ca, Olympic Bike. John and Peter spent loads of time discussing the pros and cons of 29 v 650B.
Peter had talked to me a few weeks earlier had recommended the EVO, saying it fit in the type of the terrain we had in the area and my type of riding.
So I finally get a chance to go there and see their stock. John shows me a really good deal on a 2014 Comp, not EVO. He says the difference mostly between the two is geometry and the rake of the front wheel. I should try them both.
I took out a demo 29er comp and ride a section of a single track that is not steep but is very rocky and twisty. I take it to what I would normally, on my 26, have to pick my way thru the rocks and roots, and tentative about it, no problem you just go right over everything. No line just make one. WOW.
I rode thru that section faster than I ever have, much less effort and no issues with quick turns
I finished that section and knew right then, this was the bike.[
So I go back to the shop and I am happy, not only I have I found a great bike but I get a great deal on a 2014 model.
Oops, the first part was right the bike was great, but they had inadvertently put me on the EVO instead of the Comp. Not as great a deal $$ wise but the EVO was it.
I have ridden the bike on a number of trails in Marin, China camp, which has some tech, but mostly twisty trails, great climbing 2x10 works great.
Did some minor tweaks and rode Folsom Lake, much more tech, handled much better than my 26 and was much more stable.
Pros so far, everything, even the trigger shifters work as well or better than the XTR on my 26.
The only cons so far are, the drop seat that comes with the EVO is only 3 position, where I had the Rock Shox Reverb, multi on the 26. So I am switching it to the 29er.
The brakes levers feel a little soft, but that may be an adjustment. Brakes work great.
One last comment. As I stated earlier, I started riding in 1990, mostly with SPD pedals. Two years ago I bought the Teva flat Pedal Shoes and the Tru-Vativ Flat Pedal. I liked the idea of getting my foot off quickly, which I could do somewhat with the SPD, but I never felt great climbing with them, felt like I was slipping off.
With the new bike, I was given, as part of the purchase, a pair of Specialized Flat Pedals. I hadn’t really ridden the bike yet with the Teva’s, as I was debating to go back to SPD.
The first climb I did with the Spesh Pedals and the Tevas, convinced me, the Pedals were the problem. Now I can climb with confidence even through technical terrain.
I will be riding in Tahoe in the next few weeks and will give an updated review.
Date Reviewed: April 5, 2014
Strengths: This for the 2014 Alu Evo Amazing climbing & just flows down hill amazingly. Handles very well & just feels soooo balanced. I was riding an 2013 F2 Cannondale hard tail & the EVO just OWNS the Canondale on trails up & down. I had the best riding in a long long time today & had Mud, Snow, hard pack, rocks & drops & the EV) owned it all.
Weaknesses: Gears work well just not amazing, The Formula Brakes don't have much feel in the leavers but stop well but can make some mating elk noises from the back brake mostly. In mud the Formula Brakes do not clear well & not much room for mud with the frame but handles well.I would give it 5 Chili's if the brakes were better. Play with the rebound & fork pressure for your weight & riding style as that is night & day with this bike. Was not a fan of this bike set up out of the store, but a bit of tinkering & WOW... totally different bike
Duration Product Used: 3 weeks 5 rides
Price Paid: $3000.00
Purchased At: Bike Sourse Denver
Similar Products Used: Trek Liquid 65 Cannondale F2
Bike Setup: Stock apart from a longer stem
Date Reviewed: February 9, 2014
Strengths: Downhill stability, climbs like a goat, great components mix, tubeless option, dropper seat post, great stand over for shorter riders. Great looks, Horst suspension, easy suspension setup, quiet ride. Rides lighter than it's weight.
Weaknesses: for me, it's really brakes.
The valve is what took me by surprise. Suspension is 135mm but it feels like 150mm. I like the fact this bike came with a chain tensioner, dropper seat post and tubeless option which is most likely the items I would have added later. $$ saved. Brakes are ok, but I did have the problems with Avid 5 on my 26" Camber with vibration and noisy operation so kind of bias to those brakes. I'm not a jumper type rider but I'm confident this bike will handed big jumps. I like to manual a lot and lifting up the front takes a bit of muscle to do so. The components are mid-level in my standards and they run flawless. So far all nuts and bolts have stayed tight no leaking of shock air and tubeless rims.
Purchased At: LBS
Similar Products Used: GT (Pentara, Xizang) Klien Adriot, GT RTS-1, Conejo AP/5, GT I-drive, Ellesworth Joker. Current ride (Specialized Camber Expert 26 - Stans No tube wheels, STX brakes, flat pedals)
Bike Setup: Only flat pedals - also a convert from 20+ years of SPD.
Date Reviewed: November 5, 2013
Strengths: Climbs on the trees, descends like a rocket, turns as well as a 26er (maybe better...),well suspended, top equipment for the value, make me feel a better rider than I really am...
Weaknesses: A little bit heavy...maybe, but at that price (I got it with 30% discount!) I can't complain about anything.
It's just a bit less fun than a 26er, but it is so perfect and fast on dwnhills that it makes me forget averything I've riden till now!
I only ride in the french Pyrenees and most of the time on "enduro" trails and this bike just makes me smile each time I take it.
My 18 years old son who was much faster than I before, stays behind now!!!! Not for a long time maybe...but behind :-).
If you want to fall in love with a 29er, this is, with Transition Bandit, Kona Satori and Niner's, one the best bike you can ride, honestly.
Date Reviewed: September 3, 2013
Strengths: The black on black for 2014 is sexy. This bike climbs exceptionally well for a trail bike. The suspension is very plush and efficient. Ounce per ounce, the Revelation fork has to be one of the best in this price range. Pretty standard comp set on the bike. They finally got the command dropper post dialed in for 2014. Absolutely no wiggle and the new internal routing down the top tube is cleaner than before.
Weaknesses: Not sold on the Formula C1 brakes yet. Could be installer's error but the rear brake on the second DH section sounded like a donkey in heat and had tons of vibration. Will update soon.
I got a size XL for my 6'3" frame and 36" inseam. The front end is tall to help the rider be in a neutral position on the bike on gnarly downhill segments. It just felt a lot different from the Epic Expert Carbon 29 XL I was coming from.
My first ride I noticed climbing was a little awkward compared to the Epic I came from (more on this later). The front end is TALL, the stock stem is pretty long, and the handlebars are WIDE. This all made exaggerating the turn a necessity as it took more in the form of turning to get up the technical switchbacks I was climbing. Upon descending, I noticed one thing immediately... the suspension is awesome. I opened it up, adjusted the rebound to fast and switched from climb to descend on the Fox Float CTD and it responded amazingly. I also was a huge fan of the Revelation fork. Very plush and adjustable for climbs and descents. The actuation of the dropper command post is smooth (NO seat wiggle this year either!). For the downhill I did, the middle position was perfect. It was very easy to actuate the dropper on the fly no matter where you were on the trail. Very well placed trigger. The DH section that usually took a lot of body english and effort on the EPIC seemed like a stroll through the park on the stumpy evo. I didn't really push the bike since we were just getting acquainted. At the bottom of the hill I checked Strava and was disappounted to find that I finished considerably slower that my PR I had set for that DH segment on Strava. I knew the bike could be pushed hard and wanted to go faster... it was totally rider error and getting used to the new rig.
Before heading back up the hill, I wanted to make a few adjustments to achieve a similar fit to the Epic that I felt so comfortable on. First I adjusted the seat position. I moved the seat as far forward and down as it would go. This was necessary especially with the XL frame, the seat tube angle makes the seat angle back more than a M or L size frame. This new position for me helped me still feel "in" the bike (especially with the post dropped) but gave me that sense of control and power of being on "top" of it while climbing. It also helped with my sore taint. I was definitely feeling it from that first climb. Once that was done I went back up the hill. I instantly felt more at home and my taint was thanking me. I crushed my PR on that climb that I set on my Epic! I was shocked. Consider that... with my new stumpy evo, I demolished a PR I had set the week before on a pure XC carbon bike ... needless to say this thing holds its own on climbs. On the second go on the DH section, I PR'd again. Not by much, but as I get more comfortable on this bike I can see that time getting lower and lower. I was still holding it back. The adjustments were spot on. This bike rips once you get a feel for the geometry and make the adjustments you need to.
GRIPES. The brakes. I did not bed the brakes in like I should have but thought they would be fine given that they weren't the Avids this time around. About half way through my second ever descent on this bike (the PR one) the front brake started a high squeal but still braked well, but the back brake sounded like a donkey in heat and vibrated the whole bike to the point of losing control. I will update the review on this once I get this figured out. I'm going to take it in and have it looked at, but this makes me nervous. The shiftings need to be adjusted on the X9 in the back. Not too sure the kid at the LBS spent a lot of time lining them up. Other than that, its all good.
Oh, and the Black on black is dead sexy. I'm going to slap some red CB mallet 3's on here next week too. Not that it really matters, but I like looking at the bike when I'm not riding it.
Date Reviewed: August 20, 2013
Strengths: Very well built, very smooth and capable suspension. Alot of attention to detail with the cable routing and overall appearance of the bike. A blast to ride over all types of terrain. Very capable for climbing and descending.
Weaknesses: None. By far the best bike I have ever owned. Love the autosag feature.
Bike Setup: XXL frame fits my 6'6" body very well.
Date Reviewed: March 3, 2013
Strengths: Climbing, downhill, smooth, looks ( seriously, it's a sick looking bike)
Weaknesses: None so far.
Similar Products Used: Kona Coil-Air.
Bike Setup: Stock, cc mallet 3's
Date Reviewed: January 10, 2013
Strengths: Descending!!!!! Handling, bump absorption, All out Fun!
I wouldn't exactly say climbing is awesome but I'm coming from a carbon hardtail 26er. Compared to other trail bikes I have ridden I would say that the climbing is great.
This bike is amazing! I might consider putting some riser bars on it but that's about it.
Duration Product Used: 6 months
Purchased At: The Bicycle Chain
Similar Products Used: Trek Fuel EX-8 (owned), Have rode: Specialized Stumpjumper 26er S-Works, Giant Trance, Santa Cruz Blur LT, Specialized Epic (29 & 26),
Bike Setup: Stock
Date Reviewed: December 12, 2012
Strengths: This bike is stupid fast and nimble when pointed down hill! It climbs as well as I do, it's not really my strong point and is very flickable in the air when jumbing. I came off a Giant Talon 0 that I wasted in 5 months because i was doing things on it that it wasnt made for like 6 foot drops and airing it out a little to much. But this bike looks to be built 10 time tougher and has handled everything that i have thrown at it so far with no problems. The suspension is very plush but can handle big hits once you dial in your pressure and settings.
Weaknesses: None so far
Date Reviewed: November 11, 2012
Strengths: Handling, stability, ground clearance, rolling and stopping power, gearing, traction.
Weaknesses: Its excellent handing forgives many of my riding mistakes and makes me learn less handling & balancing skills compared to my lightweight 26er XC bike (Specialized XC FSR Expert).
In conclusion, it elevates my skills into the next level. Although I am slightly worried that I won't learn as many skills as with a less capable bike because it is very forgiving with rider errors.
I am nearly 6' tall and weight 200 pounds loaded and the size L is perfect for me.
Duration Product Used: 4 hours
Price Paid: $3700.00
Purchased At: Specialized Hong Kon
Similar Products Used: Specialized XC FSR Expert 26er
Bike Setup: Stock setup. I only added 2 Shimano pedals. The same bike costs more in Hong Kong. I had to pay some additional shipping fees because of my preferred size (L).
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