Specialized Stumpjumper Comp 29er 29er Hardtail

4.43/5 (77 Reviews)
MSRP : $2050.00

Product Description

Big wheels done better - all the rollover, control and confidence beenfits of a 29er with the shortest chainstays and wheelbase and honed angles for the most nimble handling. Out of the box and race ready for XC riders looking to climb fast and rail twisty singletrack on big wheels.

  • 29er HT frame with curved top tube looks as fast and sweet as it rides due to its race-optimized 29" geometry and M5 manipulated alloy construction
  • RockShox Reba RLT 29er fork with size-specific travel, rebound/compression adjust, and Floodgate control allows this 29er to soak up rocks like no other
  • Custom DT Swiss 29" rims with eyelets and sleeved seams keep weight low and durability high
  • S-Works Renegade 29 x 1.95" dual compound 2Bliss Ready tires with aramid bead roll fast and still provide plenty of race-tested traction
  • Avid Elixir R SL lightweight hydraulic disc brakes/levers with alloy backed semi-metallic pads and tool-free reach adjust for superb control and modulation
  • Specialized BG Phenom Comp saddle with hollow Cr-Mo rails is a lightweight and minimalist design, tuned for sit bone flex and comfortable climbing

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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Joao Paulo- Bolas Saudas Racing Team a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: October 19, 2015

Strengths:    Language: Portuguese(Brazil).
Geometria do quadro muito boa, bicicleta muito leve( 11,5kg com pedais crank brothers egg beater), Cabos de freios e marchas bem posicionados no quadro, evitando arranhões.Boa relação de marchas com uma troca precisa. Preço bom para o conjunto.

Weaknesses:    O Pneu traseiro fast track control é horrível, com pouca aderência em terreno com cascalho. Freios magura não são muito bons(trepidam nas frenagens mais fortes).Suspensão Rock shox Reba é muito dura!!!

Bottom Line:   
Language: Portuguese
Comprei uma Specialized Stumpjumper comp 2015 tamanho M e estou gostando muito. A bicicleta é muito esperta nas descidas , para quem gosta de descer em alta velocidade.Seu peso é ideal para quem não quer andar em bicicletas com quadro de carbono e sofrer com rachaduras , trincas no carbono.Relação de peças muito boa. Troquei o Freio por um shimano SLX por que acho melhor.Shimano é melhor! O câmbio traseiro é bom(X9), mas as vezes desregula depois de uma volta em um terreno acidentado.Prefiro o Shimano XT .O que adorei foi o desenho do quadro ,e a parte de acabamento das soldas do quadro que é muito boa!A suspensão é muito dura para quem está acostumado com uma Fox Float,por exemplo.Estou adorando a bicicleta.Pode comprar com os olhos fechados!!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Winabagel Warrior a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: March 14, 2015

Strengths:    Climbs great, descends great. Great fit and feel: the cockpit is spec'd well enough that I haven't changed anything. Most of the components work very well. Brakes vastly improved over 2009 Avid's. Frame and most of the components are really durable. The Reba fork is very adjustable and NOTHING has failed on it.

Weaknesses:    Wheelset is flexy (developed a big wobble after 800 miles) and not tubeless ready (non welded seem). Rear derailleur hanger bolt broke (but this seems to be one of the inherent design flaws of all bikes with 135 x 10 QR rear ends).

Bottom Line:   
My 2011 Stumpjumper Comp 29er Hardtail has 1700+ miles and I still really like it. 3 hour, 25 mile cross country rides is the average I do on this bike. Normal expected maintenance after 1500 miles: brake pads, bottom bracket, grips and tires wore out and fork needed service. Any squeaks and creaks I've been able to take out with just normal cleaning and greasing.
Only the rear derailleur hanger bolt and not tubeless ready wheels have been unexpected issues. Stock wheelsets I don't expect to much in my experience unless I was buying a out of the box race ready machine, but if it comes with tubeless compatible tires I would expect the wheels to be tubeless compatible.
Love the power and feel of the brakes, don't like DOT 4 fluid. The M5 frame with the 80mm fork, even with the 135 x 10 QR rear end, make this a fantastic climber but a rough but capable descender.

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Favorite Trail:   Pine Mountain Fire Rd.

Duration Product Used:   2011-2015

Price Paid:    $1850.00

Purchased At:   Local bike shop

Similar Products Used:   1997 GT Karakoram, 2005 Sumpjumper FSR Comp, 2009 Cannondale Rize 3.

Bike Setup:   Running 2012 Roval Control wheelset with tubeless Fasttrak back and Ground Control front. Converted the drivetrain to 2 x 10 very easily which much improved the shifting. Crank Brothers candys .

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by joel quintos a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: February 27, 2015

Strengths:    lightweight for a aluminum frame 29er. The bike components are great and the price 1750 at lbs.
pretty durable.

Weaknesses:    wheelset can be lighter hard seat.

Bottom Line:   
I have ridden this bike now for 2000km. Last summer
and this bike is just awesome in our local 7km trail. I use it for fitness as well. Its a fast bike agile for a 29 emy set up now is at 23 lbs with deore xt pedals. Fizik tundra saddle carbon seatpost and carbon handlebar with a 50mm aluminum stem. I ran it tubeless and i can tell the diff. Much snapier on acceleration. I wipeout hard twice with the clip pedals and i only broke the front derailleur. So now running single chainring 32 tooth. overall just a excellent investment for a 29er i highly recomend this bike. if your budget is in the 2000 dollar range.

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Favorite Trail:   bur aok birdshill park

Duration Product Used:   8 months 2000 km.

Price Paid:    $1750.00

Purchased At:   alterego sports

Bike Setup:   Tubeless, carbon seat post carbon handle bar. Aluminum 50mm stem. Fizik tundra saddle. Magura mts brakes. S works tires running a sigle 32 teeth chainring. Deore xt pedals weighs in at 22.52lbs on a digital scale.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by OLx6 a Racer

Date Reviewed: October 1, 2014

Strengths:    The frame and selected parts are durable, function well without issue, and come together at a decent weight for the price point. Frame geometry is good, and meets the expectations for the type of sharp handling required for fast XC riding. The wheels have stayed true and there is no detected flex in the corners.

Weaknesses:    Coming from a Lefty fork to the Rock Shox Reba with the "Brain" valving I find the fork works well for bigger hits, but less responsive for small bumps. Another 10 - 20 mm of travel would have been nice.

Bottom Line:   
Overall an very solid bike that IMO outperforms its price point. There is enough good things about this bike that upgrades would worth while.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Bike Setup:   As purchased with the exception of Ritchey WSC Shield tires and ESI Chunky grips. A Thomson elite seat post is coming soon.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Brian Mayeux

Date Reviewed: January 16, 2014

Strengths:    Lightweight, nice fork, nice crankset. good components

Weaknesses:    Thin walled frame is very uncomfortable (compared to carbon, steel or titanium). Expensive. heavy wheelset

Bottom Line:   
The thin walled frame is great because it makes it light but you feel every bump. I can't blame specialized for this, it is just the nature of that type of frame. When you can buy a used Scott carbon framed ht for less money than this bike new (which I did). It just doesn't make sense to buy a new one. If you buy one of these bikes be sure to buy it under 1200 dollars.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by BigV a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: May 14, 2013

Strengths:    Light, solid frame, good fork, 2x10, PF30 BB, incredible climbing, fast, solid wheels. Comfortable ride for a hardtail race bike. Tubeless ready. (This review is for a 2012 model with Avid brakes)

Weaknesses:    Brakes. They will be the first to go.

Bottom Line:   
I love this bike. The climbing is unreal. Even with the Renegade tires, I rode in some wet East Ohio trails and I was surprised how the tire gripped. I don't like the Renegade on the front though.
Gets up to speed in a hurry, solid feel in rough stuff and rough downhill.
The fork has some good adjustability and I like the feel so far.
It weighed exactly 24 lbs. with no pedals and tubes with ESI grips.
This bike just takes off when you punch it. The brakes aren't great, but they're good enough for a while.
A couple minor upgrades will make it even lighter and faster.
I recommend this bike for anyone who loves to climb and go fast. For the money the performance is great especially with a couple upgrades.

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Favorite Trail:   ?

Duration Product Used:   1 month

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   A PA bike shop

Similar Products Used:   Trek/Fisher Mamba 29er

Bike Setup:   Stock besides Blackspire pedals and ESI grips.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Stump 29 a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: February 15, 2013

Strengths:    Solid bike. Well thought out and aesthetically pleasing in Satin Black. Light weight for a 19” 29er. Balanced geometry. Seat, tires, wheels, brakes, all good.

Weaknesses:    Welds could be prettier. Seat stays and chain stays are not shaped in any way to absorb chatter. Minor stuff.

Bottom Line:   
Bottom Line: This is a review for the ’13 Comp HT (M5, Reba RL, Magura MTS...)

Excellent overall. Affordable. Weighs in at 24lbs. and 10oz. with pedals and tubeless. I’m a bit tired of reading things like – “It’s my first 29er and it’s awesome...” “My first mountain bike and it’s the best...” Seems like everyone gives out 5 stars so easily.

The most difficult part of buying this bike was getting a better bike than any of my previous bikes. Specialized was late to the 29er game. The only bikes I care about have 29” wheels. This bike caught my attention when they switched to the Maguras. My Avid’s were never 100% right. Went to LBS to ask about the EVO. I got the Comp 29 because it seemed like a better overall deal.

First impressions. Accelerates quickly. Feels nimble and predictable up the hill and down the hill. Tires grip well and the brakes make the bike stop as quickly as you need. Wasn’t sure I’d keep the original saddle, but liked it more after a few rides.

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Favorite Trail:   Stillwell Woods

Duration Product Used:   1 Month

Purchased At:   http://brandscycle.c

Similar Products Used:   Vassago JabberWocky
Niner MCR
Redline d660
’06 Stumpjumper

Bike Setup:   http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bikes/mountain/sjht/stumpjumpercomp29#specs

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by BigGK a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: January 22, 2013

Strengths:    Frame size - I'm 6'8" great to see some XXL love.
Weight - This bike is crazy light out of the box, to me anyways. First 29er, thought it would be heavier.
Gear set/shifters - First Sram components, 2x10 is awesome for my riding. Shifter location is also nice, thought I'd have a hard time coming from Shimano but I think I prefer Sram's.

Weaknesses:    Brakes? If I had to say one. They are very tunable at the levers without any tools. But I still feel there not exactly what I like, probably just need to tweak em a bit more.
Saddle/Seat - The stock seat on my 2012 was so uncomfortable. If the purpose was to keep you outta the saddle and pushin hard then mission accomplished. I did not want to sit at all.
Tires - I think this is purely rider preference. But the renegades the bike came with are useless to me. Although REALLY fast rolling, they did not give me any confidence in hitting a corner at speed.

Bottom Line:   
Take my review for what it is. It was my first season of actual trail riding and I got this bike at the end of the year. I previously had a 26" Hard Rock, bought 6 years old. My first ride on the stumpy just left me smiling from start to finish. It being my first 29er, I couldnt get over the wheel just eatting anything I toss in front of it. Then theres the climbs, specialized should have installed a small horn that plays the sound of a mountain goat at the press of a button. Cause it was night and day how easy I could shred up hills. As I ride it more and more I come to find out how fast it is. The bike just rips and rolls forever. Completely blown away with the performance. I highly recommend this bike to anyone in the market for a 29er HT. Over winter I added a few components that I think are going to make it exactly what I'm looking for in this style of bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Durham Forest

Bike Setup:   Current: 2012 Stumpjumper Comp 29er HT
Upgrades: Shimano PD-M350 pedals
WTB Rocket Saddle
Stans Arch w/ Hope Pro2 Wheels/Hubs

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by CC a Racer

Date Reviewed: September 18, 2012

Strengths:    The bike has the oversized bottom bracket and head tube and is extremely stiff. The poster below who complained about flex must have strength that I can only dream about. But I am not a weakling and the bike DOES NOT FLEX AT ALL!

Weaknesses:    Wheelset and brakes compared to the rest of the bike.....but that's why it is the Comp model and cheaper. Upgrade wheelset and go XT brakes and by damn you have a first class bike within 5-10% of those costing $7000.

Bottom Line:   
Love the 29er and race it all the time. Feel comfortable on stuff that scared the crap out of me in the past. Uphills are a joy. Most important thing to get right is when you go tubeless try to run as low a tire pressure as you can. That makes this bike, and most 29ers I'm guessing, about a bump savvy as a full suspension 26er.

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Price Paid:    $2000.00

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jersievers

Date Reviewed: September 16, 2012

Strengths:    value in a race bike

Weaknesses:    wheel build

Bottom Line:   
Great value, light and ready to race. Some people had issues round here with breaks, but they didn't set up right, great for me. The wheel builder skimped on putting any spoke prep, they don't true well and back kept pooping out, until I got new wheels.

Going strong, only wish 17.5 medium MTB bikes came with 170 cranks, I really don't understand the long crank thing in MTB.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jeffingbmich a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: September 5, 2012

Strengths:    Great value at this price point. Paid $2,000 plus Shimano XT pedals in March for a 2012 model, so no closeout pricing at that time. I bought it mostly to ride hilly gravel roads and flowing single track, but it does technical single track well, too. It's light (19" weighs 23.6 lbs. w/ pedals), accelerates well, brakes great (after getting dialed in) inspires confidence on climbs and descents (even on rocky, rooted, gravel, or sandy surfaces at 35+ mph). The fork has held the pressure all summer and the drive train only needed a slight adjustment after the first few hundred miles. The drive train is so smooth and crisp it reminds me of my friend's road Moots with electronic shifting. The bike looks great and gets many looks and compliments. The paint job has held up to several minor crashes and regular washings (I mention that because my 2003 Airborne Ti lost 2 sets of decals in the first summer I had it, so now it's a stealth bike). The tires(w/tubes) have been great on all surfaces, wet or dry (run at 30). No flex in the wheels (I'm 5'11" & 180). The hubs are extremely free-wheeling and seem to want to roll forever.

Weaknesses:    The original seat (Phenom) is hard as a rock so I upgraded to the Phenom Gel and got used to it after a month. And my butt's been riding for 20 years, year 'round! I also swapped out the original grips for some Ergos, but that's just personal preference.
It's not really a weakness but a given that aluminum is harsh compared to titanium, but I knew that when I bought it (I had ridden and raced a test bike several times). You get used to it very quickly.

Bottom Line:   
Not that it really matters, but I'm a 66 year old occasional (2-3 per year) sport class racer with 20+ years of mostly mountain biking. We ride lots of gravel roads to build our base.

Finally had to try a 29er after reading all the hype and listening to converts. Unless you only ride tight, rough, single track, this bike should work for you. This bike is just plain fun to ride! I know it's 5-10% faster than my Airborne Ti 26er on the same trails and road loops. It has the lowest maintenance drive train I've ever had. I've been a Shimano XT or XTR guy for 20+ years but I got used to the "thumb/thumb" shifting of the Sram system very quickly (I got an extra mounting bracket and split the up and downshift and it works great). If you keep it clean and lubed (Pro-link), it will shift well for hundreds of miles. There's nothing left to say!

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Favorite Trail:   Anything in Michigan or wherever I am

Duration Product Used:   6 mos.

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Kinetic Systems in C

Similar Products Used:   2003 Airborne Titanium 26er hardtail & 2006 Trek Fuel EX8 FS.

Bike Setup:   Stock except for the seat, grips, and shifter mounts as previously described.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Gianni

Date Reviewed: May 25, 2012

Strengths:    After all the 29er hype I decided to buy one myself in order to check it out first-hand on the trails i ride. What I liked about the Specialized Stumpjumper 29er Comp was:
a) nice frame/welds b) low weight (25.4 lbs, stock bike in size XL with wellgo platform pedals) c) good mix of SRAM 10-speed X9/X7 shifters, F/R derailleurs, crank etc. d) fast rolling and low resistance S-Works Renegade tires (I mainly ride singletrack).

The main reason why I wanted to try a 29er was to see if you need less effort to keep it rolling due the bigger wheel size as soon as you gain momentum, which is true.

Weaknesses:    Avid Elixir R brakes (squeal, vibrations from the rear brake), and the main problem - TOO MUCH FLEX !!!
In the first place from the fork, RockShox Reba RLT 29, and the wheelset, custom Specialized wheels/Custom DT Swiss X450SL rims.
All of the steep descents I used to slice through like on rails on my 26" MTB turned out to be downright frightening at times on the 29er. At any slight impulse from the handlebar ends the fork/wheel (rims, spokes) combo felt like a wet noolde compared to my 26". Had the frame checked at the LBS and got they're demo Stump 29 HT for comparison and it was the same. I may have to add that I'm 6'/230 lbs, so this possibly might worsen the matter.

I didn't have additional cash to spend on a better and stiffer fork/wheelset, sold the bike after 3 months and went back to 26".

Bottom Line:   
Nice bike, but too flexy

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dave W a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: May 20, 2012

Strengths:    Climbing, stability, confidence in the saddle

Weaknesses:    Saddle, tires, brake pads, bottom braket

Bottom Line:   
I went from an all mountain bike (customized Santa Cruz Heckler) to this bike-I mainly need only a solid XC machine and the Heckler was too much for that. I bought it used from a guy back east with less than 50 miles on it-it came out of the box looking barely used. The bike took a little to getting dialed in-one thing the bottom braket is noticeably higher on a 29er HT than on a 26" bike. The ride didn't take long to get used to-it's fun, good at climbing, and provides stability on stuff I was squirrely on previously. The bike came with the WTB Exiwolf tire on the front and it washed out a lot-traded it out with the Panaracer Rampage 29er. The ride greatly improved and became much more fun. I initially had a Joplin dropper seat post and it worked well-I just upgraded to the Reverb and love it. Having a HT 29er with just the Rampage tire and the dropper seatpost improved the ride tons-I can handle most everything my buddies with a full-suspension 26" bike dishes out. The brake pads and the bottom braket were embarrassingly noisy-replaced the pads and put plumbers tape on the bottom braket and it took care of the issues with the noise.

Initially I was thinking that the 19" was too big for me (I am 5'10") but after riding a 17" I found the 19" was a good fit because the cockpit fit better for me.

Overall, I love the 29er. I would like to have a 26" full suspension in my corral for more all mountain stuff but for my everyday XC riding I will go with the 29er. The Stumpjumper is a great bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Most anything in the NW

Price Paid:    $1150.00

Purchased At:   mtbr classifieds

Similar Products Used:   Jamis Dakar Sport, Santa Cruz Heckler (both previous full-suspension 26" bikes)

Bike Setup:   2008 Specialized Stumpjumper Comp 29er, size 19"-Tires: Panaracer Rampage 29er-F; Specialized Control (in reverse)-R, 2x10 gearing, older Specialized body-flow saddle, Reverb saddle.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by MdLyfCris's

Date Reviewed: May 12, 2012

Strengths:    Climbing, Maneuverability, Light Weight

Weaknesses:    Rims, and did I say Rims!

Bottom Line:   
I am a newbie in single tracks and I have no doubt in my mind that the mishaps that happened to me so far, are cause by lack of experience and recklessness. I've been to three parks so far and every single one of them, I have left my mark. The last one not so fortunate that I warp my front Rim!!! It was supposed to be an easy 10' downhill drop into a ravine with little water flowing through which I went through the first time with ease and had a lots of fun for 2.5 hours around the Park but somehow the 2nd time around just about when we are ready to wrap up for the day, this accident happened. I hit a puddle of Mud and the front wheel stuck and warp the rim and of course due to gravity, I found myself laying belly first on the ground creating a bulge on my front left thigh (ouch!). I my have landed on one of the two only rocks in the vicinity... Anyway, the front rims just gave up on me not sure why but I am thinking that it is maybe the impact due to speed (recklessness) and the normal reaction on the supposed way up turn to the left that caused it... We were supposed to be done but hey, sheeet happened!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sean S. a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: May 2, 2012

Strengths:    this bike loves to climb climb climb

Weaknesses:    none yet

Bottom Line:   
I took this bike out for the first time yesterday after having ridden a full-suspension all-mountain bike for the last year or so. Man can this thing climb! I cannot believe how strong of a climber this bike is for the money. I paid $1770 at my LBS.
This bike feels extremely solid on the downhill as well...very stable. I took it down some tight switchbacks and it ate them up as if I wasn on my 26" all-mountain. Very happy with this purchase.

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Favorite Trail:   Santiago Oaks, Orange, CA

Price Paid:    $177000.00

Purchased At:   The Path

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