Specialized Stumpjumper Comp 29er 29er Hardtail
|MSRP : $2050.00|
Product DescriptionBig 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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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Duration Product Used: 1 Month
Purchased At: http://brandscycle.c
Similar Products Used: Vassago JabberWocky
Bike Setup: http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bikes/mountain/sjht/stumpjumpercomp29#specs
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.
Bike Setup: Current: 2012 Stumpjumper Comp 29er HT
Upgrades: Shimano PD-M350 pedals
WTB Rocket Saddle
Stans Arch w/ Hope Pro2 Wheels/Hubs
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.
Date Reviewed: September 16, 2012
Strengths: value in a race bike
Weaknesses: wheel build
Going strong, only wish 17.5 medium MTB bikes came with 170 cranks, I really don't understand the long crank thing in MTB.
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.
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!
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.
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".
Date Reviewed: May 20, 2012
Strengths: Climbing, stability, confidence in the saddle
Weaknesses: Saddle, tires, brake pads, bottom braket
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.
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.
Date Reviewed: May 12, 2012
Strengths: Climbing, Maneuverability, Light Weight
Weaknesses: Rims, and did I say Rims!
Date Reviewed: May 2, 2012
Strengths: this bike loves to climb climb climb
Weaknesses: none yet
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.
Price Paid: $177000.00
Purchased At: The Path
Date Reviewed: April 26, 2012
Strengths: Stiff and responsive
Climbs very well
Brakes are solid
Goes where you point it
Specialized gives you a lot for your money.
Weaknesses: a little harsh in the rough stuff at race speed.
Phenom saddle was uncomfortable for my sit bones. Swapped it for the one that came on my Rockhopper and I'm much happier.
If you're not going to race then you probably won't appreciate the extras on this bike. Save $1000 and get the Rockhopper. You still get a decent shock and hydraulic brakes.
Purchased At: Spin Bike Shop - Cle
Similar Products Used: Specialized Rockhopper Expert 29
Bike Setup: Stock
Date Reviewed: April 15, 2012
Strengths: Light, fast, extremely well-sorted bike.
Weaknesses: None yet.
Only had it a couple of weeks but am really pleased with it - all the trails I usually ride are faster and easier. The 29er setup just feels right, there's no real downsides to it, it simply feels better than a 26er. It rolls more easily, climbs better, is more stable on fast descents, there's more room in the cockpit. I never felt cramped on my 26er but this just fits like a glove - I'm 6'2, and went for the 21" frame.
Definitely the right thing to get the bigger rotor - 160mm would have been a bit under-specced for a big bugger like me. And the stock tyres would have been lacking in grip for the trails round Barcelona, especially on the odd occasion it rains.
Can't recommend it highly enough, especially if you like covering good distances off-road at a decent pace. I was a little sceptical about the 29er thing prior to this, but am definitely a convert.
Purchased At: SPecialized Concept
Similar Products Used: 2000 Stumpjumper HT
2010 Merida Matts XC
Bike Setup: Stumpjumper Comp Aluminium 29er, stock except for XT Brakes, 180mm front rotor, Pushloc Remote, tyres.
Date Reviewed: March 25, 2012
Strengths: Fast, handles well, fun bike to ride
Weaknesses: S-wheels warp and break.
Duration Product Used: 6 months
Price Paid: $2100.00
Purchased At: Landry's
Similar Products Used: Tallboy, Fisher
Bike Setup: Sram -9, Avid 5, Specialized wheels
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