Product DescriptionFACT carbon frame with geometry perfectly dialed-in for 29er wheels inlcuding the shortest chainstays and wheelbase and honed angles for the most nimble handling.
- FACT 8m carbon HT frame with 29er-specific geometry, tapered head tube and oversized BB offers superb ride feel and performance in an incredibly lightweight package
- 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
- Custom SRAM S-1250 10-speed double crankset with GXP spindle and alloy arms for smooth, efficient power transfer
- Avid Elixir R SL lightweight hydraulic brakes with tool-less reach adjust and long-lasting, semi-metallic pads halt bombing runs with superb control and modulation
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Date Reviewed: September 3, 2014
Strengths: The frame is stiff, yet it is somewhat compliant. The bike is definitely light, and the 29" wheels help roll over obstacles better than my 26" Epic. The Magura MTS brakes have been nothing short of spectacular. They have yet to howl or demonstrate any serious brake fade on the downhills. The bike feels dialed, and I can feel the direct power transfer from the pedals. The bike simply flies when you put the power down. The 15mm front axle helps keep the front end on track.
Weaknesses: I wish the bike came with a 100mm fork, but so far the Reba solo air has held its own pretty well and was ridiculously easy to set up. The wheels are kinda heavy, but wheels are typically the first thing that gets upgraded anyway. My only real complaint is the Phenom saddle. It is definitely a more "racy" saddle; it's stiff, light, and offers very little padding. For short rides/races, this is fine, but I am an endurance racer, so I need something with a bit more comfort for the long haul. I'm a WTB Pure V guy, so I plan on switching it out pretty soon.
Before I purchased the bike, I switched out the stock tires (Fast Traks) for something with more grip (Purgatory 2.3 front, Control 2.1 rear) and had the shop mechanic convert them to tubeless. If you want to ride this bike as an "everyday" bike, then I strongly suggest getting more "trail" orientated tires. The provide more volume, which translates to a more stable and comfortable ride. I also switched out the grips to ODIs.
Date Reviewed: July 10, 2014
Strengths: First off the geometry is on point. The sizing and tech that went into manufacturing this bike is on point. The frame is light the crank and other gearing components are relatively mediocre for the price point but do the job just fine.
Weight distribution is great.
Weaknesses: The biggest weakness is the Roval wheels that come factory on this bike. I rode tubes and had issues at the local trails so I converted to tubeless and things got worse. I had to have a wheelset built to meet the needs of what I wanted to do with the bike.
Another "weak" point is the fork. I mean, for close to $3k, who wants to have to upgrade the fork? The Reba is a solid fork but the one for this model only traverses 90mm.
Date Reviewed: May 28, 2014
Strengths: Ridiculously, mind blowingly, magically stiff and fast. Super lightweight. Unbeatable uphill and on smooth surfaces. Dialed geometry makes it super nimble yet still stable. Surprisingly good downhill and on technical trail, descends better than my old Fuel EX8. Rolls over EVERYTHING. An overall kickass mountain bike
Weaknesses: It's made by the tyrannical corporation Specialized. I got it used though, so I don't feel guilty because I didn't directly support them. No thru-axle, although the oversized DT Swiss axle is adequate.
It doesn't give up much on the trail though. Yes, it's a hardtail and you can't stay seated when navigating rock gardens, but the 29 inch wheels, forgiving carbon frame, and superb geometry make it easy. The big wheels are for real. They steamroll over everything and keep momentum much better than any 26er or 650b can hope to, and if set up tubeless they still feel light enough when you need to accelerate. The Comp may not have a thru-axle, but the oversized DT Swiss axle is still an improvement over a standard quick release. The Captain tires are great all-rounders. Because of all this, it handles technical trails and descends as well as if not better than my old Fuel EX8 with 5 inches of travel, ABP, DRCV, and everything. It might not take to drops, jumps, and pumping as well, but that's not what it's designed for.
In all, this is a near-perfect mountain bike. It's extremely fast, so I can ride to trails without dying of boredom, but can still rip the trails when I get there. I highly recommend the Stumpjumper Carbon HT!
Bike Setup: Stock, set up tubeless.
Date Reviewed: June 19, 2013
Strengths: This bike climbs like a goat and descends with a stability which inspires total confidence. I am able to point and shoot through rough terrain almost as well as I do on my All Mountain full suspension bike! Solid mix of components out of the box, I didn't feel the need to upgrade a single thing. My extra-large unit tipped the scales at 25 pounds with bottle cages and Crank Bros. Candy pedals
Weaknesses: The only weakness I can mention is the rear brake howls like a banshee. I've found on blogs that the stock pads are Magura's 7.2 models and are designed for longevity. Changing to the 7.1 performance model quiets the rear end while still maintaining the stopping power
Purchased At: Arlberg Sports
Bike Setup: Bone Stock
Date Reviewed: August 19, 2012
Strengths: For the price this bike is incredible, the 2013 model really has been fine tuned to be perfect. The frame and components are all solid including the new magura brakes and the shimano xt derailleur with the clutch! Climbs like a beast, and in a wierd way almost doesn't even feels like a hardtail on some rocky sections... Out of the box with a few changes to the bike( cobalt 11 handlebars, esi grips, and a tubeless setup) it weighed 22.7 pounds. Very hard to beat the weight of this bike for the price!
Weaknesses: If there are any weaknesses on this bike i haven't seen them. I'd say that the wheelset is probably the weakest part. Don't get me wrong, it's still a GREAT wheelset but if you throw stans on there this bike will probably be sub twenty pounds!
Purchased At: BVB
Similar Products Used: Specialized s works stumpjumper HT
S works epic
Bike Setup: Threw a pair of pink esi grips, made it tubeless, and threw cobalt 11 handlebars on there with some xtr pedals and im lovingit.
Date Reviewed: July 24, 2012
Strengths: Everything about the bike is amazing. It handles very well and is supper fast.
Weaknesses: The Avid brakes are noisy. They make a chirping sound. I am going to replace the pads and see if that helps. The handles bars are very wide (680mm) but they provide great control. Im going to put carbon bars that are 640mm
Date Reviewed: June 18, 2012
Strengths: The bike is a climbing machine! The carbon frame is stiff but light. The front fork allows enough adjustment to overcome any obstacles or terrain. The bike shifts quickly, even under a climbing load. I've owned several mt bikes over the years but this has been the best one yet.
Weaknesses: The Avid disc brakes are really noisy! The brakes make a grinding and squealing sound and I had to replace the metallic pads and buff the rotors. Even with organic pads the brakes still make a lot of noise and the carbon frame seems to amplify the noise. I was told by the shop where I purchased the bike that it takes time to break in the brakes but I had nearly 800 miles on the bike before I got fed up and replaced the pads. Other riders I have spoken to have similar complaints about Avid brakes and suggested I replace them completely.
Date Reviewed: March 30, 2012
Strengths: This is my first full carbon bike and I really really love it. The strengths are the frame geometry - the setup itself works for me very well. As normal I'll give this the usual stamp of it climbs very well! Then again coming from a 26" Trek EX 8, yea so it's climbs much better than it.
Weaknesses: The hubs, well they just stink! The Specialized Hi Low 142+ is a Specialized propitiatory hub and comes from the factory with little to no lube, which caused a failure right around the 250 mile mark. Basically I'm saving for a new set of wheels, so for now I'm gonna just service them myself.
Duration Product Used: 3 months
Price Paid: $2600.00
Purchased At: Princeton Sports
Similar Products Used: none
Bike Setup: This bike comes equipped with SRAM X9 / X7 components and Elixir brakes... I the only thing I setup differently was put some 1.5 Monkey lite carbon bars on -- I didn't care much for the straight bars, but again that's me.
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