Lighter than most pure cross-country rigs, the Stumpjumper FSR Pro would challenge them on the climbs and leave 'em all behind when the trail points downhill.
FACT 8m carbon main triangle and M5 alloy rear triangle with full cartridge bearing pivots provide an amazingly stiff, light, and agile foundation for the perfect trail bike
Specialized/Fox Brain rear shock with Brain Fade, remote Trail Tune inertia valve, and adjustable rebound lets riders dial in the perfect blend of pedaling efficiency and bump compliance
Specialized Future Shock S140TA fork with tapered carbon steer/crown, 140-115mm adjustable travel, and spike valve damping integrates with the frame's FSR linkage to create the optimal trail experience
Lightweight Roval Control Trail EL wheelset, with oversized 28mm end caps and DT Swiss internals and spokes, provides a lightweight platform for climbing and the stiffness you need to dominate the downhills
Both 2Bliss Ready, the S-Works Purgatory 2.2" front tire works in concert with The Captain Control 2.0" rear tire to deliver exceptional traction for pinpoint cornering and braking in varied conditions
Custom Avid Elixir XO R SL brakes with tool-free reach adjust, alloy backed semi-metallic pads, and carbon blades offer lightweight, power-packed control for speedy runs
Great looking bike. Handles really well both up and down hills, once you have the suspension set up properly. Turns in great. Goes where you point it. I have the 2011 frame and fork with slightly older components (first frame broke and was replaced free of charge by Specialized).
On the downside it takes ages to get the suspension set up right, and then it can be temperamental, especially the fork. I have the Futureshock with the spike valve. When you hit a launch section the bike doesn't take off like it should - the fork tends to die on you and you end up getting air but landing front wheel first. the number of near death experiences I've had because of this. Once I got the fork dialed so I thought it was OK and that lasted a very pleasing four rides. But then it needed to go in for a service (in order to maintain its 5 year warranty) and when it came back it was useless again. I'm selling it now, and have replaced it with a 2009 Fox Float RL 140mm travel which makes the bike handle superbly. So instead of paying extra $$ for the Pro Carbon or S-Works you may as well get the cheaper model Stumpjumper without the fancy fork.
The carbon fibre frame is awesome though, and together with the rear suspension (and brain) works really well. Components are all well matched and high quality as well. But this bike is not cheap.
Similar Products Used: Previous Specialized Stumpjumper models
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: December 3, 2011
Strengths: light , decends well , It has good components for money spent . xo seems great , tires are good
Weaknesses: mushy feeling at pedals esp. uphill when compared to my 5 year old ibis mojo carbon . brain fork and shock do not work as advertised ,the brain idea is specialized hype that sounds good and sells bikes but does not work very well , either have to set up the rear shock or front fork way to stiff for harsh ride or set it up softer and it it bobs . had to have fork oil changed after 5 rides to fix a top out clunk (probably underfilled from factory). bars are too narrow for me .
I do not think the high end specialized bikes are in the same league as : Ibis , pivot , turner , santacruz vpp , intense or even giant (trance) with there outdated horst link suspension . the brain shocks and forks do not compensate for an outdated suspension design .that being said the bike decends well and there are lots of great riders out there that ride these bikes and love them , not me . I got suckered again by specialized bikes advertising and the great reviews the magazines give them (i think the magazines give them great reviews because spec. pays for alot of advertising with them)
Similar Products Used: ibis mojo carbon (great all around bike) , specialized enduro 05 (weak up hills great downhill ), nomad (great all around bike) , 01 enduro (good bike for 2001)
Bike Setup: came stock xo components , brain fork and shock
a Weekend Warrior
from New Zealand
Date Reviewed: November 16, 2011
Strengths: very strong with little flex looks awesome handles even better
Weaknesses: takes a little time to tune shocks
Fantastic bike all round, light fast strong, goes up well and a demon going down, feels like its on rails, the brain takes all the guess work out once dialed in, retail for it here in NZ is crazy, and could probably never afford 1, if it hadnt been for those great guys at specialized having lifetime warranties on frames id have never experienced it
Amazing experience riding the '11 SJ FSR Pro. Solid feel which translates into by far the best feeling I've ever had on singletrack. Im faster than Ive ever been and absolutely love every second on this bike. I dont think I'd want a 29er SJ FSR, maybe a 29er Epic, but this bike is perfect in every way. In my opinion a big improvement over Alum Expert. If you're thinking about this bike vs anything similar get this one, it rocks.
Bike Setup: Stock except foam grips and X-King tires
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: November 8, 2010
Strengths: Material and finish quality, durable, no-nonsence parts, frame design
Weaknesses: a bit heavy for 120mm/4.7in travel (front&rear), very sensitive to shock pressure (sweet spot), fork cartridge and rear shock prone to failure
Some minor set-up problems, once you get the shock pressure dialed-in it's no frills from there on. Riding position is a little streched out (I am 6ft, frame size L) and quite high in the front (long head tube), but I had no problems with that even on steepest of climbs. Suspension is very supple, one of if not THE BEST 120mm fork I have ever ridden! In general this bike was very stable and capable descender. On long uphills and out-of-saddle climbs it is not with the best though, because there is always some energy sapping movement in the back even with brain fully 'locked-out'. On the other hand this means you get the best in-set climbing traction on the rear wheel you can imagine.
HAD TO REPLACE fork cartridge 2 times, rear shock 1 time!!!
(Brain function went dead on me). So this means one chilli less for reliabilty reasons in the overall rating.
Similar Products Used: Specialized Epic, Scott Spark, Scott Genius, Specialized SJ FSR 2010 model
Bike Setup: standard 2009 model
a Weekend Warrior
from Phoenix, AZ
Date Reviewed: December 18, 2009
Strengths: Looks awesome, light, great climber, great all arounder!
Weaknesses: Front Brain Fork I am still not used to
I am late bloomer when it comes to mountain biking (2007 and age 36). Now I am addicted! After having a titanium plate in my face permenantly due to a serious injury when I began, I just can't stop!
I've owned all Specialized products listed above, including 2009 Epic Expert right before selling. I guess I am getting older, so I got rid of the 09 Epic. It was too stiff of a ride. I never got used to it. My life began with 2006 Stumpy FSR Comp. It was such a great starter bike.
Being addicted to this hobby, I found a great seller at Ebay which I paid $2400 including shipping for this 08 Stumpy Pro Carbon (Whatta deal in my opinion). WOW! I am amazed at this bike! It's light, plush, fast, handles great, looks awesome, climbs awesome! It is everything that I have hoped for! Except one thing that I have minor quibble. That Brain fork, I am still tweaking it. I don't know why, but I am having a tough time getting used to it. Okay it is totally stiff when you pedal, but the shock gets active when you hit a bump. But it's got a tiny delay when it gets active on the first bump. I get annoyed with that.
Other than that, it is absolutely a perfect bike!
I could never pay retail for this thing ($5700). It is the best $2400 I ever spent on! (Of course my wife disagrees).
Will someone please post a detailed 2010 Stumpy Pro Carbon review? I wonder how the all new design feels like. Personally I didn't like the design which copied from 09 Epic rear shock location.
a Cross Country Rider
from Silicon Vally, CA
Date Reviewed: July 31, 2009
Strengths: Balance, engineering, weight, brakes, shifting, and just about everything else.
Weaknesses: Suspension (hard to tune out bob given longs ups/downs in NorCal riding). Captain 2Bliss tires are light and fast but highly prone to pinch/thorn flats.
I damn near died several times after moving to Cali. My hardtail Cannondale simply didn't have enough braking power or performance to handle Bay Area descents. Scars look pretty sweet. So, about a year ago, I not-so-grudgingly opted to switch to full suspension. Conveniently Mike's Bikes was hosting a demo day at Steggs.
Rode a number of high end carbon bikes (couldn't resist and with NO intention of buying) and some middle of the road get-ups. Finally, I jumped on the Stumpy Carbon Pro and my riding life changed instantaneously. The price was a healthy $1000++ over target (bought JUST after launch) but I've yet to sense a second of buyer's remorse for dropping the extra dough. Not sure I can say the same about any other >$1000 purchase in my life.
The Stumpy felt (feels) so much better than other bikes I've ridden. There are solid reviews on MTBR detailing technical advantages but for me, the strongest characteristic comes in its overall balance and feel. Flying up, down, around, and over once-nerve racking obstacles, there's this sense of effortless control. I spent some time riding a Carbon Rush and found it twitchy. I couldn't settle in comfortably, especially during longer climbs, regardless of seat or hand position. The Rocky Mountain Element, by contrast, felt sluggish and reactive. Balance was good at low speed but it failed to inspire confidence at pace. Stumpy tracks straight ahead time and again without then reveals its racing underpinnings when carving up single track or flying downhill. Guess I'd rather drive an M3 than a Ferrari by analogy.
Braking is also exceptional (hardtail has mechanical avids). I literally feel twice as fast on this bike b/c I brake so late into corners and lean so far into turns (rear suspension weight helps here since I’m 190lbs).
It took some time to learns the ins and outs of the suspension settings. Pretty sure I'm still on the 'IN' since I do struggle at times w/ bob under hard acceleration. Other MAJOR complaint comes w/ the tires. It's very love/hate. The last year I've had more flats, including multiple on multiple rides, than the previous five years combined. Hiking miles down some jaw dropping terrain b/c 2nd tube's flat and patch won't hold sucks…sucks a lot. Just switched to Kenda Nevegal 2.1s but can’t yet comment on difference vs. stock Captain 2Bliss.
Bottom line, I LOVE this bike. I’m probably only tapping into 50% of its potential meaning there’s nothing but room to grow as a rider. Thus, it’s worth every penny. OH, and I’ve dropped a good 8 pounds permanently since I ride so much more frequently. Technically, the Stumpy Carbon Pro’s a reasonably priced weight loss program when depreciated over time.
a Cross Country Rider
from British Columbia
Date Reviewed: June 18, 2009
Strengths: High quality components, great mix of components, light weight, forgiving to ride.
Weaknesses: High price, hated the saddle, complicated suspension set up
I'm 57 years old have been riding for over 25 years,I never possesed a lot of technical skills but the bike is very forgiving. It compensated for my shortcomings in the skill department. It is definitely the best riding bike I have ever owned. Didn't take a long time for me to feel comfortable riding this bike. Hate dthe saddle could never get used to it, like riding on a board, very happy with the upgrade to the WTB saddle. Still not sure if I have the suspension dialed in right.
Similar Products Used: My first full suspension bike, Last ride was Rocky Mtn Altitude
Bike Setup: stock except for Kenda Nevegal tires and WTB Rocket V SLT saddle
a Weekend Warrior
from Berkeley, CA
Date Reviewed: April 6, 2009
I agonized over which bike to buy and read every review I could find. For a while, before I test rode any bikes, I even considered a Motobecane because of the parts spec for $2000. But man am I glad that I didn’t buy that bike or any other. I’ve learned that there is so much more to buying a FS mountain bike than the parts spec. What looks good on paper doesn’t necessarily correlate to a sweet bike. I demoed a bunch of bikes, including a $5000 Intense and similar Cannondale, and just jumping on this one even for two minutes I realized it’s just better.
So really, my advice is to ride this bike, even if just in the parking lot. I thought the difference was immediate and big. Then I went on some trails and affirmed my initial suspicions. I feel like this bike is just better in almost every way from all the others I’ve tried.
One last thing - they hype up the "brain" shock, which I think is kind of a non-issue. It's a threshold valve, in that you have to have a hit of great enough magnitude to open the suspension. In reality, I don't think this feature is far better than on other bikes. Buy this bike because of the ride and confidence, not because of the brain shock.
a Cross Country Rider
from Denver, CO
Date Reviewed: October 22, 2008
Strengths: the brain front and rear is an incredible shock. The set up takes a little time, but man is it nice. all other components are top of the line. Whether it's geometry or set up or shocks the bike just feels right.
Weaknesses: not crazy about the captain tires. both brain adjusters could be in a more convenient spot
up hill, down hill, small drops, twisty single track it does it all well. The bike makes me more confident, period.
Bike Setup: stock for now, might upgrade the tires next Spring
a Cross Country Rider
from Sandy, UT
Date Reviewed: September 29, 2008
Strengths: I like the geometry of this bike. It is a little more laid back than a typical xc bike, yet it climbs like a goat. Like the brain once I figured it out, I hate fiddling with lockouts.
Weaknesses: The front wheel tacoed on my second ride going off a small drop (18"). White Pine took good care of me and the new rebuilt wheel has been bomber.
This bike is perfect for Wasatch Front riding, where you have to earn it to burn it. Feels great on the uphills, yet comfy on the down. My bike weighed 25LB with pedals in a large frame, which is a really nice weight for a bike this plush.
Similar Products Used: Cannodale Rush, Gary Fisher Hi-Fi
Bike Setup: Stock
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: July 27, 2008
Strengths: Everything so far. I have a large frame version and am 6 foot - feels natural to ride. Took a little time to get used to all the available adjustments one can make to the forks (low, medium, high; soft, hard) and rear suspension but when set up right it rides exceptionally well! Full confidence in speedy descents and takes foot high 'steps' at speed (i.e., 35-40 mph) without me thinking twice about. Ascents are no problem either with forks adjusted. Only fell off once when bike dug into patch of really soft sand (but what bike doesn't I guess!).
Weaknesses: Line leading from rear shock to the brain fade prone to rubbing by rear wheel. The line eventually went on mine but whole unit was replaced under warranty. I made sure that the line of the new unit was nowhere near the wheel by using another tie and I readjusted the position (angle) of the brain fade itself to give me more line to play with. Works so far.
Excellent ride and handling. Get one if you can afford it, and if you do, watch out for that rear tyre rubbing the hydraulic line of the rear suspension.
Bike Setup: Standard. I added Specialized nylon bar-ends and work perfectly for climbing, and rear suspension 'mudguard'. Will opt for some detachable front and rear mudguards at some stage.
a Cross Country Rider
from Carefree, USA
Date Reviewed: March 3, 2008
Strengths: The Fox Talas RLC fork and the Brain rear shock make for a great stable platform ride - pedaling is smooth and efficient on uphills and the suspension soaks up all the bumpy stuff. This bike climbs as fast as my old Titus Racer-X but has 40mm more travel and blows it away on the downhills. Handling is crisp and sure. Awesome bike for long distance rides and races.
Weaknesses: After 100 miles or so, the chain skipped on the rear cogs when the rear wheel hit a med.-large sized bump while I was pedaling. Replaced the SRAM chain with Shimano and cured the problem.
Light, fast, great handling, comfortable. Expensive, but worth it.
Strengths: Everything about this bike is great! It has all the parts that I would pick when making a custom bike. It does everything right from the way it handles great at high speeds, automatically corrects for front tire slides when blasting through turns, as well as being a great climber. I like it plush, so I have the brain fully dialed down, but with the awesome "horst link" design suspension, it doesn't need a pro-pedal platform. For a plush setup, I recommend running the air pressure down in the shock and fork so that you get close to full travel on every ride. Put a zip tie on the fork to measure fork travel.
Weaknesses: The tires both had sidewall slits from rocks after a few rides.
This is the best all around bike I have ever ridden. It does everything right, with parts that are going to last a long time! I like things light, but the XT cogs will last longer that the XTR cogs that I went through on my last bike. By the way, Specialized warranties the frame for life. Also, after reading about the newly redesigned 2008 Stumpjumper Carbon, I am glad that I have a 2007!
Similar Products Used: I've been riding since 1994, so I've ridden all kinds of bikes. This is the best all around bike I have ever ridden!
Bike Setup: I like the WTB saddle comfort, so I swapped on my old WTB saddle after one ride. I go for long uphill rides, so went with bar-ends to get multiple hand positions and allow myselt to stretch out more.