Specialized Stumpjumper M4 Pro 2002 Hardtail

4.72/5 (18 Reviews)
MSRP : $1840.00


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mfDB a Cross Country Rider from Atlanta, GA

Date Reviewed: October 21, 2008

Strengths:    Check out the date of this review...6 years after this bike was made. I bought it in 2003. Strong, fast, reliable. Great in singletrack, great at climbing.

Weaknesses:    Not much. It's noisy. This bike is not made for super steep west coast stuff, but then no x-country bike is.

Bottom Line:   
I've replaced a lot on this bike, mainly the Specialized components and the wheels (its been 6 years), but I've ridden this bike all over the country on all types of trails. I've been riding for 18 years and this is by far my favorite hard tail x-country bike. The SID still works like a charm with thousnds of miles and only 1 full Rock shox overhaul, and a few oil changes. If you see one of these used and want a sweet addition to your family - get it....

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Favorite Trail:   for this bike - tight, fast singletrack

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $850.00

Purchased At:   used

Similar Products Used:   Cannondales, Giants, other Stumpjumpers, Azonic Steelhead,

Bike Setup:   All XTR, Race Face carbon cranks, XT/Sun disc wheel upgrades.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Aubrey Daniels a Racer from Atlanta, GA, USA

Date Reviewed: April 4, 2003

Strengths:    Super light. Acelerates like no other stock bike at this price range.

Weaknesses:    Has a few cheap parts to swap out.

Bottom Line:   
I don't think Specialized makes a stumpjumper pro anymore, and that's too bad. I tested out a lot of bikes before I got this one, and it was hands-down the best. Mavic 517s are really light, just try to get a 36 hole in the back. You can drop half a pound by upgrading your rear hub since it's just a Deore. The Ritchey seatpost sucks and will keep moving your seat more and more nose-up. The fork is light, but there are definately better handling forks. I got mine on clearance, and I'm really glad I did. At 1800 I would be less enthusiastic about it, but for what I paid, this bike is excellent.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Bike Setup:   Still stock, but the upgrades are coming soon.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by HG GH a Cross Country Rider from Idaho Falls, ID

Date Reviewed: December 29, 2002

Strengths:    stiffness, quality, beauty

Weaknesses:    some sqeaking in seatpost

Bottom Line:   
This bike was an odd story because I got it in 2001 when the S-Works was still an M4. I gave the guy notice a couple months early when I was going to buy it and I am pretty sure that he changed out some stuff such as the tires to something that he knew I used more than the Rockster tire. This bike is just absolutly amazing. A hardtail spec'd this well and this stiff for $1200 is unbelievable. The wheels on this bike are great, extremely low weight, beautiful performer. I rode this bike on every kind of trail and every kind of race you can imagine, and my only complaint that I could ever come up with is how stiff it was after riding FS for two years. SID XC is not the stiffest fork ever, but you have to make compromises and the stiff front hub made up for it. I still intend to ride a SID for the rest of eternity. Kudos to Specialized

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Favorite Trail:   any

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   Rock's Cycling and Fitness

Similar Products Used:   everything

Bike Setup:   XTR rear, XT everything else, Ground Control Tires, SID XC Fork, standard Specialized spec

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dude a Cross Country Rider from the land of the Fells

Date Reviewed: October 29, 2002

Strengths:    THIS BIKE KICKS ASS!!! so light and such good specs!!

Weaknesses:    Stock fork weak for anything more than a curb, rear tire clearance

Bottom Line:   
This bike is so responsive it isn't funny!!! It accelerates like a ferrari on steroids. Sure the S-Works stuff isn't great but I have a fox fork! HAHAHAHA 125mm of buttery smooth all american machined metal!!! I got a wicked deal on this bike!!! $1475 with the fox fork!!!! I upgraded for only $75!! Wheel Works rules!!!! they match prices and everything!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Fells, blue hills

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1475.00

Purchased At:   Wheel Works

Similar Products Used:   2003 raleigh M50

Bike Setup:   Specialized stumpy pro panaracers, shimano m545's, and one brand spanking new Fox vanilla 125mm fork!!! BOO YEAH!!!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ian a Racer from Rothesay, New Brunswick, Canada

Date Reviewed: October 18, 2002

Strengths:    everthing

Weaknesses:    cranks suck

Bottom Line:   
this is the fastest race bike. It is so stiff it rips through anthing with ease

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   Darlings Island BIke Shop

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mark a Racer from Chesterton, IN

Date Reviewed: September 10, 2002

Strengths:    Let's start with the heart of the bike, el frame. I must say I love the geometry, the harder you push the bike the better it responds. The stock wheelset is fine for expert racing unless you are a total weight weenie. Most of the stock components are fine, brakes are very nice.

Weaknesses:    Prior to buying this make sure the shop swaps the cranks! The stock cranks felt like wet noodles under my legs (158 lb. expert rider) Come on, on this caliber of a bike I expect more. I swapped for some 2002 XT's and love them. Next, the 2002 SID'S are terrible, I blew 2 seals in 3 weeks, I am currently waiting for my 2003 SID replacement from Rock Shox.

Lastly, the stock tires are the worst I have ever used, only use them for road training.


Bottom Line:   
Sweet ride after some modifications, once I get the 2003 SID I will be back to a light weight XC machine. I currently have a zoch' on it so that added about 1.5 lbs.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1350.00

Similar Products Used:   GT Zaskar, K2 Zed Team

Bike Setup:   All XT/XTR, Chris King headset, Time ATAC carbon pedals, titec bars and stem, Kenda Kharsima Lite tires.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bryan a Cross Country Rider from watertown New York

Date Reviewed: August 10, 2002

Strengths:    damn near everything

Weaknesses:    fork, handlebars

Bottom Line:   
super responsive, lightweight, fast,fast,fast. I somehow managed to blow out the neg. air chamber on the fork after 2 months. I could not stop riding this bike until the fork problem and now i just cant wait to get it back.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   black river adventurers shop

Similar Products Used:   stumpjumper fsr comp (full),exotech comp 4 pro?




Bike Setup:   stock except pedals and i am adding a suspended seat post

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Marc from Ottawa

Date Reviewed: July 29, 2002

Strengths:    Fast, light, durable, very responsive and nimble. Out of the box race-ready!

Weaknesses:    Poorly spec'd minor components at the price. Throw those tires and that seatpost out!!!

Bottom Line:   
Fist things first; it's been a wet season in the Great White North and the spec'd tires lasted 2 rides before I sold them both for $10 to someone who commutes on streets only. Anything more than commuting or riding very consistent and predictable hardpack, you will likely do the same as me. The seatpost is ridiculous (weight, strength etc.), for this bike and so are the pedals and I had both switched before the first ride. I also changed the crank-set due to a preference in length as the 15.5’ bike was spec’d with 170 mm, as opposed to 175 mm. On my older bikes I never had a problem with the Strongarm (II) crank-sets, though I notice better shifting with the XT chainrings.

I am a pretty big fan of the feel of Specialized bikes and their M class frames. In comparison to other bikes I’ve ridden, all of the Big ‘S’s hardtails have expressed excellent trail characteristics suited to my riding style; this bike is no exception. I have confidence throwing the bike down hills and pushing the larger gears. With the immediate power and steering precision, I am able to fly through twisty singletrack or technical rock-gardens where the well prescribed SID SL’s work their magic in keeping the front-end quiet and compliant to subtle steering corrections (and hey, I even use the Climb-it control thingy). The rear delivers good feedback and is stiff without feeling terribly harsh. One thing I have noticed is that there seems to be some lateral movement in the rear when I am pushing up steep climbs which is characterized by brake rub on the left pad. I am not sure whether this is due to frame flex, or the disk-brake-dished rear wheel.

One of the first things I noticed when I rode the bike was the amount of brake fade I had with the Avid brakes. The brakes are just not as punchy or precise as the XTR’s I had on the 2000 S-Works and I am currently replacing the Avids…This is too bad because I had high expectations of their performance.

Overall, this bike kicks butt! If you are looking for a bike that you can push the envelope with, this is it! The M5 was an option for me, but the price and minimal differences between the M5 and the Pro steered me towards the Pro. I could upgrade with what I saved and have a great bike in return. If you can’t upgrade, it is still a well spec’d bike for a hard-core XC rider. However, I wish Specialized would offer a more sensible component package for this price point, as most serious riders would dole out for similar upgrades.
3 burning sausages for value, due to components. 4 burning sausages for overall, due to the outstanding performance of the bike itself.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   Pro Deal

Similar Products Used:   1995 Stumpjumper FS, 1998 S-works, 2000 S-works, 1999 supercaliber, etc.

Bike Setup:   Thompson Seatpost, XTR rapid-rise rearD, Time ATAC Carbon pedals, XT crankset, Panaracer tires, longer stem, shorter bars, XTR V brakes

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Roland a Cross Country Rider from Oosterhout-Nijmegen

Date Reviewed: July 19, 2002

Strengths:    Light -> incredible light ,
A bike which can be driven directly straight from the shop without changing components to make is a star class bike!
Avid TI brakes, Hugi /mavic wheels strong arm all top class products!


Weaknesses:    not found yet
only the price difference between Europe and the states is the only weakness of this bike,
(more than $700) difference is to much! for the same bike.


Bottom Line:   

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Favorite Trail:   Velp/rheden - Groesbeek

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $2400.00

Purchased At:   Reerink Rijwielen Westervoort

Similar Products Used:   Wheeler 9990 easton varilight (driven for 4 years)(7 years ago) in the time between Mongoose VRS5.0 (fully) and now back with a hardtail

Bike Setup:   Standard except,
Handle bar, replaced with Zoom AluCarbon downhill
Replaced XT shifters with GripShift Rocked 9.0 (Shimo I’m sorry about this, there is only one shifter and this shifter is called: Gripshift

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Louis a Racer from Ottawa,Ontario,Canada

Date Reviewed: July 10, 2002

Strengths:    First the frame is pretty light and pretty stiff.Nice high quality components for the price.The geometry is really good.

Weaknesses:    All the specialized parts on doesn't performed as well as they should, they also look like cheap imitation of good quality product like easton

Bottom Line:   
The bike is really a cross-country race bike right out of the box. It handles well in almost any condition.It also climbs like a rocket and goes down as fast too.All that because of a great geometry design.The bike could be even lighter if specialized would put easton handlebar, stem, seatpost instead of their own imitation. But still for the price you have an amazing cross country bike, even if you dont buy any upgrade components parts for it.So it's a really good value .

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale F-1000

Bike Setup:   Stock bike except for Spinergy SPOX wheels and a RaceFace next Lp crankset

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mick a Racer from Sacto, CA

Date Reviewed: June 27, 2002

Strengths:    Got an awesome deal on this bike and left me plenty of money to play with. Upgrades kept the weight about the same but parts make this bike this bike insanely fast and extremely responsive.

Saddle and post were the first to go. Ritchey post is junk (I now use it to pound out headsets), rear tire is scary on anything but hardpack. The tires weren't spec'd for racing, they were spec'd to keep the published weight down.

This is a follow-up review. After 6 months of riding, my opinion of this bike is stronger than ever. I raced it all season long and wound up with a 3rd place finish (got 10th on my last bike). Trust me, it was the bike. It gave me the edge I needed to pass other racers with ease on the uphills and keep up with the full-suspension guys on the downhills. You really will never know how good this bike is until you ride single track. It feels like the bike knows what you are going to do before you do it!

BUY THIS BIKE! If you are fortunate enough to come across a '01, go for it over a '02. '01 is the last year that Specialized built these in the U.S. Stumpjumpers are now manufactured in Taiwan.


Weaknesses:    Stiff, light, beautiful workmanship. Everything that made me decide to buy another stumpjumper hartail and more!

Bottom Line:   
Got an awesome deal on this bike and left me plenty of money to play with. Upgrades kept the weight about the same but parts make this bike this bike insanely fast and extremely responsive.

Saddle and post were the first to go. Ritchey post is junk (I now use it to pound out headsets), rear tire is scary on anything but hardpack. The tires weren't spec'd for racing, they were spec'd to keep the published weight down.

This is a follow-up review. After 6 months of riding, my opinion of this bike is stronger than ever. I raced it all season long and wound up with a 3rd place finish (got 10th on my last bike). Trust me, it was the bike. It gave me the edge I needed to pass other racers with ease on the uphills and keep up with the full-suspension guys on the downhills. You really will never know how good this bike is until you ride single track. It feels like the bike knows what you are going to do before you do it!

BUY THIS BIKE! If you are fortunate enough to come across a '01, go for it over a '02. '01 is the last year that Specialized built these in the U.S. Stumpjumpers are now manufactured in Taiwan.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Similar Products Used:   Headset, seatpost, Rear tire. That's it.

Bike Setup:   Spec'd to the max: SID SL, RF Next LP ISIS cranks, RF Signature XC BB, Black spire 46-34-24 rings, FSA XC 200 stem, King headset, Hugi 240 hubs, thomson seatpost, Fire Pros, WTB Rocket Laser V saddle, Onza bar ends. 23 lbs

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Doug Vaccari a Cross Country Rider from East Cost Rider

Date Reviewed: June 17, 2002

Strengths:    Nice weight,helps on climbs, the SID SL's are the best shocks you can by for XC racing other than the Carbons (which are a rip off),smooth ride

Weaknesses:    Seat post, crank,handle bar is tiny

Bottom Line:   
This bike is made for the rider that wants performance and low weight. Aside from some of the weaknesses I mentioned this bike is worth it. And for all of you looking into a XC racing bike and were considering this or the S-Works I think you should know this. This bike and the S-Works hardtail weigh the same yet the S-Works costs 1,000 more.
GREAT BIKE but not for the guy who's looking for a mountain bike for his kids birthday.

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Favorite Trail:   Anything and everything

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1840.00

Purchased At:   Dave's Cycle's

Similar Products Used:   Gary Fisher SuperCaliber,Trek 9.8 Elite

Bike Setup:   I put Bontrager Racelite Tubless wheels on, upgraded the XT hardware to XTR, put on a thomson seat post.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Gari a Cross Country Rider from Bath, UK

Date Reviewed: June 12, 2002

Strengths:    Light, tight, well-mannered and damn good looking.

Fab 'As-Is' for just jumping on and having a burn ( but see weakness for upgrades). Climbs like a whippet on steroids and is so precise on the twist downs; gives you confidence to really let it rip. I just lurv the SID SL - especially having just relinquished my old stumpy with the Mag 21's - the lockout works like a dream and so easy to reach down and adjust on the fly.
Build quality is what you would expect from Specialized.
Great package.


Weaknesses:    Even after a few months, there have been some niggles.

Lose the bars - like immediately ( I survived only 1 run with them in place) - and put on some decent risers. The stem was ok but nevertheless I have upgraded it to a slightly longer one (for my fit). Next came the cranks. I still have them in place but am on the lookout for a replacement. They work ok and perhaps I am being harsh - but . .. , they look as if they will give up the ghost at a moments notice. Its a confidence thing really.

Final niggle - the seatpost / saddle creaks annoyingly. (Definately not the cranks). Despite tightening I cannot seem to lose it.


Bottom Line:   
Bottom Line - Despite the niggles, I have'nt regretted buying the Pro. I did buy it at half book price though (you couldn't tell it was 2nd hand) but I don't think I would have bought it at full whack.

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Favorite Trail:   That would be telling !

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1085.00

Purchased At:   Private / 2nd Hand (as new)

Similar Products Used:   None really

Bike Setup:   Standard stand-fast the upgrades listed above

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tony a Racer from Portland, Or

Date Reviewed: June 10, 2002

Strengths:    Light, Quick, Livley(sp). This bike just wants to keep going.

Weaknesses:    It didn't help with my lack in skills.
Jury is still out on the SID SL. As far as a 170+lbs rider is concerned..


Bottom Line:   
Like most bikes, This gal needed some of the stock stuff upgraded.
But, oh brother does this bike like to go. I finished my first 15 miles ride on it. But she was not ready to go home yet. So, we switched trails and kept going.
I have never riden anything so, I can't think of a word to describe it. If I had not bailed 5 miles in to the second trail, I would still be riding...

What others say is true, This bike rides it's self.

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Favorite Trail:   Gails Creek

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Employee Purchase

Similar Products Used:   Nothing similar. 96 GT(Huffy) Avalanche. This bike was my baby, I'm sad to see her go.

Bike Setup:   Stock Frame, Fork, Derailures, Brakes. Race Face Next LP cranks, XT wheelset, XT/XTR. Ringle stem, Hell Bent risers..

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Rob a Cross Country Rider from London, UK

Date Reviewed: May 15, 2002

Strengths:    Very Light
Frame feels great
Superb SID SL Forks - Lockout quick + easy to use on the fly, great adjustability and most of all plush and responsive out on the trail.
Well specced Wheels + Brakes
Looks the part


Weaknesses:    Frame and Forks flex, flex ,flex - the penalty you pay to save weight
Have reservations about cost-cutting in-house seat-post, stem and bars and especially chainset...
Not impressed with headset
Bars light, but too short - would replace with a long riser bar
Not amazing value - would not have considered at full retail price.


Bottom Line:   
Very fast bike - almost rides itself!

I Swapped the wheels and brakes immediately, so don't know the full story, but with my current setup the bike works amazingly. However, the SID SLs are extremely flexy and the disc brakes magnify greatly how this influences the performance of the bike under breaking. I have also noticed that the frame flexes laterally to such a degree that the chain rubs the front mech when very high loads are applied to the pedals - having said this, it does not affect the performance of the bike in any significant way and the frame feels great and stiff out on the trail...

Overall, a great bike that can probably take a good beating and yet still be light enough to win races... If you're going to race, get it - but if you're not then you don't need it - sacrifice a few pounds of weight and get a bike with a stiffer frame and forks.

But...
Specialized have once again employed their strategy (most evident on cheaper bikes) of attracting naive customers by putting high spec derailleurs, forks, wheels and brakes and less impressive minor components on the bikes on the basis that most people won't look at the whole picture and just look at the high spec major components.... which, I suppose, is what all the major manufacturers do to some extent ...

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Favorite Trail:   Hemsedal, Norway

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   Evans Cycles, London UK (employee)

Similar Products Used:   Trek 6000 w/marzocchi Z4s
Marin Palisades trail


Bike Setup:   Mavic x317s on Hope xc hubs.
Hope mini disc brakes

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