Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper FSR Carbon Mountain Bike Review
The Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper FSR Carbon is a mountain bike designed to tackle every aspect of the trail ahead, from tough climbs to punishing descents. Its carbon frame makes it light and nimble while its full suspension setup allows for enough stiffness on uphill slogs whilst ironing out bumps and soaking up impacts on downhill runs. This range-topping functionality is not going to be cheap, but if you want the kind of performance which professionals seek from their cycles, then this model is willing to give you a taste.
The big news with the Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper FSR Carbon is that this year, the partnership with Fox on the Brain shock at the rear has really come to fruition. You can alter the suspension so that when on the flat and rocky ground, you will be able to put your foot down and accelerate without rocking the suspension and losing some of your energy while on descents it comes into action, dampening the damage dealt by hard bumps and letting you go faster than you might normally be happy with. When the time comes to tackle a climb and then alter the suspension as you look for the best downward course, you will feel that the bike is totally at home with making the transition smoothly, so it is a great all-rounder which never feels like a jack of all trades.
Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper FSR Carbon Specifications
The Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper FSR Carbon uses the same SRAM XX equipment for the gearing as it has done in previous years and this is still a sensible choice. Shifting feels faultless and reliability is assured. Avid Elixir XX R hydraulic disc brakes are some of the best around and will bite as hard or gently as you wish, with carbon levers housed in a magnesium body letting you manipulate them effectively while the weight is kept to a minimum.
All the hard work that has gone into keeping the Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper FSR Carbon light as a feather is continued at the wheels. Roval Control Trail components match with an S-Works Purgatory tyre at the front and the equivalent The Captain Control at the rear. Not only are the tyres fast rolling, but they are also grippy enough to keep you planted on the earth, no matter how moist the conditions. Whether dust or dirt faces you on the trail, the Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper FSR Carbon is able to stand up and be counted.
There is no denying the visual clout of the Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper FSR Carbon. Its carbon frame is allowed to show itself, while red detailing on the top tube and rims makes it easier to pick out. The chunky Brain shock and the Specialized Future Shock fork are always on display so that the competition is in no doubt as to the capabilities of your bike. Arguably, you need to be a capable rider yourself in order to get the most out of this model, but those with the skills to pay the bills will be happy to invest in the Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper FSR Carbon.