Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp Carbon Mountain Bike

Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp Carbon Mountain Bike Review

The Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp Carbon lets you get a taste of the super light carbon frame action which is available on the range-topping full-sus Stumpies, while cutting down the costs in other areas with more modest equipment which is nevertheless more than adequate for a mountain bike of this calibre. Like its stable mates, this bike is designed to go up, down and across any terrain you can find without breaking a sweat or taking damage. If you want a bike which is as happy on downhill dashes as it is on all day rides, then give the Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp Carbon its time in the spotlight.

The frame of the Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp Carbon follows the same design as other carbon-based bikes in this range. You get a FACT 9m carbon front triangle and an M5 aluminium rear triangle, which allows for the weight to be kept to a minimum while the rear stiffness is redoubled, helping you to conquer tough climbs with powerful pedalling. The Fox Triad II rear shock is not quite in the same league as the Brain shock you get on other FSR Stumpjumpers, but with three distinct settings that can be switched between in real time, it still has pretty impressive credentials to bring to the party. The RockShox Revelation RL fork gives you the 140mm of travel that you need to take the big hits and come out smiling on the other side.

Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp Carbon Specifications

The hydraulic disc brakes on the Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp Carbon are from the Avid Elixir R range, but like several aspects of the bike, they have been tweaked by the manufacturer to make sure that they are in tip top condition for the kind of ride the bike provides. You can jam on the anchors with confidence that they will bite and bring you to a stop, while precision in controlling your speed downhill and in corners is also part and parcel of the performance.

SRAM gearing is also given the Specialized customisation treatment, ensuring that there is no extra weight onboard that does not need to be present. The DT Swiss X420SL rims get kitted out with a fast rolling set of tyres, making the bike very adept when it comes to handling dry, dusty, bumpy conditions at high speed. The quickness of the Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp Carbon may well surprise those who have never tried out this range before, because it is able to remain stiff where other full-sus bikes can sag and leave you pedalling hard and not seeing the results you need.

The bright red frame with black detailing help the Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp Carbon make a name for itself in the looks department. Anyone with an eye for quality will be pleased with the workmanship on display and the bike is sure to keep on taking the hits and tackling the trails for many years, without too much upkeep to slow you down.

Model: Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp
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