Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Elite Mountain Bike Review
The Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Elite has evolved significantly over the years, along with the rest of the range. It is a full suspension mountain bike with plenty of personality and pretentions to greatness. It is also made a little more affordable than most high end Stumpjumpers thanks to its alloy frame that manages to be light as well as rugged. Its intention is to let you go anywhere and tackle any obstacle with relish, which is a promise that is delivered upon with each new trail you ride.
Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Elite Specifications
The Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Elite uses an M5 manipulated alloy frame attached to a full suspension setup comprised of a pair of Fox manufactured shocks. At the front, the F140 RL fork gives you 140mm of travel as standard, which is just about right for this kind of bike, letting you ride smoothly across uneven ground and helping you take on climbs at speed. The Brain shock at the rear is intended to give the ride a firmness that makes it fast on the flat or during ascents while having the ability to manage the hits you will take when going all out on a downhill run. Given that the alloy frame cuts a hefty chunk off the price when compared with its carbon siblings, the fact that it is only marginally heavier and offers basically the same performance will definitely sit well with budget-conscious off-roaders.
Featuring Shimano and SRAM gearing in conjunction with customised Avid Elixir R SL hydraulic disc brakes, the equipment on the Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Elite is sure to set a smile on your face. For this price bracket it is what you might expect to see, but the fact that Specialized has taken its own hand to the components before sticking them on the bike makes sure that you get the modified feeling that is not available anywhere else.
The Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Elite is shod with DT Swiss X420SL rims and a pair of tyres which come from different product families but complement one another when they are in action. At the front there is the S-Works Purgatory, which Specialized has chosen for most of the Stumpjumber FSR range, while at the rear, there is its own The Captain Control tyre which helps with the climbs whilst still being slick enough to help you burn across dusty trails faster than the competition.
The Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Elite is one of the best looking versions of this bike to date. It is in keeping with all of its siblings, featuring a simple two-tone frame design, which in this case integrates black and white to great effect. There is nothing superfluous and the whole thing looks quietly confident, which is a feeling it intends to inspire in its rider. The Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Elite is the sensible step forward for this venerable range and if you need a bike which will take on any situation with vigour and pace, then give it a look.