Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Expert Carbon Mountain Bike Review
The Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Expert Carbon builds on the already impressive full-sus Stumpjumper setup, adding in a light and strong carbon frame and a host of extra goodies which all go towards cutting down the weight and enhancing its reputation as an all-rounder, ideal for trails of any difficulty.
While the big hits delivered on descents will be amply absorbed by its shocks, the real surprise comes during climbs, when you will find the bike to be stiff and agile, letting you power upwards rather than relying on smoother pedalling to get you through. This is made possible thanks to the Brain rear shock and the adjustable Fox fork. The rear suspension has a Trail Tune intertia valve which means that the shock will not come into action unnecessarily in a manner which might sap your power on climbs. Meanwhile, the fork can be adjusted to provide between 110mm and 140mm of travel, more than enough to compensate for rocky terrain and big jumps.
Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Expert Carbon Specifications
The race-ready geometry of the FACT 9m carbon frame makes it easy to get decent clearance, while the aluminium rear triangle enhances the firmness of the frame whilst still sticking with the lightness requirements that guide the rest of the bike’s construction. The geometry is particularly well adapted to descents, which has led some to label it as a downhill bike that is a few steps away from being entirely focused on this activity. Of course the Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Expert Carbon provides much more than downhill thrills, but this is certainly the area in which it excels the most.
SRAM and Shimano components make up the gearing of the Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Expert Carbon, which should give you confidence in the reliability of the bike’s core equipment. Avid Elixir R CR SL hydraulic disc brakes are what you would expect to see on this kind of mountain bike, but Specialized has gone beyond the call of duty in order to customise these brakes and make them an even better fit. You get alloy levers rather than the carbon units which are affixed to its more expensive cousins, but the increase in weight will hardly put you off when you consider the savings that are to be made.
Specialized has used the Roval Control Trail range for the wheelsets of all the new FSR Stumpjumpers this year and there is nothing to complain about in this respect. The featherlight rims are also tough enough to stand up to the knocks which will be delivered by the landscape and the S-Works Purgatory tyre at the front is combined with the own-brand The Captain Control unit at the rear, giving you all the grip you need but more importantly, allowing you to roll quickly across the terrain to limit the advantage of competing hard tail riders.
The Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Expert Carbon has a simple but effective style, with a white and red paint job on the frame letting it look the part, while the interesting geometry and beefy shocks catch your attention.