Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Expert Evo Mountain Bike Review
The interesting thing about the Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Expert Evo is the final word in its impressively comprehensive title. The Evo mark is one applied by Specialized to bikes which have been specially tweaked and customised to give them a bespoke feel which riders might seek to craft themselves. The results are impressive, with more travel, bigger tyres and revised geometry all making it a lot more exciting to ride than the already stellar base model.
The foundation of the Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Expert Evo is the alloy frame with that all-important EVO geometry. It has been modified to the point where it almost feels like it could be categorised as a dedicated downhill racer, but it is far more versatile than that might suggest. For one thing, its weight is actually low enough to make sure it will not be a burden over lengthy sessions on the trail.
Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Expert Evo Specifications
150mm of travel is provided by the fork and rear shock, both of which come from Fox. There is a boost valve and adjustable settings on the rear shock, allowing you to pick one for climbing and then choose from two alternatives when you are heading downhill. Some riders may not want to make full use of these on-the-fly adjustments, but those who want a firmer ride on the flat and on climbs will definitely find a lot to like in this respect.
The Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Expert Evo continues to go above and beyond the expectations of those familiar with the rest of the range when it comes to equipment. The SRAM carbon chainset and gears is matched with Avid Elixir R hydraulic brakes which are once more fully modified by the Specialized team to squeeze out even more appropriate performance from the bike. The Roval Traverse AL rims and DT Swiss spokes add to the bike’s stiffness, compensating for any sag which may occur at inappropriate times, no matter how minor. S-Works Purgatory tyres may be confusingly named but they definitely get the job done, biting down hard when required and giving you enough capacity to come down slopes at a fair pace with confidence.
The Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Expert Evo is a mountain bike which does not mess about when it comes to looks. The bottom half is mostly black, with red detailing on the rims, while towards the top there is yet more red, making it look as close to Kit from Knight Rider as it is possible for a full-sus bike to get. The great clearance and fine finish of the frame gives it a noble pose when viewed side-on and every element has been added with care.
The Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Expert Evo lets users who are dissatisfied with the bog standard model enjoy the custom experience without having to get their hands dirty. Of course for some, the tweaking and tuning is all part of the fun, but Specialized lets pick whichever path makes you comfortable.