Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Pro Carbon Mountain Bike Review
The Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Pro Carbon allows you to enjoy a full suspension, carbon framed mountain bike without paying top dollar for the range leading model. It still packs in most of the same equipment and a pretty close approximation of the high end performance, letting you roll quickly across the flat and scale climbs at speed while the shocks are ready to kick in as soon as you face bigger hits during downhill runs. Specialized has managed to achieve an impressive degree of adjustability and customisation throughout the construction of this bike, so serious enthusiasts will be able to tweak and fiddle to their heart’s content until it is perfectly poised to suit their body size and riding preferences.
The FACT 9m carbon frame is very light, although not quite as feathery as its more expensive siblings. It is, however, just as strong and impressively rigid, without being so bone-shaking as to feel uncomfortable over long periods. The rear shock, which is designed by Specialized and then built by Fox, is a bit of a head turner, its Trail Tune intertia valve allowing it to keep everything stiff and stable while you are climbing and then opening up to give the frame the ability to roll with the punches when you are racing down steep descents. The Future Shock on the fork is fully adjustable, providing travel ranging from 115mm to 140mm so you will always feel able to take on whatever is thrown at you by the trail ahead.
Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Pro Carbon Specifications
SRAM X0 gearing is a welcome sight in the Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Pro Carbon’s vital statistics. With silky smooth changes and triggers which combine carbon and aluminium for further weight reduction, there is definitely consistency across the choice of kit. Avid X.0 R SL hydraulic disc brakes continue the trend for lightness and reliability, letting you keep a firm grip on your speed and helping you to recover from potentially tricky situations where other bikes might leave you battered and bruised.
The Roval Control Trail EL wheelset is once again chosen for its lightness and durability, while the pair of S-Works tyres make sure you are always pointing in the right direction and riding at speed, whatever the weather. One of the advantages of choosing a high end bike is that the components are usually easier to maintain and replace, which is why so many aspects of the Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Pro Carbon feature tool-less designs and quick release catches to make bike ownership less hassle.
Whatever you think about the looks of the Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Pro Carbon, you could not call it subdued. Black carbon weave is visible on the down tube and fork while the top tube is finished with a bright gold paint job, detailing that is mirrored on the rims. Some may be a little taken aback by the styling, but it certainly gives personality to a bike which already packs plenty of punch when it comes to performance.