Specialized Stumpjumper HT Comp Mountain Bike Review
The Specialized Stumpjumper HT Comp is a respected mountain bike which is first and foremost designed for racing on trails and XC tracks with the best of the rest. If straight line speed and nippy climbing are at the top of your wish list, then this is a bike to consider as its stiff, firm setup and fast rolling wheelset will see you flying across rocky terrain and dusty paths. It is a little less surefooted in the wet, but a simple switch of the tyres will make it a bike for all seasons.
The fully manipulated alloy frame is strong, but its thin tube walls help to cut down on the weight and for the price you will be hard pressed to seek out a lighter alternative. The frame geometry gives away its racing credentials, with its curved top tube adding a hint of attitude to the look of the bike. A RockShox Reba fork provides the stiffness you need to ascend at speed while helping you to compensate for trickier downward trails.
The rest of the equipment for the Specialized Stumpjumper HT Comp is in keeping with its competitive nature. SRAM and Shimano components share the work for the gearing while the stand out addition is arguably the Avid Elixir R SL hydraulic disc brake setup at the front and rear. Big rotors mean big stopping power and the custom levers let you modulate your usage of this potential to your own requirements. Much of the bike feels like it has been carefully created with an eye to catering to the needs of serious riders, so you will know that your money has been well spent.
Specialized Stumpjumper HT Comp Specifications
The DT Swiss Champion spokes and rims are matched with S-Works tyres at the front and rear. This setup is definitely light enough to add to the speedy credentials of the Specialized Stumpjumper HT Comp. The tyres are particularly nippy in the dry and probably about acceptable in the wet, although there is no reason to not have two sets of wheels for arid summers and slippery winters if you are serious about getting the most out of this mountain bike.
The stiff hard tail frame is durable and gives the bike a liveliness that many full-sus bikes of a similar price may lack. Handling is equally lively, although if you were being harsh you might describe it as flighty. The overall performance package on offer here is well beyond what you would expect from a bike this affordable, so any complaints tend to become background noise.
Specialized has not skimped when it comes to the looks of the Stumpjumper HT Comp. Its black and red frame is matched by red detailing on the rims to offset the deep black of the tyres and the fully manipulated M5 alloy tubing shows of the workmanship which has gone into it. All you need to do is find a trail and point it in the right direction to get fun, fast results.