TESTED: 2016 Specialized StumpJumper Comp

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If there was a definition in the dictionary for the StumpJumper, it would be; ultimate trail bike!

The StumpJumper was one of the first bikes that got Specialized on the map. It has won countless races, so the engineers of the StumpJumper have major experience in building trail bikes. As the years have passed by, trails have become tougher and harsher, but then again, so has the StumpJumper!

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The Tech:

Using Specialized’s classic frame design of a slacker head tube and a wider wheelbase, has made the geometry of the frame more upright and sturdy. The front triangle of the frame is constructed with FACT 9mm carbon fibre, with the ever useful integrated S.W.A.T Door. The alloy rear triangle with the solid FSR linkage to the swing-arm, does give the bike a more, heavier feel. However, the air sprung RockShox Revelation contemplates for that weight. The FOX Float CTD Evolution Series performed extremely well, it is very responsive and never disappointed us on the trail. Both shocks offer 3-positions to switch into, and with the remotely controlled Command IRcc dropper post, you truly feel confident on the bike.

 

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Specialized used Sram for the cassette, chain and crank-set, with the Sram X7 front derailleur. This is a perfect combination of components for the 2×10 drivetrain, providing accurate shifting from the Shimano SLX shifters.

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The Ride:

Trail bikes are not about weight. They are about shear fun. Specialized knows this. This is why they’ve used components that are centred around making the bike more enjoyable.

The bike is quite hefty to drag uphill, but extremely fast and sturdy on the descents. The weight really doesn’t matter; in fact, it actually helps you to stay stable on technical ascents.

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Specialized’s Trail 29 Geometry allows you to sit pretty comfortably on the bike. Having a more upright position allows you to control the bike more, therefore keeping you going faster. Railing berms are just so much fun on the StumpJumper, thanks to the grippy tyres and Roval rims. Plus, you almost never run out of suspension travel because of 140mm travel in the front and 135mm of travel in the rear. The shocks are customizable with adjustable dampers and reflex adjusters. You can either set the shocks on open, slow compression or that in between setting, where they’re not too springy or stiff. There is never a dull moment with this bike, “trust me, I know!”

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Verdict:

At R54999 for the StumpJumper FSR Comp Carbon, you’re getting quality for a fair price. Like we’ve just explained, this bike rides like a dream; you feel like a pro. You feel naturally confident on this bike, and with tech that is just so plush and can handle the rush, you’ll be the dominator!

So, do yourself a favour and pair yourself up with the ultimate trail bike; the StumpJumper!

Credits: Special thanks to the guys at TygerBerg Cycles for helping to make this happen. You can purchase your StumpJumper at their store or just stop by to have a chat with Mike(the owner), he’s got a pretty neat story himself to tell!

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Joel Meintjes

Joel Meintjes

Joel's goal is to help you become an expert in the field of cycling. He has helped many riders decide on buying new bikes and coached a handful of young aspiring riders. He's been on the bike and on the roll since 2013, and has gained bucket's full of knowledge from his tinkering with bicycles.

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