Big brands in our industry tend to play it safe when designing bikes. If a product won’t serve a reasonably wide audience, it might not be worth their time. It’s up to manufacturers like Chromag and Pole to serve our sport’s lunatic fringe. But every once in a while, one of the ‘big three’ will throw a curve ball out of left field. And that’s especially odd because I don’t think outfielders throw curve balls.
But last year, Specialized tossed out a humdinger called the Stumpjumper Evo. It’s a 140-millimeter rear-travel, 150-front-travel, 63.5-degree head angle, reduced-offset-fork, long-chainstay beast that came in just two sizes. And those sizes follow the conventions of downhill, dirt-jump and BMX bikes in that they vary in length, not height. Both the ‘S2’ and ‘S3’ sizes have the same seat tube length, but one is about an inch longer than the other.
Oh, and at launch, they were only available in one build kit and only in aluminum. Maybe the big red S saw enough of an audience for the Stumpy Evo to produce an alloy version, but wasn’t about to commit to tooling up for a carbon version. Apparently that changed, and today we’re stoked to bring you the news of the Stumpjumper Pro Carbon Evo. It’s got the same progressive geometry numbers as the alloy, still available in both 29- and 27.5-inch versions, but now has a carbon front triangle, chainstay and seatstay. It also jumps up to a GX Eagle drivetrain, Grip2 damper, Fox DHX2 coil shock and 30-millimeter Roval carbon wheels. The whole package goes for $6,600.
We’ve got a full review coming soon, but in the meantime, here’s a teaser we put together with local shredder Spencer Rathkamp.