The 2013 Stumpjumper is available in 26er and 29er configurations. Travel is 140mm for the 26er and 130mm for the 29er. There also exists the more aggressive Stumpjumper EVO. It has a more descent friendly geometry and travel is at 150mm for the 26er and 135mm for the 29er.
Like the Camber, highlights are:
- Autosag is included on all models
- There’s new M5 aluminum models that offer great value
- Internal Command Post routing
- New Carbon EVO model
- 15 mm thru axle on all models
- Talas is standard on Elite Model and up
- New tires with better traction and rolling resistance
What is the EVO and why does it exist in the Stumpjumper line?
WHAT: 26” and 29” EVO models with more gravity-oriented geo and spec, plus longer travel.
WHY: To accomodate the many riders who appreciated the precise handling prowess of their Stumpjumper FSR, but were modifying them so they could shred more aggresive downhill lines.
HOW: It starts with the EVO geo: a little lower BB for better cornering and a little slacker head angle for more confidence over obstacles or riding steeper sections. This combines with a new link which allowed us to increase the travel to 150mm on the 26” and 135mm on the 29”. The spec includes wider handlebars, bigger tires, a Command Post, and more robust wheels.
We rode the Stumpy EVO carbon on Smith Rock in Bend, Oregon. We chose the 29er version with 135mm of rear travel. The ride had a huge climb in the beginning followed by loose, technical descents. The bike can climb. Despite its big travel, climbing is not an issue at all as it went through the steep parts and loose stuff with little drama. On the descents, it felt agile and planted. It is very similar to the Tallboy LTc but the Stumpy EVO carbon is much better spec’d with 2×10, good tires and some of the best wheels around.
The Stumpy EVO is a confidence inspiring ride and the only big decision is 26er or 29er.
Here’s the Specialized engineers in flight with their Stumpumpers like the Blue Angels