Compare-O First Look: Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper FSR EVO 29

29er Enduro Enduro Compare-O 2014

This article is part of the Mtbr’s Enduro Compare-O. See all the stories in this special section here–

World’s oldest mass-produced mountain bike? The Specialized Stumpjumper, 33 years young and still going strong. Sure the 2014 models share little more than a name with their fully rigid predecessors from the early 1980s. But the basic DNA remains the same. This is Specialized’s do-it-all trail taming machine.

All told there are 11 different 2014 Stumpjumper bikes—eight 29er, three 26er, zero 27.5. Prices range from $2,900 to $9,500. Our S-Works Stumpjumper FSR EVO 29 test rig has a $9000 price tag and boatload of alluring features and top-shelf parts spec thanks to the EVO designation, which essentially means it’s a tricked out version of the normal model, outfitted the way Specialized’s employees would want.

In this case that means a 135mm FOX Float CTD factory shock with AUTOSAG and Kashima coating, a 140mm RockShox Pike RCT3 fork, Avid X0 Trail World Cup hydraulic disc brakes with four-piston calipers, and carbon Roval Traverse SL 29 142+ wheels wrapped in tubeless-ready Specialized Butcher and Purgatory Control 29 2.3-inch tires. Can’t argue with any of that, or the bike’s weight, which is a spry 26.16 pounds sans pedals. No doubt this silver-painted rig will shine going up or down, but just how brightly when compared to the competition is the real question.

Spec Highlights

The S-Works Stumpjumper FSR EVO 29er is built with an alloy rear triangle mated to a FACT 9m carbon front triangle. Geometry is slacker than the non-EVO version, with 135mm of rear travel provided by a FOX Float CTD factory shock with AUTOSAG and Kashima coating. Other frame highlights include full-cartridge bearing pivots, a PressFit 30 bottom bracket, and 142mm dropouts.

No argument with drivetrain choice. Our tester is spec’d with SRAM’s brilliant XX1, which means plenty of gears and little fear of dropped chains. Our only niggle is the 32t front chainring choice. We’re not really worried about getting spun out in this bike, so why not spec a 30t or even a 28t, which are far more uphill grinding friendly. The 175mm S-Works OS carbon crank is a beauty and custom designed to interface with the XX1 chainrings.

More top-of-the-mountain spec: RockShox’s 140mm Pike RCT3 29, arguably the most highly regarded trail fork on the market today. In past test sessions on other bikes, we’ve loved the Pike’s plush, bottomless feel, and it’s greater degree of adjustability. Instead of just three setting, you can tweak compression, lockout, rebound and threshold. The 15mm thru-axle should mean greater stiffness and steering precision.

Specialized’s Body Geometry Henge Expert saddle is mounted to a 3-position Specialized Command Post IR with internal cable routing and 125mm of travel. Earlier versions of the Command Post were maintenance headaches, and we’d prefer to see infinite adjustment. But full judgment remains withheld for now.

The S-Works Stumpjumper FSR EVO 29er frame includes room for one bottle cage and an attachment point for Specialized’s SWAT technology EMT tool. There also a chain tool hidden inside the top cap. Let’s hope we don’t have to spend a lot of time using those, but it’s certainly good to know they’re there.

The cockpit is a menagerie of house brand parts, including 750mm wide bars with 10mm of rise, and Specialized’s lightweight, lock-on Sip Grips.

2014 Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper FSR EVO 29 Key Specs
  • Weight: 26.16 (size large)
  • Wheel size: 29 inches
  • Frame Material: Carbon front triangle, alloy rear triangle
  • Travel/Suspension: 140mm Fox Float CTD shock; 140mm RockShox Pike fork
  • Drivetrain: SRAM XX1 1×11; 32t chainring, 10-42 cassette
  • Brakes: Avid XO Trail, 200mm front, 200mm rear
  • Seatpost: Specialized Command Post IR, 3-position with 125mm of travel
  • Wheelset/Tires: Roval Traverse SL 29 carbon/ 2.3” Specialized Butcher Control (front), 2.3” Specialized Purgatory Control (rear)
  • Bars/Stem: Specialized XC mini-riser, alloy, 750mm wide, 10mm rise; Syntace F109, 6-degree rise, 31.8mm clamp
  • Bottom bracket type: Press Fit 30
  • Head tube angle: 68 degrees
  • Seat tube angle: 68.8 actual, 73.5 effective
  • Chainstay length: 17.9 inches
  • Bottom bracket height: 13.2 inches
  • Bike MRSP: $9000
  • Frame MSRP: $4500 (Stumpjumper FSR 29)

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Read our Bottom Line Evaluation of the Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper FSR EVO 29 here.

This story is part of Mtbr’s 2014 Enduro Compare-O. Check out our intro story here for all the ground rules and goings ons.

About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Olympics, Tour de France, MTB world champs, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying life with his wife Lisa and kids Cora and Tommy in and around their home in the MTB Mecca of Crested Butte.

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  • 92gli says:

    Man…They have some giant balls asking 9k for that bike. That frame has had the same basic design for years, and it still has an alloy rear end.

    • Kiev says:

      The normal S-Works 29 (non EVO) version’s had full carbon for quite some time actually, and carbon rims as well. Wouldn’t get one since I’m not into long travel bikes, but frinds of mine have it (the non EVO s-works version) and they’ve told me they like it even better than their ibis and santacruz.

    • Chuck says:

      You never took an economics class, did you? What you’re willing to pay is–surprise–not the same as what someone is wiling to pay. The gripe about “Is it worth X amount” on bike forums is beyond cliche.

  • Brandon says:

    Seriously, $4500 for a frame that’s only half carbon??? I have almost the same frame and they would go for $1800 if specialized even sold aluminum stumpyfsr frames to consumers.
    I think they have lost their minds. Like offering a lifetime warranty on FRAMES and calling the rear triangle part of the suspension so they say it’s not covered under warranty. AND it’s the only aluminum part of the frame in this case, still not covered under warranty on a $5k frame.

  • Roger says:

    $10K bikes marketed for ENDURO. Does anyone Mt. Bike anymore? Mt. Biking is becoming an ELITIST sport!

  • DaveG says:

    Sounds like the MTBR testers needs to grow some legs. A 32 tooth ring and XX1 shouldn’t be a big deal.

  • Greg says:

    Well, I don’t know how the bike handles but the price is just goofy. The frame is over $1,000 more than my 2012 Transition Bandit 29, which came with a pretty decent parts spec. Don’t ever see buying a Specialized.

  • VII says:

    That frame is NOT $4,500! It’s $2,950, and it comes with a dropper post with internal routing and the Kashima shock. A dropper post runs $300. So that frame is priced like all other premium carbon frames.

  • cp says:

    Zero 27.5….wrong [wait til spring:)

  • Kuttermax says:

    Nice bike but price is steep. Niner Rip 9 RDO would seem like a reasonable alternative, although Niner’s XX1 $6499 5-star build kit includes only the Revelation front shock and not the nicer Pike. The Niner kit comes with non-carbon American Classic wheels as well.

  • Loll says:

    You mentioned there is a chain tensioner at the top cap. What top cap are you talking about?

  • Mike says:

    Where is the “compare” in these reviews. They read like one long commercial for these bike companies. Blah.

  • Pete says:

    It may be an expensive bike, but what a bike……. I own one and it is spectacular. I love it. I dont care if i could get i bike that is close for less. I want this one. I know its overpriced, but you get what you pay for. If you cant afford it it is a stupid buy, if you can afford it, its not. I hate to burst some bubbles but expensive bikes are sometimes amazing.

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