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Specialized enters the mid-wheel size fray with Stumpjumper FSR Expert Carbon EVO 650B

After quietly launching 27.5-inch tires last month, Specialized did the same today with their first Stumpjumper FSR Expert Carbon EVO 650B.

Specialized ended months of speculation by launching their first 27.5-inch-wheeled bike—the Stumpjumper FSR Expert Carbon EVO 650B—on the company’s website today. The last of the major manufacturers to jump on the new wheel size, a launch was anticipated around next month’s Sea Otter Classic festival, but the company appears to have pulled the trigger sooner than later.

While other big players like Giant and Trek made big commitments to 27.5 in their 2014 product introductions at trade shows last year, Specialized preferred to promote their existing 26- and 29-inch offerings rather than jump on the mid-sized bandwagon. Late last month the company added tires to their website, signifying a shift in thinking, which was confirmed when photographs of a 650b Specialized purported to be that of sponsored-athlete Curtis Keene briefly made the rounds last week.

The Stumpjumper FSR Expert Carbon EVO 650B appeared on the company’s website today.

The $6,500 bike looks like a banger with 150mm of rear travel, FOX’s Float CTD Factory Kashima shock with AUTOSAG, a 150mm-travel RockShox Pike RC fork and a SRAM XO1 1×11 drivetrain with custom carbon cranks. It also features Shimano XT brakes, a Roval wheelset and Specialized’s Command Post IR internally routed dropper post.

Though the company has yet to release info on other models it’s a safe bet this is the first of many 27.5ers they’ll roll out this year. Also likely—a line of Roval 27.5-inch aftermarket wheelsets and more models of tires.

About the author: Don Palermini

Chicago-born Don Palermini became a cycling-based life-form in the sixth grade after completing a family road bike tour of his home state. Three years later he bought his first mountain bike to help mitigate the city's pothole-strewn streets, and began exploring the region's unpaved roads and trails. Those rides sparked a much larger journey which includes all manner of bike racing, commuting, on- and off-road bike advocacy, and a 20-plus-year marketing career in the cycling industry that landed him at his current gig with Santa Cruz bicycles. Now residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, his four favorite words in the English language are "breakfast served all day," together in that order.

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  • Reinaldo Moreira says:

    This is the bike I was dreaming of: 27.5, Pike 150, XT brakes, command post!
    No need to upgrade!!

  • Pachinko Johnson says:

    What’s that doodad between the crown steerer and head tube? Are they slapping on a 650 rear end onto a 29 front triangle??!

  • jack says:

    great spec sheet !!!!!, 6400.00 I’ll have to stay on the sideline for now

  • StJoeRider says:

    Thanks Specialized. I just purchased an Expert Carbon EVO in a 26″. I truly thought you were going to stay true to the 26″ wheel??? I noticed you totally dropped them from your lineup and kept the more closer wheel size of the niner. I really had faith in your position on wheel size. Don’t get me wrong. I have a Carve pro and like it for certain conditions. I was really hoping if you were gonna cut one of the three it would be the niner. Go fig!

  • mac says:

    @Pachinko – Looks like an external lower headset. You may be right about the parts bin engineering.

  • Derp says:

    Every time a company comes along with another “me too” product, I think of “Oh Brother Where Art Thou” in the most dimwitted voice I can muster…

    “Well people like that reform. Maybe we should get us some”

  • MP says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised if this turned out to the 29er front with some spacers to make up for lost geo from smaller wheel size. All you need is just a 1.5″ or so of spacers which external lower cup and some other crap seen in the pix would do and you have a brand “new” bike which isn’t all that new. go figure…

  • mrk says:

    Could this signal the death of the 26er aside for DH bikes?

  • GoGo says:

    How much the damn thing weigh?

  • GoGo says:

    And how come you don’t tell us they make an aluminum one for about 1/2 the price?

  • Vanguard. says:

    If the chain stays really are 435mm, I’d rather have the 26″ model instead.

  • Thomas says:

    I have always taken to off-road bikes (mountain biking). So much so that I purchased a 2013 Specialized Camber Comp. But if there it’s something that burns me up its the constant change in metrics. From wheel size to bottom bracket types its always something new. It’s true, engineering makes for more fun our styling, but is there a marketing ploy behind it all?

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