BIKE TEST - SPECIALIZED STUMPJUMPER EVO 650B
Words & Photos: Steve Jones
Specialized have always channeled the Stumpjumper Evo as their go to agro trail bike. This is because the Enduro range of bikes have everything covered when things get slightly more involved. The Stumpy Evo is very much a favourite both in 26 and 29 inch wheel options so it was pretty interesting to get a third wheel size in the mix. We hit the trails pretty quickly on this one, here’s our first thoughts…
OUT OF THE BOX
The Stumpy Evo line of bikes now incorporates this the 650B wheel version. Compare a few geometry numbers for starters (Specialized figures):-
STUMPY EVO 26 – 150/150 travel 1186mm WB/420mm CS/ 335mm BB/67 HA
STUMPY EVO 650 – 155/160 travel 1193mm WB/435mm CS/327mm BB/68 HA
STUMPY EVO 29 – 138/140 travel 1211mm WB/455mm CS/ 335mm BB/ 68 HA
First thoughts are that the Morgan Hill boys have dropped the bottom bracket by a fairish amount yet not altered the head angle compared to the 29 bike. Maybe this is because they foresee riders bolting on a big old Pike as an upgrade. Anyhow its nearly 20mm lower than a Foxy XR (140mm rear with 160mm fork) and maybe the Revelation might not be quite enough on this bike. In terms of other components it’s the usual story of stem being too long so we fitted a 35mm Hope onto the bike, cables need a spot of tidying but otherwise the SRAM mix of X7 and X9 with Shimano braking is all pretty workmanlike.
Having just done a shit load of tests on enduro bikes recently I’m immediately drawing on comparisons to what I’ve been riding, albeit pretty high spec bikes. Then I’m also thinking about the superb Stumpy EVO 29, one of the best trail bikes around but so much less of a brute than the steamrollering Enduro 29. Might this be the bike for riders not prepared to take on the 29 mindset and those realistic enough to know they don’t need a charging 160mm bike?
Click below to see what we thought of it after riding it…