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  1. The Specialized Stumpjumper FSR 6Fattie pushes the evolution a step further by introducing the plus sized wheel and tyre format to this iconic model. Our long term test bike is the Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Expert Carbon 6Fattie. The build Looking at the Stumpjumper FSR range as a whole it fits firmly in the trail bike category, offering 135 to 150 millimeters of rear travel depending on the wheel size. It is available in standard 650b, 29 inch and 650b+ or “6Fattie” versions, with the standard 650b the only of the three sporting the 150 millimetres of travel in the rear.The Stumpjumper FSR Expert Carbon 6Fattie features a carbon front triangle with an alloy rear end. As you move further up the price tiers that M5 alloy rear is swapped out for carbon. The carbon chassis includes the Specialized SWAT door for ultra-convenient storage of your spare tube and a few tools within the down tube. It’s an ingenious use of space to free up pockets, backpacks or rid your bike of that awkward saddle bag. The Expert Carbon 6Fattie has a rock solid component lineup, arguably heroed by the RockShox Pike RC 29/27.5+ providing 150 millimeters of dependable travel up front. At the rear, a RockShox Monarch RT3 sporting AUTOSAG supplies 135 millimeters of travel. The wheels comprise of Roval Traverse 650 alloy rims laced to Roval hubs front and rear, in Boost 110 millimeter and Boost 148 millimeter sizing respectively. The rims are wrapped in the voluminous Specialized Purgatory GRID 3.0 tyres.A mash-up of SRAM GX shifters, a SRAM X1 rear derailleur, and RaceFace Aeffect crankset provide a dependable no-nonsense drivetrain that won’t require a re-mortgage to replace. No doubt many will be asking “but what about Eagle?”. For 2018, the Expert Stumpjumper is equipped with SRAM Eagle GX while the Comp model still sports eleven-speed GX. SRAM Guide R brake levers paired with Guide S4 4-piston calipers provide ample stopping power. Rounding out the build, the cockpit and contact points are all catered for in-house. A Specialized Trail alloy bar and stem combo make for a suitably wide and short cockpit with 750 millimeter bars bolted to a 60mm stem. The Specialized Command Post dropper and Specialized Henge Comp 143mm saddle creates a comfortable perch with a 12-position adjustment through 125mm of dropper post travel.It’s worth noting that the 29 inch and 6Fattie variants are identical in their geometry. Swop out the 650b+ wheels for a set of boost 29” hoops and we’re rolling on a Stumpjumper FSR Expert Carbon 29. Stumpjumper FSR Expert Carbon 6Fattie specifications FrameFull Carbon Front Triangle, Full CaFACT 9m, carbon front chassis, M5 alloy rear end, Trail Geometry, SWAT Door integration, PF30 BB, fully enclosed internal cable routing, ManFu link, 12x148mm dropouts, sealed cartridge bearing pivots, replaceable derailleur hanger, 135mm of travelForkRockShox Pike RC 29/27.5+, Solo Air, compression and rebound adjust, tapered steerer, 15x110mm Maxle Stealth thru-axle, 51mm offset, 150mm travelRear ShockRockShox Monarch RT3, Rx Trail Tune, AUTOSAG, rebound and 3-position compression adjust, 197x48mmCranksetRaceFace Aeffect, 6000-series alloy, 24mm spindle, 52mm chainline, 28TBottom BracketShimano BB-MT800 PressfitFront DerailleurN/ARear DerailleurSRAM X1 Type 2.1, 11-speedShifterSRAM GX, 11-speed, triggerFront BrakeSRAM Guide R, hydraulic disc, organic pads, Guide S4 4-piston caliper, 200/180mm rotorRear BrakeSRAM Guide R, hydraulic disc, organic pads, Guide S4 4-piston caliper, 180/160mm rotorCassetteSRAM XG-1150, 11-speed, 10-42tChainSRAM PC-1110, 11-speed w/PowerLinkPedalsN/ARimsRoval Traverse 650, hookless alloy, 29mm inner width, 24/28h, tubeless readySpokesDT Swiss RevolutionFront HubRoval Traverse, sealed cartridge bearings, 15mm thru-axle, 110mm spacing, 24hRear HubRoval Traverse, DT Swiss internals, sealed cartridge bearings, SRAM XD driver body, 12mm thru-axle, 148mm spacing, 28hTiresPurgatory, GRID casing, 650bx3.0", 60TPI, Aramid folding bead, 2Bliss ReadyHandlebarsSpecialized Trail, 7050 alloy, 8-degree backsweep, 6-degree upsweep, 25mm rise, 750mm width, 31.8mmGripsSpecialized Sip Grip, half-waffle, S/M: regular thickness, L/XL: XL thicknessStemSpecialized Trail, 3D forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree riseSeatpostCommand Post IRcc, 12 position micro-height adjustable, alien head design, bottom mount cable routing, remote SRL lever, 30.9mm, S: 100mm, M/L/XL: 125mm travelSaddleBody Geometry Henge Comp, hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm On the trail There are a certain set of expectations created when you mention anything plus or quasi-fat in mountain bike terms. Bigger tyres usually mean stability, better traction and improved capability, but often at the expense of weight, precision and feel. While Plus size in general is intended to hit the sweet spot between fat and standard, delivering the best of both, we were curious to see how the 6Fattie would fare. On its very first outing at my trusty local Tokai trails, the Stumpjumper 6Fattie delivered smiles in spades and shattered some of my early expectations. As a trail bike, it naturally excelled on the twisty technical stuff and, if Strava PRs were a measure of a bike’s worth, the fistful of new PRs served as an early indicator that this is a goodie. I quickly found a new excitement for trails and I was instantly able to shave seconds off and comfortably sail through technical switchbacks that I’d usually awkwardly fumble. What makes a Plus bike? While there’s no firmly agreed standard on what defines a Plus bike, the prevailing wisdom is that it’s a tyre of between 2.8 and 3.25 inches, typically paired with a rim in the 30 to 50mm internal width range. Beyond that and you’d risk being called fat. Any smaller and you’re just, well, standard. I had anticipated lumbering climbs up thanks to the “bigger boned” construction and trail geometry. At 13.85 kilograms sans pedals this particular 6Fattie is not all too heavy as far as trail bikes go, especially considering the mid-range build and alloy rear end, not to mention the plus tyres. The distinctly upright and comfortable riding position along with generous gearing make for easy climbing. You do feel the bulkier tyres on the ups and flats, but the added stability and traction over uneven terrain largely offsets any losses from rolling resistance and mass. At slower speeds through flat, obstacle-laden singletrack the broader tyres provide a very forgiving ride. You’re able to roll over roots or rocks with greater ease and the tyres hang onto every bit of grip they can find. The added stability also helps in slow speed, technical turns and switchbacks. I did struggle with frequent pedal strikes initially due to the relatively low bottom bracket, but after a few rides I gained a better sense of the limits. As the trails point down you immediately feel that the bike wants to go. The rolling mass of the tyres create a sensation of speed and although not the quickest to accelerate, once going the bike carries momentum well. It stops promptly too thanks to the larger contact patch and 4-piston calipers. At higher speeds, the tyre pressure does become critical to the performance and needs to be carefully matched to the terrain and rider. Set the tyre pressure too hard and the bike behaves more like a pinball through rock gardens, but too soft on hard packed flowy surfaces and you’ll note a definite wafty squish through berms. There’s a bit of a goldilocks approach to getting this just right and after some trial and error at both extremes, I soon found the sweet spot for my weight and riding conditions. It will vary based on your weight and trail conditions, but at 75kg I found a range of 16 to 18psi to work well, with the front on the lower end and rear higher end of that range. One of the biggest pluses for me was the boost to my confidence on the trail. I don’t proclaim to be a hardened trail shredder, but the 6Fattie had me biting at features I’d usually chicken run and pointing down lines I wouldn’t typically dare. As I grew more comfortable with the bike’s capabilities I pushed it (and myself) that bit further. The only downside was that this new found faux confidence was carried over to other less forgiving bikes at the expense of some skin and dignity. While it’s by no means a replacement for skills, the 6Fattie does add a layer of confidence thanks to its impressive stability. Towards the latter part of the testing, I had the opportunity to try the Stumpjumper 6Fattie out in 29er mode. With some loaner cSixx Carbon hoops the Stumpy shed some rubber and weight. With some “normal” tyres there was a definite improvement in the responsiveness thanks to the lighter wheels and tyres. Additionally, the tyre pressure sensitivity I’d experienced with the 6Fattie tyres was now a non-issue. Overall it felt good, but after a couple of rides, I was somehow left underwhelmed. At the time I couldn’t quite put my finger on what I didn’t love about the 29ers, but in reviewing what I enjoyed about the plus format it was obvious. Reverting back to skinnier tyres took the security and dependability I’d come to expect away, and with it, my new found confidence fizzled. Suddenly I was jittery, unsure and uneasy. There is a tradeoff in ride feel with the fatter tires which can be a bit vague and the more technically adept may prefer the distinct feedback from slimmer tyres. For me it was that “throw me at anything” factor of the 6Fattie which produced the smiles. Conclusion All considered the Specialized Stumpjumper FSR 6Fattie is an incredibly fun and rewarding bike to ride. For a newbie to mid-level rider seeking a playful and confidence giving trail bike the 6Fattie is well worth a test ride. More experienced riders may favour more precision and steer away from the 6Fattie option in favour of the 29” or 650b. ProsLarge volume tyre creates stability and inspires confidence Excellent grip and braking performance SWAT storage neatly stashes your spares Versatility of 650b+ or 29” wheel options ConsSome added weight of the bigger tyres and alu rear end Tyre pressure setup leaves little room for error Low bottom bracket does mean more pedal strikes Find out more: To learn more about the Stumpjumper FSR Expert Carbon 6Fattie and other Specialized bikes, visit the Specialized website here.You can also follow the latest news from Specialized on the following channels: Facebook - Specialized Bicycles South Africa Twitter - @SpecializedZA Instagram - @SpecializedZA
  2. Apologies in advance if someone has asked this at some point, I did search the forums. I have a 2016 Specialized Camber and a 2016 Stumpjumper. The Camber has a "Brain" shock, the Stumpy has a non-brain shock. I prefer my Stumpy's rear shock, actually I prefer my Stumpy's whole shock setup to the Camber (it's fun). I'd like to be able to experiment with different shocks, but everything on the local second-hand market seems to have a different mount to what's on my Camber. I don't know what this mount is called, but it seems to be *the* standard rear shock mounting system. A website called bikeyoke sells an adapter which allows the use of standard shocks on a 2016 Camber, but these adapters, before shipping and customs duties, are about R 1700 (probably going to be about R 3000 all up as an estimate). Does anyone have any suggestions on an adapter available locally that is this price or less? Am I wasting my time wanting to try out different shock options? Maybe I'm expecting too much of my Camber.
  3. Hi Looking into either a new Stumpjumper Comp Carbon or a Second hand Santa Cruz Hightower C (2017) I have heard great things about both bike, the pricing is fairly similar and the components seem to be the same. So the question I am asking myself is why would I buy the older 2nd hand SC when I can get a brand new Stumpy? Any help would be great. The Santa Cruz is the basic Carbon model.
  4. In the market for a good all round trail bike. My 2 top choices are the santa cruz hightower and the new stumpjumper comp alloy. the stumpjumper is around $3k while the hightower is $1k more. Anyone have any suggestions on which one they prefer?
  5. The 6Fattie will reside primarily with Matt, so expect to see a blur of red shooting down the rockiest lines at Tokai. For those who aren't sure, 6Fattie is Specialized's name for 27.5+ sized wheels. These, in a nutshell, are wider 27.5 rims, run with 2.8 to 3" tyres. In terms of tyre width, this is somewhere between a 5" fat bike tyre and a commonly run 2.3" tyre. The Stumpjumer 6Fattie is also compatible with 29er wheels, and we are really looking forward to swapping out the wheels to see how the wheel size affects the ride. This may be the two-bikes-in-one solution that some riders are looking for: and we can't wait to find out. The Expert Carbon build The Expert Carbon 6Fattie has a Fact 9m carbon frame, including the indescribably handy SWAT door in the down tube of the front triangle and a multitool stowed in the top tube. Squish is supplied by a 150 millimetre Rockshox Pike at the front, and a RockShox Monarch RT3 trail tune shock at the rear. Roval Traverse wheels wrapped in Purgatory 3" tyres provide traction. A RaceFace crank with a 28 tooth chainring powers a SRAM GX and X1 mixed drivetrain with SRAM Guide R stoppers. But why Plus size? The wider tyres provide a greater air volume and therefore more cushioning. They also have a greater contact area, providing huge amounts of grip and stability. With the increased depth that comes with a 27.5+ tyre, the final outer diameter is close to that of a 29er wheel, providing the improved rollover that comes with increased wheel size. On the 6Fattie, this supposidly translates into monster truck capabilities while maintaining agile handling. With this bike, we'll be looking for the gnarliest line on the trail, all in the name of fun. Stumpjumper FSR Expert Carbon 6Fattie specifciations FrameFull Carbon Front Triangle, Full CaFACT 9m, carbon front chassis, M5 alloy rear end, Trail Geometry, SWAT™ Door integration, PF30 BB, fully enclosed internal cable routing, ManFu link, 12x148mm dropouts, sealed cartridge bearing pivots, replaceable derailleur hanger, 135mm of travelForkRockShox Pike RC 29/27.5+, Solo Air, compression and rebound adjust, tapered steerer, 15x110mm Maxle Stealth thru-axle, 51mm offset, 150mm travelRear ShockRockShox Monarch RT3, Rx Trail Tune, AUTOSAG, rebound and 3-position compression adjust, 197x48mmCranksetRaceFace Aeffect, 6000-series alloy, 24mm spindle, 52mm chainline, 28TBottom BracketShimano BB-MT800 PressfitFront DerailleurN/ARear DerailleurSRAM X1 Type 2.1, 11-speedShifterSRAM GX, 11-speed, triggerFront BrakeSRAM Guide R, hydraulic disc, organic pads, Guide S4 4-piston caliper, 200/180mm rotorRear BrakeSRAM Guide R, hydraulic disc, organic pads, Guide S4 4-piston caliper, 180/160mm rotorCassetteSRAM XG-1150, 11-speed, 10-42tChainSRAM PC-1110, 11-speed w/PowerLinkPedalsN/ARimsRoval Traverse 650, hookless alloy, 29mm inner width, 24/28h, tubeless readySpokesDT Swiss RevolutionFront HubRoval Traverse, sealed cartridge bearings, 15mm thru-axle, 110mm spacing, 24hRear HubRoval Traverse, DT Swiss internals, sealed cartridge bearings, SRAM XD driver body, 12mm thru-axle, 148mm spacing, 28hTiresPurgatory, GRID casing, 650bx3.0", 60TPI, Aramid folding bead, 2Bliss ReadyHandlebarsSpecialized Trail, 7050 alloy, 8-degree backsweep, 6-degree upsweep, 25mm rise, 750mm width, 31.8mmGripsSpecialized Sip Grip, half-waffle, S/M: regular thickness, L/XL: XL thicknessStemSpecialized Trail, 3D forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree riseSeatpostCommand Post IRcc, 12 position micro-height adjustable, alien head design, bottom mount cable routing, remote SRL lever, 30.9mm, S: 100mm, M/L/XL: 125mm travelSaddleBody Geometry Henge Comp, hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm Find out more: To learn more about the Stumpjumper FSR Expert Carbon 6Fattie and other Specialized bikes, visit the Specialized website here.You can also follow the latest news from Specialized on the following channels: Facebook - Specialized Bicycles South Africa Twitter - @SpecializedZA Instagram - @SpecializedZA
  6. Next up in our long term test fleet is the Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Expert Carbon 6Fattie. Another absolute stunner, this bike had us taking turns trying to pop a wheelie in the car park. We'll be treating the bike as one of our own for the year: documenting the journey, and ultimately providing an in-depth review like never before. Click here to view the article
  7. Mountain bike enthusiasts taking part in the 2015 FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Events (Adventure, Ride and Race) in November will stand an equal chance to take home either a stunning Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp 6 Fattie for men or a Specialized Rhyme FSR Comp 6 Fattie for women. Click here to view the article
  8. Specialized Stumpjumper Comp 6 Fattie. According to Bianca Grobbelaar, Marketing Manager of Specialized Bicycles Africa, being the bicycle partner of W2W is a success story. “Both brands want to see more people enjoying the lifestyle of riding. At this year’s events we will introduce the 2016 Specialized 6 Fattie platform. The Stumpjumper and Rhyme are both about having fun on the trail. The bike draw will take place during prize giving after Stage Two of each event and will include a complimentary Body Geometry Fit. The winner needs to be present in the marquee to claim his/her prize.” Specialized Rhyme Comp 6 Fattie. “Specialized will also be running a fun social media competition,” continues Grobbelaar. “Included in the W2W goody bags will be a Specialized bike sticker. The stickers will differ depending on the event entered. Riders need to tweet or post a selfie with their bikes and tag @SpecializedZA and @w2wmtb using the hashtag of the event entered (#MyAdventure, #MyRide or #MyRace). The rider that submits the best photograph will win a Specialized hamper to the value of R5000. The hamper will be handed to the winner during prize giving after Stage Two of each event.” Specialized Bicycles Africa will be hosting a Body Geometry Fit Conference in Stellenbosch on Thursday, 26 November 2015. “Body Geometry Fit is the most comprehensive system for connecting bike and rider in perfect harmony,” says Grobbelaar. “Body Geometry Fit is ergonomically designed and scientifically tested to maximize power, endurance and comfort. The conference will be open to the public free of charge. The first 200 people to register online will get a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the developers and founders of Body Geometry Fit, Dr. Andy Pruitt, Dr Roger Minkow and Scott Holz who will be visiting South Africa from the USA and will play host to the conference.” For more information on Body Geometry Fit watch the following video: To register for the conference click on the following link: http://bit.ly/1KPcTlj EVENT INFORMATION: FNB Wines2Whales MTB Events A three day stage MTB race, participants can choose between the fun-filled FNB W2W MTB Adventure, a slightly more relaxed FNB W2W MTB Ride and the action-packed FNB W2W MTB Race. FNB Wines2Whales MTB Adventure: Friday, 30 October 2015 – Sunday, 01 November 2015 FNB Wines2Whales MTB Ride: Monday, 02 November 2015 – Wednesday, 04 November 2015 FNB Wines2Whales MTB Race: Friday, 06 November 2015 – Sunday, 08 November 2015 Like our Facebook page: Wines2Whales / Specialized Bicycles South Africa Follow us on Twitter: @w2wmtb / @SpecializedZA For more information on the FNB Wines2Whales MTB events contact 083 760 3158, e-mail race@wines2whales.co.za, adventure@wines2whales.co.za or ride@wines2whales.co.za or visit www.wines2whales.co.za
  9. And this year, it features revolutionary new technology, like our proprietary Rx Trail shock tune, never before seen, fully integrated SWAT technology, 650b, 6Fattie, and 29er options, ultra-short and nimble chainstays, and an even slacker, trail-eating geometry. Add it all up, and you have a bike that's ready for anything that the trail can throw at it. For all the details, check out the 2016 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR range here.
  10. Mountain biking has come a long way since the Stumpjumper FSR first debuted in 1981, but one thing's stayed the same for decades: The Stumpjumper FSR is the ultimate trail bike. Click here to view the article
  11. Looking to buy a 29er carbon hardtail. Budget is ±R35k. Would like to stick with Shimano shifters. Current options are... A) Scott Scale 920 @ R35,999 B) Specialized Stumpjumper Comp Carbon 29 @ R32,999 C) ? Recommendations/pros/cons? Frame issues? Difficulty to get a warrany replacement? Please keep in mind the budget is around R35k. Please also state why you recommend it over A and B. Price? Better carbon? Better groupset? Lighter? Cheaper? Warranty? etc.
  12. Hi Guys, They broke into our shop last week and stole 7 bikes. They were last seen for sale in Pretoria, Rooihuis Kraal. The bikes were moved before the police could track them down though. These were the stolen bikes with serial numbers: 2015 Stumpjumper FSR Carbon WSBC604048083J 2015 Epic Elite carbon WSBC604014917J 2015 Camber Expert Carbon WSBC614803018J 2015 Camber Comp Carbon WSBC614802962J 2015 Tarmac Pro Race WSBC604044884J 2015 Fatboy Pro WSBC602150616J 2014 GT Zaskar 9R 100 expert large Please contact us with any info at sales@bellscycling.co.za or gawie@bellscycling.co.za or 013 757 0920 Thanks
  13. Hi guys, Been riding jonkers pretty often with huge success on my stumpy. Just doing some digging and am trying to find out how much larger one could go on the stumpy fsr travel wise? The standard Revelation does the job well however in the near future I will be looking into more travel for my stumpy. Any forks worth looking at now? Dawels
  14. Hi guys, Basically I have about 40k to spend on a new 29er. Ill be riding trails and hopefully get my skill set up for some decent enduro tracks and jumps. What bike will be better suited? I know the Stumpjumper has more travel than the PYGA and is a trail bike. The PYGA on the other hand is an 'aggressive' XC bike. I have tested the S WORKS stumpy and it felt amazing and have only heard good things about the PYGA. How does the PYGA make up for the lack of travel etc? Regards David
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