The Stumpjumper ST replaces the Camber in the Specialized line-up. While it’s more than capable on the rough stuff, it’s most at home on the less extreme trails. The new frame design means it pedals with the efficiency expected of a light weight 100-120mm bike. When things get twisty or technical, the ST offers much more traction and descending prowess than your typical XC bike with 130mm travel front and rear in the 27.5” model or 130mm front and 120mm rear paired with 29” wheels. This model suits a rider who enjoys a little bit of everything or an adventurous XC-type rider who doesn’t mind sacrificing a tiny bit of weight for a dramatic lift in trail riding ability and a feeling of control. This may just make you faster and more efficient in an event scenario as well. It’s a lot less bike to manoeuvre on the trails than the longer travel model and the nimble handling certainly stood out. Of all the bikes I rode, this was the one where I felt most in control; a combination of the smaller overall size upping maneuverability, the way it encouraged more sensible line choices and riding style and, on the model pictured, the women’s spec. This includes a suspension tune optimised for getting a full, usable amount of travel at lower air pressures, 750mm (vs 780mm) bars and a women’s Myth saddle.
RATHER THAN CHOOSING YOUR RIDE EXPERIENCE FOR YOU, THIS IS A RANGE THAT’S VERY MUCH ABOUT LETTING RIDERS SELECT THE EXPERIENCE THAT’S MOST RIGHT FOR THEM.