STUMPJUMPER ST

(Short Travel)

Australian Mountain Bike - - Tested -

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.

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