Australian Mountain Bike - - Tested -

“There’s some­thing here and we want to push it a lit­tle bit fur­ther,” said Steve Salet­nik from Spe­cial­ized when de­scrib­ing the rea­sons they sent the Evo into pro­duc­tion as well. Some rid­ers couldn’t care less about how fast a bike is on a climb, but a geo and parts list de­signed more around de­scend­ing will win them over ev­ery time. Avail­able in al­loy in medium and large only, the Stumpjumper Evo feels more like an ex­plo­ration of the mar­ket in this ini­tial run. With a dif­fer­ent main frame to its sib­lings, the Evo’s grav­ity ori­ented ge­om­e­try is slacker with a 63.5 de­gree head an­gle and roomier in the front, and has a shorter off­set fork. On the trails this trans­lates to snap­pier cor­ner­ing and trac­tion for days. If you’re hap­pi­est throw­ing your bike in the back of a ute and do­ing re­peated runs of favourite trails, or just cruis­ing your way to the top of a trail this model screams fun. It’s still a Stumpjumper so it climbs bet­ter than ex­pected too. This model is aimed at a much smaller por­tion of our lo­cal mar­ket and will be avail­able in the Comp Al­loy spec ($5000) with 27.5” or 29” wheels and the same amount of travel as the stan­dard Stumpjumper (LT).

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