“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).