First unveiled in 1981, the Specialized Stumpjumper is a legend of mountain biking – one of the originals, and the first commercially-produced mountain bike in the world. It’s changed a bit in the ensuing 37 years, but only gets better with age, as evidenced by the newly unveiled 2019 model.
With the 2019, Specialized will be releasing three different frames – the Stumpjumper ST, for Short Travel, the regular Stumpjumper, and the Stumpjumper Evo. They’ll come in both 27.5” and 29” versions and will have the single-sided frame that can be found on the Specialized Demo, which is available in both alloy and carbon fiber. This frame design greatly increases strength while actually cutting down on weight, and even includes Specialized’s SWAT internal frame storage –a special storage comparted in the downtube for storing tools and other pieces of gear. A low-profile lid keeps your items secure in there, and by rerouting all the cables, Specialized was able to increase storage in there to 20%.
Speaking of cable routing…Specialized has come up with a super-simple but effective new internal routing. Just insert the cables through the port and they will come right out the other side…a practical miracle compared to most other bikes.
The shocks will come with Specialized’s new RX TrailTune, which makes sure the shocks fit perfectly with the movement of the frame for a smoother all-around ride. The rear shock is an X-Fusion Metric, and, at least on the Stumpjumper ST, the front fork is a RockShox Recon RL with 130mm of travel. Other models come with a Fox fork.
Specialized is also producing women’s-specific builds of the Stumjumper, which features narrower bars, shorter cranks and a shorter shock tune to accommodate women more comfortably.
And how does it fare on the trail? There’s really only one way to find out….the 2019 Stumpjumper promises to be yet another versatile addition to a classic line, and you can get it for as little as $1850 new for the ST model.