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Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp

Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp
Reviewed by Steverino

Overall rating out of 10: 8.5
Price: $1350 (includes shock pump)
Purchased at: Brands

Features: (as tested)
  1. Full suspension, cross-country rig
  2. Frame- Welded Aluminum
  3. Front Shock - Fox Float 100, w/ Lockout and adjustable rebound damping. 100mm travel
  4. Rear Shock: Fox Float Triad, w/ Lockout / ProPedal and Full plush as well as rebound adjustment dial, 100mm travel
  5. Mavic 225 rims. Specialized F hub, radial laced, Shimano R hub
  6. Avid SD 5 levers and V brakes
  7. LX shifters, F Derailleur, XTR R derailleur
  8. LX 11-34 cassette, Shimano chain
  9. Shimano 515 SPD pedals
  10. Panaracer Dirt and Smoke tires, replacing the stock replacing the stock Specialized tires
  11. Specialized brand Strongarm crank, h-bar, headset, stem, seatpost, tires
  12. Brooks B17 saddle, replacing the Body Geometry saddle

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This Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp was purchased to replace a 10 yr. old Proflex 855 full suspension, that had seen a tremendous amount of riding with very little maintenance. The P-Flex had gotten old enough to make replacing key suspension parts problematic (elastomers and pivot washers). So, I went looking for a replacement. The first stop was Brands, although I also checked out rigs at 3 other shops, test riding a Kona Hawg, a Specialized Epic Comp as well as not being inspired by a Cannondale. With the Stumpjumper, I will confess that it was love at first sight. But, I also trust the opinion of the sales staff at Brands. They've never steered me wrong. This is the 3rd bike I've purchased from Brands.

Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp

One goal early on, was to avoid with disc brakes, being of the opinion that they are not required for the bulk of the riding I do here on LI. Discs are heavier than the V's, and they can be more maintenance intensive - especially the hydraulic versions, although they do stop better when wet or on really long downhill's, when rim brakes can fade due to heat. I generally avoid wet conditions, and personally I have never had issues with rim brakes overheating ( I rode for 10 summers out west), so the V brakes were the way to go for me.


The Specialized Stumpjumper rides like a dream. 10 years of improvements in bike design, especially suspensions, makes for a sweet ride. This was something I had expected, having ridden a buddy's Jamis Dakar FS. So, I was prepared for a superior suspension to the old elastomers on the P-Flex. The Stumpjumper does not disappoint. Indeed, the on-the fly adjustable R shock is a truly great feature. It allows lockout (as does the front shock), as well as adjusting to full plush, or ProPedal, which stiffens up the compression to make the suspension less responsive to pedal input. Whatever it is, it works.

One thing you cannot totally predict, however, is how a bike is going to feel 6 rides later. The Stumpy carves turns better then any bike I've ridden, helped a bit by a lower bottom bracket (then what I was used to on the P-Flex), as well as the Smoke/Dart tires which work well for LI conditions. The bike is designed as a cross-country rig, no surprises here, but I was pleasantly surprised to find myself flying thru turns on the tight ST of Bethpage. My buddy Kevin remarked on the last ride that I was riding really well, which I chalk up to a better bike.

Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp

As any new product should do, all the tech stuff works well - shifting, suspension, etc... The only reason you don't see a solid 9 or 10 in the rating is the occasional banging of the pedal on roots and other obstacles. This is a result of the lower b-bracket and is something I read about in reviews. I am certain I will learn to compensate for it. The other issue was the need to true the rear wheel, most certainly due to the wheels being factory built, and which probably didn't see any pre-stressing. I'm a big rider and I have always been hard on wheels, so no surprise here, just something to watch.

In summary, I paid less for this bike in 2005, than I did for the Proflex 10 years earlier and I got a vastly superior bike. I Highly recommend it.

Writer's note: Enough cannot be said about the terrific customer service received at Brands, Bertram as well as Bill in tech service both went over the setup(s).


Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp

Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp
Reviewed by Steverino

Overall rating out of 10: 8.5
Price: $1350 (includes shock pump)
Purchased at: Brands

Features: (as tested)
  1. Full suspension, cross-country rig
  2. Frame- Welded Aluminum
  3. Front Shock - Fox Float 100, w/ Lockout and adjustable rebound damping. 100mm travel
  4. Rear Shock: Fox Float Triad, w/ Lockout / ProPedal and Full plush as well as rebound adjustment dial, 100mm travel
  5. Mavic 225 rims. Specialized F hub, radial laced, Shimano R hub
  6. Avid SD 5 levers and V brakes
  7. LX shifters, F Derailleur, XTR R derailleur
  8. LX 11-34 cassette, Shimano chain
  9. Shimano 515 SPD pedals
  10. Panaracer Dirt and Smoke tires, replacing the stock replacing the stock Specialized tires
  11. Specialized brand Strongarm crank, h-bar, headset, stem, seatpost, tires
  12. Brooks B17 saddle, replacing the Body Geometry saddle

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This Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp was purchased to replace a 10 yr. old Proflex 855 full suspension, that had seen a tremendous amount of riding with very little maintenance. The P-Flex had gotten old enough to make replacing key suspension parts problematic (elastomers and pivot washers). So, I went looking for a replacement. The first stop was Brands, although I also checked out rigs at 3 other shops, test riding a Kona Hawg, a Specialized Epic Comp as well as not being inspired by a Cannondale. With the Stumpjumper, I will confess that it was love at first sight. But, I also trust the opinion of the sales staff at Brands. They've never steered me wrong. This is the 3rd bike I've purchased from Brands.

Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp

One goal early on, was to avoid with disc brakes, being of the opinion that they are not required for the bulk of the riding I do here on LI. Discs are heavier than the V's, and they can be more maintenance intensive - especially the hydraulic versions, although they do stop better when wet or on really long downhill's, when rim brakes can fade due to heat. I generally avoid wet conditions, and personally I have never had issues with rim brakes overheating ( I rode for 10 summers out west), so the V brakes were the way to go for me.


The Specialized Stumpjumper rides like a dream. 10 years of improvements in bike design, especially suspensions, makes for a sweet ride. This was something I had expected, having ridden a buddy's Jamis Dakar FS. So, I was prepared for a superior suspension to the old elastomers on the P-Flex. The Stumpjumper does not disappoint. Indeed, the on-the fly adjustable R shock is a truly great feature. It allows lockout (as does the front shock), as well as adjusting to full plush, or ProPedal, which stiffens up the compression to make the suspension less responsive to pedal input. Whatever it is, it works.

One thing you cannot totally predict, however, is how a bike is going to feel 6 rides later. The Stumpy carves turns better then any bike I've ridden, helped a bit by a lower bottom bracket (then what I was used to on the P-Flex), as well as the Smoke/Dart tires which work well for LI conditions. The bike is designed as a cross-country rig, no surprises here, but I was pleasantly surprised to find myself flying thru turns on the tight ST of Bethpage. My buddy Kevin remarked on the last ride that I was riding really well, which I chalk up to a better bike.

Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp

As any new product should do, all the tech stuff works well - shifting, suspension, etc... The only reason you don't see a solid 9 or 10 in the rating is the occasional banging of the pedal on roots and other obstacles. This is a result of the lower b-bracket and is something I read about in reviews. I am certain I will learn to compensate for it. The other issue was the need to true the rear wheel, most certainly due to the wheels being factory built, and which probably didn't see any pre-stressing. I'm a big rider and I have always been hard on wheels, so no surprise here, just something to watch.

In summary, I paid less for this bike in 2005, than I did for the Proflex 10 years earlier and I got a vastly superior bike. I Highly recommend it.

Writer's note: Enough cannot be said about the terrific customer service received at Brands, Bertram as well as Bill in tech service both went over the setup(s).


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