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Don't worry, S-Works doesn't get to have all of the fun—the new Stumpjumper Comp Carbon 27.5 features the same nimble handling and frame with a full 11m carbon chassis and rear-end as its older brother, but with a solid list of no-fuss components for an everyman's budget.
Our design goal for the new Stumpjumper was simple—build the ultimate trail bike, one that feels telepathic. And it turns out that this feeling all comes down to stiffness. Think of it this way: when the frame's telling your hands one thing and your feet another, your brain gets confused with the imbalance and the bike feels unstable. In order to fix this, we had to get to work on dialing-in the materials, shapes, and the layout.
We started by creating our own mountain-specific stiffness test, and then we looked at the layout with Finite Element Analysis (FEA) to see where we could get the biggest stiffness improvements. This led to a big discovery: The Large and X-Large frames needed more front-end stiffness while the Smalls and Mediums were just fine. We were able to create a frame design that was 20% more efficient. And in the end, this proved to be one of the lightest trail frames on the market, today.
When designing the frame with the stiffness targets being a main goal, we developed a radical new sidearm design. The front-end and rear-end are connected at three points, and the sidearm helps keep all these points super stiff and connected, all while taking about 100 grams out of the rear-end. More explicitly, this minimizes frame flex when the rear suspension is active.
We continued down the suspension path with a custom Rx Trail Tune on both the fork and rear shock. Suspension performance is highly dependent on frame, wheel, and rider size, so we use our Rx Tune to get each bike to land in the middle of the adjustment spectrum, and this gives you the biggest possible range to fine-tune your ride. Another focal point of the tune was matching the suspension characteristics between wheel sizes—we developed a specific Rx Tune for each platform. So, no matter what wheel size you prefer, you'll get perfectly linear suspension.
Steps were also taken to make this bike easy to live with. Threaded bottom brackets make a triumphant return, and we made room for up to a 3.0" tire. You're also free to run whatever aftermarket rear shock you want, since we're using standard metric shocks. We revamped the SWAT™ box, too, making it sleeker, lighter, and with more volume. And customization is furthered with a Flip Chip that lets you to dial-in your Stumpy to your riding style. Switch it from High to Low and it drops your bottom bracket 6mm and slackens the head tube by half-a-degree. Little details also jump out to surprise you, like a newly designed ribbed chainstay protector that makes chain slap a thing of the past and nearly silences the drivetrain. Lastly, we seriously couldn't make cable routing any easier on carbon models. Full tubes can be found throughout the carbon frame, so all you have to do is push the cable and it'll come out the other end. No more lazy loop, hidden stashes of magnets, pokey spokes, or pillows to cry in.
The build on this Comp model comes with a list of components that deliver undeniable quality, like a Shimano SLX drivetrain with RaceFace cranks, Shimano SLX disc brakes, FOX front and rear suspension, and Roval Traverse 27.5 wheels.
|CHAIN||KMC X11, 11-speed w/ Missing Link™|
|BOTTOM BRACKET||Threaded BB, 24mm spindle|
|CRANKSET||RaceFace Aeffect, 24mm spindle, 170mm crankarm|
|SHIFT LEVERS||Shimano SLX, 11-speed|
|CASSETTE||Shimano SLX, 11-speed, 11-46t|
|REAR DERAILLEUR||Shimano XT, Shadow Plus, GS cage, 11-speed|
|FORK||FOX FLOAT Rhythm, 34, GRIP Damper, 44mm offset, 2-position sweep adjust, 15x110mm, tapered alloy steerer, 150mm of travel|
|REAR SHOCK||FOX FLOAT DPS Performance, Rx Trail Tune, rebound and 3-position compression adjust, 210x52.5mm|
|FRONT HUB||Specialized, sealed cartridge bearings, 15x110mm spacing, 28h|
|REAR HUB||Specialized, sealed cartridge bearings, 12x148mm thru-axle, 28h|
|INNER TUBES||Presta, 40mm valve|
|SPOKES||DT Swiss Industry|
|RIMS||Roval Traverse 27.5, hookless alloy, 29mm inner width, tubeless ready, 28h|
|FRONT TIRE||Butcher, GRID Casing, GRIPTON® compound, 2Bliss Ready, 27.5 x 2.6"|
|REAR TIRE||Purgatory, GRID casing, GRIPTON® compound, 2Bliss Ready, 27.5 x 2.6"|
|SADDLE||Body Geometry Phenom Comp, Adaptive Edge design, hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm|
|SEATPOST||X-Fusion Manic, infinite adjustable, two-bolt head, bottom mount cable routing, remote SRL LE lever, 34.9mm, S: 125mm, M/L/XL: 150mm of travel|
|STEM||Specialized Trail, 3D forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree rise|
|HANDLEBARS||Specialized, 6061 alloy, 6-degree upsweep, 8-degree backsweep, 27mm rise, 780mm width|
|GRIPS||Specialized Sip Grip, half-waffle, S/M: regular thickness, L/XL: XL thickness|
|FRONT BRAKE||Shimano SLX, hydraulic disc, resin pads, 200mm rotor|
|REAR BRAKE||Shimano SLX, Hydraulic Disc, Resin Pad|
|SEAT BINDER||Specialized bolt-type, alloy, 38.6mm|
|FRAME||FACT 11m, full carbon chassis and rear end, asymmetrical design, 27.5 Trail Geometry, SWAT™ Door integration, threaded BB, fully enclosed internal cable routing, 12x148mm dropouts, sealed cartridge bearing pivots, replaceable derailleur hanger, 150mm of travel|
|Top Tube Length, Horizontal||570mm||595mm||627mm||660mm|
|Seat Tube Angle||75.3°||75°||74.6°||74.2°|
|Head Tube Angle||65.5°||65.5°||65.5°||65.5°|
|Seat Tube Length||380mm||410mm||455mm||505mm|
|Head Tube Length||105mm||110mm||140mm||155mm|
|Bike Standover Height||739mm||743mm||758mm||774mm|
|Fork Length, Full||542mm||542mm||542mm||542mm|