ModelYear Ratrace Kicked Off by Specialized
DOETINCHEM, the Netherlands – Is it a record? In particular a record on the earliest presentation ever of new ModelYear bikes by mid May? In that rat race by especially the US premium brands, Specialized is setting a new standard as it launched its 2016 models including an all-new Stumpjumper.
Specialized didn’t wait for the late summer shows with the launch of the brand new Stumpjumper FSR, its female counterpart Rhyme and full range of 6Fattie models (company’s version of 27.5+ standard). Focus is of course on Stumpy, the bike with history like none other, and now also with features that nobody else have.
Leader in the trail bike category
The New Stumpjumper FSR wants to be the leader in the trail bike category, plain and simple. The early launched 2016 model will be available in three versions with 27.5- or 29-inch tyres plus in the new 6Fattie version (650b x 3.0), and as you expect from Specialized they will come with carbon FACT (also S-Works) or aluminum M5 frames.
Now to the really new stuff, most obvious being the storage compartment inside the down tube. Specialized calls this SWAT Door. It’s an evolution of the concept that is very well accepted among riders. They created enough space for a pump, spare tube and other accessories that you insert into a custom made sleeve, so they don’t rattle. Compartment is located directly under the water bottle mount. This feature is only available in carbon versions and, according to Specialized, it doesn’t have any effect on the structure, strength or ride quality.
What really makes new Stumpjumer FSR so impressive is the geometry. Chainstays on 650b models are 420 mm long, on the 29er they measure 437 mm; compared to 2015 they are 5/13 mm shorter (650b/29er)! Head tube is also slacker by a degree, it measures 67° on 650b and 67.5° on 29er version. The travel on all 650b models is 150 mm, 29er have 135 mm of travel; there is no more EVO version – in fact all models are now ‘evos’, but with an even more aggressive geometry. Specialized also introduces Rx Trail Tune that allows the optimization of every model in the lineup, new is also 6-Pack linkage, an evolution of the FSR desing.
Specialized will equip every model in the range with new dropper seat post Command Post IRcc, full internal routing, Shimano disc brakes and wide rims (internal width 29 mm for aluminum and 30 mm for carbon version).
Stumpy for ladies
Rhyme is basically the Stumpy for ladies, with its own geometry and specifics, but it’s only available in 650b and 6Fattie version. 6Fattie is Specialized’s version of 27,5+ standard and is something to see a lot in the near future, also from other brands. Many believe that this standard fits perfectly for all kind of trail bikes, so does Specialized. They introduced four models, two fullies (Stumpjumper FSR, Rhyme) and two hardtails (Fuse, Ruze), all build with 3 inch wide Specialized tires and their own Roval wheels with 15×110 and 12×148 hubs.