FIRST LOOK: SPECIALIZED STUMPJUMPER ALLOY EVO
An aluminum version of the Carbon Stumpy EVO is here
Specialized is taking all of the performance, adjustability and features of its carbon Stumpjumper EVO and offering it in a more affordable M5 aluminum package for 2022. Specialized didn’t hold back on any of the features that makes the carbon version great – this one is just as adjustable and capable. The build kits do not cut corners either putting lots of value and performance in the suspension, tires and wheels.
This 160mm front/150mm rear travel trail bike has geometry that is adjustable to suit just about any type of riding preference. Its head angle can be adjusted between 63 and 65.5-degrees with six total options available in .5-degree increments with adjustable headset cups. The bottom bracket height can be fine-tuned up or down by 7mm independent of the head angle too via a chainstay pivot flip chip. This bike is easily convertible to a mullet setup as well via an aftermarket shock link that’s sold by Specialized that allows the standard 29-inch rear wheel to be swapped out for a 27.5-inch. Size specific ride tunes based on reach allow riders to choose between playfulness and stability.
Just like the carbon model, the Alloy version sees an integrated SWAT storage box inside it’s hydroformed downtube. This is the first appearance of a SWAT door in an aluminum frame. You can stash spare parts, tools or even water with Specailized’s 22 ounce SWAT bladder.
The Stumpjumper Alloy Evo Comp comes in at $3,800 with a SRAM NX Eagle drivetrain, Fox 36 Rhythm fork, performance level Float X shock and SRAM Code R brakes. The Elite version costs $5,600 and has Factory level Fox suspension, a SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain and Code RS brakes. A frame with shock runs just $1,900. It’s hard to say if it was just luck or careful planning but in a world where prices seem to be creeping up on everything, the value priced Stumpjumper Alloy Evo couldn’t have come at a better time. We just got one in for long term testing so stay tuned to the pages of Mountain Bike Action for a full review.