Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper FSR 2017

27 August 2016

The S-Works Stumpjumper FSR. 22 years of evolution bring us to this, a bike that can truly do it all. It'll see you through The Mega just as easily as it will get you round a quick blast of your local loop. It's 29 only for 2017 and spec'd to the max with Ohlins damping front and rear.

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Initial impressions of the RXF36 lead us to believe they'll easily live up to the hype. Smooth as eggs right out the box. The Ohlins STX22 Air Shock on the rear comes fitted with an 'Auto Sag' valve helping to make quick setup easier. A good feature in a pinch, but suspension setup is everything, it takes time and patience to get right. We can help you with this. Trust us when we say it'll be worth every second.

With a particularly keen eye, you might be able to spot an externally stored volume spacer on the shock. Handy if you need one.

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Specialized tyres are the business. In the current post brexit financial whirlwind, they make more sense than ever. Not riding a Specialized bike in no way excludes you from this club. There's minimal Spesh branding on the rubber itself. Already riding Specialized? you're likely already living the dream! The semi slick Slaughter rolls shoulder to shoulder with the Minion SS and Rock Razor. The Butcher upfront is a proper do it all tyre. They're all tubeless ready, choose the GRID casing for added stability and sidewall cut resistance. You can't argue with the price.

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SRAM Eagle is a marvellous sight. A fantastic piece of engineering with more range than you'll know what to do with. Choose you're front ring size wisely. The Carbon Roval wheelset is equally fabulous. 30mm internal rim width and matched to hubs loaded with the same internals as the legendary DT Swiss 240s. Instant engagement and so reliable its almost boring.

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The tiny lightweight top guide costs a mere £25. Extra piece of mind never came in so cheap or light. It'll fit anything with ISCG05 tabs. Spesh fitted a special carbon lever version of the Guide RS. Matched with the S4 Calipers from the Guide Ultimate. We're big fans of a neat cockpit. SRAM still do it best. Oh, the The SWAT Box, best idea ever for anyone who likes a long day in the saddle.

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Specialized also make the best cable operated dropper remote available. It has it's own spring keeping it firmly in position which also aids cable movement. Not cheap at £50 but it will work with most cable droppers, not just the Specialized Command Post and mounts just like a SRAM shifter so it looks super neat. A worthwhile upgrade.

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