STUMPJUMPER FSR EXPERT CARBON EVO first impressions.
Hey all. Just picked up a new left over 2013 Stumpjumper FSR
Expert Cabon EVO. 28.2lbs but that's with a pair of cheap plastic
out the door pedals. Visually, when I walked into the store, the
bike was simply stunning. I didn't have choice of color and I
ended up with the orange and cyan. I gotta say, it looks
awesome in person compared to net pics. I already have
a set of Canfield Brothers Crampon Ultimate pedals picked
out in the color orange, which will accent the orange in
the trim. Did I say wow, this bike is beautiful? But...
Looks don't make a bike ride great so I'll leave it at that.
What very little I did ride it, it just felt like it meant business.
But, it is my first fs and I'm currently riding a 13 Carve Pro,
which btw is my 1st 29er after riding 26" for the last 25 years.
That's why I went with the 26". I also ride a fully rigid SS 26".
I will say this, I notice straight up how technical and smooth
this bike feels over my Carve. Very agile. Cant wait to try out
all 160mm of that travel this weekend. I know the latest rage
now is the new 1x, and maybe I'll switch it someday, but for
now I"ll keep the 2x on it. I still say the 2x has it's uses on
long all day steep climbs as a 210lb. 45yo. rider. Did I say
how sweet a dropper post is. Nice!
I'll post some more when I get time to thrash it around some.
Thanks for listening. -StJoeRider
you will love the bike. i am a downhiller at heart and this bike made me fall in love with trail riding. my only complaint was the fork. i have an 2012 and the 32 sucked so i went with a 34 float and the bike felt great. when i get home from my deployment in april i am going 1x11. i am currently 1x10 but when i head to lake tahoe i dont have enough range. enjoy and keep us updated on how you like it
Did you get the 2014 34 Float? They claim it's overall a better fork than the previous models. I wonder how much weight I can shave by going with a
1x up front? I'll leave the rear alone and see if the 11-36 will suffice.
I believe in my area a 32t ring will do the trick. Tubeless for sure.
Those two items may shave 2 lbs.
I got it out today for my first real ride comparison to a trail that I normally
ride with my ht 29er Carve Pro. Big difference. Not saying one is better
than the other, just different in the way they handle in a given situation.
I do say the FSR has a bigger fun factor and is easier on the bones. The
ht is obviously faster because most folks know more time is spent climbing
in a loop trail. The extra 2lbs. makes a difference on longer climbs.
So yeah, so far I'm digging the Stumpy FSR and I'm sure I"ll have more to
say when I get in more saddle time. -StJoeRider
i put the 2013 float on it. i went tubeless befoer i ever rode it and i swapped the bars and stem for the easton 35c with 50mm stem. i run a 32t up front but on long climbs it sucks. my bike weighs in around 25.5 with my dropper post and pedals so i did drop a bit of weight off the bike and i expect to drop a bit more when i i put the xx1 on it
checkn out easton now
found your bar not the stem
i dig them but they are not for everyone. like i said i am a dh rider so i wanted my trail bike to feel like my dh bike did. not sure what your back round is with riding but running a short stem is not for everyone. i do enjoy these bars alot though. it was my first set of carbon bars and you can really tell how stiff they are. it was night and day vs the specialized bars that came on the bike
i own the 2014 fsr elite 29er. Not much time on it, but i felt comfortable from the 1st time i rode it. Its great at climbing, confident at descending and pretty light. I have some atomlab flat pedals, i think they little less than 600g (LOL!!!), so the bike more or less must be around 14 kg. I am seeking for some new flat pedals around 350-370 gr.
Also the CTD fox fork is nice, with its settings. The climb setting actually locks the fork. Pretty nice for going uphill in road (as i do).
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