Results 1 to 21 of 21
  1. #1
    new
    new is offline
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Posts
    21

    Debating between 2012 and 2013 stumpjumper fsr comp 26

    My local bike shop has both. The 2012 for $2,299, and the 2013 for $2,699. Is there any huge difference that I'm over looking that makes these two bikes price different? Just curious what others think before I buy one of the two.

  2. #2
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Posts
    240
    I had some trouble with the Elixr 7 brakes on my 2012. I eventually swapped them out for Shimano XT. It looks like they changed the brake model for 2013, but they're still Avid.

    I can't say I know much about the suspension on the 2013. It looks like that's the only other component that is different in the technical descriptions. I haven't had any problems or complaints with mine.

    I'd maybe ask the shop about the brakes on the 2013 model. If they're more reliable than they were on the 2012, you might want to go with the newest version. If they're still troublesome, you might want to save a few $$, go with the 2012, and possibly plan on upgrading the brakes at some point.
    Justin
    Salt Lake City
    2012 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp 29
    2006 Specialized Allez Expert Double

  3. #3
    new
    new is offline
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Posts
    21
    Thanks for the reply, I plan on buying a new set of brakes for either one i get so that's not a deal breaker between the two. I think I'm leaning towards the 2012 but I want to go back to the shop and compare the two side by side yet.

  4. #4
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Posts
    853
    Go with the 2012 thats what I did. I was going to get the 2013 but they dont make the 2013 in XL anymore for the 26er. The frame is the same for the 2012 & 2013. Only major changes is the CTD, and 15mm through axle up front. The tapered head tube and thicker rear axle made a huge difference in stiffness from previous gen stumpys I have owned. A 15mm through axle upfront would be nice, but I plan on upgrading my fork with a 15mm through on my 2012 once its trashed.

  5. #5
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Posts
    853
    By the way ditch the avids once you get your bike, or see if the bike shop will swap them out for XT. If you want really nice brakes get yourself some Hopes.

  6. #6
    new
    new is offline
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Posts
    21
    Thanks stumpynerd, the 15mm thru axle and CTD is what has me torn. My current bike has a 20mm thru axle so I don't have any experience with the 9mm QR. is there a noticeable difference to a somewhat novice rider? As for brakes I plan on going with some hope tech evo m4s right after I get a dropper seat post.

  7. #7
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Posts
    853
    Well since its the first gen CTD from fox, I would wait a few years before they got that dialed. I never tried a 15mm up front however specialized claims their hub endcaps make the fork just as stiff as a 15mm. The 2012 has a 9mm through bolt. I dont think you will notice the difference in stiffness between a 15mm and 9mm.

  8. #8
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Posts
    853
    Never tried a dropper post, Im old school and just keep my post at an all round height and never lower my post even on the steep techy stuff. I went with a hi flex carbon sytance post. I noticed a difference in rocky sections when climbing while seated. Seems to soak up the vibrations better than the stock alloy post. Plus syntace has a 10year warranty on all their stuff.

  9. #9
    new
    new is offline
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Posts
    21
    That's exactly what I was looking for. I'll be going with the 2012. Thanks stumpynerd.

  10. #10
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Posts
    323
    Yup, I'd vote 2012 just to stay away from CTD in itself. I'm loving my 2012 that I just picked up with the exception of the brakes....which I saw coming a mile away based on research.

    Pop up some pics when you get it!

  11. #11
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Posts
    1,244
    I dunno. I'd go 2013. You might find you like the CTD and the 15mm upfront... to each his own there.

    But really, it should come down to color. Which color is fastest?

  12. #12
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Posts
    853
    Hey new, forgot to mention you might have the dealer swap out the rear hub before you take your bike home. They are on recall for the 2012. Mine went out after 50miles. They should swap it out for a Sram X9. Other than that I have had no issues with my new stumpy. The rear 2.0 tire was a bit small so I had the dealer swap it for a captian 2.2.

  13. #13
    new
    new is offline
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Posts
    21
    Good to know thank you.

  14. #14
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Posts
    240
    Quote Originally Posted by stumpynerd View Post
    swap out the rear hub before you take your bike home. They are on recall for the 2012. Mine went out after 50miles.
    Yes. I destroyed the freehub body on my 2012, after about 3 months of riding. I just thought it was because I'm fat, but after some research, it seemed to be a fairly common problem.

  15. #15
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Mr. Lynch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Posts
    2,264
    Go 2013!

    The 15qr front is way stiffer than OS24 or OS28. I've had a 2009 Stumpy, 2011 Stumpy and now a 2013. I had the os24 setup and Roval Traverse wheels on my 2011, then I switched the fork to one with 15qr and used the same wheels (different end caps). It was a big difference in the way the front tire tracked.

    The CTD shock on the 2013 is also a lot nicer than the Triad II on the 2012. It is a night and day difference. THe CTD climb mode is very stiff and blows away any of the previous years "propedal" modes. THe Propedal on the Triad is equal to the Trail mode on the CTD. CTD is "ok" on the forks, but it is amazing on the shock.
    2013 Stumpy Evo
    2014 Fatboy

  16. #16
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Posts
    853
    Just go with your gut instinct. No need to go back and forth between models.

    However, you could wait till the 2014s are out.

  17. #17
    new
    new is offline
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Posts
    21
    Just having a lockout on the front and rear will be a huge change for me since I'm coming from a Sette Flite which is very plush.

  18. #18
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    1,918
    CTD is not a lockout. It just makes the fork really stiff, too stiff to give any bump absorbtion, but not stiff enough to prevent bob during out of the saddle hammering.

    CTD is changing for 2014, at least partially because there are so many negative reviews and comments. I would get the 2012 which has a FIT dampener with a lockout, or wait and see what 2014 brings.
    Visiting St george/Hurricane? Stay at my vacation rental. Discounts for MTB's

    http://www.vrbo.com/392904

    PM me

  19. #19
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Bigb2000's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Posts
    259
    I'd go for the 2012, although I have a '13 stumpy evo 29 that I love. No ctd on front, larger front axle, and factory dropper.

  20. #20
    new
    new is offline
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Posts
    21
    Well ended going in a different direction and picked up a 2012 Santa Cruz Blur TRC w/kashima fork and shock. But thanks for all the advice.

  21. #21
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Posts
    853
    Good choice, I was considering a Santa Cruz however no dealer close to where I live. I would love to take home the new Bronson!

Similar Threads

  1. 2013 Carve pro vs Stumpjumper Comp
    By dhelm72 in forum Specialized
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: 06-17-2013, 01:08 AM
  2. Replies: 24
    Last Post: 05-16-2013, 08:16 PM
  3. 2013 Stumpjumper FSR COMP 29 EVO - My new bike!
    By Trixie24 in forum Specialized
    Replies: 36
    Last Post: 02-11-2013, 02:35 PM
  4. Replies: 12
    Last Post: 12-06-2012, 08:48 PM
  5. 2013 Stumpjumper comp evo size
    By Beerglass in forum Specialized
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 09-10-2012, 10:07 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •