Specialized’s Stumpjumper Evo Pro 29 is a bit of a puzzle. It has the geometry, stance, and look of a big-hit bruiser in a 140mm package. To be fair, in many ways, it is, but it has some major topics worth discussing. First, we’ll get into who the ideal rider is for this bike, because if you’re not taking this bike on the terrain it was designed for the second part won’t matter anyway.
As odd as this may sound, the Stumpjumper Evo Pro 29 is not ideal for riders who spend a lot of time on raw, narrow, or ungroomed trails. This is very much a new school bike, so if you ride scratched in singletrack with rocks, deep ruts, or other tall obstacles within reach of your ankles, you’re better off sticking with something else, perhaps the regular Stumpjumper. If you spend most of your time on wider, bike parky trails with gaps, drops jumps, and insanely high speeds that make your butthole tighten, then this bike has some serious potential. So, how do we suggest tapping into that? Shock tuning!
Chances are if you’re the kind of shredder who’s going to love this bike you live for going fast and catching air. We’d suggest over-springing the rear shock so you can ride a bit higher in the travel, which will give you more stability, pop, and acceleration while pumping transitions. When we got this bike on the trails it was designed to ride, it was hands down one of our favorite bikes to ride. It’s very playful, inspires confidence, and made us want to attempt bar drag contests every time we took it out. This is where the bike shines, so if you spend most of your time climbing fire roads or shuttling just to get to the rowdiness, chances are you’ll be stoked as long as there aren’t too many snipers in the bushes!