The Specialized Stumpjumper name is one etched into the short history of mountain biking. Their first Stumpjumper was also the first mass-produced mountain bike, aiming to offer riders the same ride experience that a custom bike would give.

‘The first mountain bike I got was in ’82, and I got the first production series of Specialized [the Stumpjumper – still around today]. In ’86 I travelled to Europe and rode that in Norway and Sweden and it was the first mountain bike anyone had ever seen over there. It was just a novelty then’. Read more here.

Specialized and their Stumpjumper in part helped create the mountain bike culture we have today. Bringing a mass-produced bike out that people could just go an buy, without having to have the knowledge to contact a frame builder and source parets, opened the door to more riders. And then the sport could grow.

And as Specialized have just lifted the covers off the all-new Stumpjumper range, it's clear that while some things change, many things don't. Specialized believe they have just created the most versatile trail bike out there, and one that takes a huge leap away from proprietary parts yet can still deliver a fully customisable ride. And at the same time, it takes the Camber out of their trail bike range.

Why change?

Specialized admitted that while they loved the Stumpjumper, some elements of the ride held them back. Namely in stiffness, where the frame had a disconnect when things got heavy going. They even developed their own stiffness test to get the feedback they wanted on how to make their new frame ride how they wanted.

Test riding involved riding samples, getting feedback, adding carbon and then recording the new values. It's this process of continual fine-tuning across all sizes and both wheel sizes that make Specialized so confident in the ride of their new Stumpjumper.

Got mule?

Or should we say, Stumpjumpers? As it's not just one new frame they have made, but many. There's the Stumpjumper, the Stumpjumper ST (short travel) and the Stumpjumper EVO.