When you’re going to ride a Specialized bike, you know that you’ll have a great riding experience. It’s one of the bicycle brands that invented mountain bikes and that keeps investing a lot in research, constantly studying and developing new technology and products to improve the way people ride bikes.
This time I’ve had the chance to test the StumpJumper 27.5 Plus FSR. The wheel diameter of 27.5″ sits in between the 26″ which was the more commonly used on mountain bikes so far and the newer 29″ also called ” the 29er” which represents pretty much road bike diameter size.
The 27.5″ tyres mounted on this bike are the fatter size, so called “Plus” which has got an outer diameter of about 29″. As you’re riding, it feels very comfortable due to the wider tyre section and extra amount of air in it, although that can compromise a bit the riding speed due to the extra rolling resistance and friction on the ground.
That means that this bike is more orientated towards descending rather than climbing, although the climbing is still possible and pleasant. The grip advantage of the wider tyre section is very evident and useful particularly on difficult trails, or on mud, sand and snow. This bike is equipped with a SRAM groupset with a single front crank, as you can see in the picture below.
The frame design and suspension system are amazing, giving you a very comfortable ride on all types of terrain. I’ve tested it through very steep, rocky and technical up and downhill trails, and it really impressed me positively.
This bike gives you so much confidence, that you might find yourself going for jumps and obstacles that you were previously nervous of doing.
The bike is amazingly well balanced so that it seems knowing in what to do in all situations.
Taking off and landing is really a “piece of cake” as long as you go through the jump with confidence.
You might want to begin with jumping over small rocks and bumps to feel how the bike behaves, and to gain confidence. I’ve enjoyed this StumpJumper so much that I was still out riding it at sunset.
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Images by myself:Fabrizio Malisan Photography
Bike provided by BiciSportIvrea Specialized Bike Shop in Ivrea, Turín, Piemonte, Italy