Switch from Epic 29 to Stumpy 29?

Hi Lee,

In the middle of Mastering Mountain Bike Skills book, great reading. I’m thinking of getting a Stumpy FSR 29er. I’ve got an Epic 29er and I’m really happy with it but would like something for rougher trails and that I could do some jumps on. I can’t quite swing the Expert and was wondering if the Comp with the Triad is still compliant to root sized bumps in the propedal position. I’m not a fan of FSRs in fully open position but I think they are great with the Brain. Thanks, Bob

Hey Bob,

The Epic 29 is a true weapon, as is the Stumpy 29. They’re just weapons for different fights. If you want a bike that’ll inspire more confidence on bigger terrain, the Stumpy is your tool.

In my opinion, the Brain shocks are phenomenal (See Brains for braaap). They let you dial in a firm pumping platform yet plow through the violence. But Brain-equipped Stumpies are awfully expensive.

Good news: I recently spent a week on a Stumpjumper FSR 29 Comp, and it was great everywhere, especially on rough trail and in the jumps. Given the inherent smoothness of the big wheels, I think DHing with ProPedal on makes sense.

See Stumpjumper Comp 29 test: Picture Rock Trail and Stumpjumper Comp 29 test: Valmont Bike Park.

Specialized Stumpjumper Comp 29, with upgraded wheels and cranks, and my seatpost, pedals and stem.
Graffiti by my 2-year-old Fiona. She and her twin sister Finley are geniuses.

Our regional Specialized rep rides a Stumpy Comp 29 with a Triad. He can ride any bike he wants, and this is his “big trail” weapon of choice.

Rock that Stumpy Comp 29.


I am gathering parts for a Stumpy 29 of my own. It’s the carbon Expert frame with the (non-Brain) Fox RP23. It’ll have a Fox 34 up front and hopefully some Roval carbon wheels. The result will be somewhere between an Expert and an EVO in weight, geometry and braaap. Pretty excited.

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