It looks like the crew in Morgan Hill, California have had another busy year. Recently Specialized released details about their new 2012 bikes. Of interest to us of course is their 29er line up.
Specialized is obviously completely committed to the 29er platform and have invested big time into another exciting 29er line up.
First up is the Specialized that turned me 180 degrees with regards to Specialized Bikes.
We tested the 2010 Stumpjumper after a less then stellar experience with the 2009 version. Last year in 2011 the frame platform remained unchanged although we did see a burlier set of components put on them.
2012 sees significant changes including an auto sag rear shock that takes the guess work out of setting up suspension. I really like this feature. Truthfully, who wants to spend a bunch of precious time messing with setting up their shocks ? With the new auto sag feature set up promises to be easy. Less time setting up your shock equals more time playing on a perfectly tuned bike !
The next feature that I am super excited to see is a 142x12 axle. After using the Specialized Epics 142 + x 12 set up I am sold on its ease of use and absolute confidence. Add to this the extra wheel stiffness and I don't see any reason why not to use it. Evidently neither did Specialized.
One of the most noticeable changes is the addition of a fully loaded out S-Works version made of carbon fiber. Our experience with Specialized Carbon Bikes has been very positive. While it makes sense on a race bike like the Epic does it work well with a 130mm travel, all-mountain bike? This is the answer I am interested in. Hopefully we can get our hands on a carbon Stumpjumper test sled.
More to come as we get first hand experience/information and better pictures of the complete StumpJumper 29er line up.