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Specialized 2011

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Words by Seb Kemp.
August 17th, 2010

This year Specialized has introduced a strain of highly evolved bikes into its expert range. The Epic, Stumpjumper HT, the Stumpjumper FSR, and the Enduro all get the EVO tune which are designed to serve the evolving needs of certain riders. There are limited numbers of these bikes being produced but what it means is that Specialized can cater to sub species or niche markets of MTBers who want slightly more aggressive or faster builds.

specialized 2011, gravity bikes, enduro evo
  Enduro EVOlution, FOX DHX RC2 coil shock, Fox 36 180mm fork, and chain guide.

Some models lean towards more aggressive styles of riding (EVO), with wider bars, slacker angles, lower standover, more travel, meatier tyres etc, while other models (EVO R) are XC race-leaning thoroughbreds with ultra lightweight and efficient specs. Yes, that paragraph sounds like the press spiel I was fed last week, but honestly these bikes are very very exciting offerings because they are bikes that relate to me, you and the average Joe (who has an above average income of course).

specialized 2011, gravity bikes, enduro evo  This bike (the Stumpjumper EVO) has got global all-rounder written all over it.

For example, the Stumpjumper EVO retains the fast, light Stumpy bloodline but has 150mm travel, tapered headtube, slacker and lower geometry, Command post, and double ring chain guide. Basically Specialized looked around at the bikes people were actually riding in the real world. A lot of people were modifying their bikes after sale; Specialized recognised this and decided that they would just produce a small run of these souped-up machines.

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  FOX DHX RC2 coil.  Enduro EVO with Killer Bee paintjob. Yeah bro!

specialized 2011, gravity bikes, enduro evo   Big Boy FOX fork180 mms of good bounce.

specialized 2011, gravity bikes, enduro evo  Detail shot.

specialized 2011, gravity bikes, enduro evo
  Specialized Command Post on the Stumpjumper EVO.  A 5″ travel model is in the works.  This bike is light enough to thrash, race or epic, but with enough balls to hammer the real fun stuff.

The Stumpy Evo is gorgeous. Stealth matt black paint job with understated graphics and highlights. It’s like someone took a ride through my mind, took notes on some of my favourite things, then made a bike from those bullet points.


Anything in there for you?  Waiting for the really big bikes?  Tell us here…