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Exclusive Photos: Specialized Stumpjumper EVO 650B

Stumpy 650 Detail Shots

Words by Morgan Taylor. Photos by Morgan Taylor.
March 30th, 2014

After a couple pages from a dealer book leaked last week, Specialized sent out a release early Friday announcing their first 650B model. The Stumpjumper FSR EVO 650b will be available in limited numbers and Canadian dealers saw their first samples show up just as the official release went out.

Since the only photos of the newly announced frame were side profile catalog shots, I headed down to Steed Cycles on Saturday morning to check out the new bike and grab some detail shots. The first bikes to become available were the aluminum framed Comp EVO level, so that’s what you see here.

Presumably we’ll be seeing the Expert Carbon EVO down at Sea Otter in a couple weeks. For now, it’s time to speculate as to whether the Stumpy 650 is a scaled down 29″ frame or if they’ve put the soon-to-be-obsolete 26″ frames to use…

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I just found this bike hanging out down by the railroad tracks…

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That looks to be a spacer on the fork, and not an external headset cup. Which bike has given way to the 650B?

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Yellow and green graphics on the Stumpy Comp EVO.

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Is it still considered an EVO link if there’s not yet a regular Stumpy model?

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Another view of the link and seat stay tire clearance.

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Yep.

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The Stumpjumper EVO’s FSR rear end.

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The Comp bike employs a Shimano M615 brake set minus the Deore branding but with finned pads.

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A simple integrated chain tensioner.

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Up front, a 150mm RockShox Revelation RC3.

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Housing a Butcher up front.

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We’ve got a set of the Butcher 650Bx2.3 Control series in use on a test bike already; stay tuned for that review.

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The other 650B trail tire, the Purgatory Control 2.3.

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Any guesses as to the 650B frame’s heritage?

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The 2015 Specialized Stumpjumer FSR Comp EVO 650b. Now that’s a mouthful.

The Stumpjumper 650B is being released in very limited numbers at first; get in touch with your dealer ASAP if you want to get on the train…


650B Stumpy EVO is a start… what’s next in the Specialized tweener lineup?

  • Raul Martinez

    Hating bicycles, too much bullshit around, ride what ever you have, and shut your mouth!

  • kain0m

    A 2015 model in March 2014. That has to be a new record in advancing model years…

  • Cam McRae

    I’m just looking forward to swinging a leg over one asap.

  • boomforeal

    wheelsize schmeelsize, i’m just happy to see specialized spec’ing shimano brakes!

  • Loïc Delteil

    Please what the size of the model on the photo?

    • Morgan Taylor

      That’s a large.

  • Dbix

    Just bought one of these bikes. Haven’t rode it yet. But first impression is good smooth lines,Great components.
    But like most post here are the first complaints or things that would inhance. Paint- seamed to be subseptible oils for staining. In building the bike just finger prints showed, kinda like stainless steel. Cable routing- mostly external and on the underside of the down tube, while it helps big S keep a nice billboard on the trail, I find it hard to keep clean as it collects all debris from the front tire.
    Routing of cables under the bottom bracket is terrible. There is no cable guides on the bottom bracket to control the routing so I had to zip tie the cables together to stabilize them and keep them out of the left crank arms. Alluminum rear triangle, other companies are building all carbon. Command post IR- is routed down the down tube then then routed up the seat tube, so semi internal. Seat feels hard and uncomfortable, time will tell. Last complaint is about the command post not the bike. Cable routing and setup took 2X longer than putting the whole bike together. Integration of the handlebar actuator and XT brake lever is very after market and not clean, looks like an afterthought. But if your building your own bike, and you own the company, you should look at every detail and design around the bike. These are small things in the over all picture and if the bike rides like I expect it to, then who cares. Just at this price point Specialized should provide the best mony can buy. The Bike is set up and ready to go, I hope the ride is as good as the hype. Still haven’t sold my carbon 26′er.