Specialized has introduced a 650b Stumpjumper FSR EVO recently that we take a closer look at inside. Intense has been busy revamping their brand and had a great presence at Sea Otter with their new carbon Tracer T275C. iXS also has new products in for 2014/2015 that are sure to appeal to many of you riders.
Intense has been having some nice momentum recently and their new Tracer T275C has been received quite well. You can read our review of it here if you’ve missed it.
Specialized was hesitant to create a 605b bike qas they felt the 29er and 26″ market offered a good balance of wheelsizes without the need for an inbetween size. With riders wanting a mid-wheel sized Stumpjumper, Specialized has answered the call.
The 650b Stumpjumper EVO is available in two trim packages. The Stumpjumper FSR Expert Carbon EVO 650b ($6500) is at the top of the foodchain and touts a very nice build kit.
The Stumpjumper FSR Expert Carbon EVO 650b is purpose-built for the aggressive trail rider. It separates itself from other carbon Stumpjumpers with a slacker head angle and 150mm of front and rear travel. The Expert Carbon EVO features a FOX Float CTD Factory shock with AUTOSAG, Boost Valve and Kashima coating, a RockShox Pike RC air-sprung fork, custom SRAM carbon S-2200, 11-speed AM crankset and a 2.3″ Specialized Butcher Control front tire.
Shown here in SATIN BLUE TINT CARBON/METALLIC WHITE/BLACK, it is also available in a Gloss Hyper/ Black option for this trim.
A lower priced Comp Evo model is available as well at $3,400. Visit specialized’s website to see the details.
If you’re in the market for protection iXS has a wide selection that may suit your needs. They had a few highlights at Sea Otter including a Berrecloth Signature Dagger Knee Pad and their popular Trail RS helmet with ample venting and lower-cranium protection.
The Dagger Knee pads offer a good bit of protection while still allowing riders a good deal of mobility to pedal their bike.