2019 Specialized Stumpjumper review | Expert Carbon 29

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I’d be lying if I told you that Specialized has just unveiled its most advanced and refined Stumpjumper yet. Because there are actually three new Stumjumper models for 2019. And they’re all rather snazzy. This year we’re going to see two additional models of Stumpjumper join the range. There’s the new short travel Stumpjumper ST, which replaces the outgoing Camber. Then there’s the return of the Stumpjumper EVO, with its turbo-charged parts spec and unique mainframe that offers much slacker and longer geometry for going full-rad. (For more information on these two bikes and the wider Stumpy range, check out the full news story here). The bike in the middle of those two is the good ol’ Stumpjumper we all know and love. Except, well, everything’s kinda different. Out amongst the snow-capped mountains in Ainsa, Spain. Photo: Harookz/Specialized. A month ago I was invited out to Ainsa in Spain to be one of the first to see, touch and ride the new 2019 Stumpjumper triplets. Located in the foothills of the Pyrenees, Ainsa sits within the Zonezero region (pronounced as “thona-thero” in your best Spanish accent). The name may be familiar to some, as Ainsa has played host to a round of the Enduro World Series before, and is due to host another round in September of this year. I was informed that there’s approximately 1200km of trails in the Zonezero region, with 20% of those being dedicated singletrack, much of which is built and maintained by volunteer groups. There’s...

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