Specialized’s Stumpjumper is synonymous with trail bikes. After all, it’s been in the Californian behemoth’s line up for an incredible 34 years.

Frame and equipment: SWAT stash box and better matched suspension

In that time it’s changed radically from the steel hardtail that was first given the name. This is the latest Stumpjumper incarnation, and as this particular bike is an S-Works model, the frame is fully carbon, which helps keep bike weight to a reasonable 12.1kg. Specialized has been making carbon mountain bikes since 1988, so is well versed in making light but durable composite creations.

The Big S has also increased integration of its SWAT (Storage Water Air Tools) system. Previous incarnations have included hidden tools and add-ons to bottle cages, but the carbon Stumpy has a great big port in the down tube which increases storage without making the bike look like a Buckaroo donkey.

The bottle

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