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I guess this is just how aluminum bikes are going to happen now. Brands release a high-end, high-profile bike in carbon, and eventually, an alloy version comes along. Transition recently made a big deal out of doing this, but it’s kinda been a theme in the industry lately. Ibis has taken something like this approach with their AF models, and YT tends to put about a year’s gap before updates to their carbon bikes make it to their aluminum counterparts. Carbon may be in the driver’s seat, but aluminum will always be there to take the wheel if we need it to. Whether you’d rather not spend $7,000 on a bike, or you’re not so keen on the waste involved with carbon bikes, or you just like the rough-and-tumble appeal of a metal frame, it’s nice to see most brands will still have something to offer. And today, Specialized continued to carry that torch with the introduction of the new Stumpjumper Evo Alloy.
If you’re not familiar, the Stumpjumper Evo is one of the wildest bikes Specialized has ever made. We covered it in our very first round of The Beta Tests. There are multiple points of adjustability in head angle, bottom-bracket height and chainstay length. In fact, the Stumpy Evo has the capability to be even longer and slacker than the otherwise far more aggressive Enduro. Also, Specialized actually made its own mixed-wheel link for the Evo. It is available in sizes all the way from XS to XXL, though Specialized refers to that as S1 to S6 to help send the message that frame size is something you choose based on preference, not body height. If you’re 5’11” and you want to ride a sled, get an S5. If you want a nimble big BMX bike, get an S3. The Stumpjumper Evo is possibly the most versatile bike ever made.
Thing is, though, the carbon version starts at $5,o00. Not bad, considering what that gets you, but definitely a high barrier to entry for a bike that has such broad appeal. So, today, two aluminum options have been added to the mix. One, with a budget-friendly, suspension-first approach to spec that mixes low-priced SRAM components with solid Fox shocks. The other, a high-end build that actually exceeds the price of that entry-level carbon Evo, but is aimed at riders who choose metal for reasons beyond just its value. And both alloy versions feature the same geometry and same geometry adjustment as the carbon Evo. Also, in a first for Specialized, it offers their SWAT in-frame downtube storage on an aluminum frame.
Below are the two builds the alloy Stumpy Evo is hitting the market with. But if neither quite rise to your vision of what a Stump Evo Alloy is capable of, or if you already have a kit ready to roll, there’s also a frame-only with a Float X Performance available in two colors for $1900.
Stumpjumper Evo Alloy Comp: $3,800
Stumpjumper Evo Alloy Elite: $5,600