Industry Bike Check: Sebastian Maag’s Specialized Stumpjumper
During a visit to Specialized’s German Headquarters in Holzkirchen, Marketing Manager Sebastian Maag showed us a very special bike: a Specialized Stumpjumper hardtail on steroids. More precisely one built up for maximum downhill fun. On first inspection the bike looks a bit strange, but if you believe the words of its owner the concept really works and regularly puts a big grin on his face.
The spec is anything but normal and many will ask: why would a lightweight carbon hardtail need such heavy duty parts? But Sebastian has an enlightening answer:
“The bike has as much pragmatic as emotional reasons for me: because of my dislike (you could almost describe it as hate) of gyms I quite like riding even in the worst weather.” Winter is a time of rain, mud, snow, slippery roots and difficult to judge trails. Riding a hardtail at this time of year is a lot of fun for me as it trains my riding skills and balance on the bike as well as my ability to read lines. You can’t just blast over everything, you have to choose lines and concentrate on the trail surface. So I start the new season without having had a off-bike period. That helps against the winter fat.
The hardtail also reminds me of my first time mountain biking. Lots of memories, emotions and experiences from the past and that increases my motivation even more. That doesn’t mean I want to go back in time but those times were cool.
The result is a hardtail that is fitted with robust components and potent tyres, and one that isn’t afraid of hard terrain. “
The basis of the project is a Specialized Stumpjumper frame combined with a Rahmen in 120 mm RockShox SID-fork.
Since our visit the bike has been updated again. The RockShox SID-fork has been swapped for the RS-1-upside down model and the rigid seat post changed to the new Specialized Command Post XCP.
Specialized Team Rider Mitch Ropelato saw the bike and was thrilled after a short test ride. Since then, he has also joined the 29er hardtail club. complete with indestructible equipment.
What do you think about this type of bike – does it guarantee fun or is it simply pointless? Write a comment under the article and let us know.
Words & Pictures: Christoph Bayer