2019 SPECIALIZED MOUNTAIN BIKE GUIDE

Words by Cycles UK

on 08/01/2019 10:15:00

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The 2019 Specialized Mountain Bike range is now in full flow from the already hugely popular Pitch in new colourways to exciting new concepts like the Epic Evo! This year Specialized seem to have simplified their range quite a bit, dropping the Camber, Rhyme, Fuse, Ruze and Fatboy. The Camber and Rhyme have been replaced by the brand new Stumpjumper ST and Women’s Stumpjumper, whilst the “Fat Bikes” seem to have been dropped altogether.

If you are new to Specialized, it’s useful to know how they categorise their bikes in to level of specification.

In acsending order:

-Base model (no name)

-Sport

-Comp

-Expert

-Pro

Pitch

The Specialized Pitch is our best-selling mountain bike. It is a well-priced sports hardtail with a list of carefully chosen components on every model, perfect for those first opening the gates of mountain biking. It is and forever will be one of our favourites, and this year's colours are no exception.95518-60_PITCH-MEN_SPORT-27-5-INT_BL[1]

Rockhopper

The Specialized Rockhopper is one step up from the Pitch with bigger 29-inch wheels and a more trail orientated setup.

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2019 has seen the arrival of a new Rockhopper Pro with a 1x11 drivetrain. The Rockhopper has been a staple of the Specialized range along with the Stumpjumper for decades and most of us at Cycles UK have owned one at some point. The Rockhopper is perfect for the rider that is just starting with performance mountain biking and looking to do a bit of XC riding as well as light trails.

Chisel

At this point in Mountain biking, if your budget is around £1800 and you are serious about wanting to get into either XC riding/racing or trail/all-mountain riding the road forks down two paths either the Chisel or the Stumpjumper.

The Specialized Chisel is an aluminium XC race bike born from the development of the Epic hardtail and Specialized’s love of high-performance aluminium.

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The Chisel shares many of the Epic’s qualities but at a price that puts it just above the rockhopper in Specialized’s mountain bike range, making it perfect for the rider wanting to race, or just ride damn fast, on a budget.

Stumpjumper

The Stumpjumper was the first ever mass-production mountain bike in 1981 and now, in 2019, it is a full suspension trail bike with a brand new asymmetric frame design.

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Back in April, we posted about Specialized’s new Stumpjumper that had just been released. Back then the only models on sale were carbon, there were no aluminium bikes and the Evo wasn’t obtainable either. Now the full range is available in a broad selection of different geometries, specs and colours, meaning there is a Stumpjumper for everyone and Specialized’s flagship mountain bike, with all its heritage, is more diverse than ever.

The Stumpjumper range can be separated into three different frame geometries:

-The Stumpjumper ST (short travel 130mm)

-The Stumpjumper (long travel 150mm)

-The Stumpjumper Evo (long travel with slacker and lower geometry)

Each model comes in 27.5 and 29 wheel sizes, aluminium or carbon (except the Evo which only comes in aluminium) and of course the standard variations of spec.

The Evo model’s sizing is like Specialized’s downhill bike, the Demo. It comes in S2 or S3 which is basically a measure of how low the bottom bracket is and how slack the head tube is, meaning you can choose a frame geometry to suit your riding style.

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The Stumpjumper ST is brand new and has replaced the Camber for 2019

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Epic

The Specialized Epic is a fully race-ready carbon XC bike that comes in three variations:

-The Epic Hardtail

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-The Epic (full-suspension)

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-The Epic Evo (trail orientated)

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Whilst the Epic is a very serious race bike the addition of the Evo model has brought playful characteristics to the range. Specialized marketed it as the Epic that is more epic! It comes with a dropper post, 20mm more fork travel and wider tyres so that you can shred the trails on it too!

Enduro

It’s in the name. The Specialized Enduro is a long travel enduro/trail bike meant for enduro racing and for when the trail gets serious.

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It’s the Stumpjumper’s bigger brother and shares a lot of its characteristics. For 2019 Specialized have released some great new colourways.

Turbo Levo and Kenevo

Specialized’s electric mountain bikes are the Turbo Levo and Turbo Kenevo and you can effectively look at them as the electric Stumpjumper (Levo) and the electric Enduro (Kenevo). Pedalling is electrically assisted with a motor meaning you can dart up the hill with ease allowing you to ride more trails and have more fun.

The Levo comes in a hardtail model.

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And a full-suspension model.

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Specialized are one of the only companies not using Bosch or Yamaha motors in their E-bikes, instead, they have their own system which works with their Mission Control app on your phone.

The Kenevo means serious business.

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Demo

Last but not least is the Specialized Demo. The Demo is the all-out downhill bike with a huge 200m travel fork and the most aggressive geometry possible.

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If you want to be king of the downhill world, this is the bike for you.