Video: Joel Anderson, Matt Roe & Preston Williams Shred the New Stumpjumper Evo

Nov 6, 2020
by Tom Caldwell  


On the back of shooting with Joel and Matt for the Status back in Summer, we were asked to try and do something cool with the fresh 2021 Stumpy Evo. Any excuse to get out and shoot with those boys and I’ll be there in a jiffy. Start with the South West’s finest Joel Anderson, add in every riders favourite rider - Matt Roe, and finally throw in youngster and 2x British schoolboy 125 MX champ Preston Williams and you have a trio of amazing bike handlers. A strong little roster for Specialized from an array of backgrounds.



We wanted jumps though, lots more jumps. Matt Roe actually dug a fresh new line in the digger about 4 weeks prior up at Redhill specifically for this video (14 hour days kinda job) but we got shafted by the rain a few days before shooting, sadly rendering most of it unusable on the soft, sandy hill. But, we persevered and had a few cheeky back-ups including the insane work of the Dustyhuckers and their jumps hidden away in the South Wales Valleys. Along with a few pinned turns, wall rides in the Forest of Dean and sunset jump session, we got her done before the UK Autumn hit hard.


Photos for Stumpjumper 2021 Project. Photos by Ian Lean.

Joel stretching out a big nac for photographer Ian Lean, the banger machine. This is quite the line of jumps hidden away in the Forest of Dean. A little bird told me they might be available to the public soon, too.


Photos for Stumpjumper 2021 Project. Photos by Ian Lean.

Loves a good fast plant does Matt Roe.. Over the lower scrub bump on the freshly built line pretty early in the morning sun.

Photos for Stumpjumper 2021 Project. Photos by Ian Lean.

Preston Williams leaning her into some deep rutted turns over by PedalABikeAway. Check the video out and see him go full ejecto seato in this turn, and then nail it next run.

Photos for Stumpjumper 2021 Project. Photos by Ian Lean.

Joel pulling shapes over our posh uplift vehicles for the weekend, kindly provided by Arctic Trucks. They drove down from Scotland to come and help us out, so a big thanks to those chaps for getting involved. Keep scrolling down to see the Hilux in action.

Photos for Stumpjumper 2021 Project. Photos by Ian Lean.

The boys rolling through a finely crafted line on the way into the big boy jumps at the Dustyhuckers compound. Daunting at first, and I certainly wouldn’t hit them, but once the lads had gotten through them they were buzzing. They also got the Matt Roe seal of approval.. so you know they’re of supreme quality.

Photos for Stumpjumper 2021 Project. Photos by Ian Lean.

You may have seen lots of boys hitting this natural wall ride as of late, it’s a right cool feature you can ride right up and pop off the top. It’s certainly something a bit different.

Photos for Stumpjumper 2021 Project. Photos by Ian Lean.

Preston throwing some style mid-train on the way through to the jumps.

Photos for Stumpjumper 2021 Project. Photos by Ian Lean.

The scaffolding manny pad, demonstrated flawlessly by Matt and looking ominous below the threatening clouds.

Photos for Stumpjumper 2021 Project. Photos by Ian Lean.

More trains over the trucks once the wind had dropped.

Photos for Stumpjumper 2021 Project. Photos by Ian Lean.

The unmistakable shiny bald head and northern grin of Matt Roe. Along with digging, and lots of it, trying to make our Redhill jumps work - but it was to no avail. We then realised we were trying to film jumps in October.

Photos for Stumpjumper 2021 Project. Photos by Ian Lean.

Matt on the setup step-down into the Huckers jumps, put into perspective by the spooky looking trees.

Photos for Stumpjumper 2021 Project. Photos by Ian Lean.

Preston throwing shapes over the scrub bump. You can’t forget this lad is 2x British Champ in the schoolboy 125 category and is probably familiar with a good scrub or two. One to watch in the future of downhill after a few good junior results in recent world cups (9th & 13th).

Photos for Stumpjumper 2021 Project. Photos by Ian Lean.

The Hilux in action deep in the woods on uplift duty.

Photos for Stumpjumper 2021 Project. Photos by Ian Lean.

Joel’s foot keeps falling off in the air?

Photos for Stumpjumper 2021 Project. Photos by Ian Lean.

The ‘griz’ from Matt. Kind of like a one foot, kind of like a nac. A signature style transferred from BMX to MTB.

Photos for Stumpjumper 2021 Project. Photos by Ian Lean.

Sunrise hip sessions at Redhill over the Severn Estuary.

Photos for Stumpjumper 2021 Project. Photos by Ian Lean.

All the boys ready to drop in. You’ll notice the pans and zooms in this video are mixed with some stunning RED footage from the local camera wizard, Callum Philpott/Chapter Studios (pictured left). We tried to mix it up, combine styles and see how it came together. What do you think of the combination? Do you think they compliment each other? Let us know.

Photos for Stumpjumper 2021 Project. Photos by Ian Lean.

Final shapes from Joel on the final day of shooting.

A huge thanks to the Dustyhuckers for being such gents, Redhill Extreme and Matty Pugh (we’ll be back for redemption), Arctic Trucks for the logistics and huge uplift help, and Specialized Bikes for letting us do what we do.

Riders - Matt Roe, Joel Anderson, Preston Williams
Produced, shot, edited - Tom Caldwell
2nd camera/RED - Callum Philpott/Chapter Studios
Photography - Ian Lean

Soundtrack - A big thanks to Mz Boom Bap for being a dude
Mz Boom Bap x Ill Conscious - 'Nostalgic'
'Sorcery'
mzboombap1.bandcamp.com




43 Comments

  • 17 1
 Whis world needs more transfers from BMX into MTB. Change my mind.
  • 4 1
 sadly it's mostly seen as ''selling out'' in the core bmx community...
  • 6 0
 @tgr9: Maybe 5-10yrs ago, bmx is a lot less salty now.
  • 11 0
 Excellent stuff! Any Joel Anderson or Matt Roe video is always a must watch for me.

Anyone know where exactly that wall ride in the FoD is?
  • 2 0
 Yeah, rode it a few months ago, so cool, but it's kinda in ancient woodland and not really cool to share its location.
  • 5 0
 Weerrhooo Arctic trucks!
"Arctic Trucks have driven to both poles. They visited the North Magnetic Pole with BBC's Top Gear, and in the Antarctic a fleet of four and six wheel-drive vehicles are used by scientists to support their work. Arctic Trucks vehicles also set the record for the fastest journey to the South Pole in 2010."
  • 2 0
 I was just about to google Arctic Trucks haha
  • 3 0
 Hopefully Spesh can get more of these made. My original delivery date was supposed to be in March/April but my shop is telling me it might be oversold for the entire model year already. Womp womp.
  • 3 0
 Official spesh representative in my area: "No MTB for next 6 month, you can buy only road"
  • 4 0
 @nickmalysh: just got off the phone with the shop actually and they confirmed that too.

Model ETAs:
Stumpy Evo - ???
Regular Stumpy - May 2021 earliest
Epic/Epic Evo - ???
Enduro - ???

Time to get a gravel bike, I guess
  • 1 0
 @sjma: do it! you wont regret it
  • 1 0
 Local/ small scale builders are still working and largely unaffected by supply issues. I realise they’re not building stumpy evos but maybe never been a better time to #buylocal Wink got to be better than buying a gravel bike
  • 4 0
 Whatever did happen to that Status?
  • 3 0
 You can buy it in specialized stores only, not online.
  • 2 0
 @melonhead1145: And it's only in some stores in certain markets (I think the West Coast has a bunch of stores where they're carried). It's a sweet bike. My son received one and loves it.
  • 1 3
 @melonhead1145: That's every Specialized bike.
  • 5 1
 Hilux > Tacoma

Man those front clips look better that US models
  • 2 0
 Always have Frown
  • 7 0
 The US love ruining the front of European cars
  • 3 1
 @Bigwill13: BMW would like a word with you, Mr. Willy
  • 1 0
 @Bigwill13: wrong.... yall got ahold of the wrangler and put some huge fenders on it and took the tow hooks off.
  • 1 0
 @sjma: Smile hahaha
  • 6 6
 Thought i was getting the new evo but this is what Specialized emailed me, “the shipping team made a huge mistake, SHIPPED YOU ORDER WITHOUT ANY LABELS, and the order was lost.” Worst excuse I’ve ever heard from a major corporation! Don’t expect to see these bikes available for awhile. Nor will i ride for a company that has such little respect for customers
  • 1 0
 That’s too bad. This bike is on order for me, but who knows if/when I’ll see it. When I called the shop yesterday, they are allocated bikes in two shipments, one in November, another in December.
  • 1 0
 So wait- are they saying that they aren’t replacing your order? Are they offering a refund?
  • 1 1
 @vw4ever: best of luck. I had received emails it had shipped, and then an email to review the bike but obviously the bike never showed. Been riding the S for past 10 years but S(he) lied to me and now i dump S(he). I’m up for grabs ladies, who wants me to shred their wheels off
  • 2 0
 @vw4ever: bike was supposedly shipped Oct. 16. And after several emails i sent without reply’s, phone call that had me on hold for over 30 minutes, just yesterday i got that message. They did refund me my money but did not mention when more will be in stock
  • 2 0
 that flat rock wallride was 99% sure a feature in earthed 2

guys i think i might be sick
  • 2 0
 Great vibes! Love the soundtrack choice too
  • 2 0
 That’s how you sell a bike.
  • 1 0
 That rock wall looks awfully familiar... *cough cough* earthed 2 *cough cough* Lovely work fellas!
  • 1 0
 Anyone else here remember when Roey had hair? Smile
Forever stoked we get more footage of him after all these years \m/
  • 1 0
 So...bottom outs, seat rubs, and janky ride made to look good by sick riders...gotcha
  • 1 0
 Love the facials, I mean face shots errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
  • 1 0
 The DustyHuckers compound looks insane!
  • 2 0
 Hell of a video.
  • 1 0
 That was a sick video! Thanks for sharing!
  • 1 1
 Cause Tacoma’s are real European
  • 1 0
 Ahhh| Crispy Mc Stumpy
  • 1 0
 Class. Good work lads.
  • 1 0
 ebikes?
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