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Bike Check: Estelle Charles' Specialized Stumpjumper EVO with a Flight Attendant Coil Shock

May 17, 2024 at 13:47
by Dario DiGiulio  



Having spent a successful few years on the Rossignol Factory Team, Estelle Charles was signed to the Specialized Enduro Team after a strong 2021 EWS season. She's been racing for the big S ever since, and came to Bielsko-Biała with a rather unique setup.

Her S-Works Stumpjumper was decked out in a Sram/RockShox/Roval kit that few other competitors had, including a fair share of unseen parts that left me curious about what's on the horizon.

Estelle's brother Clément is her mechanic, and was in the pits to walk me around the bike and go through her race setup while she stepped onto the podium after her 4th place finish today in Poland.
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Age: 27
Height: 154 cm / 5'1"
Weight: 53 kg / 116 lb
Residence: Brittany, France
Sponsors: Specialized Enduro Team
Instagram:@estellecharles10

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I'm pretty into the condiment-themed colorway.

Bike Details:
Frame: Specialized Stumpjumper EVO S2 / High-Slack / Mixed Wheel
Fork: RockShox Lyrik, 160mm, Flight Attendant
Shock: RockShox Coil, Flight Attendant, 350# spring
Wheels: Roval Alloy, 28h front, 32h prototype rear
Tires: Specialized Butcher, T9, Grid Gravity
Dropper: RockShox Reverb AXS, 150mm
Brakes: SRAM Maven, 200mm front 180mm rear
Drivetrain: SRAM XX Transmission
Bars: Renthal Fatbar, 20mm rise 730mm wide
Stem: Renthal Apex, 40mm
Grips: Renthal Push-On, wired
Saddle: Specialized Power, 160mm wide




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The chainstay flip chip is set in High mode.

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And the headset is clocked in the -1° position.

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Hello, robot shock.
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Almost can't tell from this side.

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And an electrified red Lyrik to match.

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There wasn't too much info besides what you can see on the shock's exterior.

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All that Bluetooth certainly makes for a clean cockpit.
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With a comfy seat to view it from.

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The Van Halen Mavens don't perfectly match the candy red of the fork, but it's close.

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Estelle runs the new SRAM Pod Rocker on the left.
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And the older Rocker Paddle on the right.

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And some nicely wired Renthal grips.

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The shock has externally adjustable hydraulic bottom out and low speed rebound, but appears to lack LSC and HSC dials.
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The fork has the same interface as the new XC Flight Attendant, as well as externally adjustable low-speed rebound.

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Estelle is running some prototype Look pedals with a very large pinned platform.
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The fancy S-Works carbon shock yoke.

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A well-sorted yellow shredder.



More photos can be found in the album here.

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86 Comments
  • 44 1
 FYI: specialized Stumpy eco alloy frames are only $999 right now…
  • 4 0
 Looks like this is for the USA, which makes sense :-( For any Canadians excited by this news, I still see $3100 on the Spec. webstore.
  • 8 0
 @toooldtodieyoung: order your frame to a us address, then pop down for a ride trip and swoop your frame while you’re here!
  • 2 0
 No lg or med
  • 1 0
 @twonsarelli: love this idea! Not practical right now, but an excellent idea nonetheless.
  • 2 0
 It's been this price for months now

Also Fanatik just had Status frames for $420, sold out now.
  • 3 4
 can we still throw stumpy eco frames in the ocean when we're done with them or is that against the rules for the eco version
  • 2 1
 @rickybobby19: Nah only throw ebike batteries in the ocean, please.
  • 2 0
 @toooldtodieyoung: if you want, i can ship it to you. Ive done it before for alot of my european friends, just an option. Idd feel bad if I didnt offer.
  • 1 0
 @joebiden: thanks! I actually went far enough to look it up and run through the sizing calculator. I'd be a size 3 Frown , which is out of stock.

I'm not sure I would go through with it anyway because I just bought a bike in March, but I seem to always be a sucker for a good deal. A grand for that frame seems like a very good deal.
  • 1 0
 @mkul7r4: yeah my buddy bought the frame then scooped up a ton of parts on the planet cyclery site. Built it up for pennies on the dollar.
  • 14 0
 Wow running GRID and GRID Trail casings in an EDR race. She's on the smaller side but still, the rhetoric that if you even breathe on anything less than a dh casing it'll tear feels overblown to me. Seems to work for her.
  • 11 0
 I know it shows Grid in the picture but in the details it lists them as Grid Gravity
  • 1 0
 Assuming it's black sharpied out, not a flimsy Grid casing
  • 10 0
 Don't see this and run to go buy a coil for your stumpy evo! I bought a stumpy evo used with a Rockshox Super Deluxe coil on it and a couple months in it snapped in a corner at the eyelet, driving its force into the frame and ultimately breaking the frame as well. Specialized does not cover this under their warranty as they will say it is your fault for not researching which shocks are approved for that bike so for me I was out a couple grand for a new frame. The moral of the story is research what coil shocks work with this frame before riding one!
  • 4 0
 There is a steel shaft option for 2023+ to address this.
  • 9 6
 Specialized won’t cover anything with their warranty. Broke the chainstay on my evo and they called it wear and tear. Their lifetime warranty is a marketing gimmick.
  • 9 2
 @aafisher10: I have had excellent experiences with specialized warranty. The only company that I know of that will warranty non original owner frames.
  • 7 0
 @aafisher10: Crashed and dented my seatstay badly, bought a new seatstay with crash replacemant program and paid 115euros (or something like that), I think thats pretty cheap including bearings and all for my mistake.
  • 2 2
 @aafisher10: that’s kinda what it seems like, i definitely will not be buying from them again
  • 6 4
 @aafisher10: it's not a gimmick. I've warrantied hundreds of Specialized frames over the last 25 years.
  • 2 2
 @aafisher10: cracked my chainstay, got a new chainstay under warranty, then cracked the front triangle, got a sworks under warranty
  • 1 0
 I snapped a shock with only 2 seasons on it at Blue Mountain. Not a cheap lesson.
  • 2 1
 @seraph: That's not a good thing...
  • 10 2
 "The shock has externally adjustable hydraulic bottom out and low speed compression, but appears to lack LSC and HSC." Both has and lacks LSC, innovative.
  • 1 0
 From what I understand, it has the controls but what they're intended to adjust is missing. I think that's ok considering this is not a product that's for sale to the end consumer. It is a bit like unloaded speaker cabinets at a rock show.
  • 2 0
 @vinay: On Flight Attendant the LSC is adjusted either through the fork unit (manually) or through the AXS app. She can also use the top button on the LH control (or any button actually - can also be assigned in the AXS app) to put the suspension system into her preferred mode (PEDAL or 'LOCK') if for some reason she thinks that the AUTO mode isn't doing exactly what she wants when she wants it to. AUTO mode can also have a bias between OPEN and LOCK (and any where in between) set either manually or through the app.
The only potential 'weakness' of Flight Attendant over non Flight Attendant Ultimate forks and shocks is that the HSC can not be adjusted externally by the rider on the Flight Attendant models - you run what your tech set during the service. This might be a reason that the top elites might hesitate to use it at an event ie they feel that the variety of stages or weather means that they want the ability to adjust their HSC during the event.
Otherwise for 99.9% of riders, including elite riders, Flight Attendant is going to save energy/ help find time.
  • 5 0
 cool to see she's running it MX, don't think I've seen that from any of the spesh enduro riders yet. I wonder if she's got the standard spesh MX link (decreases progression to ~13% from the stock 19%) or if that carbon yoke and/or rocker link are custom. sick bike either way.
  • 2 1
 Only one of their riders is on 29. I think it’s because they are sitting on a bunch of MX links that aren’t selling so all stumpjumpers are MX now.
  • 1 1
 My GF is only an inch shorter and finishes virtually every ride we do with tire tracks on her butt from the 29 on a Stumpy. And she is definitely NOT advanced.
  • 25 0
 @JSTootell: so did you switch to a GF with longer legs?
  • 2 0
 @JSTootell: I'm not the only soul who's accused of hit and run, Tire tracks all across your butt, uh-huh, I can see you had your fun.
  • 1 0
 @LemonadeMoney: crosstown traffic
  • 1 0
 @LemonadeMoney: I am upset that I have but one kudos to give.
  • 7 0
 Can we please get a new Enduro Specialized?
  • 2 4
 Not released yet, but if you send in your warranty claims now for cracked head tube / shock tunnel / seat stay the replacement might be ready in time to save you the 6 months off the (future) bike.
  • 7 1
 @Blownoutrides: just got a replacement in 5 business days from taking it in. People act like they won’t have a couple year supply of old model warranty frames and the day the new one comes out all the warranty replacements will be the new model. Insane.
  • 1 0
 @sophisticatedhonky: don’t tell me that, I’ve got the cracked headset but waiting to claim it after the new model drops…
  • 5 0
 Why do the vast majority (or so it seems) of racers run Renthal bars?
  • 1 1
 Rental bars seem to ranked pretty high for stiffness so that's likely it.
  • 2 2
 @warmerdamj: this. Im not a big racer but Renthal bars all day. Your bike goes precisely where you need it without any weird flex.
  • 8 0
 @kusa: what noodles were you using previously?
  • 23 0
 @BermJunky: Angel Hair al dente on my XC bike and Penne on the enduro bike
  • 1 0
 @Hayek: hahaha
  • 5 0
 @kusa: Until they don't. I've bent quite a few alloy Renthal smacking tree's and throwing the bike down. Graduated to carbon bars and my arms feel less pumped and have never snapped a carbon bar. Now, the carbon Renthals are extremely stiff, so stiff they made my 39 year old arthritic hands hurt LOL
  • 4 0
 Probably giving the teams the most money.
  • 2 0
 @Simann: hands aching is probably more a function of back sweep angle rather than the carbon bar being too stiff. Renthal have a reputation of being quite well damped whilst being precise.
Perhaps try a PNW Components Loam bar which has a 10º back sweep or an SQ-Lab 30X carbon which has a 12º back sweep. And give either of them a decent try as they will feel 'odd' for the first couple of rides and then you'll probably find that your hand pain goes away.
  • 1 0
 I am running a Renthal stem paired with the carbon fatbar with 30mm rise and 31.8 diameter. It is the best money I have spent on my Stevo.
  • 4 0
 So now rockshox is also in a battle with Fox to see who can make the ‘same’ color clash the best (worst?)
  • 4 0
 Always wondered why no spesh riders are on an enduro? Do I need to sell mine?
  • 5 0
 Nah, just send it over here. I’ll dispose of it for you
  • 10 0
 The Enduro is such a long and plush bike that I think when you race on a course with lots of tights turns (Europe) and pedaling sections, the STEVO just ends up being faster overall. Enduro is a great bike just more straight-line smash type of riding. IMO anyway…
  • 4 0
 @Scottycruz: And look at the size of the rider. Smaller riders can tend towards the shorter travel lighter bikes for racing.
She has a 150 mm dropper slammed in the seat tube. I am running the 170 mm version with about 8 cm of lower post exposed from the seat tube.
  • 3 0
 Ronald McDonald approves!
  • 1 0
 I had a yellow framed schwinn homegrown in high school with a red judy sl.
  • 1 0
 @twonsarelli: Ha, I remember that colorway!
  • 1 0
 @justinfoil, incorrect use of colorway above. Sik em boy.
  • 1 0
 Chaz Maz was running a flight attendant equipped Super Deluxe Coil a while back, when he was still running the Enduro. www.instagram.com/p/CiKDvxCsV8Z/?img_index=2
  • 3 0
 Damn safety wire around the grips. Never seen that on MTB.
  • 1 0
 Running Butchers over Cannibals unlike the other Specialized athletes I’m curious as to why!
  • 2 0
 Easier tire to use and great all around, with cannibal you need to be more agressive.
  • 1 0
 The serial number on the shock is visible. Anyone want to try and look it up on the rockshox app? I’m too lazy
  • 2 0
 Beauty bike wow!
  • 1 1
 Is this just the new stumpy hiding in plain sight??
  • 4 3
 No, they don't need a new stumpy, it's already almost perfect, but I would like to see a new enduro.
  • 4 1
 Same stumpy evo frame they’ve had since 2021 model year, although we’ve all been told not to run coils. Then again, if hers goes bang there are spares to be had for free
  • 1 0
 How? What’s novel about this?
  • 1 0
 @sagemtbs: I'd agree with that sentiment and the same for the Enduro really. I'm pretty sure the there are updated versions for both right around the corner.
  • 4 0
 @twonsarelli: The Lost Co. made some specific videos on the subject of coil shocks for EVOs. Here's number three of a series:
youtu.be/BycgZDODm90?si=Yj5EksdhdA-K0KQ1
  • 1 0
 @HappyBiker19: thanks for sharing. I had not see that before. I’m running a cascade link and an X2 on mine and it feels amazing. I’m sure that SDE coil rips too!
  • 1 0
 That red spring tho
  • 1 1
 It’s a shame sram could use the same colour red on all its red parts
  • 1 3
 Was never a fan of the asymmetrical arm Looks freakish like a a Cannondale Lefty
  • 2 4
 The best part is that the peice of shit CEO has been replaced
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