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mattwragg mattwragg's article
Jan 30, 2020 at 3:09
Jan 30, 2020
mattwragg mattwragg's article
Jan 30, 2020 at 3:07
Jan 30, 2020
Staff Rides: Photographer Matt Wragg's Specialized Stumpjumper Evo 29
I have no idea what a "hot take" is. And I firmly believe in saving weight without compromising performance - hence the carbon saddle, cranks and bars and the minimal drivetrain, it's not like DH racers don't shave every single gram they can...
mattwragg mattwragg's article
Jan 30, 2020 at 3:03
Jan 30, 2020
Staff Rides: Photographer Matt Wragg's Specialized Stumpjumper Evo 29
Did you miss the bit where I mention my Scott Spark? It's about 11kg, mostly plastic and an utter rocketship, and it's what I ride most at home - I deliberately built this bike to feel as different to it as it could...
mattwragg mattwragg's article
Jan 29, 2020 at 21:48
Jan 29, 2020
Staff Rides: Photographer Matt Wragg's Specialized Stumpjumper Evo 29
@WAKIdesigns: Of course, but what in bike setup isn't a compromise?
mattwragg mattwragg's article
Jan 29, 2020 at 21:46
Jan 29, 2020
Staff Rides: Photographer Matt Wragg's Specialized Stumpjumper Evo 29
@seraph: You would be wrong there. Yes I am indeed an industry dickhead and get some good deals on some things, but I buy my drivetrains retail.
mattwragg mattwragg's article
Jan 29, 2020 at 8:34
Jan 29, 2020
Staff Rides: Photographer Matt Wragg's Specialized Stumpjumper Evo 29
@jaydawg69: I am tempted to try an EXT - wife is sponsored by them too... 165mm cranks would be good too, but I already had these cranks from a previous build and it seems a little profligate to buy another set just because of 5mm...
mattwragg mattwragg's article
Jan 29, 2020 at 8:30
Jan 29, 2020
Staff Rides: Photographer Matt Wragg's Specialized Stumpjumper Evo 29
@Kimura: I think I found the limits of the absolute power when I had a set on my DH bike last year, with the extra speed and grip from 200mm of travel I felt like I was a little undergunned, but on everything else they have had more than enough.
mattwragg mattwragg's article
Jan 29, 2020 at 8:28
Jan 29, 2020
Staff Rides: Photographer Matt Wragg's Specialized Stumpjumper Evo 29
A slacker headangle slows down the steering a little, you have more time to react and countersteer into things. The shorter stem speeds the steering back up again, so you lose most of that that lovely DH bike-esque counter steering feeling. If you look, it's rare to see a DH bike with a stem shorter than 45mm.
mattwragg mattwragg's article
Jan 29, 2020 at 8:25
Jan 29, 2020
Staff Rides: Photographer Matt Wragg's Specialized Stumpjumper Evo 29
Nope, zero contact - I cycled the shock through full travel before riding it to make sure and after a summer of bike parks there are zero black marks on the ST, so all good.
mattwragg mattwragg's article
Jan 29, 2020 at 8:25
Jan 29, 2020
Staff Rides: Photographer Matt Wragg's Specialized Stumpjumper Evo 29
They're pretty good - easier to mount, there was a batch a year or so ago that seemed to lose their elasticity a little quickly, but they seem to have sorted that and the current batch are doing well. I like them and have them in all my bikes. Good choice. ;)
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