Rock Steady

May 30, 2008
Outside Magazine
Gary Fisher HiFi Deluxe 29

   Photo: Mark Weins

Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper FSR PERFECT FOR: Riders with pro-level expectations, on and off the course. WHY IT’S COOL: The trail-versus-cross-country debate is over. The new Stumpjumper delivers the five inches of beefy front and rear travel that defines trail bikes; yet, at a mere 23 pounds, it weighs less than Specialized’s top cross-country racer, the Epic. The swoopy carbon-fiber frame is gorgeous, practical (with plenty of stand-over), and pleasantly stiff and responsive. BEFORE YOU BUY: If you spend most weekends racing, the geometry may feel too slack for you. $7,400; 23.1 lbs (M);