Specialized is the last of the big bike companies without a 27.5″ (650B) bike in its lineup – well, it was until now! Spy shots of Curtis Keenes Prototype 27.5 Stumpjumper Evo indicated their interest in the popular middle sized format, and we can now confirm that the Stumpjumper FSR Expert Carbon Evo 27.5″ and the Stumpjumper FSR Comp Evo 27.5″ are going into production! Even though Specialized have now specified two of its well-proven trail bikes with 27.5″ wheels, the main focus of the US-giant still remains on 29er bikes!
With the announcement of new 27,5″-tires a few weeks ago, Specialized started rumors that soon bikes following the same standard would follow – today those rumors came true. Specialized emphasizes, however, that they still stick to their “Bigger is Better”-philosophy. With the newly introduced models, Specialized reacts to the rising demand for 27.5″-bikes and their great popularity in the trail sector. They want to offer a up-to-date alternative for those customers who don’t want to ride a 29er-bike.
Pricing of the two new 27,5″ models should be similiar to the now replaced models, costing 5299 Euro (Stumpjumper FSR Expert Carbon Evo) and 2699 Euro (Stumpjumper FSR Comp Evo).
The new bikes will be available mid-April – expect more information, first pictures and a review soon here on enduro-mtb.com!
Update: Here’s an official picture of the Stumpjumper FSR Expert Evo 650b: