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My stumpy. Bought in the end of year sale in 2010, I stripped it and replaced all components, with my xtr groupset, chris king/mavic wheelset, and fox 32 150RLC Kashima forks. To say I have enjoyed riding this bike is an understatement. It would have for me to keep it so long. I must admit I used to be a little bit anti specialized. That was until I first tried one the repack trail on Mount Tam in 2010. I had never ridden a bike that descends and climbs as well as this in one package.

The expert version is not as light as the sworks model (but that was way over my budget). With the addition of 150mm Rockshox Pike fork (not shown in pics) and a Rockshox Reverb seatpost this is my definition of the perfect trail bike. It also now runs Chinese Light Cycle/Novatec carbon wheels and weighs just over 26lbs. I have had this bike for about 4 years now, and have clocked up many miles at Swinley forest, Dorking Hills and South wales.


Having decided to keep this bike, and it getting a bit worn out, a full refurb was on the cards (see the section in mods & tips). New bearings, bolts, chainset, rear shock, and most of all – paintjob & graphics). It has been transformed 🙂



Carbon frame – Professionally resprayed with retro 1991 Stumpjumper decals

Fox Evo CTD rear shock

Rockshox Pike 150mm fork

Mavic XM719 rims on Chris King Hubs

Rockshox Reverb Stealth seatpost (diy internal routing)

Shimano XT 1 x 10 gearset with Raceface narrow wide chainring

Formula R1 Brakes

Answer carbon handlebar

Schwalbe Hans Dampf front tyre and specialized butcher rear tyre

I was lucky enough to win “Readers Rides” in Mountain Biking Australia in Q1 2015 which was an honour, they included photos and a little write up.

After the refurb on the stumpy, and getting used to the 27.5 wheels on my xc bike, it never felt the same again. I had a few major falls and the bike just felt too short. Its all relative because i had been very happy with it for 5 fun filled years before i tried 27.5 wheels.

I would like to have kept it and put it up on the wall as a work of art, but funds and space did not permit. I broke up the bike and sold off on ebay. I kept the chris king hubs and a few control items only.