2015 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp Carbon 6Fattie


I often use Specialized’s bikes as a benchmark for sizing; I’ve never wanted to ride anything other than a Medium bike from them. A few years ago, they were on the long side relative to other bikes, but then everyone started growing top tubes. Now their sizing is right in the middle of the field. Throughout all of this, my feelings on their sizing have never changed, and a Medium Stumpjumper continues to work well for my 5’8” frame.

By the Numbers

Head Angle

A 67 degree head angle keeps the steering snappy, but is just slack enough for most steep and / or high-speed riding. Many new bikes are starting to come with slacker head angles, but I find that it’s at about 66 degrees where steering can start feeling floppy on flat ground.


17.2” (437 mm) chainstays are pretty short for a 29er full suspension bike, and I use that as a reference point because 27.5+ tires come in at 28.5” in diameter, and so 29er geo is a closer reference than 27.5 geometry.

Tom Collier reviews the Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp Carbon 6Fattie for Blister Gear Review.
Tom Collier on the Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp Carbon 6Fattie, Park City, UT.

I really liked this chainstay length. They are longer than on many Specialized bikes (I’ve often thought Specialized uses chainstays that are too short), which placed me more centered between the wheels and makes weighting the front wheel oh-so-easy. Yet they are still short enough to feel nimble and make lifting the front easy, too.

Bottom Bracket

The bottom bracket is pretty low at 13.03” (331 mm). Especially with the stock 175 mm cranks, it was common to hit the pedals on rocks (or anything else). However, the low bottom bracket makes the bike carve very well, and I’ll personally take this trade-off every time. But I would probably swap out the cranks for 170 mm cranks—the 5mm difference ends up mattering more than you might think.

Seat Tube Angle

The seat tube angle is on the steep side at 74 degrees, but when paired with the offset Specialized dropper post, it feels very average. This combo doesn’t push you toward the front like on many new bikes. But at the same time, the Stumpjumper isn’t super slack like many new bikes, so a really forward saddle position isn’t needed.

Wheelbase, Reach, Top Tube

Wheelbase, reach, and top tube length are all very average: 45.24” / 1149 mm; 16.26” / 413 mm; and 23.23” / 590 mm respectively. I like that they spec a 60 mm stem; it’s a nice balance between quick reactions to handlebar input, and letting you stretch out on the bike without requiring a cumbersomely-long wheelbase. And I say that I’m coming with a bias toward shorter stems.

NEXT: Frame Details

5 comments on “2015 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp Carbon 6Fattie”

  1. Sort of minor question…. the Specialized dropper lever is not compatible with a thomson? I’ve used one with mine for a year. Definitely a bit of a pull but works fine.

    • I know Thomson changed their setup at some point last year and flipped around how the cable is oriented. The post I have requires the swaged cable end to attach at the bottom of the post. The Specialized lever requires that the swaged end terminates at the lever. If you are determined, you could swage a second end onto the cable and make it work, but short of that it isn’t easily compatible.

  2. Great review. Love the depth. Every Specialized I’ve owned has been expensive — from pedal replacement costs due to their ridiculously low bottom brackets. No easy fix for taller guys, either.

    OTOH, it’s much easier to add a volume reducer to a Fox shock to reduce bottoming than it is to remove a non-existent one due to excessive ramp up. I like S’s approach in this regard.

    • Thanks Tom. I agree that it is easier to add a reducer than remove a non-existent one. I hope to add one to this bike to try it out. I’m not sure whether or not I’ll be able to get enough ramp though. It is very deficient and the shock already has a stroke reducer in it so I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to fit in there in terms of spacers.

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