2014 Specialized Mountain Bikes – New StumpJumper Frame, Redesigned Camber, and new Crave
Much like the Epic line, the Stumpjumper hard tail sees changes for 2014 as well with a new FACT 11M frame on the S-Works models. Fitted with new geometry, SWAT compatibility, 142+ dropouts, and a lighter overall weight, the Stumpy still manages to put more power to the pedals with a refined BB area. The S-Works frames don’t have all the fun though, as the rest of the carbon frames with the exception of the Comp Carbon receive a new Fact IS 10 carbon frame that is also SWAT compatible. Both the 10 and the 11 frames feature new internal cable routing and a PF 30 BB.
Check out the new Camber and Crave after the break!
The Stumpjumper will be available in a frameset, offering the 11m frame which weighs around 1,050g. The frameset includes the custom RockShox Sid WC Brain equipped fork and a carbon S-Works post for $3,400. Complete Stumpjumpers will range from the entry level Comp at $2,000 to the top of the line S-Works at $7,800.
What was Carve, is now Crave. Details are slim, but we’re guessing there were issues with the name Carve which resulted in switching two letters to form the new name.
Regardless, the new aluminum Crave features a fully butted M4 aluminum 29er frame with a tapered headset, and improved compliance at the rear end. Available in Pro, Expert (pictured), Comp, and basic Crave, each model is based around a 100mm suspension fork with the addition of a Crave SL single speed model with their Chisel rigid carbon fork.
Retail on the Crave is $1,300 (SL) – $2,000 (Pro).
Trail riders get in on the action of some new bikes as well, with the introduction of a redesigned carbon Camber range. You’ll notice everything in Specialized’ line up is still 29 or 26 – no 650b. Specialized is pretty clear that they will not introduce a 650b bike in 2013. Having ridden others and built mid sized prototypes of their own, it isn’t out of the question for the future, but for now Specialized is pushing their wide range of 29ers to fit the smallest to largest riders.
So, it’s no surprise then that the Camber keeps its large hoops, and picks up a sleek new design as well. The S-Works Camber above carries a full Fox CTD Kashima suspension compliment, SRAM XX1 drivetrain, the new S-Works carbon crank, the new Roval Carbon Control Trail SL 142+ wheelset, and Formula T1 brakes. All of that comes at a price obviously, with retail set at $9,250, and the S-Works Camber frame at $4,250. Unlike the Epic and SJ framesets, the Camber does not include a fork, but does include the Command Post IR.
Changes to the frame include new internal cable routing, as well as the new concentric pivot rear shock block for better FSR movement and improved power transfer. There is also an all new S-Works version with the new FACT 11M carbon frame. The Camber doesn’t pick up the SWAT compatibility like the Epics, though it does have room for the Zee cage with the EMT mount at the bottom. Internal cable routing means the frame is compatible with the new Command Post IR with reduced lever force and its new head design – one we’re pretty keen on checking out.
Two versions of the Camber frame will be offered – the standard with 110mm travel, a 70° head angle, 335mm BB height, and 449mm chainstays, and the EVO versions with a 69° head tube angle, 333mm BB height, and 120mm of travel. The EVO will be offered in the Expert Carbon version and a lower priced M5 alloy model.
The Camber Expert Carbon Evo starts with a new FACT 9M frame with 120mm travel as mentioned, though the rear triangle is M5 alloy. An Autosag equipped Fox float CTD shock is mated to a Rock Shox Pike RC up front. Drivetrain duties are given to a SRAM X01 set up with Formula T1S brakes, and Roval Traverse All mountain wheels and a Command Post IR to cap it all off.
The non-EVO Camber Expert Carbon has a full Fox suspension spec, and a 2×10 X0 drivetrain rather than X01. It does get upgrades to the wheels though, with Roval Control Carbon 142+ hoops.
Pricing for the new Camber sits between the Camber FSR 29 at $1,850 and the new S-Works Camber at $9,250.
Other than a few spec changes, the Stumpjumper FSR line continues through unchanged, along with most of the Enduro line (with the exception of the Enduro Evo).
All images ©Wil Matthews / Specialized, used with permission.