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Eurobike 2011: Specialized's 2012 mountain bikes

09:07 7th September 2011 by David Arthur @davearthur
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Eurobike is a colossal show and the Specialized stand is one of the biggest within it. We took a nose around and these are some of the highlights that caught our eye.

This is where it all started. 30 years ago this Stumpjumper from Specialized was one of the first true production mountain bikes to take the sport to the world.

Specialized this year marks the 30th anniversary (which is why this modern bike was placed alongside the original) of the Stumpjumper with a bike that looks better than ever before, with dramatic improvements to the suspension system and vastly increased versatility across the range.

The new Stumpjumper FRS  features the brand new AutoSag system, the latest development with Fox, and is intended to take the pain and guesswork out of correctly setting up the sag on your bike.

Getting the sag properly set on a full suspension bike is imperative to getting the most out of the suspension, but it’s certainly an area that needs more education if the rider is to get it properly dialled in.

AutoSag aims to make it as easy as sitting on the bike, hitting a lever, and hey presto the sag is perfectly set, ready to ride. To setup the shock, it’s simply a matter of pumping the shock to 50 psi over the rider weight, sitting on the saddle and hitting the Autosag button. The shock will release air until the desired sag point is reached.

Specialized is one for attention to detail. The brand new Dangler chain device weighs just 30g and promises low-friction with the composite plastic technology taken from the motorbike world.

Above, the carbon fibre Stumpjumper hardtail.

There weren’t just 29ers on display. Here’s a Stumpjumper with normal sized wheels.

About as race-ready 29er carbon hardtail you’ll find, this is the same S-Works frame as the World Cup team have been using with much success this season.

Standing out as much for its bright yellow paintjob as for its massive wheels. The Epic has been giving the 29er makeover, and looks great for it.

The Carve is a completely new range intended to offer 29ers at a more affordable price. The three bike range uses a TIG-welded double butted M4 aluminium frame, hydroformed with the company’s distinctive curved downtube and, to shorten the chainstays, a kinked seat tube. Increasing mud clearance around the rear tyre are bridgeless seat- and chainstays.

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