How’d You Like a Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper FSR Carbon 29er? (A Week of Giving Away Bicycles, Day 2)
Ordinarily, I start my contest giveaway posts by sort of dancing around the topic. I hint. I allude. I relate personal anecdotes. All while hoping you’ll somehow have forgotten that I already pretty much told you what I’m giving away in the headline.
But today I’m not going to do that. Because I am so freaking excited about this bike. Instead — a mere two paragraphs into this post — I’m just going to come out and say it, in highly-noticeable bold italicized text: One of the Grand Prizes in the Grand Slam for Zambia 2 contest is a Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper FSR Carbon 29.
Here’s what the S-Works Stumpjumper FSR Carbon 29 looks like when it’s all built up, though — as you’ll see when you read a little further down this post — the colors and specs will be different than shown here:
That right there is a very fine bike. A $9500 bike, as shown stock, above. Anyone would be proud to have that bike just the way it’s shown.
But you see, we aren’t getting a stock bike. We’re going full-on custom.
First up, Specialized is donating the frame, which looks like this:
This frame — which retails for $4500 — is pretty much the foundation for the best trail bike you can build right now. It’s a FACT 11m full carbon FSR frame with dedicated 29er geometry, 130mm of travel, full-cartridge bearing pivots, PF30 BB, and 142mm dropouts. In other words, it’s a much nicer frame than you have ever imagined.
For the rear suspension, you’ll have a FOX/Specialized Brain shock with the ground-breaking AUTOSAG feature, buttery-smooth Kashima coating, Trail Tune inertia valve damping, Brain Fade, and adjustable rebound. If you don’t understand what that means, though, how about this: you’ll be able to roll over all kinds of stuff, and laugh maniacally as you do.
It’s going to be light enough for fast climbing, and incredibly plush for extraordinary descending.
And I gotta say, I like the orange, black, and white color scheme.
But wait a second. I believe I said that The Grand Slam for Zambia was going to include this as a bike, not just a bike frame.
And that leads us to the remarkable component spec for this bike, courtesy of SRAM.
Drivetrain: SRAM XX
This is SRAM’s top-of-the-line 2×10 group, and it’s a beauty. I especially dig the look of the crankset:
Wheels: SRAM RISE 60 29″
The RISE 60 wheel set are a sexy set of asymmetric carbon fiber rims. Sapim CX-Ray spokes and exclusive hub and pawl designs integrate seamlessly with your ride to boost speed, strength and engagement while ensuring low inertia and explosive acceleration. At least, that’s what the marketing copy says. One thing’s for sure: they’re going to look and ride fantastic. Look:
These are built for pro racing from Truvativ’s strongest, lightest carbon fiber. The Noir T40 Flat Bar weights just 110 grams and is 580mm wide fro maximum control, with a 5-degree sweep.
The Truvativ Stylo T40 stem is light enough for pro-level XC racing, but strong enough for burly trail riding. And I cannot believe that I just used “burly” in a sentence.
I Envy You
When all is said and done, this is going to be an absolute top-shelf mountain bike. As in a $10,000 top-shelf mountain bike. Sadly for me, I cannot win it. Which seems desperately unfair, but there you have it.
But you could win it — or any of the other prizes I’ve either announced or am going to be announcing soon. (Which includes, just as a reminder, an awesome “Africa in Moab” trip, the NYC trip, and a bunch of other things I am going to freak you out with in the very near future).
All you have to do to have a chance at winning is to go to my donation page and do something really kind and good that you’d probably do anyway: make a donation of any amount. Someone’s going to be chosen at random to win this bike. And while it’s unlikely to be you, it was also unlikely that Ed would win the Mojo. Or that Laura would win the trip to France. Or that Paul would win the trip to NYC.
In other words, someone’s going to win each of these prizes. And since, when all is said and done, this contest is going to have more than 10 prizes that could be considered “grand” prizes (3 Moab trips + the NYC trip + this bike, and we’ve hardly even gotten started), maybe this is a contest worth entering.
Oh, and if you don’t really dig mountain biking, you may want to go ahead and donate anyway. Because you wouldn’t be far wrong to think of this week as a Specialized sandwich, where one of the pieces of bread is this incredible bike I just described, and the other piece of bread is something roadies might find more to their liking (and is every bit as top-shelf).
What prizes will be revealed tomorrow, though? Another bike (not from Specialized), and a number of very cool other things.
And then, next week, I’m going to announce stuff that is even more insane than what I’m announcing this week. Stuff that is simply not to be believed. Honestly, I do not see how it will be possible for me to ever top this contest. I just don’t.