Archive for the ‘Mountain Bike’ Category

Manufacturer –Specialized Bicycle,Morgan Hill, CA
Model –Stumpjumper FSR Evo
Price -$4,100


With a 2×10 Sram drivetrain, carbon cranks, fox suspension and a 67 degree head tube angle – Specialized’s Stumpjumper EVO is a swiss-army of a bike meant to handle many different disciplines of mountain biking.  Offering a laterally stiff frame, Specialized also took into consideration the EVOs designed, making sure the bike looked beautifully mean on all angles.

Bottom Line

If you’re looking for a full-suspension All-Mountain ride that you can cruise down the steep stuff and grind up hills, the Specialized Stumpjumper EVO is the bike to go after.  Add a dropper post and you’ll be ready for any type of bike-shredding action.


The second race of the Southridge Winter Series surprised racers competing in the Super D with an unusually long course – with more elevation gain than past races.  By combing both hills surrounding the water tower road, competitors were handed a 10 minute course, with most pros finishing in the  nine minute mark.  Technically sound, the course was a test of both ones fitness and riding abilities.  Future Super D racers should take note that Fontucky’s courses are just about to get tougher.

Photo by: Ryan Smith

The beginning of the year is usually a downtime for riders in the eastern portion of the country, but for west coast racers and weekend warriors, the Southridge Winter Series is both a time to prep and gauge ones self for upcoming races, such as the nationals, which happen at a later date.  The series includes XC, DH, 4X, and Super D.

The winter series, however, is different in than most races in that it’s very grassroots, but still attract many professional riders, with the likes of the Atherton’s, Danny Macaskill, Joe Lawwill, Aaron Gwin and trail builder / racer Eric Carter showing up and racing with local talents.

With the first race down, the series still has four races to go happening every two weeks, with the next one set for the weekend of Jan. 22-23.

Photos by: Ryan Smith