I managed to put our hands on a big stack of old Evans Cycles catalogues and flicking through the pages, the history of mountain bikes were played again in front of my eyes. As I was was trying to grasp the change, I realized that there are very few specific bike subbrands, that remained unchanged through the years. Specialized’s Stumpjumper is one of those remained unchanged – it was a important addition to the catalogue back in 1995 and it is important just as much today. But exactly how much did the Specialized Stumpjumper Comp change over the years? Let’s see, let the time travel begin.

1996 Specialized Stumpjumper

1996 - While the world of cross country mountain biking was ruled by Christophe Dupouey, Specialized's Stumpjumper lineup started with this bike. For £799 (worth around £1300 today) one could get an XT-LX drivetrain, Rapidfire shifters, clipless pedals and the fairly new invention: V-brakes. At this price point, however, a suspension fork was just a wild dream.

1998 Specialized Stumpjumper

1998 Two years later, Specialized upped the specs quite a lot with the components mainly being Deore XT and with the XTR rear mech. This is the first year with a suspension fork - it's a Judy XC fork, which was a decent fork, though not the lightest one. Remember, this was before the Boxxer times, so the Judy DH with 80 mm travel was the choice of downhillers, so the 60mm travel the Judy XC offered was a really good deal.

1999 Specialized Stumpjumper

1999 The Stumpy got £200 cheaper but the componentry is also less flashy: mainly LX with a bit XT here and there. Note the sudden switch to Manitou shocks. It's also interesting, that the 2000 Trek 8000 had a very-very similar color scheme, blue was probably the must-have colour in those years.

2001 Specialized Stumpjumper

2001 The blue colour is still dominant, now we've got back the XTR rear mech but the rest of the bike is still LX-based. This is probably highly subjective, but to me, this is the blandest design we've seen so far.

2002 Specialized Stumpjumper

2002 I'm suprised that IKEA didn't jump on this opportunity and didn't buy a bunch of these bikes for office use. The componentry remained mostly the same, however, from this year, we'll see Fox suspension forks at the front of the bikes.

2003 Specialized Stumpjumper

2003 Apparently, the designer(s) of the 2002 color scheme has been fired and the new team have done a wonderful job: it got the classic Specialized red treatment and the bike looks awesome! The specs are the usual, however, there's one big change: it came with a disc brake, for the first time.

2005 Specialized Stumpjumper

2005 Blue is back, the price remained the same and the SPD pedal is still included in the price. O tempore, o mores.

2006 Specialized Stumpjumper

2006 I'd love to say that there were revolutionary changes, but that would be a lie - the componentry almost identical to the 2005 bike. The colour is better, though.

2007 Specialized Stumpjumper

2007 The new year has brought not only a bland, blackish colourway, but the componentry has been changed: from a Shimano-only drivetrain to a SRAM drivetrain. The level of the components remained the same: top of the line rear mech and rest being upper-mid range.

2008 Specialized Stumpjumper

2008 Specialized Stumpjumper Comp

2009 Specialized Stumpjumper

2009 There is hope! After years of boring colour schemes, finally something that doesn't make you grab a brush and paint it all over again. As our catalogue in 2009 was dominated by affordable full suspension bikes, I don't have the exact specs here but it seems to be generally the same - SRAM drivetrain with Fox forks and Avid Juicy brakes.

2011 Specialized Stumpjumper

2011 And finally, the most recent incarnation of the Specialized Stumpjumper Comp: great colours, SRAM-dominated drivetrain and Rock Shox is back in the game with the Reba RLT. Compared with the 1996 Stumpy, it's come a long way. And what's to come in the next 15 years?

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