I took my orange 2013 Ibis Mojo into the local shop a week or so ago to get a final inspection before we head out on the CT, and got the call the next day – $2000 in work! Bottom bracket redo, new seat dropper, redo of both shocks, and a whole bunch of other things. I figured my old black 2008 Ibis Mojo that Kyle is riding was probably in worse shape, so to my delight Cris said, “Why don’t you just get new bikes?” Deal!
I went into research mode and after talking to a bunch of friends over several days, particularly Jon Nordby and Nick Thelen, Kyle and I headed over to Louisville Cyclery and checked out Specialized Stumpjumpers. Michael Hanna did a great job walking me through all the various models and benefits, and after tooling around in the parking lot hopping curbs, we settled on the Stumpjumper FSR Expert Carbon 6fattie. These bikes have 27.5″ tires between the old 26″ standard, and new 29″ wheel which rolls faster. They are also 3″ wide (fattie!), which when run tubeless definitely felt more grippy to me.
We placed our order for 2 Gloss Rocket Reds on Friday, and waited. We called on Monday, “Are they here yet?” Same thing on Tuesday, “Are they here yet?” I’m sure LC staff were tired of seeing my phone number.
Finally on Wednesday afternoon they arrived, were assembled Thursday morning, and we picked them up Thursday afternoon. Like kids at Christmas, Kyle and I were inspecting the bikes down to what PSI to put into the front shock for optimal rebound, what specific PSI to put into the tires for optimal trail grip. Kyle begrudgingly let me take a bunch of photos of shiny new bikes before we headed out to muddy them up.
One of the coolest features of the bike is a SWAT compartment which is an opening on the frame to store things. It has a detachable door and comes with two velcro satchels that you can put your tools into, then stuff into the frame. We are carrying quite a few tools on the CT, and I was able to get all of them into the compartment.
I read that some guy had stuffed a burrito into this thing, forgot about it, and his bike was forever known as “Stink Bike.” We’ll avoid doing that.
Another cool feature is the integrated multi-tool, which integrates into the frame directly above the rear shock mount.
After getting our pedals and seats moved over, we got onto the bikes and rode our local Bizmark loop, and wow was it fun. We both are amazed how much more confident we feel on both gravel and rocks, and we catching air off every whoop-de-do we can find.
Special thanks again to Michael Hanna, Lane and the whole crew at Louisville Cyclery for putting up with a lot of questions and calls. They are a great bunch, and we are happy to have them as our new go-to shop.