Incoming: Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Carbon Comp 6Fattie

It's always nice to see a Specialized bike in white and red livery. A nod to the Shaun Palmer era.

It's always nice to see a Specialized bike in white and red livery. A nod to the Shaun Palmer era.

RRP $6,700

Last weekend we had the pleasure of getting our first ride in on Specialized's 27.5+ bike the 6Fattie (read about our initial impressions here). We have now received our long term review bike; a Stumpjumper FSR Comp Carbon 6Fattie. This is the model below the carbon Expert that we rode in the weekend, but still features the same carbon frame (hence the name) and most of the features of the higher spec'd models. There is also an alloy version of the Comp 6Fattie available too (RRP $5,000).

The 150mm Fox 34 Plus Performance takes care of the hits up front, while the fat 3.0" Purgatory Control is in charge of traction.

The 150mm Fox 34 Plus Performance takes care of the hits up front, while the fat 3.0" Purgatory Control is in charge of traction.

The component spec of our Carbon Comp 6Fattie  sees a slight drop across the board compared to the Expert, but the build is still very respectable. In particular we're looking forward to putting in some time on the SRAM GX drivetrain (11 speed comparable in positioning to X9/X7 level) which we're predicting is going to prove popular given its competitive price-point and pretty impressive features (the GX cranks are claimed to be lighter than the higher spec X1 version).

SRAM GX 1 x 11 fitted with a 28 tooth chainring should make short work of the hills in Wellington.

SRAM GX 1 x 11 fitted with a 28 tooth chainring should make short work of the hills in Wellington.

 A 10-42 tooth cassette and SRAM's 11 speed X-Horizon GX derailleur out back.

 A 10-42 tooth cassette and SRAM's 11 speed X-Horizon GX derailleur out back.

Glove compartments and cup holders... what will they think of next?

Glove compartments and cup holders... what will they think of next?

Some clever engineering in this area has enabled the designers to keep the rear end of the 6Fattie nice and short, despite the big wheels.

Some clever engineering in this area has enabled the designers to keep the rear end of the 6Fattie nice and short, despite the big wheels.

The SWAT compartment is designed to take a tube, a pump, and a few other bits and pieces. Or alternatively a 6-inch sub from Subway.

The SWAT compartment is designed to take a tube, a pump, and a few other bits and pieces. Or alternatively a 6-inch sub from Subway.

Little baggies to put your tools in before you stash them in the SWAT compartment.

Little baggies to put your tools in before you stash them in the SWAT compartment.

Multi-tool tucked way under the top tube.

Multi-tool tucked way under the top tube.

Specialized always do a nice job of the details. Bolt-on underside protector and clean internal cable routing.

Specialized always do a nice job of the details. Bolt-on underside protector and clean internal cable routing.

Like I said . . . . details.

Like I said . . . . details.

Look out for a full review of the Stumpjumper Carbon Comp 6Fattie in issue 64 of the magazine. Now we've got pics of the bike looking pristine, it's time we took it out and got it filthy.