Specialized Stumpjumper

If you’ve spent any time here you know I’m not a fan of Specialized. I know this puts me in the minorty, but I don’t care. I don’t think their bikes are particularly…… special – Specialized, Giant, Trek, whatever. Plus their actions as a corporate entity don’t serve the industry or the community – just their brand and their bottom line.

Yes I know it’s a business and businesses  have to behave in a certain way in order to stay businesses, but other companies don’t do the things that Specialized does, and look at them – they still exist.

Anyway, I digress. Stay on target!

Specialized Stumpjumper

The Specialized Stumpjumper debuted in 1981 and was hugely important to the fledgling sport of mountain biking as it was the first production mountain bike. Prior to the Stumpjumper, you needed to custom order a frame from Tim Ritchey or Joe Breeze, try to round up the right touring and motorcycle parts, and then put it together. But now, you could walk into a shop, and ride out minutes later on a fully functioning mountain bike.

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The joy of bike building

Building your own bike is highly rewarding. Not only do you get a bike where every part has your own individual stamp on it, but you get the personal satisfaction of knowing you made it work.

However, you will run into some truly idiotic situations if you mix parts. Of course mixing parts is the whole point of building a custom bike.

So here’s the most recent bit of ridiculousness that I’ve had to deal with;

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Top five tires

I’ve decided to make Tuesdays Top Five Tuesdays!

They’re just like regular Tuesdays, except that they’ll have a list that I throw together really quick that we can all argue about.

Tell me that doesn’t sound fun.

Today, let’s talk about tires. Getting a new set of tires – and grips to a lesser extent –  are the best way to manage the “can’t afford a new bike” blues. New tires are all shiny and clean, and they have those little furry bits on them, and they just make you feel good.

There were some terrific tires in the 90’s, but which ones were the best? Which ones did you just have to have?

I’m going to tell you after the break.

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