Stumpy Troy Lee Designs of Fabien – France

Stumpy Troy Lee Designs of Fabien – France

Fabien teased us a lot during the last weeks about its new bike. He did not tell us what was his choice – just told us that it would be a great support for a bikecheck. here is the check !

So, Fabien, who are you ?

I’m 21 yo and i’m living in Rennes, Bretagne in france. I’m fan of mountainbiking since i was ten. I started then my first competitions for my pleasure, and i ran also some DH races in Bretagne also. Now, my preferred activity is the long-way races.

I work on a bikeshop for one year now – and i think this bikecheck is a good opportunity for me to place an ad. I’m looking for a long internship (2 years) on a new bikeshop – close to Bordeaux, Toulouse or Pau. So, if a owner of a bikeshop read this bikecheck, i’m available and motivated :-)

What was your bike before? not a too painful divorce ?

I have a customized Lapierre Spicy 516. I thought this big all mountain will be the perfect ride to mix cross country and more engaged races. And i was right. But there were a meeting of various elements : a big crash on a DH, the 29er temptation, and at the end the weight of my Spicy was too important for my current activities.

Concerning the divorce, no, it was not too painful since i already knew the bike that was waiting for me !
During many weeks, i was like a kid some hours before the opening of his presents for Christmas.

When you were a kid, do you prefer Flash Mac Queen or Flash Gordon ?

Both Flash Mc Queen and Flash Gordon.. i’m a fast stuntman in my nature.

specialized stumpjumper troy lee designs

How did you find this limited edition Troy Lee Designs ?

I did an internship in a bikeshop (Spad – Rennes). A day, i was leaving the workshop and find a big box coming from Specialized. When i open the carton, something was shining inside… After this sweet meeting, I find some informations about this 29er frame – and i was already fully in love with the design and colors created by Troy Lee Designs. I understood quickly that the program of this bike could match my wishes. I benefit from a demo day organized by my Shop and Specialized to test an Evo Carbon. This test confirms my opinion.

specialized stumpy tld

So, last stage was the negociation with my boss and of course, i needed to sell the Spicy to get the money for this new project. But you have to know that it’s easy to sell a Lapierre as a second hand in france.

Can you explain your choices for the drivetrain & others components ?

I want for the bike premium components – but flashy ones. So my choice goes to a full SRAM X0 group for the drivetrain and brakes system. It’s non conventional black XO since i wanted some chrome effect to match the philosophy of the bike

groupset sram x0

For suspensions, the bike needs a 140mn fork – even if  29ers are more and more in, there are not many choice. I find a Fox Talas with the latest CTD sytem and kashima treatment of course. For the wheels, i wanted something light but strong. Mavic Crossmax ST is definitively the choice of confidence for many rides.

So, can you describe us your feelings after the first laps ?

Wonderful and magical !
This a real funny bike. but funny does not mean that it’s not performant. This is the perfect ride for people who are asking for both a reactive bike uphilling and an easy-to-ride bike in descents.

vtt mtb specialized stumpjumper

How people look at you when you ride your Stumpy ?

It turns heads, no doubts ! you don’t buy this kind of bike if you want to be discreet. I receive some congratulations but the real test will be a huge race mid-june.. i will give you all the feed-backs i will receive behing my lovely cockpit !

cintre raceface next

If you have to tune again your bike, one more component on your target ?

Good question.. i think that chromed hubs could be nice on this mount.

What you would never remove from your bike ?

I’m very pleased with my fox suspensions. and i’m very picky concerning the works of my suspensions !

Thank you Fabien and a lot of good things on your funny bike

SHOPPING LIST of this Stumpjumper Expert EVO Carbon 29er – Troy Lee Design editions.

frame: Stumpjumper FSR EVO carbon TROY LEE DESIGN
rear shock : Custom FOX Float CTD Factory avec AUTOSAG and Boost Valve, Climb, Trail, Descend
fork: FOX 34 TALAS CTD Performance 29, air spring, tapered alloy steerer, Climb, Trail, Descend 140/110mm travel
stem: Specialized S-works 70mm
handlebar: Race-Face NEXT carone 725 mm
grips: Crank brother mousse lock on (couleur or)
brakes: Avid X0
front derailleur: SRAM X0, 10-speed, S3 direct mount
rear derailleur: SRAM X0 Type 2, 10-speed, mid cage
shifters: SRAM X0, 10-speed, trigger, w/MatchMaker clamp
cassette: SRAM PG-1050, 10-speed, 11-36
chain: KMC X10, nickel plate, reusable Missing Link
crank: Custom SRAM carbone X0 10-speed / PLATEAUX 26×39
bottom bracket: SRAM PF30, OS press-in bearing, sealed cartridge
pedals: Time Z-strong.
wheels: Mavic Crossmax ST 29
front tyre: Ground control tubeless ready s-works 29×2.3
rear tyre: Ground control tubeless ready 29×2.1
saddle: body Geometry Henge Comp, hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm
seatpost: Specialized Command Post BlackLite, 3 positions

Weight : 13kg

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There are 19 comments

  • Max lpz says:

    Non mais le Fab il a un article pour lui quoi !! Eh eh belle machine l’ami profites en bien..
    Pour la fourche, la Talas est mieux que l’ancienne ? Et niveau poids?

  • Sworks11 says:

    Ce cadre est magnifique !!! Mon pote qui fait spé en à monté un , il est encore plus beau en vrai !! Dommage qu’il n’y est pas le Brain …..

    • fabien says:

      c’est quelle magasin ton pote ? ;)

      • Sworks11 says:

        C’est les cycles Cancel à Narbonne,
        Hormis les roues américain classic , j’ai exactement le même montage mis à part les crossmax SLR et bien sur le cadre ( j’ai un comp carbone ..) ..

  • papaill says:

    très beau joujou !! Fabien, un pti compte rendu sur le 29 en 140mm sur terrain serait le bien venu !! j’ai un zesty (26 en 140mm) polyvalent à souhait, mais comme toi le 29 me titille ! et il n’y a pas (encore) de 29 140 chez lapierre.

    • Quentin says:

      salut Papaill.. tu comptes rester chez Lapierre pour le prochain ?

      • fabien says:

        salut papaill, compte rendu ? bah c’est une bombe ;) et je reviendrai pour rien au monde au 26 pouces ;)

      • papaill says:

        ba je sais pas trop, ce qui est sur c’est que ce sera un montage à la carte à partir d’un kit cadre (ce qui est dur d’avoir chez lapierre), là j’attends que mon pti bouclard reçoive le X-control 29 carbon, pour faire un test, mais j’ai peur qu’il ne soit pas assez polyvalent / fun… dans tous les cas ce sera un gros changement 26/alu => 29/carbon sans parler du débattement !

        • fabien says:

          j’ai eu ce meme changement, j’étais sur un enduro 26 alu en 160 mm (spicy 516 lapierre :p) , et je suis passé sur du 29 en 140 carbonne, je gagne du point de la nerveusitée et surtout du rendement ;p un vrai jouet le stump

        • Quentin says:

          je ne te vois pas sur un x control 29.. ça fait papy velo quand même !

          • papaill says:

            c’est juste pour test un 29 tout suspendu chez lapierre et en attendant les nouveautés 2014 ! s’il n’y a pas de 29 avc plus de 120 mm de débattement chez LP pour 2014, j’irai p-e voir ailleurs …

          • Quentin says:

            du 29 pouces sympa,j’ai bien une idée mais ça peut casser la tirelire si c’est en carbone…

  • fredo says:

    Y a pas a dire il est vraiment heureux avec sa machine. Redoutable dans les singles descendants. C est une très belle machine au il a dopté avec brio. C est un plaisir que de rouler a ses cotes sur les ra dos.

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