Bike Jerks Builds: 1983 StumpJumper


Here’s my take on the 1983 Stumpy I picked up off of Craigslist in Denver back in October. I stripped the original components except for the seat post, seat binder, headset, and handlebars. (I’m selling all the Deerhead parts and what not so get at me if you need a parts kit for a vintage mtb)

This is a cool bike, no doubt. But unless I fall in love it’s just keeping my parts warm until I can locate the fillet brazed Ritchey of my dreams. Now, as far as I’m concerned this model with the bi-plane fork crowd is the early Specialized to have, (only the 1985 pink Team bike is perhaps cooler) and I am stoked to experience the pre-eminent mass production early mtb.


1983 Specialized StumpJumper
Frame: 20″ (perhaps a bit big, but we’ll see)
Cranks, Derailleurs: Shimano XTR M900
Pedals: Suntour
Handlebar: Nitto
Headset: Specialized
Wheels: Ringle Ti-Stix Front, Shimano XT Rear to Sun rims.
Tires: IRC
Seatpost: Laprade
Saddle: WTB
Brakes: Paul Canti’s (Team Fulton special Anno)
Shifters: Shimano XT Thumbies



Team Fulton edition Paul’s Canti’s in black and green splatter anno. NOS Onza Chill Pills.

That Bi-plane fork crown, if you look in the windows, that’s not dirt, it’s just rough casting.





Life’s too short to ride boring bikes!