The Specialized Stumpjumper M2 is the bike Ned Overend rode to the lead in the NORBA National point series, along with two World Cup victories. The team edition Stumpjumper was constructed from Specialized's M2 alloy, a mix of aluminum and aluminum oxide that was light and durable. A Specialized Future Shock (which was manufactured by RockShox) provided a miniscule 50mm of air sprung travel up front. The early 90s were also the era of the tension disc rear wheel, which used kevlar strands instead of spokes. Bystanders could hear the top racers before they could see them thanks to the drum-like pounding of the rear wheel when it went over obstacles.
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