ish Specialized M2 S-works
I did a shake out ride this morning, and make short report back on how it rides. Obviously to tell how jarring the ride is I would probably need to take it out for a century and see how I feel afterward. These will be my first impressions.
Ride quality: This bike seems to ride almost as well as my Giant Defy 1 or my Raleigh Revenio (both were aluminum frames). It does seem a bit more lively and you can feel the imperfections in the road a bit more, but not in a harsh way. The frame feels predictable. The frame is stiff, I tried hammering on it a little and did not feel much flex . The wheelset was another matter, it did feel a bit more flexible than I am used to, but still not bad.
Component quality: I have never ridden Shimano before, but this group is nice. Shifts happen in a very smooth, quiet, and predictable fashion with no missed shifts to report so far. I still have to tune the front derailleur some, because I get chain rub in a few of the gears, especially when pedaling hard. The brakes work great, far better than modern Tiagra components can provide (at least with standard brake pads), but probably on par with last gen The brifters took some getting used to, because they feel so small in my hands.
These were my impressions from a short ride, so please take them with a grain of salt.
I will take this bike out for a decent ride this weekend. If it was not a standard crankset, I would totally keep it and get rid of my Defy 1. There are too many hills in the area, and dragging my carcass up Santa Barbara hills is difficult with a compact; with a standard crank it would be even more challenging.
19" Specialized S Works M2 FS Metal Matrix Mountain Bike Frame
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Seller:gringineer️(2,)%, Location:Watertown, Minnesota, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item:" Specialized S Works M2 FS Metal Matrix Mountain Bike Frame. Specialized S Works M2 FS Specs: Size - 18 inch M2 Metal Matrix FrameThreaded Bottom Bracket Shell26" wheelGeometryC-T Seattube 19", C-C "Headtube mmC-C toptube "Condition:Used, Condition:Used, The Frameset has been gone over by one of our professional mechanics, it is in working condition. Scratches, scuffs, paint chips as shown in photos. Chain rub on chainstay, Tire rub on inside of chainstays. Cable rub on headtube, paint chips and scratches on down tube and toptube. Scratches on seatstays. Wear on seattube from fd clamp. Feel free to ask for more photos., Restocking Fee:No, Return shipping will be paid by:Buyer, All returns accepted:Returns Accepted, Item must be returned within:30 Days, Refund will be given as:Money Back, Wheel Size:26 in, Model:S Works M2 FS, Material:Aluminum, Frame Size:19 in, Color:Red, Part Type:Bicycle Frame, Compatible Bike Type:Mountain Bike, Suspension:No Suspension, Frame Material:Aluminum, Configuration:Frame, Brand:Specialized, Set Includes:Frame Only
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I grew up working at a Specialized shop, and learned how to mountain bike by watching Ned Overend’s Performance Mountain Biking technique VHS. While I always appreciated the refreshing ideas of small makers, I thought it advantageous for larger brands to be able to invest more in their materials and construction. This was a time when top-end bikes were made of metal, and made domestically.
Metal Matrix (M2) composite is a prime example of this. The big S sourced a alloy infused with an aluminum oxide ceramic particulate by Alcan. Say that again, backwards now. Alcan called it Duralcan, and I am proud to display their logo on my top tube—that cool typeface!
Like with stainless tubing, they were able to make the wall thicknesses extremely thin due to the material being so hard-bodied and robust. In reality, this super hard material was super hard to work with. It ruined cutting tools and they weren’t able to custom butt it in small enough quaintness to make it worth it for the big A (Alcan). If anyone knows what shop these frames were made in, I would love to know. I’ve heard Kenesis perhaps. Look at that brake bridge!
These frames were notorious for their stiffness, yet IMO its mostly hyperbole. When these bikes were en vogue 25 years ago, they were ridden with ” tires pumped up to 40 psi with pogo stick handlebars and an ass hatchet hard saddle. This is a recipe for the high feedback riding experience many would associate with aluminum bikes. My opinion is, when utilizing high-end flexible tires at educated pressures, wide springy handlebars, and a well broken in titanium B17— you don’t even feel the frame. This is a hyper-lite ultra-low geared comfy ATB bike that’s extremely capable. In the 80s/90s they would call this “Xtreme comfort” and make a Mountain Dew commercial about it.
This “purple haze” Duralican is my 5th Specialized Metal Matrix Composite frame; my previous being a yellow S-works M4 purchased new in My first was a rigid matte light blue Stumpjumper in I began racing on that one and did okay enough to get my first free frame in ; an S-Works team red M2 hardtail just like Ned’s. That bike went out west with me for the first time and actually pedaled with Ned Overend as I filled in for his clothing company, Boure, for a few weeks in Durango.
I made them waffles each morning. In I purchased my only full sus bike (since Ned had one)— the S-Works FSR-XC in team red. This bike went with me to Durango for college, and the welds on the swing arm gave way a month later. They replaced it, but it never really worked right. I proclaimed full suspension to be a failed experiment of the bike industry and moved on.
I had reviewed these bikes extensively on MTBR.com and flipped them on the same site sometimes months apart at just below retail. This caught the eye of some big S cyber detectives, and they contacted my shop trying to get them to fire me. What ended up happening was that I only lost my employee purchase pricing from Specialized, thus ending my early proximity to their orbit. Ha! 15 years later they’d hire me professionally to be a camping ambassador.
This particular iteration is a far reach from the rather contemporary and sleek (for the times) XC race setups I specced on my S Works’s of the ’90s, yet many parts would be the same as what I would have preferred for the time. Handsome, lightweight components manufactured to standards virtually unheard of in the modern bicycle industry; many of which are still considered very lightweight by today’s standards. I built this bike to comfortably go up and over mountains/hills/things, so it needed to be lightweight and nimble enough to sling over a shoulder and navigate steep and tight terrain. This forgotten package of ancient alloy composite is every bit as capable of an off-road companion as anything you can piece together today and is currently my favorite bike.
The full build-out of this bike is an astonishingly portagable and portable 22 lbs —- thats the call of the Duralcan!
Frame 22” S-Works M2 Duralcan
Fork: S-works cromo (love the idea of an S-works rigid fork)
Handlebar: TBR Crust Uncle Ron’s orthopedic back bars 69cm c-c clamp Stem: Salsa mm Moto
Shifters: IRD thumbs (they aren’t as nice as what Rivendell offers. Kinda sticky) Levers: Paul
Headset: FSA Durron (Durron on Duralcan)
BB: Shinano UN72
Crankset: Ritchey Logic compact with outer bashguard mm
Front Der: Suntour XC Pro
Rear Der: XTR M
Cassette: Sram PG
Chain: KMC 9 speed
Brakes: Paul touring
Seatpost: Suntour XC
Saddle Brooks B17 Titanium
Bottle Cages: King Cage Iris and Velo Orange Mojave
Pedals: Crank Bros Stamp 2
Pump: Zefal HPX
Rims: Weinmann/Bontrager B2C (g)
Hubs: XTR M
Skewers: something titanium from Bozeman bike coop.
Pueblos, Jicarilla Apache, UteSours: https://theradavist.com//07/cry-of-the-duralcan-ronnie-romances-duralcan-s-works-stumpjumper-m2/
Vintage Specialized S-Works M2 Stumpjumper - REBUILT
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Specialized S-Works M2 Stumpjumper Mountain Bike
World Champion winning bike back in the 's.
This is a collectors piece! A retro mountain bike with 26 inch wheels in MINT shape!!
Frame size is adult small ( inch). Fits riders between 5 2” to 5’9” tall.
Completely rebuilt and customized using the best components and a brand new groupset from its era.
- Metal Matrix Composite steel frame set
- All original condition frame set in blue colour
- Made in USA
- Specialized Direct Drive rigid front fork
- Frame set alone weighs only lbs ($ value)
- Brand new Shimano Deore LX full groupset (NOS)
- 21 speeds, triple chainrings
- Brand new Shimano chain ($35 value)
- Brand new Mavic X light weight wheelset ($ value)
- Brand new 49N alloy seatpost, 20mm offset, mm x mm, g ($25 value)
- Brand new Nukepoof Platform pedals ($70 value)
- Brand new Bontrager Arvada Comp saddle ($ value)
- New Specialized alloy riser flatbar, 25mm rise ($60 value)
- Brand new Q2 soft foam lock-on bar grips ($30 value)
- Brand new Specialized alloy stem, 80mm ($60 value)
- Brand new Kenda Happy Medium, 26 x inch folding bead tires ($ value)
- Brand new A2Z light-weight quick release skewers ($50 value)
- Brand new brake pads ($20 value)
- Brand new Specialized alloy bottle cage ($12 value)
- New Shimano cartridge bottom bracket ($35 value)
- All new cables and housings ($20 value)
Complete bike built up weighs only lbs.
This project bike cost well over $1, to build.
Now all yours for $ CAD.
Located in Scarborough, Ontario. Willing to ship anywhere at buyers cost.
** item available if ad is up
Restrictions: Reasonable offers only, No Trades, Will ship within continent only
Works s specialized m2
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