Chumba USA’s Made in Texas Stella 29’r Hardtail is a Ripper!

The history of Chumba is one with a somewhat rocky past but it appears the brand has finally hit smooth trails with its recent rebranding and relaunch. When a couple of guys from Austin, Texas took over, they had one thing on their minds: steel. That and making mountain bikes in Texas, designed to thrash our local trails and still perform in the mountains of Colorado.

Earlier this year, we looked at their 29+ Ursa model and yesterday, I met the Chumba team out at Pace Bend Park, a 45 minute drive from Austin, to shred their new made in Texas Stella 29’r hard tail.

Chumba's Made in the USA Stella 29r Hard Tail

It’s easy to see why I’m so excited about these bikes. First, they’re made in Texas, second, they’re steel but the most important part to me is they really rip. With a 70.5 HTA and a 73 STA, it’s a perfect geometry for all things XC and even some trail.

Chumba's Made in the USA Stella 29r Hard Tail

The Stella is a go anywhere, do anything kinda bike. Not too racey, not too slacked out and definitely not afraid to get loaded down with bikepacking bags. The team designed this bike to be a good all-around 29’r. Complete with rack mounts…

Chumba's Made in the USA Stella 29r Hard Tail

… and sliding dropouts, you can literally change the Stella’s modus operandi with a few turns of a wrench.

Chumba's Made in the USA Stella 29r Hard Tail

The model I rode yesterday came equipped with a Fox Float 32 fork, a much lighter fork – both visually and its weight – than I’m used to riding. It took a little getting used to, especially coming from a Pike.

Chumba's Made in the USA Stella 29r Hard Tail

The Stella is dropper-post ready, with cable guides in place. Once you use a dropper, you’ll never want to ride a traditional post on a hardtail again.

Chumba's Made in the USA Stella 29r Hard Tail

Run it 142×12 with a Shimano E-Thru Axle or 135×10 QR, singlespeed or geared, even 1x. My preference would be 1×11 with that slider brought all the way forward. Tucking the rear as much as posssible – 443mm.

Chumba's Made in the USA Stella 29r Hard Tail

Ok, details. This bike’s got them. Even small ones like the Texas star on the stay bridge.

Chumba's Made in the USA Stella 29r Hard Tail

… and a bent downtube.

Chumba's Made in the USA Stella 29r Hard Tail

The powder coat looks great, its stance is spot on. Surely I had some negatives? No, not really. It’s a True Temper (selection) MTB with a solid build kit and a dialed geometry. So what’s the price on this bad boy? That’s the best part.

Chumba's Made in the USA Stella 29r Hard Tail

The Stella frame comes in at $1,150 and the Stella completes with Shimano come in around $3,595. Of course, you can add options and built it to suite your needs, just give the guys a call or drop them an email.

Chumba also makes an Ursa 29+ and a Rastro 27.5 trail bike, with a fat bike on the way.

  • boomforeal

    interesting bike with those rack mounts. damn affordable for a made in ‘murica frame

    is that a 1 1/8″ head tube? looks out of place with the large frame tubes

  • http://www.simplicityofjoy.com/ Simplicityofjoy

    They need to work on their decals but other than that its a damn fine bike from what I can see her. They also build a Trail/Hardcore/Burlier hardtail which looks ace.

    • Guest

      yeah shame they didn’t keep the original headtube badge, it was a classic

      • http://www.negativespace.ca Tom

        I’ll take the bear over that devil face!

        • Joe Forsythe

          No Sir! I loved the old logo on the head tube! In fact, I loved it so much I have a tattoo of it on my leg!

      • Jose Gutierrez

        I like the bear MUCH better!!

        • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

          Ditto

  • Jorge Hernandez

    1-1/8″ headtube? Dang, I thought it had a 44mm headtube. Such a bummer…

    • http://www.negativespace.ca Tom

      If it ain’t broke don’t fix it!

      • Ham Sandwich

        truth! lets just weld some canti mounts on the rear and toss some tubes in the tires while we’re at it. chop 3″ off each side of the bars.

        • mrbiggs

          I just learned they’re building them with 44 and a tapered fork as an option. That’s what I’m getting on mine…..

        • http://www.negativespace.ca nspace

          I have nothing against 44mm HT, but I would argue that the performance gain from disc brakes and tubeless tires are far greater than the marginal gains of a larger diameter HT/steerer. Nothing wrong with good ol’ 1.125!

          • Ham Sandwich

            the performance is not the concern. the concern lies with all manufacturers of forks moving to a tapered design. straight steerer forks are hard to come by nowadays and its just gonna get worse. so there’s your “something wrong”.

  • http://www.negativespace.ca Tom

    The SS version on their site looks awesome, and rackmounts FTW. Not a fan of the finishing on the dropout/stay intersections though.

  • Jamie McKeon

    This thing looks radical! i might actually get a MTB..?

  • http://instagram.com/trailyeah TrailYeah

    Not too shab at all. On another note, been contemplating on a kramp build, but damn, their Ursa+ looks like it needs me on it.

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

      I think that bike looks sooooo good!

  • Joe Forsythe

    I love the new image and made in America. Im a little sad becuase I bought 3 Chumba Bikes. I was also a “community” Chumba dealer. I felt connected to the local brand. I am sad now because the new owners seem to care less to talk with me, a person passionate about the small, custom bike builder. I guess these new owners must have some really big investors or something to not care about the passionate people who bleed what the boutique builder represents. :(

  • RIDEATX

    I recently bought their URSA 29+ (mid fat). It is bombproof and a must have type of bike. It is the most versatile do it all bike I have even ridden. Usually the Texas Hill country has tons of rock, limestone ledges, streams, and mud so when it rains it is super slick. The URSA kills it. I rode last week in 35-40 degree weather, wet (one day I rode 2 hrs in rain) almost every day and the URSA ate it up. Rarely broke traction and I usually have to wait a few days after it rains, now I can ride every day in any weather. Proud to support these guys and their Texas made product. Got it with Carbon front fork, Thompson dropper & Titanium bars. I will never get rid of this one.