The Gumbo Hauler: Jesse’s Stumpjumper Clydesdale Conversion

Everyone loves dogs and bikes so of course hauling them together just seems right. Spencer Harding recently documented Jesse’s classy vintage Stumpjumper frame, equipped with a Crust Bikes Clydesdale fork, and full cantilever brakes that’s an adept doggo transporter and so much more. Let’s dive into all the fun details and gawk at a cute pupper below!

From what I can tell the base of the build is an ’83/84 Specialized Stumpjumper Sport, though please correct me below in the comments if you know better than me. These old bikes are having quite a heyday in the modern redux of ATBs and they are truly itching for one of Crust’s 1″ Clydesdale forks. I’ve already waxed poetic about my personal Clydesdale here many moons ago and it remains to this day my favorite bike for everyday riding. I mostly see Jesse at the climbing gym these days and we get to park our big ole basket bikes next to each other and I love it.

Jesse’s bike is dripping with style and beausage, from the two-tone cotton bar tape to the triple crankset with a mismatching Salsa chainring. It’s a bike co-op special incarnate and with BICAS in Tucson you know you can always find the sweet old part you need in some milk crate. The rest of the build was sourced from the trifecta of class: Crust, Velo Orange, and Rivendell. Balancing some culty Rivendell classics with the neo-retro of Velo Orange is a theme I can get behind.

What really caught my eye on this bike was the brake bridge cable hanger, allowing the use of a cantilever brake on the fork, something I hadn’t seen on other Clydesdale builds. Most builds usually opt for a disc brake or V brake for simplicity, but Jesse wouldn’t be thwarted.

The flipped Albatross bars let him use bar-end shifters and MTB brake levers while keeping things clean and swept back. The Wald 157 rack makes for bottomless capacity and, most importantly, doggo storage. Jesse’s dog Gumbo is about as good as they come and he LOVES going for a spin in the basket. The Blue Lug Koma lights are a minimal and beautiful touch to keep things safe on the dark streets of Tucson. Being from Louisiana, he had to make sure to have the Juvenile pin on the back of the Velo Orange bag.

Speaking of music, Jesse has his own project under Super Ethereal Champion World and will be rejoined This Will Destroy You for their 10-year anniversary concert last December.

Build Spec

  • Frame: Specialized Stumpjumper
  • Fork: 1″ Crust Clydesdale
  • Basket: Wald 157
  • Stem: Velo Orange Cinge
  • Bars: Nitto Albatross
  • Lights: Blue Lug Koma Front
  • Wheels: StaTrue 20″ with Maxxis Torch (front), Deore XT hub to Rhyno Lite with Panaracer Gravel King SK+ (rear)
  • Front/Rear Derailleur: Deore XT
  • Brakes: Shimano MC-70
  • Levers: Diacomple SS6
  • Shifters: Shimano Dura Ace 9-speed
  • Cranks: Shimano Triple
  • Pedals: MKS Grip King
  • Saddle: Turbo
  • Saddle Bag: Velo Orange Biggish Bag by Roadrunner held by Hobo Pieces Restuvus