Mountain Biking - New Bike! Thanks for the help!
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04-22-02, 03:01 AM
Hello all, thanks to all for your input on my new bike purchase. I chose the Specialized Stumpjumper Comp. I got a decent price on it so I upgraded the shifters, front derailler and cassette to XT. I could use some help though on tires. The rockstr pro's that come on it need to go. Any Suggestions??
I'm going to miss my Bridgestone MB1 but it will occupy a prominent spot in my garage.
In case your wondering why I didn't get the Pro it's because I really liked the Fox fork. It rides real solid.
04-22-02, 06:00 AM
Let me be the first to congratulate you on the bike purchase. Good riding! as far as tires, as far as i'm concerned, anything Panaracer brand will serve you well. I'm sure other people here could give you some sugestions as to specific models, though.
04-22-02, 07:58 AM
What, no pictures yet? Wuz up wit dat?
What type of terrain will you be riding? I ride a wide variety of stuff from sugar sand to loamy clay. I've always been happy with the traction that my WTB Velociraptors provide. They're bigger and heavier than some, but they've never let me down.
04-22-02, 08:30 AM
congrats! i purchased the same exact bike in March (Black and Orange, not the prettiest but who cares) - i love mine!
i also changed the tires -- there are many good choices, but i thought the other Specialized tires were great and swapped them no-cost at purchase - the back is a wide(2.2") all-round tire (Enduro Pro) and the front also all-round (Team Control Pro 2.0") sicne i already have semislicks and the Rocksters were similar...
of course, there are also many great options: Panaraces, IRCs, etc. but i've been really happy with both Specialized tires for mud rocks and rough stuff - the Enduro rear tire is beefy and wide with lots of air volume and i like it for downhill but it's also not too heavy (only 590g - the stock Rockster weighs 500 or 530 depending on width)
a caution: my bike shop did not cut my seat post when i bought the bike
and the first week i was on some major descents with drops and stuff in Italy and i dropped the seat about 2 inches and didn't notice until AFTER i had ridden a few minutes that the seatpost was near the rear shock (then with the suspension action it came into contact). the seatpost was cut diagonally the opposite direction so that only a point went into the shock almost perpendicular and it put what i thought was a hole in the shock - turns out it was a hole in the label and a slight ding in the rear shock... anyway, i have now put a marker sticker on my seatpost so that i don't lower the seat too much and have also cut the post b/c as it came i could only drop it about 1" which i don't think is enough for serious downhill...
otherwise i love the bike - suspension is awesome downhill and on rough stuff but hardly moves when i climb - plus the lockout Fox Fork is awesome - i think it's better than the SID that comes on the higher model FSR XC Pro. i don't use the rear-lockout unless on the road and climbing the Horst suspension is awesome - it really does grind the rear tire into the ground for improved traction when it gets steep - i never expected a full suspension to HELP my CLIMBING!
just finished my first XC MTB race yesterday on my new ride - 50km, 1100vertical meters in Austria - finished 124 out of 400 in the general age group (20-40)...
04-24-02, 05:31 PM
Went for my first ride last night and all I can say is 'WOW"!! That Stumpjumper comp is a blast to ride. It climbs unbelievable and has great acceleration. That was my first ride with a front suspension and the Fox fork was Sweet, it smoothed out even big hits. I am very pleased with this purchase. Photo's coming! Greg:)
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