Almost 5 years ago, I bought my first full suspension MTB, a 2008 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp 26". I had bought it with my team discount for racing the 2007 XC series for my LBS's team. Those races taught me that I really liked riding mountain bikes, but hated racing them. It also taught me that the hardtail bike I raced, a 2006 Rockhopper was not enough bike for the riding I liked to do, especially with my back problems. The Stumpjumper, with its 120 mm travel front and rear, turned out to be a game changer. I found that it was much more capable of carrying me through the many rocks and roots on the trails around here. To my surprise, it even climbed as well or better than the hardtail once I learned how to ride it. I wondered why I had waited so long to go for a full suspension bike.
The bike has been exceptionally reliable. I probably could have kept riding it for years to come, but test rides on a few 29ers over the past year awoke my new bike lust. I decided to sell the stumpy and get a full suspension 29er. I test rode several. I narrowed the field to either a Santa Cruz Tallboy LTa or a Specialized Stumpjumper FSR 29 Comp. I could have been happy with either, but a better deal and the familiar feel of the big stumpy,along with the trouble free experience with my current bike tipped the scales to the Specialized bike.
I put out the word that my bike was up for sale and had a few people interested right away. A guy test rode it
Sunday and immediately offered my asking price. Today, he picked it up and paid me. Tomorrow my new bike will arrive at the shop where I work and I'll assemble it myself. I'll miss the bike. It has been a good one. But I'm looking forward to drinking the 29er koolaid.
Talon 050408 by BluesDawg, on Flickr