Originally Posted by snesromz99
I decided to get a hardtail because I have heard many recommendations of using hardtail first for experience and "most bang for the buck". But when I come across the specialized FSRxc Pro and the Giant Trance 3, the components are almost idential (especially FSRxc Pro) and they run for about the same price. So my question is where's the "most bang for the buck" of the stumpjumper compare to the others? Thanks
I got a Stumpjumper FSR Disc about 18 months ago. I ride it in the mountains and N Florida. It's a great design available over a wide price range. You can be a purist if you like and get a hardtail. For me, I'd never go back to a hardtail and would have bypassed them if they had been cheaper/better in the past.
You can ride longer and better on a full suspension. "Bang for the buck" is very subjective as it depends on the bang your looking for. For my bang, FSR Stumpjumper is the way to go.
Mine listed for 1600. I got it for considerably less as it was the previous years model and I got the shop to buy back parts I didn't want. To make that price goal (1600) with the quality of the frame/wheels/ compnents, it had a cheap Manitou Axel fork on it. That was destroyed in about six months. That was fine with me as I found a Fox 100 RLC for $530. That made it the perfect bike for "my bang/bucks".
Last edited by Al.canoe; 05-13-05 at 06:17 AM.