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Old 05-19-05, 02:42 PM   #1
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Specialized "Marathon HT" 2005?

I've been drooling over this bike and I'm kind of aprehensive over the price ($2500) at JAX in SoCal. Can I get better with something else in terms of parts and may be another manufacturer? I'm preparing for an Eastern European trail and touring thing with my 16yo. Is that fork so great? .... the one that comes with the bike. http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?spid=9711
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Old 05-19-05, 02:54 PM   #2
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Nice bike but....
How about this one for a grand less, fihser 29er with Genisis geometry
http://www.fisherbikes.com/bikes/bik...s&bike=Paragon
or FS w/ LX $1500
http://www.fisherbikes.com/bikes/bik...ake&bike=Cake4
$1800
http://www.fisherbikes.com/bikes/bik...ake&bike=Cake3

Treks?
$1539
http://www2.trekbikes.com/Bikes/Moun...8000/index.php
$1100 entry FS
http://www2.trekbikes.com/Bikes/Moun...l_70/index.php
not a bad option for $1500
http://www2.trekbikes.com/Bikes/Moun...l_80/index.php
$1800
http://www2.trekbikes.com/Bikes/Moun...EX_7/index.php
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Old 05-19-05, 03:04 PM   #3
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The crap trek and Gary Fisher offer doesn't compare to the parts listing of that stump jumper, it's like comparing a yugo to a ferrari.
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So you tell me you want to dump $1000 more for the parts on the Specalized (a depreciating asset) when the $1500 rigs could hold up at about 80% of the level of it? I would kick my own arse across the street and back before I would dump money like that on a bike UNLESS I rode pro or 50 miles a day for the rest of my life. If biking is all you do then fine go get the latest and greatest but as someone elses signature says "the most imporatant part of the bike is the motor".
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So you tell me you want to dump $1000 more for the parts on the Specalized (a depreciating asset) when the $1500 rigs could hold up at about 80% of the level of it? I would kick my own arse across the street and back before I would dump money like that on a bike UNLESS I rode pro or 50 miles a day for the rest of my life. If biking is all you do then fine go get the latest and greatest but as someone elses signature says "the most imporatant part of the bike is the motor".
If he can afford that stump jumper but you get alot of in house crap on those $1500 rigs than you get on that $2,800 Stump jumper the only in house things on that stumpy is the saddle and the tires.

On the gary fisher and the trek, you have in house tires, stem, handlebars, cranks, saddle, wheels, seat post.

The stump jumper doesn't need upgrades, those $1500 bikes you listed in order for it to be race quality, you will have to put close to $1400 into those bikes, so there goes the price argument. All you have to do with that stump jumper is buy it and ride it with out getting the upgrade bug. The motor will only get you so far, put the motor won't be as effective with lower level parts than a motor with something designed to race.
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I'm not taking a Yugo over Carpathian Mountains (even though was made in Yugoslavia...) I've been looking at bikes and the only Trek that will compare it is the 8000. Correct me if I'm wrong but Mavic wheels on the Marathon are better and dedicated discks(stronger rim) than Trek's. I just want the same/similar set up at a better price!
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Why would you tour on a $2800 Stump Jumper?
Get a touring bike if you're going touring.
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Trail and touring swif.
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Trail and touring swif.
touche...
lol

I hate when I miss like 1 or 2 words that completely destroy what the thread is saying It happens quite frequently. My noob powers are rising.
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