I'm shopping for an XC full suspension bike and trying to decide between L and XL frame. I will do most of my riding on the streets and paved trails, so I would like a bit more relaxed riding position - more upright than my old hardtail XC race bike. I will ride off road some, but not much climbing. Both sizes feel OK. On the L, moving the saddle back a little, and running a longer stem seems to increase comfort. On the other hand, the XL feels good on the road, but less responsive when cornering off the road. Any input - pros / cons of either size frame, for a 6'2" 220 pound rider? .... Looking mainly at Santa Cruz Blur XC and Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Expert 100 disc.
I'm shopping for an C full suspension bike and trying to decide between L and XL frame. I will do most of my riding on the streets and paved trails, so I would like a bit more relaxed riding position - more upright than my old hard tail XC race bike. I will ride off road some, but not much climbing.
You don't need a FS bike for street riding and paved trails. It's overkill plain and simple overkill. Get yourself a comfort bike because it's actually the kind of bike you're actually asking for and the two bikes you listed are completely out of the league you're talking about.
There is no reason to use a bike with 100mm front and rear travel when the worst you'll have to deal with is an occasional pot hole.
Try this http://www.giant-bicycle.com/us/030....sp?model=11045
Buy the bike you want. You don't have to justify your equipment choices to a panel of internet judges. I have a road and hardtail XC bike and still like to take the FS bike out on rides around town.
I would go for a smaller frame though. Even if the bike sees alot of pavement, you don't want to erode the off-road capabilities for the times when you are on the dirt. You might find yourself riding off-road more often if you get the FS bike, and since the thing is never going to set any speed records on the open road, go for size that handles better.
Yeah but you don't need a FS. I ride highly technical stuff and I'm on a hardtail. Of course the rebuttal is going to be "he can get any bike he wants" but Raiyn is right, a comfort bike will work great for him.