Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Munich Germany (formerly Portland OR, Texas)
Bikes: '02 Specialized FSR, '03 RM Slayer, '99 Raleigh R700, '97 Norco hartail, '89 Stumpjumper
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well ja "Stumpjumper" isn't very specific since there are the Hardtails (M4 i think) and the FullSuspension FSRs.
for the FSR XC, there is a base model, a Comp, a Pro (and in Europe a race model called Marathon).
I have the '02 FSR XC and i love it. i have had a few problems with the rear Fox fork (it's finally fixed for the 2nd time), but otherwise it's great and the geometry is good. On the Comp most of the stock parts are just "ok" and you could shave a bunch of weight, but for the price i think it is good. (more bike for $ than Trek or GF Sugar). Probably my only complaint is that the shocks sits under the seat-post so you can't drop the seat all the way down and it gets all the dirt from the rear tire. As i understand for 2003, Specialized is dropping the FSR and using the new "Brain" which is a longer lower-pressure shock thar runs as one of the beams of the rear triangle... looks good
For the Hardtails, i think the Specialized are good, but i don't know a lot -- i also have an '89 Stumpjumper but that's virtually pre-historic now.
never ridden the Big Sur.