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Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Central PA
Bikes: '03 Marin Mill Valley, '06 Cannondale Rush, '02 Eddy Merckx Corsa 0.1, '07 Bottecchia Euro Sprint Tour Comp Elite Pro 1000
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Hey I just went through this decision myself. Honestly the bikes are fairly similar but have big differences that seperate them. First off you may want to also look at the Prophet. It has the same travel as the Stumpy FSR and is the same cost as the Rush at a given level. I too am (was) a roadie looking to get a MTB. I was looking at everything and a friend of mine who also happens to be the GM of my LBS first talked me into a FS over a HT and then into hydros over mechanicals. I was originally looking at the Stumpy HT and the Prophet 600 two very different bikes but I wasn't really sure what I wanted. Then he talked me into the FS with the argument that as a roadie I would like the smoother ride...and something about me getting older...whatever. So then I was looking at the Epic, the Stumpy FSR, the Rush and the Prophet. The Epic with Hydros was a bit too much cash...hell it was going to cost more than my Roubaix did...and in talking more with my friend he thought I would like the Rush over the Prophet as he didn't think I would need as much bike as the Prophet is. Ok so now I test rode the Stumpy FSR Comp and the Rush 2000 (they didn't have the 800 in stock in my size the 200 was the closest thing). I liked different things about both bikes. The Stump was VERY plush in it's ride and the shifting was comfortable as I have rapidfire on my commuter, the Dual control of the Rush was different but I could see getting used to it pretty quickly as it isn't dis-similar from a roadie in it's shifting. The big seperator in my mind between these bikes was the bob. On the Stumpy I was clearly bobing up and down while pedaling even on only moderate efforts and seated. The Rush felt much more solid, almost HT like in it's pedaling feel but then you could also feel it absorb the bigger hits and rougher terrain. Because of the bob and pedaling feel I ordered a Rush 800. Bonus to have a buddy that rus the shop so I am getting it for $1700.
Should be here on Wed...I can't wait.
So go ride them, you will clearly see a difference, then you can decide which one you like better...for me it was the Rush.
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