I finally saved up enough for a new bike, I'm getting a 2008 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp in the silver/black. The LBS will go down to $2050 ($2400 MSRP) for it. I think some of you on the forum have gotten better deals but since I'm ordering it and not buying from what they have in stock, I think it's reasonable plus the LBS has treated me pretty well. Unfortunately it's 20 below outside so I don't know how much riding I'd do but I'd rather buy it now while there are still 2008s left in stock with Specialized. The 2009 SJ FSR Comp is $100 more and is almost identical in components wise except for the brakes.
Specs on the 08 bike
Here's what I'm putting on it so far:
SRAM X.0 RD
SRAM X.0 Trigger shifters
Oury Lock-on grips
Avid Matchmaker brake/shifter clamps
Crank Bros. Candy SL Pedals (from my old bike)
Spec. Rib Cage Pro MTB bottle cage
What I'm considering (what do you guys think?)
1. I'm talking to the LBS about changing the brakes out to Avid Elixir R, that's essentially the only difference between the 08 and 09 Comp. But I'm trying to figure out pricing, I think they're just going to charge me the difference of the two prices.
2. Also, I've been reading a lot of negative feedback about the tires, should I replace them with the Panaracer Fire XC Pros from my old bike?
3. Is it worth it to upgrade the LX front der. to XT or XTR? I use the middle ring 90% of the time I ride, so I don't shift much plus money is a bit tight right now but I'm already putting on X.0 components so I kinda feel like I should upgrade it too.
4. Anything else I should consider?