Hi I am going to try this off road thing this year. I currently have two road bikes (a Specialized 07 Sirrus Sport, and a 08 Transition Comp), so this new bike will be strictly trail riding. I am a bigger guy (6'3" 280lbs) and have no off road experience at all. I was at the LBS and narrowed it down to two bikes.
1. Specialized Rockhopper Expert Disk 29
2 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Expert 29
The Rockhopper is brand new and I can buy it for $1199, while the Stumpjumper is a demo in very good shapewhich I can buy for $1899. Obviously the Stumpjumper is the better deal (and that is really the only reason I am considering it). I am looking for advise on the pros and cons of both. Is there any reason I would be unhappy with either, or three months down the road wish I had bought the other bike? Is this a no brainer and the Stumpjumper is definatly worth an extra $700? I'd hate to pass on this deal and kick myself in a couple of months for not taking advantage of it. On the other hand I dont want to buy a bike that may not be the best for me just because it was a good deal.