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Old 04-26-11, 06:24 PM   #1
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Specialized Epic Carbon 29er or Carbon Stumpjumper FSR 26

I currently ride a Specialized XC Comp '07 and am put into a position where I need to upgrade Actually, my oldest has grown out of his existing MTB and I can justify putting him on my XC Comp and getting myself something fancy I would like to get a 29er carbon full suspension, however Specialized only has those in the Epic line. The FSR Stumpjumper 29er is M5 alloy and the only FSR Stumpjumper Carbon is a 26. So, what opinions are out there???? (please DO NOT forward this post to my wife!)
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Old 04-26-11, 06:48 PM   #2
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"Ohhh....what a conundrum!"
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Go for alu, if youre not racing. (which I assume you aren't, recreationman.) I loved the Stumpy 29 FSR.

I would not be happy if a tree ended a carbon frame's tour of duty.
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I wouldn't be happy if a tree ended an aluminum frame's tour of duty either. What's your point?

Those are both very expensive bikes. Absolutely worth the effort/cost of some real-world test-rides on the sorts of trails you'll be riding most.
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Point that I have a pre-conceived notion that carbon is more brittle than alu, I'd rather not use one for every-day riding... But by all means, If thats what you can afford for yourself, go for it.
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Carbon is as tough if not tougher than aluminum -

I had a 2008 carbon enduro pro, it was good, but the carbon does creak a bit - this can be addressed with maintenance, but I did spend a bunch of time chasing creaks.
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I test rode the S Works EPIC 29er at a local demo event. 9 miles of single track - man, that bike was SWEET! 22lb with full suspension...don't think you can beat that. MSRP $9.9k though... So, ended up buying motobecane Ti 29er. I just want something significantly lighter than my current mtb and Ti for $2k (albeit hardtail) with XTR is hard to beat.
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"Ohhh....what a conundrum!"
Don't have to worry about using those. I'm a "fixie" now!

Ooops, you said "conundrum", sorry. My mis read!
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Lots of Specialized dealers offer a "test ride" program that allows you time to take each model on your favorite trail to assess your personal likes dislikes without a salesperson complicating the decision. Specialized literature historically sells the Epic as a race oriented bike and the Stumpjumper as a Cross Country..all day rig. I am lucky to have one of each (older models made out of aluminum) and I ride the Stumpjumper more than the Epic as I like the smoother ride and typically go for long rides. I am 51 years old and my lower back likes the additional travel and more progressive feel of the Stumpjumper. My Stump doesn't have the "brain" inertia valved shock which is fine by me. As for the 26" vs. 29" wheels, mine are both 26's and I cannot comment on this latest "innovation" but the curmudgeon in me sees it as more market segmentation meant to make purchasers desirous of the latest thing. Then again, I am over 6' tall and maybe bigger wheels for a bigger person makes sense.
I don't have good history with Carbon frames and still shy away from it but I ride with some guys who swear it's the greatest (they typically upgrade frames/bikes every few years). Unless there is some overriding issue with a bike, I ride my bikes until they break and replacement parts aren't available and my aluminum frames have historically outlasted my carbon frames.
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