Guys - I need help! I'm fairly a newbie to mountain biking, but I want to get something fairly decent without much upgrading in the future. I've been looking at either the '04 Stumpjumper FSR or HT comp. They are both going relatively for the same price. My only biggest concern is: should I go with the FSR and have component parts like the manitou black elite fork and Avid V-brakes OR the HT with the Fox Float 80 RL and M555 hydraulic disc brakes?
I guess these are both give and take -- FSR with V-brakes or HT with hyd disc brakes. I'd like to go with the FSR and hyd disc brakes with the FOX forks but the price is a bit out of my league. Both bikes are going for 1200 but the msrp for the HT is 1680 as compared to 1470 for the FSR.
OR... being that I'm a newbie, should I just go for a '05 Specialized XC FSR with comp disc for 1K??? I know good components run parallel with price but I'd like something decent without the need to upgrade.
Any suggestions are welcome! Thanks!