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09 trek fuel 7 or '10 specialized stumpjumper fsr elite

Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

09 trek fuel 7 or '10 specialized stumpjumper fsr elite


Old 10-14-09, 05:23 PM
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09 trek fuel 7 or '10 specialized stumpjumper fsr elite

for big guy .. 275 5'11''
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Might depend on what type of riding you intend to do and what style of bike you like.

I've got an '08 Stumpjumper FSR Pro. It's a great bike and The Brain-controlled shock is awesome: the bike climbs like a hard-tail but descends like a cushy full-suspension bike and you never have to fiddle with the shock. I haven't ridden a Stumpjumper Elite, but based on some of the other Specialized bikes I've ridden I suspect that you will need to use the Pro-Pedal/Lock-out feature on the Specialized Triad shock. From what I can tell, the FSR suspension design just isn't as immune to pedal-induced bob as some of the other designs (e.g. DW-Link). Unfortunately, I'm not a fan of many of the components on the 2010 Stumpjumper Elite: Shimano shifters, Avid hydraulic brakes, and Specialized's The Captain tires are all components I wouldn't normally choose.

Unfortunately, I haven't had a chance to ride any of Trek's mountain bikes. My general feeling is that Trek bikes tend to be a bit over-priced for what you get...
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