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Old 05-15-15, 09:48 AM
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I am getting my first FS MTB

I got a few option I was looking into.

2012 Rocky Mountain Element 70 MSL Carbon For Sale

2014 CANYON Spectral AL 6.9 29er full suspension 140/130 For Sale


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Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Elite Medium 2010

I am looking for what would be the best option for a experience rider but first time going into mountain biking world. I am in my 40s. 5'8" 165lbs. My goal is fitness and fun. I prefer the smell of Douglas Fir than Co2. I want to do a little of bit of XC trails and maybe some downhill.
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Old 05-15-15, 07:02 PM
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I'm not familiar with the Rocky Mountain or the Canyon, but I am with the Stumpy. My one concern is the price. $1800CN is too high, Bicycle blue book confirms it should be about $1500CN max, and that's ONLY if it's in like new condition. After 5 years, even sitting in a garage, there will be some deterioration. It's a 26er and resale on 26er bikes is not good. I have a slightly older FSR Stumpy. If the bike frame is on the small size for you, it is possible to put some 27.5 wheels under this thing provided you use tires that will clear. I started a thread about this and you may want to read it if you go the Specialized route. Interesting, I think it's price is too high but it is by far the least expensive of the trio you're looking at.
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Originally Posted by roccobike View Post
I'm not familiar with the Rocky Mountain or the Canyon, but I am with the Stumpy. My one concern is the price. $1800CN is too high, Bicycle blue book confirms it should be about $1500CN max, and that's ONLY if it's in like new condition. After 5 years, even sitting in a garage, there will be some deterioration. It's a 26er and resale on 26er bikes is not good. I have a slightly older FSR Stumpy. If the bike frame is on the small size for you, it is possible to put some 27.5 wheels under this thing provided you use tires that will clear. I started a thread about this and you may want to read it if you go the Specialized route. Interesting, I think it's price is too high but it is by far the least expensive of the trio you're looking at.
Thanks for your advice. I decided to go with neither of the option mention above. I found a brand new Cannondale Trigger 3 29ers for 2599$ CAD. I did a small test ride and I love everything about it. I will have it next Saturday.
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Yeah OP we only live once, A brand spanking new bicycle is such a treat.

I don't modify mine much, except for fit. Tires, pedals and a good saddle are a must do. I also did a Dropper post, don't know how I ever rode without one..

Let your second bike be a used project bike for funzies, All that big company R~D money is a big deal, take advantage of it..
Yeah I like new bikes
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The dropper post was included with the bike. I got my first picture It's a sexy beast. Green but sexy !

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The dropper post was included with the bike. I got my first picture It's a sexy beast. Green but sexy !

Very Nice scooter ya got there biker
Remember, Most people don't know how to use a dropper post at first. They keep messing with it....
It's a mind set thing, Don't think like, "Hmm, when should I drop my seat?" think more like, "When Should I raise my seat? ",, follow me ?

Mine's up for the two mile ride on the dirt/sand road that gets me Into the Preserve and It's up for a few long climbs but that's about It.
Oh and I like half way down for the fast twisty flats we have....

In that lies the secret to a dropper..




It's common to want to move the dropper control switch around,, feel free !

You said this was your first foray Into Mountain biking right ?
Do set your cockpit up correctly, Two finger braking is all you need at most, I do one finger on the front and two on the back,,
Move those controls Inboard and set the pull distance to your first knuckle joints for maximum feel, modulation, and power control,,,,
Controlling your speed with both brakes and body position while your In the G-Out is critical on some of the faster stuff.

That's one fast looking Dale' there..

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