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Old 08-02-15, 06:03 PM
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Stumpjumper FSR 2015 vs 2016

It seems like there has been some substantial design changes with the 2016 models which are in store now. But they still have some 15's which are on sale.
If I go brand new '16, the FSR Comp is right at the top of my budget at $2900.
If I go leftover '15, I can get the EVO for around $2800 and might even be able to get the Elite for around $3k.
Normally, I would go for the '15, getting the most of my money, but from what I heard so far, this year's improvements are fairly substantial.
And with the '16, the comp is the only one within my budget but also the only one '16 model that doesn't come with the 1x10 drivetrain or Pike front shock.
Anyone have any further info on this or opinions?
Are the geometry and suspension design changes of the '16 enough to warrant paying msrp and getting the lesser component spec?
Components can be upgraded a lot easier than the frame. But I also don't see myself spending $800 or whatever to upgrade to a Pike fork.
Aaaargghhh... decisions... decisions...
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Old 08-02-15, 06:09 PM
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I had a 2014 Stumpie, high end with Pike and etc... I got to ride the 2016, and I believe the updates to the frame and geometry made it feel much more alive. However, it was not a big ride. You really need to ride both.
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Originally Posted by Kindaslow View Post
I had a 2014 Stumpie, high end with Pike and etc... I got to ride the 2016, and I believe the updates to the frame and geometry made it feel much more alive. However, it was not a big ride. You really need to ride both.
I know but a parking lot ride is different than a day in the trails which isn't really going to be possible.

But let's pretend you were in my situation. You at least got a taste of the '16 in the real world. What would you do?
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I would buy the 2016, and save up for a Pike (they really are awesome).
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