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Old 09-10-05, 04:44 PM
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05 vs 06 Stumpjumper, and more

So I've decided to buy a new stumpjumper. Before I buy, are there any major differences between the 05 and 06 that would make the extra money for the 06 worthwhile, or should I stick with the 05 closeout prices? Also, I am 5'8" and 140 lbs (and gaining).
I was thinking 18" frame, is there any reason to stick with the smaller 17"?

I know that I should get to know the bike before making any big changes, but I dive into everything I am interested in, so what initial upgrades should I think about for weight and performance? (besides lizard skin and computer)
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Straight from the FAQ:
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Priority: Helmet, gloves

Very good to have: A good multi tool -I recommend Topeak (something from the Alien line) Mini pump, water bottles & cages (for short trips), A Camelbak (long trips and trail rides) spare tube(s), patch kit

Extras: Jerseys, bike shorts, as for fenders I recommend the Topeak DeFender series should you require them for rainy days.
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I am also looking at some stumpjumpers and I would also love to know if there are any significant differences between the two. In other words is the 06 better than the 05 or are they identical.
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Old 09-10-05, 06:43 PM
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I was in the exact same boat, I emailed Specialized and they told me that the Fox suspension will be an extra 10mm for a total of 90mm. That is the only change. I am in the process of buying a closeout 2005!
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Old 09-10-05, 06:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Raiyn
Straight from the FAQ:
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Priority: Helmet, gloves

Very good to have: A good multi tool -I recommend Topeak (something from the Alien line) Mini pump, water bottles & cages (for short trips), A Camelbak (long trips and trail rides) spare tube(s), patch kit

Extras: Jerseys, bike shorts, as for fenders I recommend the Topeak DeFender series should you require them for rainy days.
Just because I'm new to this forum does not mean I'm new to them. I've read the FAQ and searched. I have gloves, helmet, mulitiple camelbacks, a patch kit, a tool, CO2 pumps, tubes, etc. This is not my first mountain bike, I am just getting back into it. When I made the lizardskin/computer comment i should have put etc, or the basics. sorry
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Originally Posted by nbgrom
Just because I'm new to this forum does not mean I'm new to them.
There's no real way for us to know unless you say something.
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Old 09-10-05, 07:23 PM
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Ya sorry about that, when I meant upgrades i was talking brakes, deraileurs (sp?), and that kind of stuff. But now that that is cleared up what would you recommend along those lines for my first up. I was thinking brakes, I'm not too heavy but I ride fast and the bikes I have been riding cannot quite get the job done sometimes. So I was thinking some juicy 7s or bb7's but I've got atleast a month to make that decision (I've read the mech/hydro thread).
A little more background info. I'm mechanically inclined and quick learner so I'll do most of the installs/tuning/maintenance for my bikes. I'm 17 and have ridden mountain bikes on/off for 8 years, but never as much as I do now. I ask lots of questions, and thanks to everyone that answers them.
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I'd suggest the BB7's and having read the thread you know why.
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I ask lots of questions too, sometimes too many for people when in person Anyway, I think that the stumpjumper comes wiht pretty good components but as far as the breaks go, I was going through the same dilemma. I will upgrade to BB7s, but there is no real rush for me. So I'll ride the Vs for a while and then when it feels, buy and install.
Cheers not for nbgrom I guess
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well,

depends on what performance you want? the xt derailer is good. Just not as light as the xtr. no big deal. If you want your weight down?

- A nice BB and crank. $$$ like lets say the xt
- Better wheels, and hubs. $$$$$ like oh crossmax
- Replace your seatpost and bar with a composite model. $$ anything that costs.
- replace your stem. $ personally I love the race face Deus, the chromed one is a tad heavier.
- Replace your saddle with one that has ti rails. $$

Your brakes are good, they are lighter than discs. If you are doing many descents or need the performance than discs are great. Many top pros run v-brakes in their races.

The first thing I would replace is the cranks and BB.
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