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2005 specialized FSR XC, good bike, good deal?

Old 01-17-06, 05:43 PM
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2005 specialized FSR XC, good bike, good deal?

I found a LBS that has a couple 05 fsr xc's on closeout for $850, I think I could talk him down to $800 maybe. What do you guys think of this bike, and does it sound like a good deal for a closeout? I do mostly xc and some downhill. I rode it, and i loved it. The only problem was the gears seemed to shift a bit rough. I dont know if that is because its a 27 speed and im used to 21, as alot of people said on mtbr.com. The derailluers could have been out of adjustment though, the shop said they would give the bike a tuneup if needed before i buy it. Some people on mtbr said the v brakes or pads arent that great, ditto for the shock. Let me know what you guys think.
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Old 01-17-06, 10:19 PM
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I like that FSR. I think it's pretty good, but not great. I don't remember the rear shock, but I think it comes with the Fox Float fork, right? That's a good one. I think the rear is more generic and will be serviceable, but I could be wrong.

I tested the FSR XC at the LBS, then saw the Stumpjumper FSR. I remembered what everybody on here said. "You can't get a good FS bike for less than $2000." The price tag said "$1799" and I knew they were wrong.

For that price, it's not a bad bike. The frame is excellent and the components are decent. But, it sounds like you're like me. I knew that if I got the FSR XC (2006) for $1200 that all I'd think about was that I could have had the bike I *really* wanted for only $500 more. And that was the end of that story.

I love my Stumpjumper.
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Old 01-17-06, 11:38 PM
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I have a Stumpjumper FSR frame also and absolutely love it. That said, I don't know if I'd tell you to go with the FSRxc.

Here's a link to the 2005 FSRxc specs page. There seems to be way too many shortcuts in the spec (rear shock, brakes, fork, and some others) to make it worthwhile. Also, it'll be pretty darn heavy - fork alone weighs over 4.5 lbs.

It may be out of your budget, but if you can find a closeout Stumpy FSR (like a Comp) it's definitely worth holding out for that. A buddy of mine bought a 2005 Stumpy FSR Comp (on closeout for $1600) and it is definitely a quality bike. There's just WAY too much the FSRxc could use in upgrades - after those expenses, you may as well just get the Stumpy right off the bat.

If the Stumpy is out of your budget, I'd go for a nicely spec'ed hardtail and save some $$ for a FS upgrade - if you really need a bike right now.
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Old 01-17-06, 11:45 PM
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Yeah, I second what mtb-chop is saying here. That's why I went with the Stumpy FSR. But, if my wife hadn't okayed that I would have gone with the Stumpy hardtail. The components are better overall. I don't think you can get a much better hardtail than the Stumpjumper.
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Old 01-18-06, 12:42 AM
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thanks for the good info guys. Im in no hurry to get a bike, and im definately not ready to spend 1600. From what im hearing I think I might pass on this one. I have a gt timberline fs. Do you think a stumpjumper ht would be a big upgrade over that one?
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Old 01-18-06, 12:46 AM
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also, what about a hardrock sport or a rockhopper ht?
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Stump ht > GT Timberline. I used to sell the GT Timberline, and let me tell you sir, it was no Stumpjumper!
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Old 01-18-06, 01:03 AM
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wow looks like the stumpjumpers a bit out of my price range. I wouldnt want to spend more than 500 for a ht. guess i'll look around and see if I can find any nice deals on closeout
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