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Top Hardtail vs decent Dual Suspension

Old 06-17-08, 07:28 PM
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Top Hardtail vs decent Dual Suspension

Ok it comes down to about $1400

Stumper Jumper Hardtail

or

Trek Fuel Fx 5.5
Specialized FSRxc
Giant Trance 2


these are the choices that i am looking at.

The frame on the trek is the Alpha Red, which is suppose to be really good correct me if I am wrong.


About riding conditions:

I live in michigan, nothing to crazy over here, Trails with nothing crazy, but can get pretty bumpy. I am not gonna Race, and I kind of would like to put slicks on the bike every now and then and ride on the road. Maybe will use the bike as a commuter in the Caribbeans next year.

Pretty lost, let me know what you think

thanks
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Old 06-17-08, 07:30 PM
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Looking forward to watching this thread because I the FSR is one of my top choices. What is the difference between the FSR xc and FSR comp?
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Old 06-17-08, 07:56 PM
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Originally Posted by 01amberfirewv View Post
Looking forward to watching this thread because I the FSR is one of my top choices. What is the difference between the FSR xc and FSR comp?

$200 price diff.

Fsrxc vs fsrxc comp

FRONT BRAKE: Avid SD-3 v brake or Hayes Stroker Ryde, hydraulic disc


same front Der. rear D and shifter

and everything seems the same
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Old 06-17-08, 07:57 PM
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Originally Posted by ougeta View Post
Ok it comes down to about $1400

Stumper Jumper Hardtail

or

Trek Fuel Fx 5.5
Specialized FSRxc
Giant Trance 2


these are the choices that i am looking at.

The frame on the trek is the Alpha Red, which is suppose to be really good correct me if I am wrong.


About riding conditions:

I live in michigan, nothing to crazy over here, Trails with nothing crazy, but can get pretty bumpy. I am not gonna Race, and I kind of would like to put slicks on the bike every now and then and ride on the road. Maybe will use the bike as a commuter in the Caribbeans next year.

Pretty lost, let me know what you think

thanks
First let me say I own a higher end steel HT and a better level FS. The choice between a higer end HT and a low end FS is a no brainer based on your parameters. Ask yourself this. Does it make sense to put slicks on a 30lb FS bike to ride on pavement?

Forget the hype and go with the 24 lb HT. Lighter, faster with better components. No one need FS on "Trails with nothing crazy". The bumps will only make you a better rider. Truth be told people rode rigid on bumpy trails for 1000s of years and had a blast. The HT will take you anywhere you want. Consider that you will need to spend $2500 to match the performance and quality of that Stumpy.
 
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Get a 29" HT bike. When you put slicks on it, that will make it a nice and fast hybrid, and it will be smoother over bumpies with the bigger wheels.
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Old 06-17-08, 08:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Rodney Strong View Post
Truth be told people rode rigid on bumpy trails for 1000s of years and had a blast.
you don't say.
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Stumpjumper, but I seccond the 29er reccomendation for your purposes. The Trance 2 is a 2 grand bike, around the price of the Stumpy 29er.
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you don't say.
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Originally Posted by M_S View Post
Stumpjumper, but I seccond the 29er reccomendation for your purposes. The Trance 2 is a 2 grand bike, around the price of the Stumpy 29er.
the giant is $1175


I was looking for a 29'er for awhile, but someone said they were heavy and not that much better over the 26" hardtail.

I almost bought a fisher x-caliber, what are ur guys thought on that compared to the 26" stumpy
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Old 06-17-08, 09:25 PM
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Might be slightly heavier than a similarly equipped 26", but you can still get them pretty light...

See if you can find one to test ride, see if you like it...
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Having owned a FSR, two Stumpy hardtails and a now a higher-end doppel-squish, IMHO the Stumpjumper is the way to go. As an all-around bike, you'll find it hard to beat.
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Get the Stumpjumper. You can't go wrong with a hardtail, and IMHO 26" vs. 29" comes down to personal preference. If you can't decide between 26" and 29", go with 27.5"/650B. You get the worst of both worlds.

The Stumpjumper will still be riding trails when the rest of those bikes are recycled into beer cans. I've had my Stumpjumper M2 for 13 years and love it.
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Since you are going to sell the other hardtail you have (don't expect too much money for it) and you only want one bike, go with the Stumpjumper.
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Originally Posted by 251 View Post
Get the Stumpjumper. You can't go wrong with a hardtail, and IMHO 26" vs. 29" comes down to personal preference. The Stumpjumper will still be riding trails when the rest of those bikes are recycled into beer cans. I've had my Stumpjumper M2 for 13 years and love it.
+1!!! I have had my Stumpjumper M2 Comp for 12 years, and still love it. I have considered a FS, but I don't want to give up the way my Stumpy climbs what hills we do have in Mi.

Where at in Mi are you?

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Old 06-18-08, 09:02 AM
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+1!!! I have had my Stumpjumper M2 Comp for 12 years, and still love it. I have considered a FS, but I don't want to give up the way my Stumpy climbs what hills we do have in Mi.

Where at in Mi are you?

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i live in dearborn hghts, suburb of detroit. u?
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Originally Posted by ougeta View Post
i live in dearborn hghts, suburb of detroit. u?
Swartz Creek, which is just west of the BEAUTIFULL city of Flint! My cousins grew up in Dearborn. They lived off Telegraph about 6 blocks north from the Kmart that was/is on Van Born (sp?)( I think that is the name of the rd ) on Cambell (sp?).

I usually ride either Holdridge just outside Holly, or Island Lake when time allows me to get to the trail. I will usually hit Pontiac Lake and Poto once a summer if I can. Also check out the Mi mtb forum at www.mmba.org . All kinds of trail info!

Chris
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