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Old 04-06-09, 07:18 PM
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New to off road, narrowed down to 2 bikes. Please help!

Hi I am going to try this off road thing this year. I currently have two road bikes (a Specialized 07 Sirrus Sport, and a 08 Transition Comp), so this new bike will be strictly trail riding. I am a bigger guy (6'3" 280lbs) and have no off road experience at all. I was at the LBS and narrowed it down to two bikes.
1. Specialized Rockhopper Expert Disk 29
2 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Expert 29
The Rockhopper is brand new and I can buy it for $1199, while the Stumpjumper is a demo in very good shapewhich I can buy for $1899. Obviously the Stumpjumper is the better deal (and that is really the only reason I am considering it). I am looking for advise on the pros and cons of both. Is there any reason I would be unhappy with either, or three months down the road wish I had bought the other bike? Is this a no brainer and the Stumpjumper is definatly worth an extra $700? I'd hate to pass on this deal and kick myself in a couple of months for not taking advantage of it. On the other hand I dont want to buy a bike that may not be the best for me just because it was a good deal.
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Old 04-06-09, 08:05 PM
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You will not regret the FSR. That's a killer deal.
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Old 04-07-09, 12:28 PM
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Yea, it's a good deal, but will he like the way a FS rides? I went from a HT to FS, and now I looking to go right back to a HT. I just didn't like the way the rear shock felt. So yeah, it really all depends on what you like.
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Old 04-07-09, 05:49 PM
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If you are coming from road bikes, you may not like the feel of a full suspension. If it is a demo bike, can you actually try it out on trails to see if you like it?
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Old 04-07-09, 08:15 PM
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Well can't say for sure if you'll like the DS. I was given a trek liquid to ride for 2 weeks, did'nt care for it much. However, It had some realy nice componets. I thought I'de love it, but not worth the money and energy. They have their place, but unless you hittin some steep drops I wouln'd bother.
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Old 04-07-09, 08:22 PM
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^^^+1^^^, I would go with a HT if I were you, or like someone else mentioned see if you can demo a FS, and see how you like it.
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