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Which one of these two bikes would you recommend?

Old 04-13-09, 02:14 PM
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Which one of these two bikes would you recommend?

Which one would you recommend:

1999, almost new Specialized Stumpjumper XC OR
2006 brand new old stock GT I-drive 4 5.0

Both at the same price
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Old 04-13-09, 02:40 PM
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Uhh... that's a no brainer. The GT. Why bother with a 10 yo bike?
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Old 04-13-09, 05:03 PM
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Makes me wonder why they are being offered at the same price tho, with a 7 year model difference?

A lot of technology development has happened in the past 10 years so even if the Spesh frame is sound, the components could be iffy, but I never did like the drum I-drive (not sure if the 2006 GT has a new I-drive version)... so they're both hard calls for me.

Any pics? a third option, perhaps?

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Here are more info about both bikes.

The GT I-Drive:
http://cgi.ebay.com/New-GT-i-Drive-4...1%7C240%3A1318

The Specialized:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=270348441856

Both are at $600
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I still found the pros and cons difficult between those two bikes. I was hoping the part specs would make it easier but...

Maybe someone else could come up with another reason to tip it one way or another for you.

Between the two, I may have to go with commo_soulja on this one on the basis that the newer bike may have a better resale value a few years down the track whereas you may get stuck with the Stumpy.

Time permitting, I'd be looking for a third option before I make a decision... but my considerations and preferences may not be relevant in your case.

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Fond as I am of FSRs - - and especially of the older FSRs - - this really should be an easy one. The parts on the GT are new-gen, the shock is physically newer (rubber goods: internal and external seals, o-rings, etc.) and it is disc/disc-compatible.
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Old 04-14-09, 12:01 PM
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Thanks a lot guys, I appreciate your input, I decided to go with the GT.
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Wow, that FSR is "new old stock"? wtf? Has it been sitting in the closet at the LBS? One thing that raises a brow is the fairly new-ish 9spd XT rear derailleur. I thought the 9spd stuff came around 2000ish. My '98 Stumpy came equiped with 8spd. Another thing I'd be leery of is the 10 yo tires. They may look new but the rubber may have degraded. The suspension design is, imho, far better than the i-drive but doesnt have the discs the GT does.
What bike did you end up getting?
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Old 04-14-09, 01:01 PM
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I decided to go with the GT, just newer parts like others have said.

Also a factor was the fact that the Specialized was just sold 3 weeks earlier, then the guy who bought it put it back on sale on ebay.

http://cgi.ebay.com/1999-Specialized...3A1%7C294%3A50

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Just got the GT, here is a picture:

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