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How race ready is the base Stumpjumper FSR?

Old 09-08-04, 09:50 PM
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How race ready is the base Stumpjumper FSR?

I see that its 29 pounds, but being a hardtail rider I'm not sure how that weighs in as far as full-suspension bikes go.




Aside from weight, what other aspects of this bike would benefit from a makeover when it comes to using it as a race rig?



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Old 09-08-04, 11:45 PM
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29 pounds is an ok weight for a xc oriented fs bike.
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Old 09-09-04, 05:40 AM
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Well,

Jasbike, I'm pretty sure that you've used an FS and an HT and noticed the differences. Weight for that bike isn't bad. Umm...If you do use it for XC I suggest getting used to it as rider bob happens and a pedal stroke is less effiecient. (If there's a fox shock on, I think rider bob is reduced because of their tech). I don't know how ready it is. Usually, race bikes are customized, rather than stock. You nkow what I mean, like it's just not fitted to you and so, it may not be a good race bike at first.
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You can definately do some races with a 29lb fs bike. I race with my Diamondback x-2 that weighs in at over 32lbs, and yes I wish I had something lighter (and hopefully will soon) but it definately gets the job done for a entry-level racer. As for what hooligan said, yes, professional racers may have bikes that are custom fitted to them, but the general public of racers (that I know of at least) have bikes that they bought from their lbs and may have made some adjustments, like a new stem or something of that sort but their bikes are not custom fitted at all. Also, I looked at the one on the site and the rear shock has propedal pedal assisting, so that should help reduce some of the pedal-bob. Good luck with your decision.
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