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Old 08-25-13, 11:15 AM
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Hi, I'm looking at two bikes and trying to decide. I need input on how the components stack up. I'm short, so finding a fit was really tough, but both of these work: Specialized Jett 29 and the Trek Cali SL. The Trek is on sale and only about $100 more than the Specialized (well, I need pedals too). Thanks in advance for your input.

https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...y/cali/cali_sl
https://www.specialized.com/us/en/bik...ett/jett#specs

The Trek is on a 17" frame, but surprisingly, I had no trouble with the step over. The Specialized is available on a 15 frame. I don't know if that should be an issue. Thanks in advance for your input.
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Welcome to the Forums, hitnkickn

I'm not up on my mtb components (not a roadie, but rarely go off road, either), but I'd say the Trek is a bit better. More travel in the fork, broader range of gears, Deore/Shadow as opposed to Acera/Alivio/Shadow.
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Looking for a, entryish level 29er hardtail. The shop I'm gonna buy from is a Trek/Cdale shop.

I'm looking for the besk sort of bang for my buck, and have narrowed it to these three levels.
https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...sport/marlin/#

https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/mountain/cross_country/x_caliber_29/x_caliber_7/#

(I can't for the life of me figure the difference between the marlin/mamba and the x caliber)

https://www.cannondale.com/2013/bikes...l-29er-4-28032
Or, should I save my moosebux and go for the Trail SL?
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Originally Posted by NCMTBIKER View Post
I know right??
what the heck is a sticky?!
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what the heck is a sticky?!
Assuming you're asking unironically, its a thread that stays "stuck" to the top of the forum.
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Old 09-03-13, 06:48 AM
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Originally Posted by ClydesMoose View Post
Looking for a, entryish level 29er hardtail. The shop I'm gonna buy from is a Trek/Cdale shop.

I'm looking for the besk sort of bang for my buck, and have narrowed it to these three levels.
https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...sport/marlin/#

https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/mountain/cross_country/x_caliber_29/x_caliber_7/#

(I can't for the life of me figure the difference between the marlin/mamba and the x caliber)

https://www.cannondale.com/2013/bikes...l-29er-4-28032
Or, should I save my moosebux and go for the Trail SL?
The Trail SL doesn't appear to have any significant advantages over the X-Caliber to justify the price difference.

The X-Cal has hydraulic brakes and a very slightly better fork than the others. But all three have pretty wimpy forks that are adequate for urban riding, but lay down and die on rough trails. That's just how it goes with entry-level MTBs.
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So bump up to the xcal 8 if I can then?
https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...29/x_caliber_8
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Here is my dilema:

Stumpjumper Comp HT: I have been told the frame is nicer (I like nice frames, also prefer having a PF30 BB so it matches my other BBs)

OR

Crave Pro 29: I have been told that the component package is nicer.

Another thing I would consider is the Stumpjumper EVO 1X10 sounds smexy. Also this would be my first mountain bike, I come from a road racing background and I intend to do XC riding mainly.
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Originally Posted by dnuzzomueller View Post
Here is my dilema:

Stumpjumper Comp HT: I have been told the frame is nicer (I like nice frames, also prefer having a PF30 BB so it matches my other BBs)

OR

Crave Pro 29: I have been told that the component package is nicer.

Another thing I would consider is the Stumpjumper EVO 1X10 sounds smexy. Also this would be my first mountain bike, I come from a road racing background and I intend to do XC riding mainly.
Definitely not true. The Stumpy has a better fork. CTD is on par with the Reba, but the 9mm QR is very flexy. The Stumpy's 15mm axle is a significant advantage. Between all of the other components, I would expect the Stumpjumper to be about a pound lighter as well.

However... on the bottom bracket. I have successfully avoided pressfit bottom brackets on all my bikes, and none of my bikes have creaky bottom brackets. Coincidence? Probably not. I'll take english threaded over pressfit any day and twice on Sunday.
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It's funny because my mountain biking Co-Worker told me that the fork on the Crave was better, I honestly believe you and my coach (and myself) though and I am leaning towards the StumpJumper.

On the note of Bottom Brackets though: I have been working on BB30 and PF30 bikes for quite a while now (Both my bikes and customer's) and in my personal experience improper installation (Read: Need moar grease!) tends to be the biggest cause of creakiness from them. But to each his own. I currently have 2 BB30 bikes and 1 PF30 bike, no creaking yet.
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Meh. CTD isn't much different from the Reba's rebound and hydraulic lockout. You will ride the CTD in Trail mode 90-98% of the time so it'll be that versus the open mode of the Reba.

It's the axle that matters. If the CTD had a 15mm axle, I could see picking the Fox. When/if you upgrade the fork, an upgrade definitely will have a 15mm axle and you'll be ready with the Stumpy but you'll be buying a new front wheel for the Crave.
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I like your logic! I always forget that there are different wheel attachment systems in Mountain Biking. But now my dreams of riding my Zipp tubulars on my mountain bike are gone.....
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Oh god here I go again!

Stumpjumper EVO HT or COMP HT?

I like the idea of 1X10 personally but I submit to knowledge greater then mine.
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2009 Haro X7 18 vs.2007 Norco Shore Three vs. 2011 Scott Voltage FR20, Long
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I would probably avoid the haro, and put it between the norco and the scott, the spec is better.
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Hi,

I've been away for a while. I was getting too beat up on MTB and started running. Did about 60 running races, some CX, a sprint Tri.

I miss MTB. I'm almost 65. Gonna do one last Marathon next year and that will be it for marathons. Marathons are awesome but the training totally sucks the oxygen from the rest of your life. So in 2015, I'd like to combine endurance with MTB and do something like the Leadville series. I've read an FS bike is best. I'd like to start shopping. Any ideas?

My current stable has a Gary Fisher hardtail, A Felt Revelation DH/FR/FS, a Specialized CX bike, a Track Bike.
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Hi there,
Total newbie to MTB here, I have occasionally ridden around on non expert trails. Recently, I have started riding a lot more as I am recovering from an acl surgery, and biking is one of the few things I am allowed to do. With that in mind, I am not looking to get into any serious jumps and stuff, I do enjoy fast downhills and some technical single track riding.
I currently have 2004 Specialized Hardrock 15 inch frame and I am looking to upgrade to bigger frame and/or 29 wheels.
My dilemma is should I go get a new hard tail and spend $700 on a new Specialized Hard Rock Sport, or a 1999 Specialized Jumpstumper FSR (craigslist) for $230?
Being a newbie, I would not mind getting better with something as proven as Stumpjumper, while having a brand new hard tail would mean more of the similar to what I am used to.
Any feedback is appreciated!
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Hi there,
I currently have 2004 Specialized Hardrock 15 inch frame and I am looking to upgrade to bigger frame and/or 29 wheels.
My dilemma is should I go get a new hard tail and spend $700 on a new Specialized Hard Rock Sport, or a 1999 Specialized Jumpstumper FSR (craigslist) for $230?
Being a newbie, I would not mind getting better with something as proven as Stumpjumper, while having a brand new hard tail would mean more of the similar to what I am used to.
Any feedback is appreciated!
don't get a 1999 bike. Year makes more of different than brand name when it's that ancient. I wouldn't get a $700 lbs bike these days, they are super entry level. I recommend new: airborne goblin or used:auction style ebay. You can browse the used section and see what $700 will typically buy.
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Originally Posted by NYCJohn170 View Post
I miss MTB. I'm almost 65. Gonna do one last Marathon next year and that will be it for marathons. Marathons are awesome but the training totally sucks the oxygen from the rest of your life. So in 2015, I'd like to combine endurance with MTB and do something like the Leadville series. I've read an FS bike is best. I'd like to start shopping. Any ideas?

My current stable has a Gary Fisher hardtail, A Felt Revelation DH/FR/FS, a Specialized CX bike, a Track Bike.
I'd check with leadville opinions on this. You already have an experience with an array of bikes there.
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My current stable has a Gary Fisher hardtail, A Felt Revelation DH/FR/FS, a Specialized CX bike, a Track Bike.
Felt Redemption? Not exactly DH/FR but it's a burly trail bike for sure. IIRC, Leadville is a lot of double-track fireroad punctuated by some somewhat-but-not-very technical sections. Don't know if he monitors his BF account any more but you might try PMing MX_599 and get his take on it. He's raced Leadville before.
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don't get a 1999 bike. Year makes more of different than brand name when it's that ancient. I wouldn't get a $700 lbs bike these days, they are super entry level. I recommend new: airborne goblin or used:auction style ebay. You can browse the used section and see what $700 will typically buy.
I ended up picking up a Specialized Ground Control FSR for dirt cheap, so I am going to use it for a while and see where I go from there. I am planning on investing and getting a newer model, but thats down the road. The FSR is a lot of fun, rather light for its age.
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I guess I'm number 5, I am on the fence about getting a trek ds 8.3 I mainly hit the road but I want to be able to see some dirt. Will this bike be able to handle just regular path riding?
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I guess I'm number 5, I am on the fence about getting a trek ds 8.3 I mainly hit the road but I want to be able to see some dirt. Will this bike be able to handle just regular path riding?
Yes.

You might as well buy a Marlin, though. It isn't significantly slower on paths than a DS 8.3, and it is better on trails.
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