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Time to retire my old MTB. Narrowed down my choice of new bike to one of these 2. Mostly love doing enduro type events +- 60km on weekends, and also multi stage events like the Sabie Experience. Take the races not to seriously.

 

Anybody got some ideas which one?

 

 

Stumpjumper:


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Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Expert

Type of Bike:
All MTB Full Suspension
Model: Stumpjumper FSR Expert
Price: R26,000.00

Extra:
Frame: M5 aluminium 120mm travel
Fork/Suspention: Fox Talas RL, 100-140mm, lock out
Wheels: DT Rims, Shimano M-525 Disc
Components: SRAM X9, X0, Shimano XT, Avid Juicy 7

 

Epic:


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Specialized Epic FSR Comp

Type of Bike:
Full Suspension Racing Mountain Bikes
Model: Epic FSR Comp
Price: R20,750.00

Extra:
Frame: M5 aluminium, hollow Aluminium shock link
Fork/Suspention: Fox F100 RL 100mm, Lock-out
Wheels: DT Rims , w Shimano M-525 disc Hubs
Components: SRAM X7, X9, Truvativ, Avid Juicy 5 Brakes
_BBi2007-08-30 03:57:04
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If you dont take racing seriously, why fork out 20k? I dont take mtb seriously either (its a way of keeping fit in winter) and I spent 4k on my MTB. I still do very well in all the MTB races I do, but theres no way i'm gonna throw 20k at a MTB. To quote someone (in)famous - "Its not about the bike"

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Tough choice between the 2 Specialized's but I wouldn't get a Raleigh! Personally I would take the Epic (Yes I do ride one now!). Very very nice.

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Why don't you have a look at the Santa Cruz Superlight. Mikes Bikes in Greenside currently has one for around R 26 k, but can be tailored to meet your specific requirements.

 

 

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If you dont take racing seriously' date=' why fork out 20k? I dont take mtb seriously either (its a way of keeping fit in winter) and I spent 4k on my MTB. I still do very well in all the MTB races I do, but theres no way i'm gonna throw 20k at a MTB. To quote someone (in)famous - "Its not about the bike"[/quote']

 

I know, but they look so nicely. It is closer to art that a bike sometimes for me. Seriously, I do not mind spending that much as I would ride it for the next 5-7 years like I rode my Trek 4500. But you make a good point in any case.
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aaah... so its about the bling factor.. well why didnt u say so? Well in that case, get the shiniest most-porno looking one Smile

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Tough choice between the 2 Specialized's but I wouldn't get a Raleigh! Personally I would take the Epic (Yes I do ride one now!). Very very nice.

 

I read a lot on the suspension of the MTB's (because my current bike does not have a back shock (or for that matter a front shock - can only press it in 2 cm on the RST). Does the "brain" technology on the Specialized be felt or is that more a "gimmick"?
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IMHO - Stumpjumper = more bling, better for a variety of riding, Epic = more a XC/Marathon bike (i.e. great for Sabie experience type riding!)

 

BUT that is only in my personal opinion! I wouldn't get a Raleigh or one those Raleigh wannabees (i.e. Santa's cruiser etc.)Wink
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Yip I can feel (and hear) the brain working! Is it the best of both worlds as it has been stated? I am not sure but as an overall XC/Marathon bike it performs very well.

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I have made up my mind to get one of these Specialized bikes, so do not warry BigBen.

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DR - I whipped your arse on both that old Raleigh as well as that new army bike of yours! It may not have been about the bike though!

 

Ok ok so you were next to the road assisting damsels in distress, that's a good excuse!

 

_BBi_ - Good decision!
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Just remember that although they might be 2007 bikes, both of those Specialized's are "OLD" models and will be replaced by totally new bikes in Sept / Oct for the 2008 season.

 

BigBen is just jealous about the "Blingness" of the Santa Cruz Wink

 

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Thug - Sure with all that ueber OTT kit you been putting on lately, bit like putting 20inch mags on a Camry I think but whatever blows your hair backWink
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