Newbie part 3. Ok, I've been here before trying to fugure out which bike to buy. No luck yet.
I'm come across two totally different bikes that I have the option to buy either for less than$1,900.00.
I ride 1/2 the time on bike paths around Denver during the week and a Front Range (Colroado) trail on the weekend or around Vail. I like light bikes for climbing, but appreciate FS on the way down. Haven't tried 29er on the trail yet. I'm 5'10" and 175 pounds
The AIR 9 was raced for a year and then put to rest. It has XTR or XO on everything. Stans Wheelset. Fox Fork. It weighs 23 pounds. Should I be concerned about the durability of the Air 9 after a season of racing?It shows signs of wear, but rides nicely. I'm going to ride with the owner tomorrow on some trails. I like the geo in the niner.
The Stumperjumper is the stock 2010 FSR 29er Comp. Maybe ridden 2-3 times. I'm going to see it in a day or two. I'd like to be able to take it on the trail, but no dice. I think weighs about 29 pounds.
I'm leaning toward the Stumpjumper since I'm 43 and body enjoy plush downhill rides, but the AIR 9 would be much better for 80% of my riding since I don't have a road bike.
I think both are pretty good deals.
Ideally, I'd like to get a SpearFish or Jet, but both are over my budget, although the spearfish is close. I really like geo of niners. An MCR Niner might work too, but again, over my budget. I really need to trail demo these things.
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