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    Which 2013 bicycle is a competitor for the Stumpjumper FSR Expert EVO 29er?

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    What other 2013 popular brand 29er bicycle with a mostly carbon frame compares to the SJ FSR Expert EVO?

    I am getting ready to pull the trigger on one tomorrow and want biased views of other bikes that compare.

    Things about the Expert EVO that I think should be included for the $6,400 price, that are not is:

    The fork should have Kashiwa coating.
    The handle bar should be carbon fiber.
    The rear cassette should be X9 or XT level.
    The rotors should match the brake set, as in a lighter two piece design.

    Show me something better, for the same price, that weights the same (28.9 pounds) or less.

    PS The frame must be 130mm travel or better and the fork has to be a Fox 34mm.

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    The Cube Stereo HPC SL.

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    I'll go look at one today, thanks.

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    the giant trance is not carbon but seems worthy of a look.

    Quote Originally Posted by PB Matrix View Post
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    What other 2013 popular brand 29er bicycle with a mostly carbon frame compares to the SJ FSR Expert EVO?

    I am getting ready to pull the trigger on one tomorrow and want biased views of other bikes that compare.

    Things about the Expert EVO that I think should be included for the $6,400 price, that are not is:

    The fork should have Kashiwa coating.
    The handle bar should be carbon fiber.
    The rear cassette should be X9 or XT level.
    The rotors should match the brake set, as in a lighter two piece design.

    Show me something better, for the same price, that weights the same (28.9 pounds) or less.

    PS The frame must be 130mm travel or better and the fork has to be a Fox 34mm.

    PB
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    Santa Cruz Tallboy LTC.
    And I love beer!!

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    Checkout the Tallboy LTc and Intense is coming out with Intense Spider 29 comp this November/December.

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    The Cube Strereo 29

    Here´s a test of the 29er Stereo (german):

    CUBE Stereo Super HPC 140 (29er)

    The best 29er they have ridden

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    Kona Satori - Much less money.

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    Niner RIP RDO that was just announced coming next spring. Only has 125mm rear travel (instead of your 130 cutoff), but based on the alloy RIP 9 I have, the niner rear travel feels deeper than the numbers would suggest.
    I think the RIP RDO is going to be awesome. The CVA linkage climbs phenomenally well and does not need a "brain" shock to stop bobbing (while seated).

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    I am interested in the Cube, and went to a local German dealer to order one. But, 1 Dec is the expected delivery date and I might not be in Germany then. Also the two year warranty, on a newly designed carbon frame, is one of the very few negative points of the Cube.

    As for Niner, yeap, like them, and I even scored the SM framed Jet RDO with SID that Jenson had on sale for like 15 minutes or so a few days ago. That was a pure impulse buy, BTW.

    So, thanks all for your input and I will be getting a Expert SJ FSR Evo 29er delivered some time in the near future along with the Jet RDO.. N+1 no longer applies (This week).

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    transition bandit 29 - 120mm for 2013

    transition covert 29 - 140mm, new model for 2013

    I have last years bandit 29er and love it, the covert is a beefier frame and is going to be great for all mountain enduro racing.
    Pivot mach 6!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joel RW View Post
    transition bandit 29 - 120mm for 2013

    transition covert 29 - 140mm, new model for 2013

    I have last years bandit 29er and love it, the covert is a beefier frame and is going to be great for all mountain enduro racing.
    not Carbon

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