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    Help me pick a stumpy!

    Got some options. Can't test drive.

    2013 SJ Evo Expert Carbon 26", RS RC3? rear @$2100, potentially $1900
    2013 SJ Evo Expert Carbon 29", Fox Float rear @$2100
    2016 SJ Expert Carbon 27.5", Fox Float rear @$2500
    Or keep looking

    I live in the Berkshires MA, so lots of up and downhill. I have access to a premier bike park, but mainly want to explore random trails I'm unfamiliar with.

    Some questions:

    -Significant differences in those rear shocks?
    -Besides the EVO vs SJ geometry, do I gain much by going a more recent year overall?
    -Given the amount of uphill, do I really want to stay away from 26"?
    -I gravitate toward the EVO style because from what I've heard the EVOs have slightly harder time uphills, be noticeably funner downhill. For this reason, I gravitate to the 29" to help more with the uphill. Sound reasoning?

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    Not enough info. What fork, drivetrain, wheels? Are they all stock?

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    also - what's the fascination with stumpjumpers? the 26 and 29 are very different. 2013 anything, bone stock, is getting pretty long in the tooth. if you don't personally know any of these sellers, and you can't do a demo ride or at least in-person inspection, I would be concerned about shelling out $2K+ without any guarantees.

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    Get a leg over a 2019, your almost there on price. Itís a well reviewed bike with a lot of updates.

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    I have a soft spot for the 2016. Just sold my 6fattie Expert for 2500.00. I regret it it a bit, it could have been a real good back-up full squish.

    Fairly certain you can get the new alloy comp for 3000.00

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    get da one that says yt or canyon it. so many good bikes now, look for somethin newer, slacker, longer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativeson View Post
    get da one that says yt or canyon it. so many good bikes now, look for somethin newer, slacker, longer.
    This would be my first inclination and I have 2 Santa Cruz bikes in the garage now. So I understand brand loyalty.. But your money has never bought more new bike than right now.


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    Commencal look like nice bikes for da $$$ too. Transition, Norco, Kona, Diamondback's from REI (yes I said it, think I read Release is very similar to VPP), so many. Guerrilla Gravity trail pistol looks da part too. brand loyalty's ruff, I live near Santa Cruz but also 30 miles from Specialized HQ in Morgan Hill, it's nice to have something different. A bike w/newish geos coming from a big brand like Specialized is most likely gonna be pretty radically different from a 2016 in terms of reach nowadays.

    If you don't know a ton about the suspension either read the manufacturers instructions (PDF's on site) or just search here or Pinkbike. Or just get the one w/least adjustments so u can set it n forget it.

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    Look at YT bikes. My friend got a brand new one with a decent build for under 2500.

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    Look at Marin's new line.

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    Yeah, I ditched spesh, I loved thier bikes. My lbs couldnít kelp up with their sales demands, fln picks, still trek was ok with them. I went west coast, no Santa Cruz.

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