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    First FS: Trek Fuel 70 or Jamis Dakar

    I ride mostly moderate XC about 3 times a week on a hardtail that I've ridden since the mid 90's. I'm ready to try FS and I have an opportunity to choose from an '05 Trek Fuel 70 or an '05 Jamis Dakar for about the same price. I searched the reviews and could not draw any major conclusion. I've tried both and both seem fine, though I have no experience with FS bikes so that didnt really help. The biggest difference I see is the Fuel uses a Rock Shox BAR rear suspension while the Jamis has a Fox Vanilla coil over. Which bike do you think would serve me best for the long haul being the most versatile? What differences can I expect from the different rear shocks? I would like to hear opinions especially from those who have tried either or both bikes. Thanks!

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    Based just on the shock the Fox would be the way to go - however as you primarily do XC and coming from a hardtail I think you would like the suspension design/feel of the Trek better. The Trek is a bit more XC oriented (my opinion).

    Both shocks are "old" technology by todays standards, and the rock shox was never particularly well received.

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