i'm looking for a "do everything" bike around $2000. a local shop has the sj at $2100, another shop told me the jamis would be $1900 (didn't have any in stock, would have to order). i plan to ride trails in new england so plenty of climbing still but also plenty of descending and lots of fun rocks and roots both ways. after talking to the bike shops it seems like these are the type of bike i should be looking at (all mountain but still pretty good at XC riding). i'm leaning towards the stumpy mostly because it's already in stock, i can test it to make sure i like how it feels (didn't when i looked, the shop was about to close), and it just seems like a great bike. reviews for both bikes seem like they're both great bikes so i don't think i can really make a bad decision but what would you get?
ps - if anyone knows of any leftover 07s that fit my description in either upstate NY or CT let me know, i've checked rick's bike shop in queensbury, inside edge in glens falls, elevate cycles in saratoga and blue sky cycles also in saratoga and the only one in stock near my description was rick's having the stumpy (and i think a giant reign but the stumpy seemed to meet my needs better).
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