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    2004 Stumpjumper FSR Elite Disc vs. 2003 RM ETSX-30

    Although at first these two bikes seem to be different, in reality they are very similar.

    Although the ETSX is marketed as an all day bike and for light free ride, in reality the Stumpy is built exactly the same. The Stumpy also seems to have significantly better parts for about $260 less.

    I will be doing x-country riding: 2-3 races a year, light jumping, roots, rocks, 2x riding a week. Mostly local watershed riding, etc. I weigh 220lbs, so I am a clydesdale.

    Any input from actual riders of these two bikes would be appreciated.

    Some key similarities and differences:

    Their head tubes and seat tube angles are virtually the same: 71/73.

    Top tubes are both about 24.2".

    The standover is actually better on the Stumpy: 29.1" vs 31.5" for the RM.

    They are both 4x4 bikes. The RM is adjustable from 3.5"-4.5".

    The front fork is a Manitou Black Elite on the Stumpy vs Marzochi MX Pro ETA on the RM.

    XT crankset on Stumpy; Deore crankset on RM. Big difference.

    M-555 disc brakes on Stumpy; M-525 brakes on ETSX.

    Fox Float R on Stumpy; Rock Shox Bar Adjust on ETSX. Big difference?

    Price....$1740 for Stumpy; $2000 for the ETSX.

    Bottom line: is the RM worth $260 more, especially with inferior brakes, crankset, and rear shock? Is adjustable suspension worth that much?

    Thanks for any and all input.

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    Don't know anything about the ETSX but the Stumpy FSR Elite disc is very nice, my experience is limited to a few test rides but it's sweet. Yesterday I ended up putting a down payment on the FSR Expert disc for the Triad shock and the Fox Float RL fork. If your budget is $2K, that's what I got out the door for ($1850+tax) so maybe something else to consider. I check in at about 200 lbs and both of the Stumpys felt very robust, but as I mentioned my real world experience is only test rides so far.

    Edit: check that didn't register that the other bike you mentioned was a rocky mountain. I tested out a ton of bikes and the RM was my 2nd fav next to the FSR's. Forget the exact model but it was a 2003 on sale for $1800.

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