I am hoping to plumb the depth of your experience. I plan on doing the BC Bike Race next year (www.bcbikerace.com). My goal is to finish the race intact and having enjoyed the experience.
While I have not ridden North Shore, I enjoy single track and mostly ride around Southern California. The Gran Fondo at Sea Otter, confirmed what I already knew, my Kona Fire Mountain is not the bike for the BCBR.
My budget is about $2000, may be a slight bit more. Originally I was looking for a 100-120 travel 29er.
Favorite bike demoed is the Santa Cruz Tallboy, but I can only afford the Aluminum version with the Deore package when it comes out later this year.
Leading candidate is a Rocky Mountain Altitude 50 RSL (http://www.bikes.com/main+en+01_102+...CATID=3&Y=2010) with SLX/XT bits.
Second candidate is a new 2008 Specialized Stumpjumper Pro that a LBS has stocked away. (http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...2&menuItemId=0)
I might be able to get a Giant Anthem X 2, but it's a bit of a long shot requiring further budget stretch and a very nice bike dealer.
The Salsa Spearfish is also an option, but I would prefer a RP23 shock for this one.
What do you guys suggest? Any recommendations from BC Bike Racers carry added weight.
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