I've been riding my Salsa El Mariachi for 5 years now as a fully rigid SS, but I think it's time for a lighter, front suspension bike for XC Endurance racing. I just came across a 2008 Specialized 29er Comp for $750 stock in good shape. I'm thinking of grabbing this up, putting my Stans/HopeII wheels and XT brakes on this bike and selling the Salsa. First, have there been significant advancements in frame geometry since 2007, and two, any thoughts on this how I might feel about this change? I like the idea of a bike that I can add gears to, although I've never ridden the Salsa geared.
Factoids: I'm 46 years old, race SS in a weeknight series and 4-6 8 hr events each year. Also have a Stumpjumper that I ride from time to time when I need some gears or a little squish.
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