Well, first a quick background. I got back in to biking about 4 years ago starting on the road. Last year I bought a Diamondback Overdriver 29'er as the price was right and didn't know how much I would enjoy mountain biking - especially here in Iowa. Well, over the last year I have decided I like mountain biking much more so than riding on the road. Even riding the mountain bike on bike trails for fun rides is better than riding the road bike.
Anyway, did the Silver Rush 50 this year on the Diamondback, although did not finish. Decided to sell the bike in anticipation of upgrading. Well, I did sell the bike, but have yet to get a replacement, but am still looking. Originally was going to go with a '10 or '11 Specialized Stumpjumper Comp 29'er from the LBS that I normally work with, but recently moved and not as close to that LBS any more. Stopped in the LBS close to where I live and they carry Trek, Giant, and GF Collection. Talked to one of their employees who is the service manager and avid mountain biker. Talked about the GF X-Cal and Paragon as my budget is somewhere around that $2000 range (could get a '10 Stumpy 29'er for $1600). Anyway, talked extensively about the bike, the fact they could go tubeless at no extra cost, go to a 2x10 setup for little to no cost, replace stock saddle if wanted, etc and very willing to work with me on stuff. Got a good feeling.
So, I am looking for any and all input from Paragon owners. I did ride a '10 model Paragon and it is leaps and bounds above the Diamondback. LOVE the SRAM X7/X9 components so any bike I get better have SRAM on it. Would look at doing SRAM X9 front derrailure, crank set and shifter for the 2x10 setup to match the X9 rear setup.
Just looking for any and all input on the Paragon, especially any comparisons to the Stumpy. And, yes, mind is set and will be getting another 29'er!
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