My local LBS has a new '05 Azure in my size (wrongly tagged as an '06 - they can care less); was marked down from $3300 (?!) to $1700; says I can have it for 300 less, the lowest they will go, yet my wife is okay with the numbers. They'd carry their standard LBS warranty; since IH is no more that means replacement of like or other-brand parts.
This would replace my dated and recently sold '99 FSR Stumpjumper XC Comp (upgrade time.)
I see the front derailleur has been contacting the rear triangle from test rides, and the BB doesn't have the required spacer on the drive side. I'd prefer Fox sus. though not a deal breaker. My other choice is a used '08 Cannondale Rush RL 5; nothing else appeals to me and I'm done looking; will buy no later than end of October.
It "feels" proportionally right. I'm 55 YO, 145 lbs, 5'-8" with a 32" pants inseam (34" up to base of pelvis bone); ride 3-4x/wk to stay healthy. I'm sized for the low end of medium on every brand (CD/Giant/GT/Trek/Spec/Titus/SC) due to longer legs & arms/shorter torso.
I'd have swap/modify the front derailleur, and deal with some front-end bob due to no lockout; maybe change out the cranks as they are 170mm; 175mm seems better for me.
I'm always reserved about buying things, over research, and spend too much time pondering although that's part of the fun; yet once I go forward, am satisfied having done due diligence.
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