I've been putting off a new bike purchase for a while, but I finally got the motivation today when my DT Hugi rear hub split across the axle line while 40 minutes into my French Creek pre-ride. This alone wouldn't motivate me to buy a new bike, but the growing list of replacement parts I've specced out to get my bike ready for the season is looking daunting. My current ride is a 3 year old Cannondale Jekyll 2000. Those have been hard years, and I think I've already replaced or rebuilt just about everything once ... and several things more than once. I think it is time to retire the Jekyll from active duty and move on.
So. My needs are:
XC race capable - I'm a sport level racer whoe just moved from Texas. I don't expect to podium in MASS this year, and Xterra racing is my primary focus.
Rough trail capable - If i was still in Dallas where trails are generally smooth and flowing, I would probably get a Specialized Epic, but I want something that will be fun on the types of trails out here.
My no. 1 pick right now is a Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Pro, but before I go spend a lot of money ... I'd like to get some local feedback.
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