Trying to decide between these two. This will be my first FS bike having ridden a $800Novara HT for 2 years and ready to make a fun investment in a decent bike. I live in SLC, 6ft 2in and 240lbs and ride xc with only a few small drops of 1-2 feet depending on the trial. I can't see myself hucking anything larger. I am concerned about my size causing bobbing of the bike while climbing. I do most of my climbing in the seated position.
Anyway the question boils down to the fact I found a 05 SJ Pro for $2500 stock w/Septune, manitou minute, shimano integrated shifters/brakes XT version all which weigh in about 27.5 lbs. $2500 seems to be a good deal for this setup.
The 06 SJ Pro has the brain, fox talus shocks and non-integrated shifter/brake setup. I understand both of the 06 shocks have greater lock-out features than the 05 setup. The 06 weighs in about 1 more lb. The 06 is at a price for $3500. Thus the question "Is the 06 worth the additional $1000? How good is the brain feature? As I mentioned before I want to make a good investment and could afford the $1000 but is it worth it? On the other hand I don't want to look back in a year and kick myself for not getting the 06...hmmmmm any insights or thoughts?
At $3500 should I consider the Turner 5 spot also/instead??
I did ride both the 05 & 06 around on the streets and the size large felt like a good fit.
Thanks for any input. Mark
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