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  1. #1
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    06 S-works Stumpy or 08 Expert Stumpy

    I am considering selling my 08 Stumpjumper expert and buying an 06 S-works Sumpjumper. My 08 already has Crossmax wheels so they would be pretty close. Which bike would you prefer? I ride exclusively cross country and would like to do some racing. Some of the trails in my area are pretty rough so I would rather not go with an epic.

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    Keep the 08. The rear end of the 08s is stiffer laterally and the functionality of the brain works
    more smoothly than the 06 brain. I had an 06, an 07 Expert and now an 08 29er.

    I think the improvements to the brain are significant. There is much less of a threshold feeling on the new shocks. The fox brain had a bit of a notchy feel where it would stay firm for a split second before opening up. Not bad, but much smoother operation on the 08.

    The rear bearings and linkage make for a stiffer rear end on the newer bike. Standing and digging hard out of the saddle on a short steep climb you'll find the 08 to be stiffer than the 06.

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    what he said. Keep your 08.

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    i don't know about the 08's but have an 07 s works stumpy with the spec brain and so far i've been very happy with it.

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