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    2007 Specialized FSR XC Comp "Review"

    After reading the reviews in this forum regarding the '07 Stumpjumper FSR models, I'd like to contribute by reviewing the new FSR XC Comp for those of us who want a full-suspension bike but don't have the budget for a Stumpy.

    My LBS has a Labor Day Weekend sale going on, and I went there yesterday looking for an '06 FSR XC thinking that I could get one cheap. Fortunately, as I soon found out, they only had '07s in stock, and I ended up leaving with bike pictured below. Even though it's the Comp model, it's a better bike than the '06 XC Pro model for less money. Some of the key upgrades over last year's XC Comp include: M4 tubing, RockShox Recon 335 Fork, XT rear derailleur, and Avid Juicy 3 hydraulic(!) disc brakes (185mm front rotor).

    After riding it for the first time today, I couldn't be more satisfied. While this is my first full-suspension bike (other than test rides at a local demo day), I can say that the Recon fork feels pretty similar to the Fox Float that was on my '04 Stumpy hardtail. The Juicy 3s may lack the adjustability of the higher models, but have the same stopping power, especially with the bigger front rotor. Also, it was nice to be able to lock out all of the suspension for climbing on pavement while riding back from the trail to my house.

    I'm really amazed by the quality of the frame, components, and the bike as a whole when taking into account how relatively inexpensive the FSR XC line is. The minute I saw it, I knew I had to have it, and I can't think of an equivalent bike that is better value for the money.









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    I'm a big fan of the FSR XC. If I ever get the scratch together for a full suspension bike, it will be on the short list.

    So, let's see a picture of the bike!

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    I got my 06' about six weeks ago and I have had loads of fun riding it. I've found some new trails and it handles everything really well so far. I just learning to mtb and all but lost interest in my road bike.

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    I just purchased an 07 FSRxc Comp in Satin Red. I couldn't resist the extra 10% off for the Labor Day sale either. Unfortunately it had to be ordered but the picture they had of the bike was gorgeous! I've been shopping for awhile and had it narrowed down between the FSRxc Comp and the 07 Cannondale Rush 6. I can't wait to get this thing on the trails.

    I'll be sure to get some pictures up as soon as she's in along with a proper review.
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    Bump (pics finally added)

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    I got the call to come in an pick up my FSRxc Comp this morning. I was ecstatic! Once I saw it, I was amazed. I absolutely love the satin red!

    Here she is just prior to my first ride. I managed to put about 10-15 miles on her on groomed trails. Shifting was excellent. I think I need to tune both shocks a bit, but she rode very well. Considering the price tag on these, they are a steal!





    As a nice bonus, it looks like I got an 07 XT rear derailleur also!


    It's been a long road for me to get this bike. I broke my ankle back in May in my first attempt to return to riding. Not exactly a stellar re-entry in to the sport. Today was so much more enjoyable. Mind you, I only have about 2.5 hours in the saddle at this point but I would recommend the FSRxc Comp to anyone wanting a FS bike at a great price!

    A big for Specialized on this bike.

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    Those are nice. I may have to look at them. I'm considering a Heckler too. Maybe a Prophet 5. How is the Specialized price wise?

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    Those are some good loking bikes.

    Now, Lets take the reflectors off before little kids start making fun of you!

    I am suspect about the Fusion X shock, only because I have not heard anything about them.

    Is the XC 100mm or 120mm?
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    I'd trade the Juicy 3's for BB7's.

    And what the hell is the deal with the Schrader valve rims?

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    I was very surprised when we got one of these baby's in our shop. For everything that comes on the bike and the price tag of $1600, thats an awesome deal IMO! I would recommend this bike to any beginner or something that wants to try a full suspension mountain bike. Its awesome! :thumb:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hass
    Those are some good loking bikes.

    Now, Lets take the reflectors off before little kids start making fun of you!

    I am suspect about the Fusion X shock, only because I have not heard anything about them.

    Is the XC 100mm or 120mm?
    Easy now, I took those pictures right when I got it home because I knew it would never be that clean again (it's already got caked on mud all over it). The reflectors and warning stickers were all taken off just before the first ride.

    The XC is 100mm travel, but I don't know what I can tell you about the X-Fusion rear shock. I like the lockout feature and the fact that compression is infinitely adjustable from open to lockout (unlike a Fox Triad which has 3 positions), but my only other experience with full suspension bikes was a Beyond Bikes demo day (mostly Fox RP3 equipped bikes). I've put 100 miles on mine so far and I'm satisfied with the X-Fusion under all conditions. As I said in my original post, given the components and price, I can't think of any better value for the money in FS bikes.

    Also, I've ridden Avid BB Disc brakes on my previous bike, and have no idea why anyone would consider those an "upgrade" from the Juicy 3s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldozer27
    Even though it's the Comp model, it's a better bike than the '06 XC Pro model for less money.
    Could you explain why it's a better bike than last year's FSR XC Pro? Since the '06's are now discounted, the '06 Pro and the '07 Comp are probably priced about the same, and I am trying to figure out which one is a better choice for me.

    One of my main areas of concern is braking. Having taken an '06 Pro for a demo ride, I was impressed with the BB7 brakes. Are the Juicy 3's really an improvement? I mean, I know they are hydraulic, but are they really better than a high-end mechanical disc brake system, and if so, why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rfd425
    Could you explain why it's a better bike than last year's FSR XC Pro? Since the '06's are now discounted, the '06 Pro and the '07 Comp are probably priced about the same, and I am trying to figure out which one is a better choice for me.

    One of my main areas of concern is braking. Having taken an '06 Pro for a demo ride, I was impressed with the BB7 brakes. Are the Juicy 3's really an improvement? I mean, I know they are hydraulic, but are they really better than a high-end mechanical disc brake system, and if so, why?
    imo properly setup and sized BB7s perform as well as most hydro systems, they just feel a bit different. but as they say opinions vary

    anyway, nice bikes! im usually not a big red fan but im liking that. black is sharp too

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    As far as price goes, I picked mine up for around $1250 before tax. Locally, I couldn't find another FS bike with the specs at that price point so thought it was an exceptional value.

    I also have to say that my pictures are literally taken about 15 minutes after leaving the store. Hence the reflectors and such.

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    Beautiful bike. I am hopefully getting one within a month (crossing fingers, saying prayers, knocking on wood...). The great component spec and what I read about the FSR suspension has gotten a Cannondale fan like me to consider getting the big S FSR XC

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    specialized xc comp 2007

    Been reading about the xc comp. Ordered mine in England yesterday - I'm so excited about it - it looks awesome. Great photos. It was a tough decision to make - I was looking at the Stumpjumper comp 07 with my mate - he decided to go for one but I looked at both and couldnt justify all that extra dosh. In the UK the stumpy comp represents half the xc in price again. The spec on this XC look great- and it feels light too. Interested to know how you are getting on with it now and whats adjustments you have made to setup.
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    Regarding the X-Fusion rear shock, I have an '04 FSR XC which has a very basic X-Fusion model, (no adjustments or lockout other than air pressure). While it certainly doesn't perform as well as a platform type shock, I also haven't had any problems with it (knocks wood).. so far. I works well, and holds air pressure.

    Nice bikes by the way... just a tip for you guys with new FSR's, get a Lizard Skin shock protector on that rear shock, because of it's position being in the line of fire from the rear tire, it'll collect a lot of crap. You can also get a mini-mud guard from Specialized, or make one as some have on this board from a plastic bottle.

    I see Specialized is running full housing for the rear der cable now, maybe they did last year as well. That's good, my '04 cable is exposed and a lot of crud gets down in the cable housing that runs under the bottom bracket. I'm either going to re-route it along the top tube using full length housing as I've seen done on this board, or switch to Avid's Flak Jacket cable.

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    gubawatts:

    Thanks for the tip concerning the rear shock. I need to get one of those as mine is already covered with dried mud

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    I also looked at the '07 Stumpy FSR Comp when I bought this bike, and the price difference between the two is similar here in the US. The Stumpy actually felt slightly heavier when I lifted both at the shop, but that'a probably mostly attributable to the beefier frame and 5" travel fork. As for adjustments, I just had the rear shock set for my weight at the shop when I bought it, and have ridden the crap out of it ever since. Also, for all of you tuning freaks, I should point out that the X-Fusion RC rear shock has both compression AND rebound adjustability in addition to the lockout; very impressive for around $1500. I apologize for constantly gushing, but from the standpoint of the Law of Diminishing Returns, this is easily the best money I've ever spent on a bike.
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    Question - can you use the new Avid Matchmaker device to pair up the brake levers and the shifters to tidy up the bar arrangement?
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    The Comp model uses Shimano Deore shifters which, as far as I can see, are incompatible with the Avid Matchmakers. Also, the Avid Juicy Threes have ony one bolt for the handlebar clamp, not two like the higher end models.

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    Recon fork is a coil fork?

    Although Specialized has not officially put its 2007 models on its website, I did a seach in google and found this link to a UK website that has specs for the 2007 FSR XC. It states that it has a Rock Shox Recon 335 with a fixed coil. I thought the Recon was an air fork? Is this an OEM shock just for Specialized? Will this decrease the performance of the fork in any way?

    http://www.leisurewheels.co.uk/produ...id=m1b3s1p1608

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    Gflash, that's correct, the fork is coil not air. I do believe it is an OEM special Both the Tora and the Recon come in either air or coil configurations. The coil makes it a little heavier but it works very well.

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    Prolly feel

    Quote Originally Posted by salimoneus
    imo properly setup and sized BB7s perform as well as most hydro systems, they just feel a bit different. but as they say opinions vary

    anyway, nice bikes! im usually not a big red fan but im liking that. black is sharp too
    I've owned BB7s before, and nearly two years ago upgraded to first Magura Hydros, then Hope Mono Mini hydros.

    Oh, man! Hydros have so much fine feathering modulation it isn't even a comparison, not to mention the 2/3 of a pound in reduced weight. BB7s are seriously heavy.

    Don't get me wrong. BB7s have just as much sheer stopping power and thermal capacity as hydros, but there is just so much more modulation and better feel in hydros.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pimpbot
    I've owned BB7s before, and nearly two years ago upgraded to first Magura Hydros, then Hope Mono Mini hydros.

    Oh, man! Hydros have so much fine feathering modulation it isn't even a comparison, not to mention the 2/3 of a pound in reduced weight. BB7s are seriously heavy.

    Don't get me wrong. BB7s have just as much sheer stopping power and thermal capacity as hydros, but there is just so much more modulation and better feel in hydros.
    i dont think the weight difference is quite that much, with some light levers the mechs are much closer

    i also wasnt blown away by either the shimano nor the avid hydro systems i've tried. but i think the setup and tune is everything, and feel is very subjective

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    I saw some XCs the other day in the parking lot at my pt job. They look much better than last years.

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    No, they were

    Quote Originally Posted by salimoneus
    i dont think the weight difference is quite that much, with some light levers the mechs are much closer

    i also wasnt blown away by either the shimano nor the avid hydro systems i've tried. but i think the setup and tune is everything, and feel is very subjective
    I had Avid SD7 levers with alu bolts (not that heavy, but not weight weenie... at worst, maybe 40g off weight weenie stuff for the set) and BB7s front and rear with 6" rotors. I went to Maguras and there really was 2/3 of a pound difference. I weighted both on my gram nazi scale, and I don't remember the exact number in grams, but it was 2/3 of a pound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pimpbot
    I had Avid SD7 levers with alu bolts (not that heavy, but not weight weenie... at worst, maybe 40g off weight weenie stuff for the set) and BB7s front and rear with 6" rotors. I went to Maguras and there really was 2/3 of a pound difference. I weighted both on my gram nazi scale, and I don't remember the exact number in grams, but it was 2/3 of a pound.
    maybe with the Maguras but those are more high end brakes with carbon parts, etc, i'm comparing the BB7s to the most commonly used hydros out there like Shimanos or Avids. there is not nearly as much weight difference when you compare to what most people are running

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    Actually, the low end ones

    Quote Originally Posted by salimoneus
    maybe with the Maguras but those are more high end brakes with carbon parts, etc, i'm comparing the BB7s to the most commonly used hydros out there like Shimanos or Avids. there is not nearly as much weight difference when you compare to what most people are running
    I had Magura Claras, the cheap ones. I got the rear at a swap meet, and the front online for $99. They were both the later dual piston version.

    Check this out: Weight weenies lists them at 345g each end, not including cables or levers. That's just the calipers, rotors and mounting hardware. Now add an SD7 lever at 98g (197g/pr) and subtract about 7g for an alu bolt. I have no idea what 4-5 feet of brake cable and housing weigh off the top of my head, but I would guess 100-120g for the rear and 60-80g for the front. Granted, I had a bit of extra weight because I ran full length housing, which is the only way to go if you ride in a muddy area like I do.

    What does that make?

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    Hope Mono Minis are listed at 388g including mounting hardware, lever and hose. Shave off an extra 30g each if you get floating rotors.

    They don't list the later dual piston claras, but IIRC they were around 410g complete.

    No, Avids are heavy, but that's okay.

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    so i guess you are using the new weightless fluid as well? i mean seriously, if you're going to break it down to 7g parts you might as well at least include all parts on both sides

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    What makes you think I didn't?

    Quote Originally Posted by salimoneus
    so i guess you are using the new weightless fluid as well? i mean seriously, if you're going to break it down to 7g parts you might as well at least include all parts on both sides
    That is a complete mounted weight, not the mfg claimed weight, and not leaving anything out. I took my BB7 caliper, rotor, IS mounting brackets, hardware, cable (trimmed pretty tightly, I might add) and lever, and compared it with my Magura Clara with hardware, hoses, fluid mounting hardware, etc. Oh, I didn't factor in the 4 brake lever clamp bolts on the Hope brakes... that's another 10g per side.

    Those weights are taken directly off the Weight Weenies site. Interesting stuff, btw, even if you aren't a weight weenie.

    Oh, and that 7g was a single M6 bolt that holds the lever to the clamp... total cost: $0.45. As a weight weenie trick, you can loose about 1/4 to 1/2 pound on your bike by repalcing non-critical steel bolts with alu bolts for about $20-30. Shifter clamps, brake lever clamps, front derailleur clamp ... there's lots of stuff that has no stress on it.

    I was just trying to factor in the mods I made to be fair. I guess the weight difference is more if you consider the steel bolts that come with the brake set stock.
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    Hey guys been lurking for awhile now and have a question. getting ready to buy the 07 frsr xc comp and was wondering the total weight and also if any of yall have more pics of the satin red. My LBS told me that the black is on backorder untill jan. so it looks like im going to be getting the red color because i just cant wait any longer!! Thanks!

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    I weighed a stock Large FSRxc Comp on the show room floor and it came in at 31 lbs. I haven't weighed mine. Considering I come in at 215lbs not including clothing and a hydration pack, I'm hardly concerned about a pound or so of bike weight. If I want to reduce weight, I'll skip a meal!

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    well thats also good to here, im 210 and was wondering how the rear suspension will do with the weight. Got any more pics??

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    The rear suspension is working great. Basically you set the PSI on the rear shock to your weight and off you go. I actually run mine at 230psi because I like it a tad firmer.

    Side note on the rear shock; I recommend getting a pump for it. Mine tends to wander back down to 210 PSI over the course of a ride plus a couple of days. It really hasn't been bad and I don't mind it. I haven't asked if this is a warranty item yet since some shocks simply lose air over time. I pump mine back up before each ride and off I go. The bike has been absolutely great so far.

    As far as more pictures, I haven't taken any since that first day. I'll try to get some more up but honestly, nothing has changed aside from the reflectors coming off. You'll have a great time with it.

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    cool man, im super pumped about getting the bike. should be here in about 5 or 6 days

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    Great post
    I'm buying an FSR XC Comp after Christmas; it'll be my first proper mountain in over 10 years and I can't wait.

    What size are those discs in your photo above - I thought Specialized fitted 200mm discs on the front ?

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    I got a 06 FSR XC Pro and love it now that I have it set-up the way I want it.

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    Here's mine FSR xc 2007
    How do you guys ride your FSR xc ? Pure XC or more all mountain ?

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    Pure XC, (racing)

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    I test rode the FSR XC and it felt really good. I am about 5'9" and I test rode the medium and it fits me well.

    I am just waiting for my bonus.....

    I will post a pic when I get it.

    I dont think you can go wrong for $1600. And it comes with Hydraulic disks!!!!

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    Following up my post last year.
    I bought a Specialized FSR XC Comp - XL

    Few pics





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    are you happy with the bike?

    I have been riding a hardtail for the past 4 years. I have knee problems (3 knee surgeries) and my knee cant take the off-road pounding I get with my hardtail. That is why I was looking in FS bikes. Looking forward to hitting the trails in comfort......

    The FSR Comp seems like a great deal and seems very plush, that is the impression I got from my test ride.

    I also like the fact that you can lockout the suspension for urban riding.

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    anyone got any pic's off the base model? the FSRxc disk?

    thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by epic-john
    anyone got any pic's off the base model? the FSRxc disk?

    thanks
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    Here is my 07 FSRxc Base model. I just picked it up a couple days ago. going to add disc brakes and clipless pedals.

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    new bike for fresh rider

    I have been making a push to take charge of my health and I decided months ago to start looking into a nice biek to start with. I bought this bike more so for the budget factor. What I have read and understand about Specialized, I felt confidant buying this bike. From the little bit of trekking around I have done (only had "her" two days now), I can see this bike was meant to be pushed into terrain I have never tackled before. This bike will allow me some "growing room" and I am completely satisfied with my purchase. It is good to hear from bike enthusiasts that the value is second to none.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldozer27
    After reading the reviews in this forum regarding the '07 Stumpjumper FSR models, I'd like to contribute by reviewing the new FSR XC Comp for those of us who want a full-suspension bike but don't have the budget for a Stumpy.

    My LBS has a Labor Day Weekend sale going on, and I went there yesterday looking for an '06 FSR XC thinking that I could get one cheap. Fortunately, as I soon found out, they only had '07s in stock, and I ended up leaving with bike pictured below. Even though it's the Comp model, it's a better bike than the '06 XC Pro model for less money. Some of the key upgrades over last year's XC Comp include: M4 tubing, RockShox Recon 335 Fork, XT rear derailleur, and Avid Juicy 3 hydraulic(!) disc brakes (185mm front rotor).

    After riding it for the first time today, I couldn't be more satisfied. While this is my first full-suspension bike (other than test rides at a local demo day), I can say that the Recon fork feels pretty similar to the Fox Float that was on my '04 Stumpy hardtail. The Juicy 3s may lack the adjustability of the higher models, but have the same stopping power, especially with the bigger front rotor. Also, it was nice to be able to lock out all of the suspension for climbing on pavement while riding back from the trail to my house.

    I'm really amazed by the quality of the frame, components, and the bike as a whole when taking into account how relatively inexpensive the FSR XC line is. The minute I saw it, I knew I had to have it, and I can't think of an equivalent bike that is better value for the money.









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    [QUOTE=greekguyrob]Here is my 07 FSRxc Base model. I just picked it up a couple days ago. going to add disc brakes and clipless pedals.

    How did that Disk brake conversion go?
    What did you go for? I was looking at doing the same with Avid BB7's.
    The Base FSRxc is pretty darn reasonable for price

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    [QUOTE=mfx007]
    Quote Originally Posted by greekguyrob
    Here is my 07 FSRxc Base model. I just picked it up a couple days ago. going to add disc brakes and clipless pedals.

    How did that Disk brake conversion go?
    What did you go for? I was looking at doing the same with Avid BB7's.
    The Base FSRxc is pretty darn reasonable for price
    I also bought the "base model" XC knowing I'd eventually add disc brakes. I bought the Avid BB7 kit (160mm front/rear) since these seemed to get some very good reviews. Couple of the parts were back ordered, so I haven't had a chance to install the kit yet.

    I absolutely love this bike.

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    hard to believe that BB5/BB7s have not become the standard "low end" brakes on all of today's bikes, they still put on those lousy Vs

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    I rode an 07 XC pro "test bike" at My LBS the other day and I must have it now! Have to wait ti'll it goes on sale but o well that gives Me time to save up!

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    [QUOTE=biturbo]
    Quote Originally Posted by mfx007

    I also bought the "base model" XC knowing I'd eventually add disc brakes. I bought the Avid BB7 kit (160mm front/rear) since these seemed to get some very good reviews. Couple of the parts were back ordered, so I haven't had a chance to install the kit yet.

    I absolutely love this bike.
    I just left my LBS and ordered some '07 Juicy 7's for my XC. Also ordered a Easton EC90 Monkeylite SL carbon handlebar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by biturbo

    I just left my LBS and ordered some '07 Juicy 7's for my XC. Also ordered a Easton EC90 Monkeylite SL carbon handlebar.
    Well, I changed my mind and got the 2006 Juicy 7's ordered this morning. The BB7's will go on my wife's XC instead. I opted for the 203mm front and back for my size (6'-8" and 295lb).

    Does anyone know if a coilover rear shock will fit in this frame? My LBS wasn't sure. I really want to ditch the air shock in favor of a coilover.

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    [QUOTE=biturbo]
    Quote Originally Posted by greekguyrob

    Well, I changed my mind and got the 2006 Juicy 7's ordered this morning. The BB7's will go on my wife's XC instead. I opted for the 203mm front and back for my size (6'-8" and 295lb).

    Does anyone know if a coilover rear shock will fit in this frame? My LBS wasn't sure. I really want to ditch the air shock in favor of a coilover.
    That would Be awesome if a coilover would fit, but the guy at My LBS said It's not likely...

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    That would Be awesome if a coilover would fit, but the guy at My LBS said It's not likely...
    That's the thing...no one can give me a 100% yes/no answer. Next step will be measurements and comparing shocks at the LBS.

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    This might be a stupid question, but what kind of price should I reasonably expect to pay for a good deal (sale) on an FSRxc Base (retail $1200) or an FSRxc Comp (retail $1600). I've seen deals on the latter for $1299 (FSRxc Comp). Any chance that I could get a better deal than that from a LBS? What does anybody think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dewbage
    This might be a stupid question, but what kind of price should I reasonably expect to pay for a good deal (sale) on an FSRxc Base (retail $1200) or an FSRxc Comp (retail $1600). I've seen deals on the latter for $1299 (FSRxc Comp). Any chance that I could get a better deal than that from a LBS? What does anybody think?
    If it's an '07, $1,299 is a great price - I doubt you'll find much lower. That's almost 20% off. I'd shoot for a similar markdown (if you can get it) on a FSR XC base.
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    If money was no object, what rear air shock would you upgrade to? I've pretty much given up on the coilover and looking at a heavier duty, more tunable rear air shock. Suggestions? Also, what size would I need to look at?

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    Iíve covered 130 miles on my FSR XC Comp and itís served me well in that time. Ideally I would like the front to feel a bit stiffer - it feels a little lose compared to some other much more expensive bikes Iíve ridden.
    The front & rear suspension hasnít let me down, lockup on both is nice to have for the smooth stuff and climbs and the brakes work well, even on some very long downhill sections.

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    Finally Spesh has another FS bike in their line that approaches the value of my 03 SJ FSR Comp. I also paid about $1600 on mine. Mine's got slightly better suspension and drivetrain components, but lacked disc brakes off the floor. I added a set of Magura hydros shortly after purchasing it, though.

    Specialized FSR bikes are awesome. I've been riding mine for 4 years now, and have upgraded it significantly over the years. Probably the next thing I do will be to get the rear shock PUSHed.

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    How much abuse can a FSR xc take?

    The FSR xc base looks like a good deal. Rim brakes are just fine when they are new - and it looks like disk brakes can be added. Might be able to find a deal close to $1000-$1100 on a $1200 MSRP bike. Because it has inexpensive rim brakes, that leaves some $ to have better components for the rest of the bike. This is much better than $2000+ for the Stumpjumper.

    However, how much abuse can the FSRxc take? Can it take the "standard" 2-3 foot fun jumps/drops that my POS, steel frame, entry level HT can do (without breaking - might not be comfortable to do too many in a ride)? Or do I need to spend $2000 for a FS (Stumpjumper maybe) that can do this safely?

    I ride in the midwest and the 2-3 foot drops are mostly man-made. There can be quite a few rocks and roots for which FS can help. But, could the FSR xc survive somewhere like Moab (limiting to 2-3 foot drops - but I would guess lots of them and landing on rock surfaces - I guess never been there) for the occassional trip?

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    An '06 FSR XC Comp is what I would have ended up if it had not been for Giant offering much better value for money with the Trance 3 (Aussie models).

    Good to see that they seem to have stepped it up a bit this year with the spec.
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    Wow, I ain't been her in awhile, but I can't believe this thread is still going. Some people have PM'd me in the past about this, so I'll post here that my bike weighs about 28 lbs with Azonic Mtn X platform pedals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by biturbo
    If money was no object, what rear air shock would you upgrade to? I've pretty much given up on the coilover and looking at a heavier duty, more tunable rear air shock. Suggestions? Also, what size would I need to look at?
    I am too lazy to look up the specs on the shock, but the RP23 is the hotness right now. A lot of Stumpy owners (including myself) are upgrading to it. The Stumpy shock is 7.5 i2i with 1.75" travel. This is an odd size but Cannondale uses the same size for their Rush line. They have custom RP23's with the exact same size.

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    I am having an issue with the Avid Juicy threes. Like an idiot I pressed the front brake while the front wheel was out. That screwed somthing up and now I am getting a lot of rubbing and shuddering from the front. I sanded down the brake pads and tried to re-allign. Is this problem true of higher end hydro disk brakes. I think I might bring it to the bike shop to get the front break re-aligned.

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    You just need to push the pads back in - Get a flat head screw driver and gently but firmly push them back towards the calliper.

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    I'm not sure if this question has been answered, but how much does it wiegh? If I had to guess I would say upwards of 30lbs. But I would like a definate answer. Thanks in advance, and sorry if it has been answered already!

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    The medium frame without pedals weighs 29.3lbs

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    great! Thanks for the fast reply. Thats exactly what I wanted.

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    hi

    Just bought this bike and I love it. I have 120 miles on it. This is my first full susp bike, it gets me where I need to go. Glad you guys are enjoying yours too.




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    I bought my wife a Hard Rock Sport to get her acclimated to mountain biking...after 2 months, we were back in the store and I bought her an '07 FSR XC Comp (in Satin Red). I popped the factory stem off and got her a shorter one. The frame geometry is now identical to that of a WSD. I would like to change out the Juicy's with XT, but that won't happen until they start wearing out. It has a full XT drivetrain, so shifting takes the cake.

    Overall, it's a fantastic bike. Wouldn't change anything about it.

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    08 FsrXC

    I love FsrXC but i was wondering if i should get a 07 for the end of my season or wait for a 08 for next year. Does any one have pics of the 08 FsrXC?

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    If you are debating between 07' and 08' take a look at this thread...

    07' vs. 08' FSR XC Comp - interesting info...

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    Another question are diferences with stumpy 07 so big? I got budget for a stumpy comp 07 but I dont know if save in an XC fsr comp 07, any idea??

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    I just ordered an 08' FRR XC expert, I was going to buy an 07 comp but they were gone. The components on the 08' comp were downgraded so I went for the 08' expert. Also the color scheme (satin black) looks awesome - I should be getting mine this Friday...can't wait :-) Anyone knows were I can order that mini-mud guard?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsantos369
    Anyone knows were I can order that mini-mud guard?
    Get from Specialized website. Here u go: -
    http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCEqP...jsp?spid=25226

    But i guess they are out of stock. You might want to get your local dealer to order for u.
    I know my LBS have 1 in stock.

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    hifi??

    how is the fsr comp compared to the hifi. Im looking to purchase my first mountain bike but i cannot decide between fsr xc and hifi. Ive seen that the hifi is MBAction's favorite but im still kinda shaky since im a rookie at purchasing bikes. the hifi comes with fox suspension and lacks the hydros. It has longer travel in the front, about 120mm i think. What do you guys recommend? im 6' about 207lbs. i like xc but i would like to do a little more technical stuff like jumps and some downhill. what should i get?

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    I just bought a new 2007 FSR XC pro. It was the shop demo so got it for 1100. It had only been ridin in the parking alot a few times said the shop.. (skeptical but gulliable me ).

    Its green not like the others. I like it so far. Only have owned it for 8hours .

    Heres some pictures. Dont mind the psycho looking cat.



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    ... and if we just ...

    LOL, That is one pycho looking cat!! The bike looks good too. I love my FRS xc comp.

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    i got an '07 FSR XC pro back in feb and i love that bike. can't ride it enough.

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    Hey! they told me I would be the only one with a green bike!

    I got mine for $1400. LOVE IT!!!!

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    ... and if we just ... Pedal Bob? Maybe you like that.

    My friend bought this bike and I gave it a test ride. Overall I like the bike. It looks hot and it seemed smooth over the bumps. The only drawback for me was the amount of energy sucked up by the rear shock while pedaling under force (which you do on every uphill). Keep in mind, I'm not talking about standing and mashing. When I initially went to accelerate in a seated position, I was completely blown away by how much the shock compressed: reminded me of my Canondale Super V back in the day. To the credit of this machine, I will say at this price a better design with more efficient pedaling is a hard find. The only option I can think of is a Giant Trance, which won Mountain Bike of the Year by Mountain Bike Magazine. In the end, it's up to your personal preference and purpose for the bike. If most of your trails are flat twisty trails, then this bike is an OK option if you don't power the bike: basically a recreational rider. If you are looking for a light-downhill bike this would be a good choice also. If you're looking for a good x-country bike or an all mountain "do everything" bike then look else where, cause there are better bikes for that application. Keep in mind that I am an ex-racer and my expectations are high, but there are other bikes out there for a similar price that perform leaps an bounds better. At worst get a higher end used bike to save money. My recommendation would be a Giant Trance, some of the Iron Horse bikes (MKlll might be more pricey) and some of the 2007 Marin bikes. If you're looking for cost/value then do a Trance, because you can get one of those for $1200 brand new. If you have any questions, please let me know. Oh, remember, just because you here about it all the time, called advertisement, doesn't mean it's good. If you like Budweiser, then the this Specialized is for you, because you base your decisions more on advertising that enters your head rather than the quality/performance of the product. It looks hot though. It's cool. Think about that while your friends are smoking you on the uphills. Hope you have fun out there.

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    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    The Pro version with the TRIAD shock has propedal and lockout. I have a pro and have no problems with bobbing or excessive compresion. Is it possible you didnt have the pro-pedal on or you weigh more than your friend?


    I bought mine becuase its a killer trail bike that climbs great and descends good on smoth stuff. I rode about 8 bikes and scoured the reviews on mtbr before making my purchase and I was quite happy with it....until i got an enduro

    Its an excellent first full suspension imo as long as you get the pro.

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    BTW

    I have crashed my FSRXC about 5 times and it has faired like a champ, it really has been quite a pleasant experience owning it. I have done tons of jumps to flat bottom and have been excessively harder on the bike than anybody ever should be on a bike of this segment. I basically rode it like a downhill bike for 10 months, did no maintinence and generally abused the piss out of the bike. Repairs include; 1 bolt and 1 shock rebuild (which was probably my fault.)

    As far as Iron Horse goes, I wouldnt recomend them to my worst enemy. I have read of plenty of bad experiences with IH on here as well as experiences my buddy had with his. I was seriously considering one a while back but after all the crap i read about them (plus there crappy support) Im glad I didnt choose them.

    My buddy bought a Marin and is really happy with it though.

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    Jealous i am of all of you who have these beautiful bikes!!! I donít know guys, the cat really goes well with the "out of this world" green bike look....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reillyj
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    The Pro version with the TRIAD shock has propedal and lockout. I have a pro and have no problems with bobbing or excessive compresion. Is it possible you didnt have the pro-pedal on or you weigh more than your friend?


    I bought mine becuase its a killer trail bike that climbs great and descends good on smoth stuff. I rode about 8 bikes and scoured the reviews on mtbr before making my purchase and I was quite happy with it....until i got an enduro

    Its an excellent first full suspension imo as long as you get the pro.


    yeah i was thinking the same thing.

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    My wife got a new 07

    Here is a crappy picture of it, (washed out) but she loves it.



    I love seeing all of these awesome bikes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by givemevtec
    My friend bought this bike and I gave it a test ride. Overall I like the bike. It looks hot and it seemed smooth over the bumps. The only drawback for me was the amount of energy sucked up by the rear shock while pedaling under force (which you do on every uphill). Keep in mind, I'm not talking about standing and mashing. When I initially went to accelerate in a seated position, I was completely blown away by how much the shock compressed: reminded me of my Canondale Super V back in the day. To the credit of this machine, I will say at this price a better design with more efficient pedaling is a hard find. The only option I can think of is a Giant Trance, which won Mountain Bike of the Year by Mountain Bike Magazine. In the end, it's up to your personal preference and purpose for the bike. If most of your trails are flat twisty trails, then this bike is an OK option if you don't power the bike: basically a recreational rider. If you are looking for a light-downhill bike this would be a good choice also. If you're looking for a good x-country bike or an all mountain "do everything" bike then look else where, cause there are better bikes for that application. Keep in mind that I am an ex-racer and my expectations are high, but there are other bikes out there for a similar price that perform leaps an bounds better. At worst get a higher end used bike to save money. My recommendation would be a Giant Trance, some of the Iron Horse bikes (MKlll might be more pricey) and some of the 2007 Marin bikes. If you're looking for cost/value then do a Trance, because you can get one of those for $1200 brand new. If you have any questions, please let me know. Oh, remember, just because you here about it all the time, called advertisement, doesn't mean it's good. If you like Budweiser, then the this Specialized is for you, because you base your decisions more on advertising that enters your head rather than the quality/performance of the product. It looks hot though. It's cool. Think about that while your friends are smoking you on the uphills. Hope you have fun out there.
    This is why I got the Pro model. The Triad shock eliminates this problem completely. I normally leave the shock in ProPedal and when climbing there is little to no pedal bob when climbing or hard accelerating. The thing just takes off. And once the Triad gives out, I will buy an RP23. This bike is an excellent xc bike and works great on uphills. Just got back from riding in the Western NC mountains and it climbs like a billygoat. My advise is to give any bike a test ride. Just like you should never listen to advertising, you should also never just take a strangers advise as law. Hmmm, guess that applies to me too huh? Give it a test ride, then decide....

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    Are you sure you can upgrade the rear shock? My specialized rep said a longer travel rear shock might hit the frame. I can't find any aftermarket shock that's 7.0x1.6.

    I figured I might just get my triad pushed when it gave out.

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    my xc doesnt bob, it hardly bobs even out of the saddle, after buying a epic though, its just a better bike in every way, my xc is for sale, its a solid bike but i cant ride it now after getting a feel for the epic

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    Quote Originally Posted by Industrial
    Are you sure you can upgrade the rear shock? My specialized rep said a longer travel rear shock might hit the frame. I can't find any aftermarket shock that's 7.0x1.6.

    I figured I might just get my triad pushed when it gave out.
    Actually, I don't know. I was assuming, and you know what happens when you do that!!! If I couldn't upgrade it, I'd probably get the triad pushed as well. It works good. Since the bike is still new, I am hoping its going to be a long while before I have to worry about it.....

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    I wanted to replace my X Fusion rear shock with a Fox RP23 but my lbs told me Fox does not make a shock that will fit this bike (08 FSR XC Expert)...does this sound right? Has anyone upgraded their rear shock? with what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Industrial
    Are you sure you can upgrade the rear shock? My specialized rep said a longer travel rear shock might hit the frame. I can't find any aftermarket shock that's 7.0x1.6.

    I figured I might just get my triad pushed when it gave out.


    I just got the 2008 FSR XC Comp and the X-Fusion shock that comes on it will be the first thing to go because it's crap. It may fair better for those of you who aren't 250 pounds (like my good self) but put a big bloke on this bike and the amount of compression even when riding on flat roads has to be seen to be believed. I've been told that the 7x1.6 inch dimension shock is a custom build for this bike. The Fox distributor here in the UK has told me that they can do a custom built RP23 in this size so even though I've only had the bike for a week and it's still as clean as it was in the shop, I'm about to empty my pockets, sell my Mother and take them up on this more than generous offer.
    You may want to ask the question of your distributor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darkest_fugue
    im now in the market for a second bike, still cant decide between an epic or stumpjumper but i wont sell the XC, its a great all rounder
    ......to........

    Quote Originally Posted by darkest_fugue
    my xc doesnt bob, it hardly bobs even out of the saddle, after buying a epic though, its just a better bike in every way, my xc is for sale, its a solid bike but i cant ride it now after getting a feel for the epic

    That didn't last long, Did it?

    only winding you up!

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    hey im looking at getting the 08' FSR xc comp and i weigh 63kgs is the rear shock going to be ok on it for me? My other option is to try and find an 07' model expert...
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    Quote Originally Posted by aussiemegs
    hey im looking at getting the 08' FSR xc comp and i weigh 63kgs is the rear shock going to be ok on it for me? My other option is to try and find an 07' model expert...
    AT 63kgs you should be fine. I weigh 108kgs and the only reason I had a problem with my shock is because the shock itself was broken. I returned it to Specialized under Warranty in the end and got upgraded to the the next model up (The RC I think). I was going to shell out for a Fox RP23 but having paid for the bike that left my pockets a bit empty.

    I thoroughly enjoy this bike although I have nothing to compare it to as it's my first full sus. If you are UK based (or if you can get it where you are) get a copy of the June 2008 edition of MBR magazine (on sale now) where they do a test and review of this bike along with a few others of around the same price. The Spesh gets 9 out of 10

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    thanks heaps for the reply. Im in Australia so i doubt i can get the magazine unfortunately but by the sound of things it went well. there is a special in the city on specialized bikes atm so im going up on friday to check them out. I much appreciate the help
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    Quote Originally Posted by aussiemegs
    thanks heaps for the reply. Im in Australia so i doubt i can get the magazine unfortunately but by the sound of things it went well. there is a special in the city on specialized bikes atm so im going up on friday to check them out. I much appreciate the help
    If you PM your email address to me I'll scan the review out of the magazine and email it to you.

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    Just picked up a new 2007 COMP XC today for $1,100. I was seriously considering the 2008 stumpy comp for around $2,000 (pretty dang good price). My LBS actually has a 2007 stumpy expert for $2,500 (another amazing price). But my budget this time of year is tight, and I am in an immediate need to upgrade for summer trails. I used to ride a hardrock comp disk believe it or not, it was my entry level bike to see if this hobby would catch on. Well, after a 44 mile endurance race on March 1st I realized it was time to go FSR and hydro brakes, and to get lighter. After reading a lot of reviews, considering my riding style, my budget, and desire to stay with the specialized brand name I could not find any reason not to save $1,000 and give this 2007 XC a chance. So here are some pics....enjoy

    PS: I opted for the 2007 model too, the 2008 seems to have down graded some components to shave off some cost to consumer. Good move specialized, but as long as I was able to grab one of these 07' models NEW it's a no brainer. Granted, the brown frame is awesome, but this black looks cool too =). Pretty soon black will be caked with brown mud anyways!










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    Quote Originally Posted by jlockie
    PS: I opted for the 2007 model too, the 2008 seems to have down graded some components to shave off some cost to consumer.
    The 2008 equivalent of the Comp is the FSR XC Expert - Same spec and same price.

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    I snagged a like new 2007 Comp locally, and absolutely love it. Its not an ultralight race bike, but it is very comfortable and well equipped, especially for the $850 I paid for it. I know the S-works and other $5k plus bikes get more love, but I'm really happy with my FSRxc, and will continue to upgrade it when the need arises.



    Alias saddle from my Allez, Crank Bros Smarties, FSA bashguard instead of the big ring
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