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    2011 Stumpy elite, Enduro expert

    I know you all talked about this adnuasiem...

    but I'm stuck between them both and can't decide.

    The Stumpy climbs great...not as confident as the Enduro
    The Enduro climbs with effort...decndes great
    Stumpy is faster off the start but the Enduro is no slacker...

    I ride rooty rocky technical terrain in Florida (alafia Santos etc park etc)
    nomajor downhills...

    This will be my everyday rider for every type of terrain single track etc. I'm not taking any major drops 2ft at best.
    I'm just perplexed and can't decide...

    and I have demoed them both on local terrain...

    any suggestions would be helpfull since I have to put my order for the Stumpy Elite this week...

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    asked that question at the LBS (epic vs. sj vs. enduro) about a week ago. I explained my typical use/desire (xc, trails, descents but not doing 4' drops or anything crazy) and we landed on the stumpy as the best all around for me. i was also going for a 29er - that limited me somewhat (epic vs. sj). Ordered the stumpy fsr expert.

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    I would go with the Stumpy. The Enduro would be alot of bike for the riding you do. Plus you could save $1,200.
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    Stumpy all the way. Seems like you're trying to buy into the Enduro 'lifestyle' whearas the stumpy would be far more suited to 95% riding you do...maybe more?

    We were all riding 2 ft drops on 120mm not long ago....and still loving it

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    I have been riding 4inch travel Heckler since 98' and yes I have done some chair lift rides with it... I just wanted to get something more comfortable...
    The Tim Allen "home improvement " part of me wanted the Enduro...
    I believe I will be ordering my Stumpy this week!!

    Thanks for the replies I just needed some commmon sense knocked back into me!!

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    stumpy EVO?

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    I would love the Stumpy Evo...out of price range. The Enduro 2010 Expert is on closeout $2800 that was the tempting part.
    I think the Stumpy elite will do just fine..Evo would be nice

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    Get a stumpy and slowly "EVO" it out.

    I owned a 2010 Sutmpy and am going to order a 2011 Enduro next week. I currently have an 07 Enduro SL.

    90% of my riding is on the Stumpy and only use the Enduro(new or old) for the more burly trails. I have hit 3 to 4 foot drop on the stumpy with no problem. The only time I really miss my Enduro is in the rock and root gardens.

    If i was to have only one bike it would be a stumpy that I would then EVO out.
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    @toytech64 I read in another post (enduro vs nomad) your neighbor is an engineer for Specialized? if he could only have one bike to ride it all...lived in Fl.(some mtn. bike vacations out of fl as well) which one would he buy? stumpy or enduro... ? still on the fence.

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    The best thing is to try and ride both and make up your mind. Do you ride up only to blast the down - Enduro. Do you like fast flowly trails with a sprinkle of techinal here and there - Stumpy. I can go on and on, you have to chose. I would chose the Enduro right night, but I live in Santa cruz with lots of good techinal riding. If i did not have the mountains arounf me I would chose the stumpy.

    PS my friend that works for specialized does not have to chose, he gets to demo what ever he likes
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    Thank's toytech64. I have demoed both on local trails. I liked both very much...that's why it's hard to choose.
    I have met people out on the trails some have the stumpy and want the enduro and vise versa...the trail i do ride most of the time is technical with roots and rocks...the climbs are very rooty and rocky aswell.
    my current bike hurts my back...that's why I thought the Enduro's geo would be great.But the Stumpy felt good as well and definately climb better.
    The giant reign is in between the 2...but I think the stumpy to be a better bike.
    the locals bikes are a mixture of long travel bikes to the super light xc bikes. The person I ride with has a 6inch travel sanction 1.
    I will be doing to trips to NC and other states...it comes down to this since I can only have one...I need a swiss army knife sort of bike that can do everything..
    and yes I know I am the only that can make that choice for myself...just trying to get enough info to try to make a clear choice. Thanks.

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    This thread definitely helped me decide. Stumpy it is. No time soon though, just bought a noob bike for a noob rider. 2010 Hardrock

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    Pulled the trigger

    Thank you all for your help... I just pulled the trigger on the Stumpy Elite!!!!

    Hope I don't get buyres remorse and wish I had the Enduro

    I think the Stumpy is the best mix...since I can only have one new bike the Stumpy seems to be the all arounder I was looking for !!!

    it will probrably in at the end of Oct.

    Thanks again

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    Got to hate that buyers remorse. I am terrible at it, must be the engineer in me over analyzing everything. I went from an 06 epic to a 2010 enduro and love it, but do wonder sometimes how the stumpy would of gone. But like you i made my decision based on people who ride in my area and what the bike can do. Yes she is a little heavier on the way up but I always have a grin on my face during every ride, and stunned how much the bike challenges me to push my limits a little more on each ride. (the bike is a far better than the rider at present).

    The stumpy elite is a fantastic bike and I'm sure you will not be disappointed once you get out and ride.

    Now for the wait...................................

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    Hi,
    I followed this discussion and I'm in the same situation. I'm currently riding a Epic Marathon 07 and I'm about to decide for a S-Works Enduro. I know its a little heavier but I do hope it makes more fun on the downhill and I'm really looking for an alternative to the Epic. I'll see I'll take my decision end of October.

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    now I'm really sceound guesing my choice...seems like alot of people are going with the Enduro!

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    I used to live in the same area you do. Bradenton/Sarasota (Alafia, Santos rider) I rode everything out there on my FSR XC and that was plenty of bike. You will absolutely love the Stumpy for the riding that is available there. It's also a great "take anywhere" bike. I see MANY people out here riding Stumpies and they just love them. I would definitely consider one if I wasn't into the "major drops" and jumps thing.

    I moved to WA for the snow and the AM/DH riding. I am currently on an '08 Epic that I have fully depreciated the value of by riding it beyond it's structural limits. Needless to say, I'm in line for an '11 Enduro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ojessie
    Hi,
    I followed this discussion and I'm in the same situation. I'm currently riding a Epic Marathon 07 and I'm about to decide for a S-Works Enduro. I know its a little heavier but I do hope it makes more fun on the downhill and I'm really looking for an alternative to the Epic. I'll see I'll take my decision end of October.
    Getting off the stumpy topic the enduro is a great bike. On my epic I always had the feeling of being pitched over the bars when things got steep, where the enduro yells back this is not steep you sissy, inspiring a lot of confidence, and meaning I ride places I would never of attempted on my epic. The longer wheel base means she is not as twitchy/nimble though corners and you will have to change your riding style a little to avoid drifting off line but this only takes a few rides. Switchbacks, singletrack, roots, rock gardens are all a breeze and I never come back feeling battered as the suspension soaks everything up. Pedal bob is not a problem if you are a seated climber, but as I have the solo air R lyric, I am going to add mission control damper so I can lock the forks out when on fire trails and smooth climbs. That way I can stand up and mash when i want a muscle group change like I did on my epic without bobbing up front.

    The bike is chalk and cheese to the epic as you would expect and feels very different to ride. One is a racing machine, the other an all mountain weapon. My tracks are a mix of 50/50 up and down with rock gardens, single track, eroded fire roads etc and as much as I wonder what the stumpy would of been like with 140mm travel, the enduro with 160mm is a joy to ride. The ride to the top of the mountain can be a little harder depending on the terrain ( enduro is about 2.5kg heavier than my epic) but I am definitely rewarded with a super plush downhill run.

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    ^ yeah but have you ever been to FL? The largest hill is the Skyway bridge. Lol.

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    I might just be jumping off that bridge.... still flip flopping on my decsion.

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    I have had my 2010 enduro comp for about a month. It is probably more bike than I need, but it is so much fun. On long non technical climbs I flip on the pro pedal. Descents are tons of fun and the bike eats up New England rock gardens and roots. No regrets, this bike is awesome.

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    I'm 99% sure I'm picking up a 2010 Stumpy Comp on Saturday. Got a great price, and it'll be my first full suspension bike. I'm from AZ and want an all around good bike. With 5" of travel front and 5.5" (pretty sure) in the back, I knowit's not a XC bike, so I'm guessing it's considered all-mountain? I really want to do everything, with a bit of jumps and drops but not sure how extreme I'll get. So I'm guessing the Stumpy is going to be perfect for me...thoughts?

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    Depends on what you mean by "a bit of jumps and drops" The Enduro is more of an all mountain bike but for an all rounder I would certainly take the Stumpy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PVR
    Depends on what you mean by "a bit of jumps and drops" The Enduro is more of an all mountain bike but for an all rounder I would certainly take the Stumpy.
    Here's the thing...I know I'm going to be doing climbing and descending, but I'd like to have a bit of fun at the same time. I'd like something that's good at going up AND down, and if I see a chance to get some air, I want to be able to take it. Since I'm not sure what kind of "jumps and drops" I'm going to do, I think I want an all-around type of bike like the Stumpy FSR..that is until I decide I need more.

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    The choice has me stumped!!! can't endure it much longer

    I have resulted to scientific means to make a choice. I wrote the name of both bikes down on paper..cut them out. 2 pieces for of paper for the stumpy likewise for the enduro. Put them in a hat...let my golden retriever pick out of the hat

    what did he come up with...two pieces of paper each representing both bikes

    kealoha, that video was awsome!!! awsome riders!!!

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    Wish i had trails like that around here. Would love to have bermed trails that the tires grip on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RE50
    what did he come up with...two pieces of paper each representing both bikes
    You know what that means don't you? It means you're just going to have to splurge for the Stumpy EVO.

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    Funny!! I'll just be stickying with the stumpy elite...and possibly add a chainguard if I need it... can't wait my bike beat the hell out of yesterday...still sore from the 3 hr ride..feels like i went to core class at the gym and never left.

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    Bike update...

    went to the LBS the Stumpy Elite has been put on back order...might be late Nov. so I was hanging out with the owner we went for a spin on bikes I took the Enduro expert out... well on thing thing lead to another He gave me an awsome deal I couldn't refuse ... so I put the money on the Enduro and since the Stumpy was back oredred no prob. canceling that out.
    The bike just felt right probrably more bike than I need but I saved money and got a Hell of a deal.
    I pick it up next week I'll try to post pic's asap.

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    You won't be disappointed, the enduro is a great bike to ride. I also think sometimes it is too much bike till I hit a steep technical downhill section, rock garden or drop, then I love the bike even more. Descends well, climbs well and does everything in between. /what more could we ask for

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    Way too much bike for just about everywhere in FL imo but I hope you love it! I'm picking up my Enduro Expert in week too!

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    is that an 2011 enduro expert? I am thinking the same thing. Go big or go home! What did you end up paying?
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    Heres the deal:

    2010 Enduro Expert new $2350....down from $3800. kind of hard to pass up on.

    The Stumpy Elite $2800. Back ordered till the end of Nov.

    I will be doing trips out of FL. Just spent a week in N.C. hit Dupont, Bent Creek , and Tsali...
    When I was riding Dupont and Bent Creek my 98" Heckler with 4" of travel felt undergunned would have felt better on the Stumpy or Enduro. It was hard keeping up with a friend ridding a Sanction on the downhills.

    So maybe I was itching to get a bike a soon..but the deal made it worth it. I am going to change the tires out to a 2.1 out fron and 2.0 rear.

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    I came off an epic and to be honest I don't miss it. The Enduro can do just so much and is just so damn nice to ride and you got a great deal. Your going to love the command post also.

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    Thanks brad72!! I havent bought a bike in over 12 yrs time was due. this bike will last me a long time...
    cant wait to go for a ride..

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    Finnally got my Enduro today!!! took it on one trail...had to get home quick wifey waiting to go out...kid duty tonight. so far I like!!! able to plow over obstacles havent been able to before. took different lines... did notice a little drag on the climbs but Ill get used to iit.
    more to come!!

    tryiing to post pic..can't how the f...do post an image?? can't I just grab from my documents?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RE50
    Finnally got my Enduro today!!! took it on one trail...had to get home quick wifey waiting to go out...kid duty tonight. so far I like!!! able to plow over obstacles havent been able to before. took different lines... did notice a little drag on the climbs but Ill get used to iit.
    more to come!!

    tryiing to post pic..can't how the f...do post an image?? can't I just grab from my documents?
    When you are making a post there is a "additional options" box below the "submit reply" button. In there you will find the button to upload photos directly to this site.

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    TRYING AGAIN

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    [IMG]


    well frustrated now cant post picture..

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    Picture



    I hope this worked

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    tried again

    [ it worked sort of kind of sideways...sorry thanks for the HELP!!!
    only changes : 2.1 Kenda Nevagals rear, 2.3 Eskars front, Phenom saddle and of course grips Oury
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails 2011 Stumpy elite, Enduro expert-enduro.jpg  

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    Sorry... I have to ask.

    That's a stand, not a kickstand on that bike I hope?
    A kickstand on an Enduro is like curb feelers on a tank.

    No offense. have fun. Enduros rock!

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    whats curb feelers on a tank? no its a stand...im not that big of a kook.

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    looks good. Ride reports soon i hope.

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    Just joking on the kickstand. Enduros rock!
    Enjoy it.

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    Just rode my local trail . It took the decents like nothing...rock and roots that I normally go around, I blasted through them.
    trails had alot of up and downs, this were I thoought the bike would kill me at 31lbs. but to my surprise it did very well.( so much for the negative reviews)
    we kept the pace quicker than normal...probrably because I wanted to see if it was a hinderinse on the enduro.
    I didn't loose a beat...and plus Im not out there to race. so far I like it. rode 3 hrs so I need to get more saddle time...but thus far I am impressed!!

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    @re50,
    good to see that you finally took a decision. I'm still stuck between S-Works Stumpy and Enduro. The more I ask the more a get confused. I know it the Stumpy ascents better and the Enduro descents better. I still would like to get a bike with good uphill capabilities compared to my Epic Marathon but I'd like to get a bike which makes more fun downhill. So whats the right bike for me?

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    It's still a hard question to answer so I'll give you some insight to what I wnet through.
    First of all to be fair..
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    I went with the Enduro Expert because of the deal I received $2300 for a 2010 new Enduro.for that price and the components it was a no brainer. I had ordered a Stumpy Elite 2011 but would not be available for some time...but my frequent visits to the LBS and riding the Enduro it just felt right..the Stumpy felt I was on top of the bike and the Enduro felt I was part of the bike if that makes sense.

    I'm not racing so the speed factor on the climbs is not an issue...( i live in Fl. ride a local park Alafia short small climbs with alot of technical baggage all around) have not noticed any hinderence on the ascents...compared to my old Heckler. you do have to move a little bit more forward on the technical climbs but not enough to think the bike is a boat anchor.

    As far as the decents I just point and go all you have to do is hold on for the ride. it is definately a confidence booster. I do decend alot faster than ever before. Thats were you stay ahead of the group ride..

    Just rode some flat single track with roots and soft sand and it did a fine job didn't notice any lost speed. I do notice I bash my gears more but I only had several on my last bike that worked so I'm having fun.

    I do play around more on it i.e bunny hoping over rocks and roots and hitting everything I can jump with in my means. I feel alot younger and imature on the bike joke well sort of.

    A recent trip to North Carolina helped with decsion as well...rode Dupont, Bent Creek and Tsali...I wish I had the Enduro for that trip...the climbs didn't matter because no matter what bike I would still be walking up most of those sections. and if your walking up it woouls be a total buzz kill to have to walk some of the sections back down because your bike just dosent cut it although I didn't have to on my old bike it was sketchy and not a comfortable feeling. I know the Enduro would have made the ride alot more fun.

    I am positve I would be just as equally happ with the Stumpy and it would be great in all situations...I just went by feel. I even went as far as calling Specialized fro their advice...
    the response was that the line between the Stumpy is Blurred and they are so close it's hard choice...if you like working a little on your climbs and bomb the decents the Enduro is it...and if you want to go up with ease and not bomb the decents Stumpy this is what I was told by them...

    I rode both on my local trails..the Stumpy did climb better...but over the technical areas the Enduro imo was better. So for me I wanted something a bit more plush easy on my body I'm 45 and I ride about 70 to 80 miles a week both on road and off road.

    Trust me I know what your going through..I just picked up my bike and I'm still thinking about the decsion...it would happened even if I picked up the Stumpy...

    So in short I do not know what bike would be right for you...in that case I don't think anyone would know only you can decide that....alot of people advised against the Enduro for me but I am glad I went with it...and kind of an odd way the decsion was made for me by the better deal... both bikes were so close in decsion...

    The one thing about the Stumpy I was not sure about was the Brain. From what I read it was going to give me as plush as ride as a bike with out one...

    sorry if this dosen't help..and I'm a little long winded. I'm not even going to re-read for spell check. most I have ever written on a forum.

    If you read some post from enduro owners they all love them that's what I got from it!! It's a killer bike !! Only have gotten 2 days of ridding it thus far.

    leelikesbikes.com has a write up on stumpy vs Enduro..he also rides both. so I went there fro some advice as well...


    Good Luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by RE50
    Heres the deal:

    2010 Enduro Expert new $2350....down from $3800. kind of hard to pass up on.
    Man... shops where I a from never have year old stock, at least not in size Large. I have to order almost everything but parts.

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    ARTICLE FROM BIKE MAGAZINE JAN 25, 2009

    Looking for a lightweight, do-it-all bike thatís as versatile as anything on the market? Ever heard the expression ďX marks the spot?Ē Behold the new Enduro. Itís a radical change from previous generations and the new model delivers better, more aggressive descending performance without abandoning its original earn-your-turns ethos.

    Boasting a FACT carbon front triangle with M5 aluminum rear triangle, the Enduro SL Pro offers 160-millimeters of travel in a ridiculously lightweight package. Managing all that travel up front is the new Specialized Future Shock E160TA. The fork has a tapered carbon steerer and offers a light long-travel package with travel that can be reduced to 135-millimeters at the flick of a switch. Specialized ditched the 25-millimeter axle concept this year and a standard 20-millimeter Maxle Lite now takes care of wheel-fastening duties. Testers were pleasantly surprised by the fork, and it performed on par with the top contenders in this category.

    The suspension and angles worked flawlessly together on the new Enduro, and our testers were blown away with the bikeís descending capabilities. A 66.5-degree headtube angle invited riders to push the limits of this all-mountain rig. It felt confident and playful, yet still maintained a stiff and lightweight feel underfoot that had our testers seeking lines usually reserved for the big-travel bikes.

    Lowering the front fork to its 135-millimeter setting and turning on the rear shockís platform transformed the way this bike rode. Only in very steep technical climbs did the bike wander, but given its lightweight and DH chops, we didnít complain.

    For riders who love climbing but have the soul of a downhiller, the new Enduro is a great choice.

    Bottom Line: Climbs like a trail bike and descends like a freeride bike; a great redesign and top-notch do-it-all rig

    Tags: all mountain bikes, bikes, Gamut dual-ring shift guide, mountain bikes, shop mountain bikes, Specialized bikes, specialized command post, Specialized enduro sl pro carbon, Specialized future shock, Specialized mountain bike, Specialized mountain bike gear

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    Thanks for your extensive information - its highly appreciated. I know that finally I've to take the decision but its also good to listen to others and their experience either with the Stumpy or the Enduro certainly the best would be with both of them.
    Leelikesbikes is an excellent resource for me and it seems that he is favoring the Stumpy. I'm also getting more and more towards the Stumpy because I think it better matches my needs and the mountains here in Tyrol are steep. Although the Enduro makes more fun on the downhill ;-)
    I'll let you know.
    Thank you and enjoy your Enduro

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    Same here, have had a history with enduros, the 04 S-works (with brain) 06 S-works and three SL's culminating with the 08 S-works enduro. The trails round my neck of the woods can suit either bike well long climbs rough tracks/smooth tracks. The stumpjumper that I've ordered has the potential to shine on the twisty singletrack sections and the swoopy bermed tracks. If I were (needed) to travel to other parts of the UK for more downhill sections then I'd possible go Enduro. My present enduro is such a good compromise it hard to let that one go. Leelikesbikes has been invaluable in my descision too. Oh and that Kurtis Keene & Brendog vid. Don't forget yo now have the stumpjumper evo to consider to blur the line even further.

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    They are both good bikes...for me the Enduro might be overkill, but I'm liking it. at least I'll be ready for anything.
    got more ride time in.. again some more flat single trak...did great my quads are going to get huge!!!
    it is fun bike...maybe I should have waited for the Stumpy..but like I said they gave me a deal.

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    Lesson Learned

    OK be kind to me...but after several rides on the Enduro I was not feeling it trying to talk my self into it but my ride were enduring
    Went by the LBS my bike that I had previously ordered was there...a sinking feeling came to my stomach I think I even turned pale...the owner was watching me and relized i was bummed took the Enduro back and just paid the difference.
    wlak of shame for me, but they hooked me up and I know have a bike that meets my terrain. 1000 perecent better for me!!! I'm glad I was able to correct my mistake. The Stumpy rides alot better for me ... should have listened to the advice...

    here she is

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    hopefully picture shows

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    Hahaha. Yeah, I was right. I knew you would like the Stumpy better. Didn't listen to the former Floridian now did ya? I'm glad you got your head on straight!

    Mean while, I'm about to take my first ride on my '11 Enduro! Lol

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    ^ What he said. Lulz.

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    AlpineE30M52,

    yes you were right!!! the Enduro is a great bike...but a little bit much to carry around here..plus I think the Stumpy has more than enough travel 5.5 for my North Carolina trips.

    Have fun on your Enduro!!!!

    The climbing aspect is why I switched...the Enduro was hard pushing on the flat single trak..

    I hope this helps people on the fence about both bikes...

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    Hi RE50,
    surprise surprise ;-)
    What is better with the Stumpy? I don't if I mentioned it already but I'm also more on the Stumpy side now ;-)
    Regards

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    ojessie,

    my advice means nothing...because I can't even help myself.

    But I like the Stumpy better for swopping sigle trak and quick technical climbs.
    The Enduro was great but you have to put alot of energy into it. It felt like a real work out but the Stumpy feels like I can ride all day.

    My concerns with the brain is gone. it dose feel plush on the rocks and roots.

    The Enduro was a biiger bike..I like the agility of the Stumpy I came off a 4" travel bike more with the XC feel. I wanted a Trail bike I can take everywhere...I thought the Enduro was it but aftre riding it on a couple trails I noticed it was harder to push... yes I could of gotten used to it and learned to ride it better. but I would be compensating for something (the longer travel that I would use once year if that...)

    so I went back to my first choice.. I aws going to live with my first decsion and deal with it.
    I had just gone in to change out seats ...the phenom saddle was killing me. And there she sat the Stumpy I ordered sitting there looking at me saying you should have waited. I went with the Enduro because it was goign to be some time before my Stumpy came in...I jumped the gun and made an irrational choice.

    Thanks to the owner at my LBS after he saw thee look on my face we came up with away to get me on the Stumpy and get rid of the EnduroI . great customer service at my LBS.

    Know it's time for me to shut up and ride!!

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    ther first and the one?!!!!


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    ^ At first I was like, WTF WHITE EXPERT NOT IN US?! And then I was like, Ok no biggie, I <3 my Black Chrome Expert. But that does look sick. I miss Specialized making white bikes!

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    I'm still liking my Stumpy. Feels a lot faster on the single track's. The climbing forget about it it's a mountain goat.The decents it's a confidence booster compaired to my old bike!!! 5.5inches that's more than enough of travel for my local rides.
    It also rides a lot lighter than it is, so climbing the technical areas is a breeze.
    I'm glad I made the switch.

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    So really RE50 we should be telling our wives that we need both the stumpy and enduro, plus the road bike for training. I am certainly glad you are on a bike you enjoy. Nothing worse than spending big dollars and realizing it just isn't right.

    I came off a epic and went to the Enduro. A massive change but for my 50/50 up and down works pretty well. I agree that going up can be a bit harder but on the very steep, rocky and technical descents it is great and it is so lovely not feeling like I 'm about to be pitched over the bars. Sections of trail that were un-ridable on the epic are a walk in the park for the enduro.

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    brad72,

    The thing that convinced me for a change was the flat single track down the road fom my house. it has no climbs just some random soft sand. and rooted trails. The Enduro was way too much to push around. Granted I was prepaired to deal with the issue and just suck it up.

    Predominatley I ride Alafia and Balm Boyette in Fl. with random weekend to Santos. The terrain in those area are more challengeing I wanted the suspension to soak up the bumps and drops for me...the Stumpy does just that!!! I cant even describe the way it climbs the short vertical climbs that we get which keep you on your toes. the Enduro I had to push it and ride harder which meant I was using more energy. On the flats I felt like I was pushhing the bike instead of riding it...if that makes sense. The Stumpy is just quicker and snappier for the trails I'm ridding. Just like I had been told from several posters on this forum.

    Granted I would be still riding the Enduro if my LBS did not hook me up I don't think it would have been a bad thing but I'm glad I did the switch. both are awsome bikes.
    I do wish it came witha through axle fork...but not an issue. The head tube is not as tapered as the other 2011 brands of bikes. minor..does have XTR/X9/SLX 2X10 components. a sram carbon fibre crank Elixer R brakes.
    I ride with the brain fully open to the plush setting...

    I'm glad this bike purchase is over I have been stressing over which bike is the right one ,which one can do everything ...which one rides better etc the fact there is always going to be a better bike new technology..I will have this bike for awhile!!! I rode my Heckler since 98' with very few upgrades. it even handeled all the downhill parts of Dupont and bent creek in N.C and even a chairlift drop at whit tail..so I think the Stumpy will meet all my needs. unless I move out west and have massive downhill runs than I would probrably change out.

    Perfect world I would own both...if I win the lotto I will..

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    Quote Originally Posted by RE50
    I do wish it came witha through axle fork...but not an issue.
    It comes with oversized end-caps on the hub which is actually stiffer than a 15mm TA.

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    Did not know that. good to know thanks!!

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