Wish I could afford an S-Works Carbon but can't...
I currently have a 2008 Stumpjumper FSR Comp ( for last 2 years) and am happy with it for now. I came from a HT Rockhopper and was amazed at the difference in the Stumpy FSR. I'm riding much faster and able to do things on this bike I didn't think I could do before. As long as I keep my center of gravity balanced, the bike will do some amazing things in keeping me out of trouble. It climbs well and seems to meet my needs as I know them. However, I'm curious if I can improve my riding or racing speed some more with an upgrade.
I ride technical single-track with a few drops of around 2 feet but no more. Lots of rocks, roots, gravel, tight switchbacks, and rolling Texas hills. My rides are in the 2-4 hour ranges of cross country type and about 4 endurance races a year in the 8-24 hour types. I'm 42 years old and don't sprint like I used to, but recover faster and can maintain my endurance better than when I was younger.
I finally feel like my current bike is set up well and leave my rear shock open. I found that pro-pedal is too stiff and not as comfortable in rough terrain. It makes me feel faster because I'm more comfortable and the bike absorbs all the small stuff without me feeling it. Sometimes my bike feels heavy and I might like a lighter bike set up. As I'm starting to ride faster and harder, I'm noticing that I'm finally starting to use all of my suspension..is it time to look at a more travel suspension?
For my needs am I better off keeping what I have, or going with a new bike? Epic or Stumpjumper? I could throw up to $4k at a new bike but will it make any difference in my riding from what I have? Below are some bikes I'm considering if I get a new bike in the spring. ...or am I just looking for a way to burn money that I don't need to?
Stumpjumper FSR elite $3000
Stumpjumper FSR Comp Carbon $3300
Stumpjumper FSR Expert Carbon $4400
Epic elite $3300
Epic expert EVO $3900
Specialized has been good to me, so I don't plan to move to another brand. Had bad experiences with other brands compared to Specialized.
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