I have a 2007 Hardrock Sport that I rarely ride. I mostly ride my Rockhopper SS 29er, but I am in need of a geared bike. I live in CO, and ride mostly trail, but will occasionally go to the ski resorts and do some downhill stuff, nothing major.
I have the opportunity to get a good price on several different bike options. I do not do huge jumps or anything like that, so here are my options and concerns:
2012 Stumpy FSR Comp: This is a 26" bike, which is my only concern. It is a bit over the top of where my budget should be.
2013 Camber 29: This is right where my budget SHOULD be, but I am concerned about the 100mm front travel, as that is the same as my 2007 Hardrock. The other components I can change down the road if needed.
2013 Camber Comp 29: Same price range as the 2012 Stumpy, but spec'd almost the same except for the shocks. Obviously the 29s are a plus, but the lower travel is a minus.
2013 Stumpy Comp 29: This bike has everything, but is over the top of my budget really. I could do it, but I would be stretching my funds to get it.
Please keep in mind where the bikes fall in my budget, my type of riding, and my concerns. I know I will get a ton of different responses, but all are appreciated. I am pretty much a weekend warrior. I have a wife and 4 kids, so daily trail riding is not an option for me, something that shies me a bit away from the Stumpy comp 29. I want something that will absorb more than my HT, but not kill me financially either. I also need to know that, should I spend the extra money, the extra travel is really going to be a benefit to the way I ride.
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