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    First Specialized FS

    Hey everyone,

    So my story is that one of those guys who got into the sport about a year ago, started with an entry level hardtail (GT Karakoram 2.0), and has fallen in love. I'm currently looking to upgrade to full suspension, but am on a fairly tight budget. I figured I'd jump on the 2012 sales now that the 2013's are coming out and have a few options that I'm considering. Any advice on which I should pull the trigger on?

    2012 Stumpjumper FSR 29er ($2000)
    This one was a Demo at my LBS, so no warranty, but the price is really good for a stumpy. Not sure if it was a "take on the trail" kinda demo or just a ride around the parking lot one, but it has been maintained well. It's a nice bike but $2000 is really stretching my budget.

    2012 Camber Elite ($1750)
    New from my LBS

    2012 Camber Comp ($1480)
    New from my LBS

    now the last two are both 26ers, and my LBS can't get any 2012 Camber 29ers. I'm a little hesitant to go from my hardtail 29er to 26" wheels, but I'm sure I'd get used to em.

    any advice would be really appreciated!

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    Stumpjumper FSR & Camber are for different riding styles, what do you ride the most?

    Spesh should still warranty the bike, frame is for life of ownership.

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    I ride mostly technical XC around southern Michigan, but I ride pretty hard. Go out of my way to jump when I can, and dabble in a little downhill when I have time to get to a mountain with a lift service. I figured the Epic was too XC focused for me, but either Camber or Stumpy would work well.

    I'm not sure about the warranty though, the guy I talked with today told me because it was a Demo the warranty wouldn't cover it. Maybe because I would not be considered the first owner?

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    I've also been scouring Ebay and my local CL, but a little nervous about buying used...

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    I bought the 2011 SJ FSR 29'er comp in March 2012 that was a demo last summer. The dealer I purchased it from and another closer dealer to my house have both serviced my bike under warrennty.
    2011 stumpjumper fsr comp 29er

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    If you jump & DH go for the Stumpy. The Stumpy is more trail oriented but it can still climb & is fast enough on XC to keep you satisfied.

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