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    FSRxc

    i am pretty sure im going to buy the fsrxc tomorow morning. im gonna get the basic, least expensive one. im gonna use it for mostly urban biking and some trails.I test rode it for bout 30 min and it felt great. anyone have any advice on the FSRxc because i wanna know im going to get a good bike for the money?

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    well if you like the bike great, i have one myself, its a solid machine, theres a few little things id change about it but bone stock its still fine, however if i were buying a bike for urban riding and some trails i would go for a hardtail stumpjumper, its tough, its as light as a feather and it can handle trails just fine, but thats just me

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    actually thats the other bike i rode around at the store that i liked. the rear shock on the FSRxc can lock so i didnt see why i shouldnt just get the FSRxc

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    for me it would be the weight difference, the hardtail SJ weights 24 pounds, the xc weighs around 30, thats quite a difference.

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    I enjoyed mine a lot, but you really cant go wrong with a stumpy hardtail. Not only will you get less weight but you will get better components for the same price as the FSRxc comp. I sold my FSRxc and now im thinking about a stumpy ht to replace it.

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    im enjoying my epic so much that i may go for a hardtail SJ myself after i sell my xc, im enjoying the firmer ride of the epic over the squish of the xc i think im realising that i may be more of a light bike minimal suspension type rider

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    The FSRxc is a good bike. If you want full suspension, its a great place to start and is upgradeable if you get more into riding trails. The stumpy hardtail is a good bike too, but.... its a hardtail. So if you want full suspension it shouldn't be in the equation. The Epic that DF mentions is a lot more money than an FSRxc so not sure why that made the conversation. I have a FSRxc pro, its a great bike. Good geometry, fits me like a glove, and it handles really well. Climbs and decends good. Unless you spend a ton of cash, a fs is always going to be heavier than a hardtail, thats the tradeoff you get for having all those working parts. I say go for it. I don't think you'll be disappointed.....
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    i was leaning towards the FSRxc just because the back shock could lock out so i only saw a weight difference. over time will the lockout on the shocks be stiff or will they wear down?

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    ive heard of lock outs breaking but if you dont put stress on it like jumping the bike while its locked out it should be fine

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    All shocks wear out in time. Just make sure once a year you get the shock serviced by your bike shop and it should last for a long time.
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    all this talk of the xc has made me think about hanging onto mine, i may put a shorter stem on it so i dont feel as stretched out, mid rise bars should bring the grips more level with the saddle, and a new fork, one thats stiffer and doesnt dive when braking downhill, all in time perhaps

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    Theres your problem!!!! You are braking downhill!!! Just let go of the brakes and your problem is solved!!!!
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    ha ha well if it were a straight line i could manage it but theres a lot of hair pins on the way down and if you take one of those too fast your over the cliff, im not going to dwell on it too much because then i'll start thinking why the hell do i do it in the first place

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    i went with the stumpjumper ht because im mostly gonna use it for college and getting to school every morning and general commuting

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    i think you made a great choice, im actually jealous lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by samthemaniam123
    i went with the stumpjumper ht because im mostly gonna use it for college and getting to school every morning and general commuting
    I don't know where you go to school, but I wouldn't use that bike for getting to class... I think your better off with a sub $150 beater that is as ugly as possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by samthemaniam123
    i am pretty sure im going to buy the fsrxc tomorow morning. im gonna get the basic, least expensive one. im gonna use it for mostly urban biking and some trails.I test rode it for bout 30 min and it felt great. anyone have any advice on the FSRxc because i wanna know im going to get a good bike for the money?
    For the money its hard to beat. I had one - its a great bike. Much more capable than numbers would suggest - all in all it strikes a good balance between fun and efficiency, and you can progress a lot with it. Depending on how serious you are you could aim for a Pro (that's what I had), mainly because of the better fork and shock (the other components make less of a difference IMO although hydro brakes are really very nice to have too). The Reba fork ROCKS.....as for the Tora....well it should be OK for the commute and light trail work....but if you have any intention of riding this machine a bit aggressively, it will come up short (and break fairly soon).

    Good luck!

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    I wouldn't get it if you're planning to do a lot of hard stuff (street & jumps) with it locked out, like others have said in this case I'd go for a HT.
    I'd say the lock out is more for commuting on the roads - and if that's what you were thinking go for it. Otherwise riding locked out on the (rough) trails could put too much stress on the frame.

    I nearly brought one myself over a year ago, but at the time I went for a Trance instead. Now I'm going back to a HT.
    If the FSR XC seat tube is still interrupted also consider that you may not be able to lower your seat a great deal (unless you get a gravity dropper or something) it was pretty much the only draw back in my view apart from the Trance having better spec for the money. Absolutely no regrets here though as I know either bike would have made me just as happy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by darkest_fugue
    all this talk of the xc has made me think about hanging onto mine, i may put a shorter stem on it so i dont feel as stretched out, mid rise bars should bring the grips more level with the saddle, and a new fork, one thats stiffer and doesnt dive when braking downhill, all in time perhaps
    Your on to something!

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    FSR XC is a good bike, I have had mine since 2004, Just make sure you get a rear shock with a platform. Here is a pic after 4 years.
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    Leave no bolt untuned!

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    Yeah man...for commuting and leaving your bike out in public, there is no way a new stumpjumper will last long. Not only is a mountain bike not ideal for road riding, it'll scream steal me.

    My suggestion is to look on craigslist and buy a $100 used road bike for commuting and save the stumpy for the trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SLX
    FSR XC is a good bike, I have had mine since 2004, Just make sure you get a rear shock with a platform. Here is a pic after 4 years.
    How do you keep your bike so clean???? I've had mine for 4 days (not years) and its covered in dust!!!

    What's your secret???

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    what a cool bike SLX, i dont see too many of the older ones, it still looks new

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    i put the bike on homeowners insurance so if it gets stolen insurance got my back

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    Not to be negative, but check your deductible; it could be higher than the cost of a cheap beater rig. Beyond getting stolen I would recomend you take quick release everything off of it; lost of parts can get yanked. One other thing, I have seen cars drive over wheels and other parts get kicked in. If you have plans of ever leaving it outside make sure you lube and repack your hubs often, there going to need it.

    Best of luck with it -

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