It's time to bite the bullet and replace my '05 FSR 120 Expert. I've ridden the crap out of it stock except for grips and I trimmed the bars an inch or two. I've started looking around, and I'm wondering if I just keep drinking the kool aid and go with a stumpy or epic, or if uuuI open up the search to other brands. LBS around here and personal preference would probably limit me to cannondale, niner, Santa Cruz, or Ellsworth - tho that last one might blow the budget.
Me: 36 years old, 6' 175#. I'm better at up than down (mostly cuz I got too good at rehabbing dislocated shoulders and torn knee ligaments - id rather stay in one piece then push the envelope too much), and prefer buffed out single track over super techy downhills. Ride 2-4 times/week around Jackson, WY.
Ive always figured the 120 was a little more bike then what I needed, but thought it was worth it to beef up my downhills a little and plow through stuff better. Would a 100mm 29er give me the same feel? I'd like to keep the weight under 30# - I wish I had the cash to get super light, but that ain't happening - maybe wheel and some other upgrades in a season or two, but for this year I'll be tapped out with the new bike. Budget is roughly $3500-$4500, though for the absolute perfect bike I'd extend that a fuzz.
Love the talas on my current stumpy, but have noticed that's only specd on the $6100 level bikes - ouch! I defo use the travel adjustment climbing, but wonder if the new floats are nice enough that I wouldn't notice. Don't know much about the newer rock shox offerings either - I still remember the rough patch they went through back in the early 00's and haven't had a reason to try them since.
Any thoughts or input would be great - model, fork, wheel size, anything. I'm leaning towards sticking with specialized, but if anyone reads my story and thinks another manufacturer would fit the bill, let me know. I'm going to try and demo some bikes as soon as it dries out, but those options are pretty limited around here - ill be lucky to get on any 29er, much less my preferred build in any particular brand. Thanks a lot, have a good one out there.
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