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    pic of my 08 SJ FSR Pro Carbon

    I took a quick ride before and it did feel nice and plush.
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    Sweet ride! A local shop has one in stock that I was able to fondle. The frame has some really nice details - looks to be pretty well thought out for a new design. Not sure about the weight, but it is definitely light - XC racer light.

    Read that Ned said he would choose the FSR over the Epic for certain really rough race courses. The thing must be pretty efficient if that's the case!

    Enjoy the ride and let us know what you think!

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    weight

    24.75 with pedals on digital scale size medium

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    What no review this is Bulls*%t! Nice ride I can't wait to hear the review. By the way the CRF looks a little dirty.

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    testing fri all day

    I will be testing all day to compare it to my other recent rides

    08 Epic Expert (test ridden 3 days)
    08 Enduro SL Expert (test ridden 1 week) very very cool bike!!!!!!!!!!!!
    08 SJ FSR Expert (test ridden 1 week)
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    Forget about the bike, How do you like that 450???

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    Oh so pretty. Nice ride.

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    Very nice! I never thought that tan and browns would look so nice on a bike??? Looks very nice intigrated like that. I have yet to see one of the 08s in person yet.

    Have fun!

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    What made you go for the carbon? I want to hear how it rides compared to the 08 Expert, i test rode one (at first i was gonna buy it, but then got talked into a test ride first) and i just wasent impressed, i want to hear about that fork though! If it truely is under 25lbs stock with pedals, i am interested, cause the expert weighed a good bit more.
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    under 25 lbs yes (scales may vary)

    The only reason I went carbon is for the fork. And I will say it seems plusher compared to the Fox 120.


    Side note: I rode the new Fuel Ex for about an hour and yes its plusher than the SJ FSR Expert but the Trek just was to sluggish/lacked snap on the climbs kind of what my 07 FSR Pro Carbon felt like. I think the 08 SJ Pro Carbon is this years hot ticket because of the fork.

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    Donít let me get close to that bike, might drool all on it... Seriously though that is a really nice bike, cant wait for the review.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vs779
    under 25 lbs yes (scales may vary)

    The only reason I went carbon is for the fork. And I will say it seems plusher compared to the Fox 120.


    Side note: I rode the new Fuel Ex for about an hour and yes its plusher than the SJ FSR Expert but the Trek just was to sluggish/lacked snap on the climbs kind of what my 07 FSR Pro Carbon felt like. I think the 08 SJ Pro Carbon is this years hot ticket because of the fork.

    That is my dilemma, i am going back and forth between the Fuel EX 9.0 (i rode and EX 8 and loved it) or a stumpy pro carbon, either way i will be waiting awhile before i get one as I am going to EP it. I loved how plush the trek was on a quick ride through the park (no single track) and i did ride the Stumpy for a few days of single track and something just didnt feel right, i dont know, it was probably just setup i am sure. Oh well, i guess i got a while before i have to decide...........in the meantime write up a review to make my decision easier as i want to stay loyal to specialized!
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    What a beautiful bike, I just love the colours.

    Whatís the fork like and does the front and back feel balanced?

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    Carbon protection - ISC Racer Tape

    I know this is common on the Ibis forum but I wanted to pass on this information to other carbon owners. Helicopter/leading edge/surface guard tape has been around forever.....but it also works very well for bikes....especially carbon bikes. There are also kits sold with this same type of material specifically for bikes but they don't work as well IMO.

    This is what I use: http://www.racerstape.com/rtp.html#S...20Guard%20Tape

    I prefer this because it's also a tape....most of the other stuff is a wet application method only. This goes both ways. So in some instances it's easier to apply dry....and in others wet. Plus there's a whole lot more on these rolls.

    I spoke to Dan at ISC and he's been noticing a lot of people asking for this tape for bikes but he's trying to get more exposure into this market. He's a great guy and sent me a couple rolls for free. All I had to do was just do a little write up on MTBR about the stuff and he sent a kit to MBAction for them to do a little thrash test.

    Anyways....if anyone is looking for a cheap, effective and super clean way to protect the carbon's finish....this is it. Let Dan know you heard about it from MTBR if you decide to give him a call.....

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    Cool-blue Rhythm

    Hey vs779 - really cool bike - we're getting a different paint job here in the UK. May I ask where, when and how did you get it? I'm still waiting despite having ordered it 2 months ago and the delivery date is now 4th Jan! What's your secret?

    green with envy...

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    Man, I love the color!

    I hate Hondas though! lol

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    review

    First let me address the racer tape thread. Specialized already put a section of clear tape under the down tube to protect the frame and included an additional peice for future use (nice touch). Next let me address the UK thread. I live in the US, NJ to be exact and just recieved the bike on Wed. The best way to get one is stay on top of your dealer and have them call the local rep. I know in the US they are avail and ready to ship.


    Fit and finish: Nice clean design, paint is sharp and looks like it won't scratch easily as the 07's did.

    Fork performance: Nice job Specialized! This forks works! it stays high in the travel picks up the little bumps and does not dive under hard braking. The only thing I would change is a taller knob for the air chamber as its hard to get off and on. Overall I like it better than the Fox just feels more fluild.

    Shock: nothing new here same performance as the 07, hard or soft whichever you prefer just turn the dial
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    Descending: confidence inspiring! this bike is as good as the Enduro Sl on the descents it goes where you point it has alot to do with the fork. You never have that going over the bars feeling.

    Climbing: I have to admit the alum version feels better not that it is it just feels that way must be carbon I had this same feeling on my 07 SJ Carbon. I took it up a few technical climbs and it performed great. This design doesn't sqaut under hard acceleration which makes it a great climber.


    Single track: This bike flys, it goes where you wan't it to and sticks in the turns. If you see a rock garden ahead just hit it the bike will carry you over.

    Overall: 9-10 if it felt faster I give it a 10

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    bike stand

    Dude... Where did you get that bike stand? That thing is awesome.

    Your bike is sweet too, How muddy is it now?

    Quote Originally Posted by vs779
    I took a quick ride before and it did feel nice and plush.

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    Wrench Science bike stand, any Trek dealer can get you one.

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    I demand more pics! It looks different (better) than it is on spec site.

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    That is one trick looking bike. The stumpy that is. I'm more of a Yamaha fan, but Hondas are good too.

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    OOOOOHH That is awesome.... Here I sit trying to work out which one of my kids I should sell to sience, So I can raise the money for one of those..... a dream machine I'm sure.. Thanks for the drool session.. T

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    Honda rules and so does your Stumpy! nice sled!!! I really like mine but I have an Alu version - wouldn't mind test riding a Carbon Stumpy one of these days to compare...

    Thanks for the initial feedback..

    Cheers!

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    Looking good!, I'm with Grocerybaghead, we need more pictures and a review, especially as here in the UK they are making us wait longer. I've been old February!

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    She's BEAUTIFUL!!

    Wow.. That's a nice bike!! I really like my 07 Stumpy Carbon but I might have to get an 08!! Selling the wife that I need a new bike, is going to be very difficult... However at the prices of the new 08's, divorce expenses don't look to expensive!

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    Well, you talked me into it, I ordered mine up today, along with a set of the Roval XC wheels for the stiffer front end interface. I ordered a large, after going back and forth between waiting the Fuel EX 9.0 and this, I wanted to stay loyal the the Big S even though i REALLY loved the ride the EX8 had over the Stumpy Expert I demoed. I really hope the fork is that awesome! The shop said it should be in next tuesday or wednesday as it is coming from the west coast most likely. I am really hoping its at the 25lb mark, the shop owner said the S-Works was just above the 25lbs mark, but we will see.
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    Good job! You made the right choice Jut8

    Mountain Bike Action claims the weight of the S Works (med) is 23.5lbs w/o pedals which would make me think the Pro Carbon with the Specialized wheels you ordered and stock pedals would be 24.75-25lbs in a large. Make sure you watch the setup video on Specialized's site its a great tool. I have about 30 miles on mine and can't find anything to complain about except the saddle is a 130mm so Im changing it out for a 143mm.

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    Sweet, i am excited to give it a try. I like the gravity rack you got, we just got them in at our shop, they are pretty sweet. I cant wait to get it in. I may have to leave work early to get it built, swap the wheels, and the brake levers (Im a motocross and sportbike guy also, so i gotta have my front brake on the right side)

    I really hope those weights are correct, but i was really dissappointed when they said the all the Enduro SL's would be between 26-28lbs and my SL Pro carbon weighed in at 29lbs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ddraewwg
    I know this is common on the Ibis forum but I wanted to pass on this information to other carbon owners. Helicopter/leading edge/surface guard tape has been around forever.....but it also works very well for bikes....especially carbon bikes. There are also kits sold with this same type of material specifically for bikes but they don't work as well IMO.

    This is what I use: http://www.racerstape.com/rtp.html#S...20Guard%20Tape

    I prefer this because it's also a tape....most of the other stuff is a wet application method only. This goes both ways. So in some instances it's easier to apply dry....and in others wet. Plus there's a whole lot more on these rolls.

    I spoke to Dan at ISC and he's been noticing a lot of people asking for this tape for bikes but he's trying to get more exposure into this market. He's a great guy and sent me a couple rolls for free. All I had to do was just do a little write up on MTBR about the stuff and he sent a kit to MBAction for them to do a little thrash test.

    Anyways....if anyone is looking for a cheap, effective and super clean way to protect the carbon's finish....this is it. Let Dan know you heard about it from MTBR if you decide to give him a call.....
    Nice tape. I've been using the large sheets of similar material, but I like this idea a bit better.
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    Do you still feel that the fork is more plush than the F120? What about other Fox 32 forks as comparison?
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    Congrats Jut8! Post a review on the Trek board when you get some time in on the new stumpy pro carbon. I'm interested in hearing how it compares to the Fule EX. TB.

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    Those are nice bikes, damn light too, when i heard that they were paining it an off brown i was skeptical of how it would look, but it seems to match the rest of the bike well. Cant wait for my LBS to get one in so i can give it a test ride.

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    sweet, weird colours though. Maybe look much better in real life. . Reviews!!!
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    Dude, that is one clean, organized garage you have! Usually it takes me an hour to find my bike...

    Great pics - thanks

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    Wow, i am surprised, mine actually shipped today! It may be here by the end of the week, i am pumped!!! Whooohooo!!! Specialized hooked me up!
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    Was checking out the video that Bicycling did on the S-Works bike. To see the guy climbing on the bike with the fork not moving and see it open up when he hits something is pretty impressive. I know that the rear brain works, but that fork should be awesome. Take a look at the fork action in the video and think about how your fork bobs when climbing - regardless of what fork you're riding.

    http://www.bicycling.com/article/1,6...6467-1,00.html

    I find that fork bob is more disruptive when climbing than the rear suspension is so the brain fork should make for an awesome climber. I'm jealous. I just ordered an FSR 29er and that fork would complete the package nicely. Maybe the technology will trickle down to a few other models in the future.

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    I got mine in today! I cant believe it got here so fast. I totally agree with STHRNFAT, the fork is just amazing, i was honestly having doubts thinking i should have got the Trek Fuel EX 9.0 over the stumpy, but i am so glad i stuck with the Big S!!! With combination of the fork, headtube, and larger front QR surface, it feels NOTHING like the Stumpy expert i rode. I am pumped about it. Also, i am sure others that have seen the bike in person, pictures just do not do justice, the color is amazing, i thought it looked like a poop brown online, and in person it just looks amazing.

    I weighed mine on the an Ultimate digital scale at the shop, its a large, and all stock with the exception of my Candy Ti pedals, it weighed in a 25.71lbs, thats pretty impressive for a stock bike. My wheels didnt come in yet, but they should be here tomorrow I hope.

    Am i crazy thinking the bike may weigh under 25lbs when i put the new wheels (Roval XC's)on, go tubeless, and swap out the Phenom SL for a Ti Toupe? I am hoping am not, we will see......

    With this bike i can only imagine whats in store for the epic next year.
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    The Epic gets the same fork with 100mm in 09

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    I figured it would.

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    Jut8 we need a ride review. Don't forget to leave a review after you get some time in the trials with it. Thanks

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    We got a bit of snow now, but there are some trails that hold up quite well in the snow around here, so probably saturday will be its first time out. I also want to try it out at the indoor part just to get a feel for it. I am excited, the fork just makes it a completely different bike.
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    pics! pics! pics!!!! and riding pics!
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    Yeah Jut - post some pics dude - hurry up!

    Does anyone have a good explanation why we in the UK have to wait so much longer before the Pro Carbon arrives, and we get a much darker colour?

    Sorry for wingeing, but I wish Spesh would explain this - like we're second class citizens on the other side of the pond where they're concerned.

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    Ok, Ok, i will get some pics, sorry guys!

    Well I swapped the wheels over today to the Roval Controle XC's and went tubeless on the stock captain tires, and i am down to 25.02lbs with the bike ready to ride. That .02lbs is killing me lol! Maybe swapping the stock stem for a Thomson or Hope, or the going to the Toupe saddle will take care of it, we will see.
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    different pedals will get you that .2

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    I dont know if that is the best return for the $$ though, the next step up crank brothers pedals are quite expensive. And i run crank bros on all my bikes so it wouldnt make sense to switch to another brand for one bike.
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    Jut - you are talking about 9 grams! How about giving it a clean or using less lube. (Or using a different set of scales!).

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    I know, lol, its not a big deal.......i should have put just a bit less stans in there! haha.
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