I'm looking into a new frame. Had a 2007 spec enduro non-sl model. It was built to 34# with chris king hubs, 36 talas R fork and a dhx air rear shock. I loved to ride the bike but I hated trying to get it up the hills. I parted it to get a 2008 stumpy, still mostly stock but at 27# it's a rocket compared to the enduro up hills. I find myself wishing I still had the stifness of the enduro but without the huge weight penalty. However, I've wondered if the loss in stiffness isn't from moving from a 20mm dropout fork to a standard qr model. (I'm sure that's alot of it) BUT! I'm not a big fan of tossing alot of parts at a bike and trying to make it something it's not (stumpy is not a FR bike and the enduro was not a XC racer). To try to stiffen the stumpy the only option is a 15qr fork and hoping that helps.
So what's the opinion on the EG for a very aggresive xc rider who still wants to hit some dirtjumps? I'm wanting to head to snowshoe WV this summer but I'd hate to destroy a perfectly good stumpy. I've used up the travel on the rear of the stumpy so many times I'm thinking I'll kill the rear shock soon (even with 20# more air than my weight calls for).
Being a part time employee at a shop that sells 99.9% specialized makes buying something else kinda tough. The boss is great and would get set up with titus just to get me a bike but I hate to impose. I've even toyed with getting an enduro sl but I just don't like the look of them.
Knowing what I've riden and what I want to do is the EG a good idea? The bike would see rides in the 15-20 mile range three times a week on average. Is that too much saddle time for something that seems FR oriented?
What are the big differences between the 08 and 09? I love that they switched the cable routing under the TT! why do they even try it on the side???
Also being on an American made bike would feel great too!
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