I have a 2011 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Elite, and has served me well. Recently went to a Trek demo at my favourite local trail. Test rode the Trek Slash 8 and was totally blown away. Tons of fun. Suspension was buttery smooth, pedaling efficiency up hills was excellent (given the bike's heft), and flickability was exceptional -- that thing loved to get some air and was so confident inspiring it made me a better rider. My question is what other bikes would be comparable to the Trek Slash 8 -- Stumpjumper EVO? Specialized Enduro? Yeti (which)? Pivot (which)? Ibis (which)? Santa Cruz (which)? Others? And among this group, which bike (s) would be recommended as good as the Slash 8 or is it the cat's meow?
Also, what's the view on the dropper post -- reliable? I really liked it, was a clean, smooth and quiet operation, but have no idea how it ranks versus other dropper posts on the market.
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Thread: Trek Slash 8 -- tell me more pls