I am, and have been for some time now, looking to get a full suspension bike. I'm really torn between two bikes: Specialized SJ FSR Expert and Trek Fuel EX9. I have called many bike shops and have found both bikes to be very similar in price. The Fuel is slightly more expensive, but if it is the better chioce, I am willing to pay extra.
I test rode the SJ Expert and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Why don't other companies provide demo bikes like Specialized???? I may end up with the SJ just because the company is nice enough to lend the bikes for a true trial ride. The ride of the SJ was very plush and I went over many things that I would not dare go over on my Trek 4300 ht. However, on a 2.5 mile climb, I felt the bike did not pedal as efficiently as I would have liked (It may have been improper shock settings). Would the EX9 be better going up??? And, will it be as good going down??? The SJ was excellent going down.I think the Speicalized has an inch more travel over the Trek. Is that going to affect riding? Also the Trek has Rockshox and Specialized has Fox. Is Fox that much better? Which bike is lighter?
The style of riding I do is mainly singletrack, up and down hill (some long climbs), lots of roots/rocks. I havent raced yet, but may in the future. I really want a good climbing, plush full-suspension bike I can ride for hours at a time.
Thanks for any suggestions!
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