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    Scott Spark 710+/Trek Fuel EX 8/Specialized Stmpjumper FSR Comp Carbon

    So I need some expert help choosing the Bike that would give me the best ride for my type of biking.
    I currently ride a 18" Specialized Rockhopper 29er. I wasnt expecting to be riding Downhill technical trails when i purchased it. A few months later I am. The bike is not meant for this type of riding so I am looking at a Full Suspension. I ride fast downhills with rock gardens, roots, creeks, boulders, trees. I have been riding this on my RH and it was a ok experience until this weekend when i got to ride a older custom GIANT bike with a Marzocchi bomber fork w/180mm travel and a FOX rear shock. The bike had alot of other upgrades but it was a 5yr old bike with 26" DT Swiss FR600. my Ride on that bike was a night and day difference. I have been researching bikes now for a while and i have 3 bikes I like. I know most will say I need to try before I buy and I would agree however most shops around my area dont have demos of the bikes im looking at

    Trek Fuel EX8

    Stumpjumper FSR Carbon Comp

    Scott Spark 710

    What I am looking for out of these 3 would be the better suspension setup and components. I am not a expert in this but from what i can tell the Stumpy has the most travel but the Scott has the better components. Most reviews say the Trek is a beast of a all around bike. the only Scott dealer is 1 hour away from me so demoing this is going to be a challenge. I am demoing the Trek this weekend. the bike shops around me do not have the Stumpjumper Carbon Comp for Demo.

    appreciate any input...

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    Not sure about the Trek and Scott, but I have a couple of friends who own Stumpjumpers, and they are really happy with it! It is a very playful bike.
    Keep in mind though, one of them is on a size L frame, but even myself at 5'11" feel like I'm riding a size M bike when on it. It's due to the short reach I guess.

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    Scott 710 plus got trial bike of the year last year for plus size.

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    Why not the Fuel EX 9.8 plus? The other two bikes you listed are carbon.

    I would personally get the Fuel EX 9.8 plus or the 8 plus
    Too Many .

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    Scott 730 got 2nd place in trial bike of the year

    1st place went to the Canyon Spectre CF 8.0 EX

    Which of I have seen many good reviews, I'd put that one in the running too. I almost bought it, but decided on Spark 745 which also really kicks ass.

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    Trek Remedy 7 or 8.
    I wanna ride!

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