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    stump jumper 2019 expert or SC Bronson v3 s 2019

    Both bikes similar price range.

    I really want a bike that pedals well on flats & ups too..

    With the Bronson as far as I can see nothing needs changed immediately if at all on the spec.

    Stumpy needs a few tweaks.

    If its possible to put a number on it, I want to keep the bike for at least 5yrs minimum.

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    I think the stumpy loses out on climbing ability, but that's just me.


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    The Stumpy is no slouch when it comes to pedal efficiency. The shop I work at demos them and having ridden them quite a few times since launch, I have to say that it's a really impressive climber and an even better descender. With that said, Santa Cruz has always taken a very pedal oriented approach when designing their bikes. The Bronson's linkage means that it's undoubtedly the better climber.

    Also, what components do you not like on the Stumpy? The spec is solid with the exception of the Guide brakes.

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    I had a look at the spesh expert yesterday and really like it. But as all rounder and the warranty Sc Bronson seems to have edge.. yeah it cost s more but long term looks like a better investment

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    SC is definitely the better pedaling bike, Specialized is better at going downhill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coming_in_hot View Post
    I had a look at the spesh expert yesterday and really like it. But as all rounder and the warranty Sc Bronson seems to have edge.. yeah it cost s more but long term looks like a better investment
    Yeah, free replacement bearings, plus Santa Cruz carbon bikes hold their value really well.

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    What did you end up deciding? Are you also deciding between wheel sizes?
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    No decision made yet. I am going to wait out until end of year.
    I need to read more reviews and comparisons of these 2 bikes.
    Because they are still so new difficult not many people have ridden so far.

    Iím pretty sure I will be staying 27.5
    I like the feel of smaller wheels for cornering and jumping. The 29 r Just doesnít feel as nimble to me. I tried a 29r nukeproof mega last year.

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    No decision made yet. I am going to wait out until end of year.
    I need to read more reviews and comparisons of these 2 bikes.
    Because they are still so new, not many people have ridden so far.

    Iím pretty sure I will be staying 27.5
    I like the feel of smaller wheels for cornering and jumping. The 29 r Just doesnít feel as nimble to me. I tried a 29r nukeproof mega last year.

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    I'm in the same exact camp right now... the price range of both is so similar. Coming from a VPP bike (Intense Spider) I know they climb well, but I'm intrigued by the Stumpy. I haven't ridden a 4-bar in a very long time so I need to give it a shot.

    The Swat storage is appealing to me too as I'm trying to lose the pack and just go with a bottle and on-bike/pocket storage for most rides.

    Let me know your thoughts, I may try to demo them both soon but ride reviews always help.

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    The spesh has great features and looks amazing..
    I currently ride a 4 bar linkage Capra and climbs very average.. needs a lot of rider input to keep it rolling fast on the flat.

    For me whichever bike corners climbs and jumps best will be the one.

    Iím favouring the Bronson right now as SC warranty is very strong. I think it might be better enduro racing bike which I do occasionally.

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