2014 Stumpjumper EVO HT vs. Santa Cruz Highball R XC build...Which to buy??- Mtbr.com

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    2014 Stumpjumper EVO HT vs. Santa Cruz Highball R XC build...Which to buy??

    So here is my dilemma....

    I got two questions?? Please and thank-you

    2014 Stumpjumper EVO HT vs. Santa Cruz Highball R XC build...Which to buy??? They are both @ 2200$

    Should I be concerned with the drive train 1X10 vs. 3X10??


    The build for the Highball is :
    Highball Aluminum R XC 29

    32 Float CTD 100 fox shock
    Drivetrain
    Front Dérailleur Shimano (Deore)
    Rear Dérailleur Shimano (SLX)
    Shifters Shimano (SLX)
    Crankset Shimano (Deore) 24/32/42
    Bottom Bracket Included w/ crankset
    Cassette Shimano HG 81, 11-36 (SLX) 10spd
    Chain Shimano HG 75 10spd
    Brakes
    Brakes Shimano M615 (Deore) w/ 160mm rotors
    Steering
    Headset Cane Creek 10
    Bars Raceface RIde Flat Bar 710mm
    Stem Raceface Ride 70mm or 80mm
    Grips Lizard Skin "494"
    Wheelset
    Front Hub SRAM MTH 716
    Rear Hub SRAM MTH 746 or Shimano M756 (XT)
    Rims WTB ST i19 TCS
    Spokes DT 14 gauge spokes, brass nipples
    Tires Maxxis Ikon 2.2" Tubeless Ready Kevlar
    Tubes Tubeless (Stans Sealant)
    Seating
    Seat Post Raceface Ride
    Saddle WTB Volt Race

    Stumpie Evo HT

    FRAME

    M5 fully manipulated alloy, 29" geometry, tapered headtube, PF30 BB, PM 140mm rear brake, 135mm dropouts, replaceable derailleur hanger

    FORK

    FOX Float CTD Evolution 29, air spring, tapered steerer, Climb, Trail, Descend settings and reb adj., 15mm thru-axle, 15.5": 80mm, Others: 100mm travel

    HEADSET

    1-1/8 and 1-1/2" threadless, Campy style upper with 1-1/2" lower, cartridge bearings

    STEM

    Specialized XC, 3D forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree rise, 31.8mm clamp

    HANDLEBARS

    Specialized XC Mini-Riser, 7050 butted alloy, 720mm wide, 10mm rise, 8-degree backsweep, 6-degree upsweep, 31.8mm

    GRIPS

    Specialized Sip Grip, light lock-on, half-waffle aramid-infused, 15.5"/17.5: regular, 19"/21": XL thickness

    FRONT BRAKE

    Formula C1, alloy caliper, metallic pad, S/M: 160mm, L/XL: 180mm rotor

    REAR BRAKE

    Formula C1, alloy caliper, metallic pad, 160mm rotor

    BRAKE LEVERS

    Formula C1, hydraulic disc, tooled reach adj.

    REAR DERAILLEUR

    SRAM X0 Type 2, 10-speed, mid cage

    SHIFT LEVERS

    SRAM X7, 10-speed, w/ MatchMaker clamp

    CASSETTE

    SRAM PG-1030, 10-speed, 11-36

    CHAIN

    SRAM PC 1031, 10-speed, PowerLink

    CRANKSET

    Custom SRAM S-1250, 7050 alloy arms, 33T XX1 style single ring, PF30 spindle, 15.5": 170mm, Others: 175mm

    BOTTOM BRACKET

    SRAM PF30, OS press-in bearings, sealed cartridge

    RIMS

    Roval 29, alloy disc, 28mm wide, 32h

    FRONT HUB

    Specialized Hi Lo disc, sealed cartridge bearings, 15mm thru-axle, 32h

    REAR HUB

    Specialized Hi Lo disc, double-sealed cartridge bearings, QR, 32h

    SPOKES

    DT Industry Stainless, 3X front/rear 2.0

    FRONT TIRE

    S-Works Purgatory, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3", foldable aramid bead, dual-compound, 120 TPI

    REAR TIRE

    Specialized Ground Control, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.1", foldable aramid bead, 60 TPI

    SADDLE

    Body Geometry Phenom Comp, hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm

    SEATPOST

    Specialized 2014 butted alloy, single bolt setback, 27.2mm, 15.5/17.5" 350mm, Others: 400mm

    SEAT BINDER

    Specialized 7050 hard anodized alloy, single bolt, 31.8mm

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    I don't consider this price range to be good value for a ht when you are getting an aluminum frame as part of the mix. The lack of compliance of aluminum is a significant handling characteristic. You get all that with a $1k- $1.5K bike. Carbon frames can be compliant or fully stiff. But a carbon frame engineered for compliance is a different class of bike then any aluminum bike. If you work a discount a Superfly 9.6 is close to or under $2k. The compliance and resulting fun hitting rocks going downhill puts it more than a ht with trail feel you lose with a fs. The fork will benefit from a damper upgrade to SID Motion Control DNA RLT(170 list) This is a new frame with new geo, not carry over.

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    How about the Trek Superfly 9.6 or Scott Scale 930?
    Dropping into a trail

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    Quote Originally Posted by CannondaleF9 View Post
    How about the Trek Superfly 9.6 or Scott Scale 930?
    Scott has more limited tire clearance between the chainstays, 68.5mm unless it has been changed for 14. The Superfly has close to 80mm. Trek is using their road bike carbon engineering team on this frame. You can feel the benefit of those guys being involved.

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    i voted highball, but for the money you're paying new for a lower end build, you could have a year old baller-rig for less.

    Not trying to steer you either way, just don't forget the used option. Both of those bikes are awesome, I just like the highball a little more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redmr2_man View Post
    i voted highball, but for the money you're paying new for a lower end build, you could have a year old baller-rig for less.

    Not trying to steer you either way, just don't forget the used option. Both of those bikes are awesome, I just like the highball a little more.
    Same here, highball looks like the best option for you but you really can't got wrong with stumpy either. I would also take a look at the used market if I were you. There some pretty good deals every now and then.
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    Since I ride a Highball.....that is my choice.

    Been on it for the last year. Have only run it as a singlespeed...but like the idea that I can put gears on it if I choose to do so.
    Bicycles don’t have motors or batteries.:nono:

    Ebikes are not bicycles :nono:

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    The lack of compliance of aluminum is a significant handling characteristic.

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    I voted HB only because I own one with more than 1500 miles on it. And it has treated me very good.

    The other bike in the poll I know nothing about.

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