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  1. #1
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    Hello after years away

    I used to be around here a lot starting ~ 1994. I remember DaleRider!

    Anyway, getting back into the sport. Bought a like new XL 2014 Stumpjumper FSR Elite. Its my first full suspension bike since a GF Level Betty around '97 - and before that a Pro-Flex.

    I'm really enjoying getting used to it. Not sure I have either end 'dialed in' yet.

    One thing I've noticed is the wheels (spec hi lo hubs roval rims) seem heavy. On my last bike, a Salsa Mamasita 29er I have Easton Haven 29er wheelset. Unfortunately they are too old to convert to thru-axle to use on my new stumpy.

    I'm a big guy, 6'5 260 ex football player but I ride pretty tame. Any wheelsets you guys would recommend? This would be the most noticeable upgrade correct? The bike has XTR rear der, SLX everything else. I'm happy with the drivetrain.

    The dropper seatpost isn't currently working, I need to read up on that.

    Anything else I should think about changing? Like I said, I'm really enjoying it so far.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Oh yeah...Proflex baby. 855 with the Girvin front end. I remember that bike getting all the hot press. That's back when I was loving my GT LTS...I had more fun on that bike than any I ever owned. Good times. Welcome back.

    On an older thread asking about wheels for heavier riders, many people said that they were very happy with Stan's Flow rims. You also might want to look at the Easton ARC 30's or Sun Single MTX33 rims.
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    At your (our) weight (I'm 245) we need bigger, stronger aka heavier gear.

    Are you set up tubeless? This'll drop some rotational weight that you'll notice immediately.

    What sort of tires on your new mule?

    2014 - I'm guessing 2.2/2.3 Spec tires, which run pretty narrow.

    Maybe, a 2.35 Hans Dampf up front & a 2.35 Ardent Race out back. Good volume tires, that don't break the scales.

    Bar width/stem length combo. Spesh bikes are known for running long stems (maybe narrow bars i.e. '14?)

    They also run set back seat posts. So, if you upgrade your dropper you'll be shortening the reach. Even more so, if your shorten stem too.

    Plus, welcome back ;-)

    Ride it like ya stole it ^^

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    Welcome back!

    We don't quit riding because we get old.
    We get old because we quit riding.

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    Axle specs: 100 x 15mm F, 142 x 12mm R

  6. #6
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    Thanks guys.

    LOL, my proflex was with the OLD school elastomer rear suspension.

    The factory tires have like 90% life left, like I said - the bike is 'like new.' Purgatory and Ground Control. 1st owner said 1 tubeless and one has a tube 'after a flat'.

    Is there a new generation of Easton Havens / are they still good? I loved my current ones - 8 years of great use.

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