Canyon Spectral or Specialized Stumpjumper? Your thoughts please!-
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  1. #1
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    Canyon Spectral or Specialized Stumpjumper? Your thoughts please!

    Hi all, I'm getting back to biking after several years and I'm amazed by how the sport has evolved. I'm looking seriously at the 2020 Canyon Spectral CF 9.0 and the 2019 Specialized Stumpy Expert ST Carbon.

    Not sure if the links below will stay in the post, so I can give you specifics if needed.

    Above all, I'm wondering about big picture considerations about buying a Canyon vs. a nice Specialized. Is there a night and day difference in quality and durability of these bikes? I'm a pretty conservative, light weight rider, but I will want to improve my skills and I'd like the bikes to grow with me as I get better.

    Because of where I live, it will be hard to do comparison rides, so I will be buying them somewhat blind. So whaddya think? What should I be thinking about before I pull the trigger?

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    Slower But Faster
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    The direct sales bikes will always be better specified at a given price point. The trade off is that if you have a problem it may take longer to be sorted with the direct sales brand.

    Both bikes are great with the Spectral being a little more "enduro" focused with the longer travel and (very) slightly slacker geometry.

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    Thank you, that's helpful.

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