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  1. #1
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    Hope Giant Trance 3 vs Specialized Stumpjumper ST alloy

    Hey guys, I'm thinking about getting either one of the two bikes:

    Giant Trance 3

    Specialized Stumpjumper ST alloy 27.5

    I do some pretty rough riding with many short climbs and descends with rooty and rocky sections. Price is not an issue as both are very similarly priced. Please help me vote and explain. Thanks a lot!

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    Giant Trance 27.5'' 2018 - Linkage Design
    Theres the trance. Its a fairly neutral pedaler. Ive had a few giants and they perform well. I test rode the new one and enjoyed it overall. Its a good bike. The seat tube is a little on the slack side, but its not bad. I could never properly explain the feel, but its weird in the air and when popping off lips. I believe the virtual pivot cause this feel from the wheel not moving in a clean sweep. Its not bad or unmanageable, its just weird.

    S. Stumpjumper 27.5" 2019 - Linkage Design
    The stumpy. Its still sort of a mushy pedaler. I personally never enjoyed FSR, its a mushy platform that I don't enjoy. I never liked specialized bikes, its interesting seeing the graphs explain basically what I felt about them. They're just mushy bikes.

    I would look at a few more bikes, but between those two I would absolutely pick the trance. I think for the same price you can get a better pedaling bike than either of those for a comparable price. Id check out a rallon.

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    Given the budget of the 2 bikes listed the Rallon is double the price. For more pedaling friendly definitely the Trance over the Stumpy in this pricepoint level.
    Wait whuuut, who did he tell you that!?!?....

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    I didnt realize they got that expensive!

    But either way, thats a fun site with a lot of helpful information. If you just start randomly plugging in all sorts of bikes, you'll quickly see that nearly anything on the market pedals better than a stumpjumper. Its not competitive. Its 2019, smooshing your suspension at 85% A/S is a hard sell.

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