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    Specialized Stumpjumper or Pivot Switchblde?

    Looking to rent one of these two options for riding in Arizona. Never spent much time on either, unfortunately.

    Both are similarly-spec'd aluminum models, frame size S. SJ is 27.5, Switchblade is 29. I'm not too hung up on the different wheel size, that's simply what's available to me. Climbing will be abundant.

    Curious to know people's thoughts between these two bikes / "What would you pick, why?". My expectation is that they should be extremely similar out on the trail, ....right?


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    I don't think they'll be very similar on the trail. The Switchblade is a mid-travel 29er that thinks it's a much bigger bike. The Stumpjumper is a mid-travel bike that knows exactly what it is. If you want something that lends you a little extra confidence in terrain that's right on the edge of where the bike was intended to be, the Pivot is probably it. If you want something that feels more like the mid-travel bike you're renting, get the SJ.

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    I ride a Switchblade in Phoenix and can tell you it crushes everything there including SoMo. As a rental I would always take a boutique bike like a Pivot over one from the big three just on principle.

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