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    New question here. -= PLease help choosing full suspension bike.

    Hi my old stmpjumer secialised comp 2007 is getting old and new technology warrants an upgrade. I have chosen to go for 27.5 from my 26. I mainly do cross country and trail. This is going to be my 3rd MTB Please recommend suitable bike in around 3000 mark. Thanks
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    Im in the same boat, Im between the Occam, Trance, and new Stumpy. Seems like they all have good reviews and similar components for the price. I was gonna demo the Occam and Trance before this outbreak started. Interested to see others opinions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thriftyarek888 View Post
    ...I have chosen to go for 27.5 from my 26. I mainly do cross country and trail...
    Have you ridden a 29er on your trails? I demoed a 29er after riding my 26 for many years and it was a revelation. Much smoother and faster over rough terrain. I immediately got one.
    What, me worry?

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    Too many bike options out there. Have you visited some local bike shops? Any specific models that caught your eye? That would be my starting point. If you like your old Stumpjumper, I would check out the newer models and see if you like those too. Specialized has the Stumpjumper ST and the regular Stumpjumper model.
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    Little over budget but a Guerilla Gravity Shred Dogg, or the Trail Pistol if you wanted a 29er

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    There isn't enough info in the post to even begin to suggest a bike. What type of riding do like better climbing or downhill? What the trails like where you ride? What brands are available around you? Have a dealer you like?

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    Stumpy 29er would serve you well...

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    look around and see what everyone else is riding? Carbon, FS, dropper, lockout, boosted, PF30, modern geometry.
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    Get a used hardtail 29er:
    *get in shape
    *build your skill set

    NOW you are ready to either ride what everyone else is riding or single speed rigid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rangeriderdave View Post
    There isn't enough info in the post to even begin to suggest a bike. What type of riding do like better climbing or downhill? What the trails like where you ride? What brands are available around you? Have a dealer you like?
    ^^^this^^^, even though i suggested a bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thriftyarek888 View Post
    Hi my old stmpjumer secialised comp 2007 is getting old and new technology warrants an upgrade. I have chosen to go for 27.5 from my 26. I mainly do cross country and trail. This is going to be my 3rd MTB Please recommend suitable bike in around 3000 mark. Thanks
    Ah, lots of people get suckered in by the ole, NEW TECHNOLOGY WARRANT a purchase. But hey if you got free money from the government from the crisis, then why not blow it on a new bike. Its what people do, with their money, since its theirs they do what they want with it.

    Is that 3000 German marks?
    Gosh whats that in usa dollars?
    How tall are you?
    Weight?
    cross country, gravel roads?
    trail, single track, rutty, sand, steep dh trails, flat, curvy, jumps?
    full suspension?
    front suspended fork?
    what size tire (wide) you want?
    color?

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    Hi sorry for not giving enough info. I am beginner rider. That is ride once a month 10 to 60 miles. Budget 3000 ($3500). I am 6 foot / 80 kg. I only do cross country / trail. Up and down hill, rough earth, winter, very muddy, smooth ground, cross country. One bike has to handle all that. My old fsr comp stump did it well and still I am happy with it but people tell me its time for new. Full suspension only please. Old bike is 26 so though of going 27.50. Darker colors so not to attract attention (thief's are rampant in London / UK).
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    For once a month riding a new bike seems like over kill. You said you happy with what you have, keep riding it until you aren't or something breaks that costs more that the bike is worth.Saying that new bikes are better at off road riding that older bikes.

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    I am really liking the Specialized Stumpjumper Comp Alloy 12 Speed 27.5 2020. Thanks for good tips guys... This bike fits my xc / trail budget well. Unless there is a better option I not know of...
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    Quote Originally Posted by thriftyarek888 View Post
    I am really liking the Specialized Stumpjumper Comp Alloy 12 Speed 27.5 2020. Thanks for good tips guys... This bike fits my xc / trail budget well. Unless there is a better option I not know of...
    Its tough to go wrong within your price range. Only real way for you to know is find some demo's to ride. You can get opinions and look at specs all day but they aren't worth anything until you ride it yourself.

    If you can't find a demo than it's a shot in the dark. My guess is you'll love whatever new bike you get compared to the old so get whatever catches your eye.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thriftyarek888 View Post
    I am really liking the Specialized Stumpjumper Comp Alloy 12 Speed 27.5 2020. Thanks for good tips guys... This bike fits my xc / trail budget well. Unless there is a better option I not know of...
    Stumpjumpers are great for a bit of everything! I would stick with it because you can get local shop support in case something goes wrong. Not to mention you support your local Specialized dealer too!
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    Since you are in the UK, have you looked at Orange? Not sure of pricing but they are local for you. Seems like they have a lot of options in 27.5 and 29.

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    hello.. I also ride xc (with the wife) and trail ... I have a 27.5 Trance Advanced 2.. I've had this bike for awhile.. I love it.. for various reasons right before the world ended, I got the loan of a 2020 Trance Advanced Pro 29 2 which I've had for a couple months now..

    they are both great bikes they are both XL sized frames (I'm 6'3"~) ... I like climbing (not at all) but more on the 29er .. on the trails personally I prefer the nimbleness of the 27.5 on descents or flat~ish stuff..

    If I could only keep one it would probably be the 27.5 but I can see why people like 29ers

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    WHo is better Treak, ORange, Nuke, Specialised or other maker?
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    Quote Originally Posted by thriftyarek888 View Post
    WHo is better Treak, ORange, Nuke, Specialised or other maker?
    There isn't any company that's "better" than the other one. You may want to rephrase your question for better clarity.
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    A slightly better question is who makes the better cross country or downhill or race bike. But then you need to ask for whom . A better question is ,I want to ride cross country or whatever ,what are considered the best bikes for that. But that doesn't mean much if none of those bikes fit you, how you should think about is what type of riding ,what kind of budget , are there dealers around you that you like ,or would you be willing to buy on line without the support of a dealer?

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    No dealers around me. So I have to buy purely on views from other web users. I ride alone at my local spot (Oxleas woods) at the moment but would like to go further...when I get a car or regular mtb buddy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by thriftyarek888 View Post
    No dealers around me. So I have to buy purely on views from other web users. I ride alone at my local spot (Oxleas woods) at the moment but would like to go further...when I get a car or regular mtb buddy!
    Contact Chain Reaction Cycles for help. They are one of the biggest bike shops in the world. They are also in the UK!
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    Go with the brand or company that gives you the best customer service. Paying full retail on a great bike but getting lousy service is still not a good deal. Make sure you can return it, get your questions answered, swap out parts, good measurement system, etc. This is assuming you buy online. Canyon has great customer service by the way.

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    When I call them what should I ask?
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    Quote Originally Posted by thriftyarek888 View Post
    When I call them what should I ask?
    Tell them you are in the market for a bike and how much you can afford. I'm sure they will give you advice with regards to what they offer in store. You can't really go wrong with any of their bikes.
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    At the moment I am leaning towards https://www.leisurelakesbikes.com/31...reyyellow.aspx

    But will ask Chain reaction. Is it better to email them?
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