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    Which to Choose: Giant Trance X1 v Specialized Stumpjumper Elite v Scott Spark 40

    Hi,

    I am new to this world and thought the choice of bike would be simpler until I started looking around. Never knew there were so many types, options, etc.

    Anyway a bit of background. I'm 5foot 10, weigh 95kg and 42 yrs old. I do a lot of dirt bike riding and thought it would be good to get into cross country and trail riding on a mountain bike. I'm looking for something that would be fun in singletrack, going up and coming down but certainly not a dedicated down hill bike. Also something that I can just ride as normal, eg on the road, simple tracks, with my young kids.

    I THINK I have narrowed it down to the Giant Trance X1, Scott Spark 40 and Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Elite. I'm after the best option with the cost only a secondary consideration.

    A few points and questions.

    The SJ Elite has adjustable geometry through the front forks being able to be set at 100-120-140mm travel. Is this a worthwhile feature to have in practice ?

    Im told the Scott is the more aggressice of the 3, the Specialized the east and the Giant in between. Would this be correct ?

    I'm told the Scott would be best for uphill and longer XC riding on the flat ?

    It seems that the Maestro rear suspension/linkage system is the best/most advanced of the three. Is this right. The Scott seems to have the most basic rear end with only one pivot point. Is this to be avoided, all else being equal.

    The Scott has a lever that will lock out the fron/read suspension. Is this beneficial, or more of a gimmick. I'm also told this can most likely be added to the others as well ?

    The Giant's rear suspension has the ability to be locked off OR have three intermediary settings. This seems good to me ??

    The Specialised has pro-pedal. Is this worthwhile.

    Also these are all 2010 models. I'm told 2011 models (well Giant anyway) will be available at the end of the month. Should I wait for these or is it best to get a discount on the 2010 (likely to be say $500 - $1000).

    Gee there's probably heaps of other stuff, like components, etc that I am not sure of how they compare. anyway for those with interest and the time here are the full specs.

    Any advice, etc would be really great.

    Cheers,

    Simon

    SCOT spec:

    http://www.scott-sports.com/us_en/pr...9/44705/215556

    Specialized spec:

    http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...d=45841&eid=95

    Giant Spec:

    http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-au/...x1/5311/37438/

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    Ride all three then decide. I already did and went with the Giant...for the price - NOTHING could touch it's screaming value.
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    Ride them all , I ride A Trance X FWIW .

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    I am torn between these three models also, although I am an entry level rider. Looking for my first dual suspension. Can anyone shed light on Scott's twin lock remote suspension control mechanism? Is it actually worthwhile?

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    I was in the situation as you, been riding dirt bikes for 18 years on singletrack and thought it was time to pedal. I wanted something that pedals great up hill, and can handle the serious downhills. I did months of research and not a lot of demo'ing, no one has smalls!

    I ended up with a used, very clean, 08 Reign 0 and spec'd it out to what I wanted for around $2k. I also looked at the 3 on your list and the Trance X was my front runner, based on suspension technology. I have yet to use the pro-pedal, and have not needed or wanted an adjustable front fork. (running a RS Rev and RP-23) I like to ride up stuff, so I can down stuff. I made a good choice, but would not hesitate on a Trance X.

    Hope this helps some,

    Brenda

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    Thanks everyone for your replies.

    Well I made a decision. After having a ride of a 2010 Scot Genius 50 and a 2011 Giant trance X1 just around the block and off a few gutters, etc I decided on the Trance. I really like the Genius but everyone said the Trance was the best option and although I like the idea of the adjustable suspension I reckon in reality I'll live without it without too much problems.

    Anyway I found a 2010 Trance X1 at an OK price and after having a small ride must say that I love it. I can't wait to get her properly off-road.

    I certainly feel heaps more exposed on a mountain bike than I do fully kitted up on a dirt bike so we'll see how I go when the terrain get's really rough!! Now all I have to do is find enough funds for a KTM 450 EXC. Ohh dear !!!

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    I was in the same boat. After riding them all, (Trance, Anthem, Yeti ASR & Racer X) for me the hands down winner was the Spark.

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    Awesome choice! Biggest thing for me on coming from a dirt bike, besides having to pedal, is the width. I am constantly trying to put my feet on the very outermost part of my pedals. These little mtn bikes are very narrow! Have fun!

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    Great choice on the Trance I test rode a crapload of bikes when i bought mine and the feel to the bike was unmatched. Plus as far as spec'd the Giant imo is in first place followed by the specialized and the Scott last.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scalleia
    I found a 2010 Trance X1 at an OK price ...
    Very nice bike - tops on my list of full-squish bikes. How much was it? Giant doesn't control dealer discounting as strictly as Specialized and Trek so there are deals to be had.
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