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    FS in $2000 range

    I'm a roadie looking to get a mt bike. I live in Colorado, and expect I'll use the bike for all around trail riding. I don't plan on riding any huge drops or big downhill. I'd like something that pedals well (no bob) and that's versatile enough for most any trail riding. I'm weigh about 175 (6'1"), and from the amount I spend on road bike repairs, I tend to be hard on equipment.

    My budget is in the $1800-2400 range.

    I'm 90% certain I want a full-suspension bike, though I'm sometimes tempted to save some money and get a hardtail.

    I've considered buying online and looked at Iron Horse and Ibex. But since I tend to break things, I think a good relationship with a local shop where I can go for repairs is worth it.

    Here's the current working list:

    Specialized Stumpjumper Comp
    http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?spid=22213

    Specialized Epic Comp
    http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?spid=22019

    Jamis Dakar XCR Expert or Comp
    http://www.jamisbikes.com/usa/bikes/...xcrexpert.html

    Titus Moto Lite
    http://www.titusti.com/bikes/motolite.html#

    I'm going to test ride as much as possible. But it's hard to get a good feel for a bike from a 5 minute ride through the parking lot and back alleys. I rented a Stumpjumper last summer and had a lot of fun with it. So right now, I'm leaning toward the Stumpjumper. I like the idea of the Epic, but worry about getting a proprietary shock design.

    Any insight into major differences between these bikes or ideas for others I should add to the list would be great. I've read an overview of different full suspension designs on the Titus site but realize they're biased to their own design. So any insight to the major differences between single pivot, Horst, VPP, etc would help.

    Thanks for the help!

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    From what I've read and experienced those who are roadies prefer climbing effeciency thus the Epic.

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