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    another scalpel vs rush question...

    I know there have been a couple of posts already on scalpels vs rush but I am in need of some non-biased opinions.

    I currently own an '06 rush 1000 and was looking to take off some weigh of the bike. While I was at my LBS looking at wheelsets I saw an '07 scalpel 3 they have on sale. I can get a great deal on it and am wondering if it is worth the $$ to sell the rush and buy the scalpel (they basically have the same component package but the scalpel is 2+ lbs lighter). I really like the ride position of the rush and have raced it in many adventure races and off-road tri's. However, it is a bit heavy and I have to keep the suspension pressure incredibly high to get the ride feel that I want. My main riding is training on local trails which have roots, rocks and some small drops and many of the races I do are in the NC or GA mountains but consist of a lot of fireroad stuff. If the scalpel makes sense financially does anyone have any concerns about 180lb rider + 10-20lb pack on this bike? I need to have confidence that this bike will be robust enough for adventure races and Xterra's. Note: prior to the rush I competed on the same terrain on a F1000SL hardtail without problems. Any thoughts would be appreciated.


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    Bill it sounds as though you could be the perfect candidate for the Scalpel! About time someone asked about swapping to the Scalpel for the right reasons!

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    if you have no problem on your trails with a hardtail then the scalpel will be fine. i found that when i went from an anthem to the scalpel that i missed the travel... but i solved that by getting a rush...

    btw i am 210 plus a pack so weight wont be an issue.

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    I have the exact bike you're looking at. I'm 150 dressed, so I'm a bit lighter, but so far I have no complaints about the bike in my debut xc racing season. The only changes I'm planning on making are a lightweight wheelset & stan's tubelss in the next few months.

    Maybe a lightweight riser bar would help with your position. Also note that the Lefty damping cartridge negative spring is rider weight dependent. If the bike you're looking at is not a size large (rated for 175-195lbs) you may need to make sure your lbs will swap in the correct spring.

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