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Specialized Stumpjumper Elite 2008



RRP £1799.99

All new M5 manipulated alloy frame
Fox Triad rear shock
Fox Float 120 RL 120mm travel forks
Custom Avid Ultimate 7 hyd disc brakes
Shimano/SRAM 9sp transmission
DT swiss custom rims
S-Works The Captain 26x2.0 tyres

Price (inc. VAT) £1399.00
 

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nice bike and probably the best price you will get it for, unless you wanna wait years n years. Are you going to use it to its full potential tho??
 

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Buy it. Ride it. Crash it. Do it again.
Awesome bike for that money and will take all you can throw at it.

BTW i ride the 2008 Enduro and i still like riding the stumpys
 

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I am not a particular fan of Spesh but that looks like a pretty fine deal on a highly rated bike. Bike prices are only going to go up in 2009 so I don't think you will get a bargain in the next 12 months so I would say go for it.
 
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Have a very expensive mid travel full suspension bike, seldom ride it as I prefer my rigid steel single speed. Unless you are living somewhere with very serious descents or are only interested in how fast you can cover a set distance, I think that sort of thing is over spec'd and spoils the experience of riding a bike in the dirt, you lose the 'feel' of the trail under you, and the skill of picking a route that you can clear.

For that money i'd be wanting a very nice custom steel frame, and a decent build kit.

But what do i know? i've only been riding and racing bicycles for 30 years odd.
 

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I love my steel singlespeed as well but there are days I would quite like a short travel full sus, a long travel full sus, a cyclocross bike, a titanium framed short travel hard tail, a jump bike, a BMX. I think a short travel full sus bike like that will flatter the novice and still provide entertainment for the experienced rider. I still say if you want it buy it.
 
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I love my steel singlespeed as well but there are days I would quite like a short travel full sus, a long travel full sus, a cyclocross bike, a titanium framed short travel hard tail, a jump bike, a BMX. I think a short travel full sus bike like that will flatter the novice and still provide entertainment for the experienced rider. I still say if you want it buy it.
I don't suppose that anything that i say on the internet will dissuade him from buying it if he wants it......

And yes, i would like, and to a certain extent have, a broad stable of specialist use bikes. But the point was that the mid travel full sus bike is one of the more seldom used ones in it.

It may well flatter the novice, but then the novice will never learn the skills that only a rigid or short travel hardtail bike can give you. I don't ride mine often precisely because on most short to medium rides on 99% of the trails i ride, it's far too good for the terrain, and doesn't offer that much entertainment. Unless you live in the Cairngorms or next door to Coed-y-Brenin then you really don't need that suspension most of the time.

I'll make comparison to cars, a Porsche GT3 may well have awesome performance and sublime specs, but you can drive a '72 911S at 100% of it's and your ability far more readily on the road, and for most people the track as well, and still have a license in 3 months time.
 

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Have a very expensive mid travel full suspension bike, seldom ride it as I prefer my rigid steel single speed. Unless you are living somewhere with very serious descents or are only interested in how fast you can cover a set distance, I think that sort of thing is over spec'd and spoils the experience of riding a bike in the dirt, you lose the 'feel' of the trail under you, and the skill of picking a route that you can clear.

For that money i'd be wanting a very nice custom steel frame, and a decent build kit.

But what do i know? i've only been riding and racing bicycles for 30 years odd.
I used to do a lot of Downhilling and preferred front suspension set up as I found the full sus bounced too much and actually hindered your control of the bike, as for rigid forks..I have ridden one I have at the moment with rigids and it was hell! - The forks didn't absorb any shock which meant my arms were getting the brunt and when you need to control the bike it isn't the best idea ;)
 

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I fully understand your point and I do think everyone should own a rigid at some point, preferably at the start of their MTbing, to hone their skills. However if he wants a short travel full sus bike then he could do a lot worse than that particular model.

You are basing your opinion on the terrain you ride and your riding experience with no knowledge of the OP's.
 

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|Im still a lover of most of oranges line... I really wanna get myself a msisle at some point and it seems they have come down in price since the last time i looked
 

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Get the stumpy. You are not gonna get a better bike for the monies, they ride really well and their after sales service is unbeatable.
 

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Have a very expensive mid travel full suspension bike, seldom ride it as I prefer my rigid steel single speed. Unless you are living somewhere with very serious descents or are only interested in how fast you can cover a set distance, I think that sort of thing is over spec'd and spoils the experience of riding a bike in the dirt, you lose the 'feel' of the trail under you, and the skill of picking a route that you can clear.

For that money i'd be wanting a very nice custom steel frame, and a decent build kit.

But what do i know? i've only been riding and racing bicycles for 30 years odd.
Agree with the above, I do live in a very hilly area and raced D/H for 3 years, with about 20 years of XC & trail racing. The fully suss covered a multitude of riding sins, and TBH probably deskilled me a little. I sold the D/H and the full suss Orange last year. Just got road stuff now, but probably going back to MTB with a nice basic steel bike with sensible front forks. Then I can piss all over the full suss guys up the hills:lol:

I used to do a lot of Downhilling and preferred front suspension set up as I found the full sus bounced too much and actually hindered your control of the bike, as for rigid forks..I have ridden one I have at the moment with rigids and it was hell! - The forks didn't absorb any shock which meant my arms were getting the brunt and when you need to control the bike it isn't the best idea ;)
:lol: know where your coming from.
Jas
 

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Francois, Im always curious about rigid single speeds, do you ride them all the time or just on smoother less hilly tracks when your feeling fit. How do you cope with steep prolonged technical or rocky uphills or deep mud or is a case of getting off and carrying once you lose momentum. I had a rigid steel stumpy back in about 91 or 92 ish and just remember my vision being constantly blurred from my eyeballs rattling about on downhills.

I did flirt with the idea of building one a few months back, but decided against it as i honestly couldnt see it being much fun up here.

As for the stumpy it definitely looks like a good buy, but personally if i could only have 1 bike I would spend the money on a better spec hardtail with a good amount of travel in the front forks. :) (just like mine in fact.....:D )
 

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Great Bike,

Always had specialized for nearly 20yr and they've never failed to put a smile on my face.

Great spec on stumpjumpers over the last few years.

Rob.
 
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