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I have an opportunity to get a very lightly used large 05 Stumpy Expert 120 for a good price. The 2006 looks very similar, with the exception of the Triad shock. Is this shock a lot better than the Septune? I don't really know what the 07s are like, does anyone know the specs on this bike. Is it worth waiting for the 07? The 05 that I am looking at was never taken off road, and was only ridden 3 times. The only thing I don't like is that you can't lower the seatpost at all, but I guess I can shorten it. I also think the bike needs a longer stem. Any issues with the cables being run under the downtube? I got to ride the bike on the street and play around a bit, but haven't been able to ride it on the trails. Any information would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
 

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I have an opportunity to get a very lightly used large 05 Stumpy Expert 120 for a good price. The 2006 looks very similar, with the exception of the Triad shock. Is this shock a lot better than the Septune? I don't really know what the 07s are like, does anyone know the specs on this bike. Is it worth waiting for the 07? The 05 that I am looking at was never taken off road, and was only ridden 3 times. The only thing I don't like is that you can't lower the seatpost at all, but I guess I can shorten it. I also think the bike needs a longer stem. Any issues with the cables being run under the downtube? I got to ride the bike on the street and play around a bit, but haven't been able to ride it on the trails. Any information would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
from what ive heard about the triad on these forums is that you cant push them, im planning on pushing my septune soon, however if you dont push it its not that big of a deal. just take care of it and protect it. if you wait for the 07 you are gonna get basically the same bike for much more, and when they do another dramatic change you wont have the latest and greatest, youll have a bike that is years old and not that much invested into it. ive put alot of miles on mine and i am very happy, cut the seatpost, i had to, if it lowered any more you would be calling fox for new shocks all the time. the components on it are really bombproof, except for the stock crank, get rid of that asap, the seat hurds your nads the first few miles but as you get used to it you will only want a BG seat. fiddle with the brakes alot, they have alot of adjustments, just maintain the crap out of them and keep them clean. the cables are not an issue, except for the rear der cable housing has some gnarly scratches from chainslap but where else are they gonna put it? go tubeless as soon as you can pinchflats o plenty before. just my experience ive had with the bike, im sure everyone has their own story, but they all end the same...get the bike, you wont regret it.
 

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I have an opportunity to get a very lightly used large 05 Stumpy Expert 120 for a good price. The 2006 looks very similar, with the exception of the Triad shock. Is this shock a lot better than the Septune? I don't really know what the 07s are like, does anyone know the specs on this bike. Is it worth waiting for the 07? The 05 that I am looking at was never taken off road, and was only ridden 3 times. The only thing I don't like is that you can't lower the seatpost at all, but I guess I can shorten it. I also think the bike needs a longer stem. Any issues with the cables being run under the downtube? I got to ride the bike on the street and play around a bit, but haven't been able to ride it on the trails. Any information would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Not sure if the shock internals may have changed from 05 to 06 to 07, but AFAIK the septune has 7 settings (not sure if 7 is locked and 1 is full open) and I hear the Triad is open - propedal - locked, so you can't really fine tune the platform. If that '05 has Septune I would say the 7 adjustments would be nice to have to dial in the platform.

Seatpost - if you trim it just right you should be able to lower it an inch or two when needed, which should work for all but the steepest downhills.
 

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I have an 06 stumpy. . .awesome bike. . .only complaints:

-have to shorten seat post to lower seat.

-Rear Der cable system SUCKS. There is too much exposed cable next to underneath the bottom bracket. the housing underneath the bb was filling up with dirt after every muddy ride. This was easy to solve, i just have a single piece of housing from my shifters to the rear der. havent had a problem since.. .
 

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thanks

for all the input. I purchased the bike, and can't wait to ride it. I am already looking at cutting a couple of inches off the seatpost. I am going to wait on the cranks, and just see how they work out. Thanks for the heads up on adding the full housing.
 

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I'm in the UK (where we DO get mud) and I've never had any problems with the exposed RD cable.

I chopped a bit off the seatpost too - but I'm just about to order a Gravity Dropper.
 

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jlf.ski.bike.sail said:
I have an 06 stumpy. . .awesome bike. . .only complaints:

-have to shorten seat post to lower seat.

-Rear Der cable system SUCKS. There is too much exposed cable next to underneath the bottom bracket. the housing underneath the bb was filling up with dirt after every muddy ride. This was easy to solve, i just have a single piece of housing from my shifters to the rear der. havent had a problem since.. .
That's one of the differences from 05 to 06 is the rear derailluer cable has a soild housing all the way to the rear derailluer to keep the mud and dirt out, My friend that has a 05 S works just drilled out the guides to fit the dimeter of the housing and then ran it soild ,problem solved
 
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