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This picking out a bike thing is a mother!:madman:

With the wild haired idea of getting a MTB...starting with the Specialized family...I was steered towards a less "bike box" bike and decidied on the KONA CALDERA - I couldn't find one within 75mi to take a ride on - I then moved on to the Fisher family and same thing...nothing in the area - Screw it...I'm going back to a Specialized I said and made a run to a Specialized strong store...of course they had everything in multiple makes AND in multiple sizes - As I was looking at hardtails I realized that for a few hundred more I can move to a full-suspension - I see that's how the companies get you..."well for a few hundred more you can this" - I'm getting all kinds of talk about full-suspension so maybe I'll take the leap...I'm sure I won't regret it

So beyond the history of my bike buying I'm looking at the two bikes below - I'm hoping to find the Trek to test today...I've ridden the Specialized and liked it

Does the different style / type of rear suspension mean one is better than the other or is it a preference thing? Once again I call on the knowledge of the fine folks here at MTBr - If I can get some feedback before I make my 50th and FINAL bike hunting excursion I think I'll have a bike TODAY! As my friend Wayne said..."Time to pony up"

FSRXC EXPERT
http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?spid=33103

Fuel EX 6.5
http://www.trekbikes.com/int/en/bikes/2008/mountain_full_suspension/fuel_ex/fuelex65/

Thanks again Everybody and hope your 4th was a good one! :thumbsup:
 

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The FSR's suspension was Stumpy's for the last years. Why not just bleed some more and get the Stumpy FSR Comp. It has Fox front and rear suspension, upgraded brakes and newer sus design. Best price quoted is $2100 OTD in LA.
 

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That's about $500 over the limit...and the limit was originally $800 - I'm bleeding...I'm bleeding!
 

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Between these two bikes, based on rear suspension design alone, I'd go with the Specialized. It has a proven FSR/4-bar/Horst linkage design rear suspension. The Trek EX6.5 has a 4-bar linkage, but the rear pivot is mounted on the chainstay above the rear axle to get around the Horst patents.

The new EX7/EX8/EX9 rear suspension is very good, but the EX7 is out of your price range as it's around the same $2100 as the Stumpy.
 
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