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I've been perfectly happy with my Trek 4500. It's a nice bike that does everything I need it to do. Yesterday I went to buy my 10 year old son a bike...he got a specialized hard rock...it's his first "good" bike.

While we were in the store waiting I saw a gray bike with knobby tires and thought I'd check it out. It turns out it's a carbon stump jumper and it was like riding a marshmallow sandwich...light, sweet, and soft. I couldn't believe how good it felt...like riding a magic carpet (I'm speculating on the magic carpet part...but the marshmallow sandwich analogy is spot on).

So it's $2,300. I'm not going to spend the money just yet...but my next bike is gonna be carbon...no doubt.
 

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I sat on a $2,300 bike when I was perfectly content with my $500 bike. Now I can't quit thinking about it.
 
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That's nothing. Demo a bike on a real ride at an event like Mountain Bike Oregon; then that wallet will fly out of your pocket.
 

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ronbo613 said:
That's nothing. Demo a bike on a real ride at an event like Mountain Bike Oregon; then that wallet will fly out of your pocket.
Not fair...it's like hunting over a baited field.
 

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Don't feel bad at all.

I've been enjoying my Trek 4500 since 2001.

Only a few days ago I ordered my first AM bike.

I'll still ride and enjoy my 4500 on smooth non-technical trails.
 

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muddytire said:
I sat on a $2,300 bike when I was perfectly content with my $500 bike. Now I can't quit thinking about it.
Where can you get a stumpy carbon for $2300? I would run over old ladies and small children for that price.

Carbon frame ALONE is $2800 msrp.
 

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Where can you get a stumpy carbon for $2300? I would run over old ladies and small children for that price.

Carbon frame ALONE is $2800 msrp.
I agree... go by it of that is really the price.
 

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mnigro said:
I agree... go by it of that is really the price.
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Dont.

Partly because specialized are asshats and partly because buying a bike (even if you like it) without trying others of similar quality is not going to be an overly informed decision.

Maybe you'd find you like it more than others you'd try, maybe you wouldnt but atleast it'd be an informed decision.
Price is only one consideration - fit and fun come into it. If either is lacking you wont ride it and its a waste of money, so what good is that ripper of a deal?
 

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OR...

Dont.

Partly because specialized are asshats and partly because buying a bike (even if you like it) without trying others of similar quality is not going to be an overly informed decision.

Maybe you'd find you like it more than others you'd try, maybe you wouldnt but atleast it'd be an informed decision.
Price is only one consideration - fit and fun come into it. If either is lacking you wont ride it and its a waste of money, so what good is that ripper of a deal?
Don't listen! He's trying to buy it before you do!
 

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Shinny Syndrome!

This is the reason i've parted with cash in haste before.

Take a deep breath and think about what you really want and demo ride as many bikes as you can.
 

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Go with EnglishT's suggestion; you rode 1 bike at that pricepoint, try a few more out around the same pricepoint. You might even try a few above and below that price.

Avoid the lust.

Isn't the Stumpjumper Comp Carbon like $2700 MSRP? $2300 for an '09 seems about right.
 

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Don't listen! He's trying to buy it before you do!
Lmao

1) I despise specialized, fullstop. Wont buy ANYTHING they make, fullstop (not even secondhand when money isnt going directly to them)

2) I live in england - kinda useless eh?

3) I dont trust carbon for anything other than very minor parts (ie: nothing structural at all, so no bars, stems or seatposts, nevermind frames
 

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My mistake guys...it's not carbon. The thing was so light I assumed it had to be carbon. I called the shop and they said it's a some type of limited edition stump jumper. Wow...if the regular frame was that light I can't wait to try the carbon.

I'm still screwed as I liked it way better than my current ride. I guess it won't matter for a few months as everything here is muddy and cold, has been for months, and will continue to be so for the next few months.

Until then I'll dream of riding. I've been thinking of going to Whistler this spring/summer. That thought should get me through.
 

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Not bad

$2300 still isn't even that bad! Turn your old bike into a commuter and jump up to something new! It may be a good idea to demo some other bikes... but jumping from a $500 bike to any bike in that price range will be such a different experience you'd have a hard time deciding which bike you liked the most!
 
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