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I absolutely love my 6.6. but it seems that the Nomad has a slightly beefier swingarm so if you're a big guy you might consider that.
 

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Both are good bikes. The Nomad is probably a little better in rougher decents, and the 6.6 is probably a little better in really tight terrain...but I bet neither gives up much to the other in either place. I'm on a Nomad since January. It's an awesome bike.
 

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all your trees? It's no fun without dodging them right? Nice shot though.

Think I finally settled on an '06 Stumpy FSR Expert. Will know in the next few days.

Sorry for high-jacking the thread, Jim
 

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Which type of riding do you prefer? Are you a XC rider or DH rider? If you're a XC rider, you'll perfer the 6.6 because it stretches you out more. If you like to DH, the Nomad will feel more comfortable. They're both great bikes and I've ridden both. Think of the 6.6 as the XC rider's freeride bike.
 

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Lol!

JimC. said:
all your trees? It's no fun without dodging them right? Nice shot though.

Think I finally settled on an '06 Stumpy FSR Expert. Will know in the next few days.

Sorry for high-jacking the thread, Jim
Only a few juniper trees at that level around Moab...but don't worry...there are a "few" rocks and ledges to dodge.:D You know...I really considered the very bike you mention on a really good EP deal. That proprietary rear shock finally caused me to back off. The DHX-Air without the ability to have boost chamber tuning was just something I couldn't get around. Otherwise I think the bike is very good. I'd like to see one with a Marz Roco or another quality shock that doesn't require schrader valve access.
 

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This thread is "spot-on" with the added specialized wrinkle. I'm looking at getting a second bike, that will primarly serve as a "freeride" rig but will occassionally be used for more epic trail rides. My criteria is over 6" of travel and under 32 lbs. From that I've narrowed my selection to the Nomad, the 6.6, or the Specialized Enduro.

I've got a 2004 Enduro (5" travel) and I love the way it descends, while being a competant climber. I split time between Hawaii (home of my Enduro) and the mainland (California, Colorado and Utah ... yeah, I've got it good!). When on the mainland I usually pay for good demo bikes (since the airlines rape me and it's fun to check out new bikes) and have spent significant time on VPP designs, but these were shorter travel bikes (spent significant time on 5.5, the Blur and the Spyder). In my experience on shorter travel bikes, I prefer to go downhill on the FSR design, but prefer the VPP for climbing.

Curious about others takes on the FSR design vs VPP for downhill since that's my focus. I know that Intense abandoned the FSR design for the VPP on their downhill rigs so it makes me wonder if my experience is biased. Others have thoughts on this?
 
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