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Hi everyone, I am new to mountain biking and I am looking at purchasing either the dakar xc comp or the stumpjumper FSR. I know that i should ride both and see what feels more comfortable. However, from any of your personal experience, which bike has better components/frame etc. Please post your knowledge any help is welcome.
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this would be great

I am looking at this exact same descision and i would also really appreciate some input, espescially in the areas of durability, and rear suspension performance comparison,it would be used for trailriding and some xc racing, but mostly just for fun.
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This is one of those situations where you can't go wrong with either bike.
Jamis is hard to beat regarding value with the way they spec. their bikes but its hard to walk away from FSR suspension after riding one.
I rode both last year and the large stumpjumper fit perfect so that was my choice.I would ride both and see which feels the best.
 

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things to consider

Stumpjumper has an extra half inch of travel in the back - A little plusher maybe.
Dakar has disc breaks - good for wet conditions.

overall, both seem to be great bikes, on paper anyways. I have not ridden them, but the Stumpy gets amazing reviews, and many are equally thrilled with their Dakars.
 

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I went with the Jamis and have not regretted it at all. This summer I did a 12 and 24 hour race and had no mechanical problems. The Propedal on the Jamis does a great job at keeping pedal bob to a minimum while still absorbing small bumps. The frame feels fairly stiff and I haven't noticed any flexing, but that may be because I only weigh 150 lbs. As others have mentioned the spec sheet is amazing. The only complaints I had about the bike were the tires and pedals and those are really individual tastes. I haven't weighed my bike, but I don't think it is as light as the website claims, and I am not saying that the bike is a pig either. On the trails the bike just wants to fly and all you have to do is hold on. But as we all know, none of this matters if the bike doesn't fit.
 
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