I suppose it depends on the model of the Stumpy's. I was in your shoes and choose the Stumpy's over the XC because of the lighter frame. I also think you get a better front shock on the Stumpy's vs. the XC.Lee said:2005 FSRxc comp - $1299
2005 Stumpjumper FSR 100 - $1650
2004 Stumpjumper FSR - $1350
I road ride ~20miles a week, trail ride ~30+
New England trails/weather
Which is the best bang for my buck?