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So I am in the market for my first FS bike. I have it narrowed down to a Stumpjumper 29 St and a Norco Fluid FS 3. What would you say is the biggest differences? I will be riding in the PNW. So lots of roots, rocks and clay.
 

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Norco over Specialized, but don’t forget about Knolly, Kona, and Transition, all PNW brands.

Personally, if I was buying a short travel 29er, I’d get a Guerilla Gravity Trail Pistol or the new Ripley.
 

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Norco over Specialized, but don't forget about Knolly, Kona, and Transition, all PNW brands.

Personally, if I was buying a short travel 29er, I'd get a Guerilla Gravity Trail Pistol or the new Ripley.
I looked at those. But they are going to be out of my price range. That's why I narrowed it down to those two.

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For all intents and purposes both are pretty much the same component wise. Fork is going to be week point because both are low level forks with single adjustment air spring. But aside from that you get pretty nice bikes from both.

At the $2000 range (max budget from what it looks like) you are going to be looking at entry level bikes from just about every brand. What that means is you are going to have base level components, lots of house brand stuff, and other such things. Doesn't mean you can't get a nice bike, just will have more compromises.

Correct me if I am wrong, but doesn't the Stumpy have a proprietary rear shock? If something happens in the future to the rear shock this would limit your options, if true. Past that, go throw a leg over both and schedule a demo for both. You may find that you like one better than the other.
 

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These are taken off a trail app and these are others photos. But gives you a idea of the type of riding.
Looks like you could go either way, but LT would be a lot more capable over the big root sections. If you aren't launching off stuff ST would be fine. But given the minimal weight difference and same cost, I would go LT in your situation. I'm on the LT Stumpjumper comp alloy coming off of a shorter travel 29er (HiFi pro) and am really enjoying the LT even on trails that aren't overly technical except places here and there (which looks similar to what you are riding). When I bought my SJ the shop told me it was the ST, but I realized later it wasn't. I wouldn't want the ST after riding the LT. Just my 2 cents.
 

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Looks like you could go either way, but LT would be a lot more capable over the big root sections. If you aren't launching off stuff ST would be fine. But given the minimal weight difference and same cost, I would go LT in your situation. I'm on the LT Stumpjumper comp alloy coming off of a shorter travel 29er (HiFi pro) and am really enjoying the LT even on trails that aren't overly technical except places here and there (which looks similar to what you are riding). When I bought my SJ the shop told me it was the ST, but I realized later it wasn't. I wouldn't want the ST after riding the LT. Just my 2 cents.
Thank you! I know this subject is probably beaten to death. But this is why I join the forum. So much experience and knowledge.

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