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Howdy all,

Last spring I had to sacrifice my HT to build a FS bike - and miss my hardtail. So I recently picked up an almost new 2002 Stumpjumper M4 (HT) frame from an acquaintance "in the biz" for $200.

I now have an opportunity to pick up a nice 2002 Santa Cruz Chameleon from someone else. I have a friend who really wants to buy the Stumpy, so I could essentially swap them.

I'm thinking of trying single speed, but if I'm not strong enough, I'll add the evils to it. My favorite trails are definitely on the aggressive rocky dropy jumpy light FR / DH side, so I believe the SC will be better for me.

I hesitate only because I know the Stumpy frame when new was around $1000. The Chameleon new is $450ish. I just want the best frame for me!

Having lost every penny over that past few years and back in school, the budget is very limited.

Thanks for any input!
 

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Chameleon, you won't be sorry.

They are awesome, and much more versatile than a purely XC H/T. That is important if you are as impoverished as you say. Also, it is a real SS without the need to buy expensive parts to achieve chain tension.

And if the words "light freeride" are in your riding vocabulary, the stump-humper won't last long anyway.
 

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I have a Stumpjumper M4 gearie that sits in my garage. I actually rode it last week for the first time in 8 months. The one thing that I noticed was the bottom bracket seemed really low to the ground even though I have shorter cranks on the Specialized (175 vs 180 on the SS). I was smakin my peddals on everything.
 
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