x2....that is a little more chunk than I prefer, definitely not the place for Superfly even al. The flowy sections look nice though.If that's what you ride, then I'd rule out the superfly and pick one of the other 2. I'd probably lean a little toward the rumblefish out of personal preference, but the specialized can handle it too.
The only major brands within my area is Trek and Specialized. I could travel over an hour to other shops but would rather stick to the guys here in town.If you're looking for the best bang for your buck, you should probably look at any bike company besides Trek or Specialized, as you tend to pay a lot more for the name. You can find a lot better components and suspension designs for the same price with other bikes. What other companies are available in your area?
Yes, I sometimes ride with a guy about 210 lbs who rides Superfly CF and it seems to hold up fine for him. I've seen him break ti pedals due to strength and weight, so I'm amazed that such a light bike holds up for him, even in the rough rocky trails. I'd ride one.Superfly 100 actually does well in rough stuff like that, nothing in the pics is that crazy for what it can handle well. That said, if that is the average trail you ride, then go Rumblefish. If that is unusual and only an occasional ride, then superfly is better in the tamer stuff, but I am amazed at how well it does as an all purpose trail bike while still excelling in XC buff stuff and right switchbacks. For what you described, I would lean toward SF100.
Yes, guitly of this myself lol. Go with the one that you feel most comfortable on. I know hard to do in parking lot, but it's a start and rental test ride if you can. I never have luck finding rental bikes in my area that I was actually considering buying.I think you're overanalyzing. Which one fits you best. Does the shop do a rental? A lot of shops will do a rental and apply the rental fee toward a purchase.
I've posted the same thing over and over in these types of threads. Take the time to travel and demo! It will save you a ton of money in the long run.Yeah rentals are out of the question, hell having the bike in stock that I want to buy is tough. This is a small town so they dont keep in stock alot of the higher end models. I sat on the entry level Superfly100 yesterday and it felt pretty good, going to go by the specialized shop today or tomorrow to see if they have something similar to the Stumpy or Camber to try and compare. I do like the colors of this years Specialized so maybe that will be a factor as well.
The hardest part for both brands is if I should spend an extra $250 for more travel. All else seems identical.