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150mm Pike on Stumpjumper Evo 29 or longer travel bike

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12/2/2014 8:59 AM

Hey everyone looking for suggestons/ thoughts on what to do moving into next season. I currently have a stumpjumper evo 29 with a 140mm fox 34 on the front. I ride in northeastern Pa on singletrack that is pretty technical rooty and rocky with a fair amount of climbing. I am an aggressive rider and have found no problems hitting any jumps or drops on my current setup however I do enjoy the bike park and shuttling downhill runs and I find the stumpjumper to be a little less than what i would prefer when it comes to free riding. My wallet only allows me to have one bike and I was just curious to thoughts on putting a 150mm pike on the front or switching to either a Giant Reign or Trek Slash for the coming season. I am reluctant on putting the pike on my current bike because i then would be stuck on a 29 if i ever wanted to swap components (unless of course i switched frame/ fork/ wheels). The stumpjumper is pretty playful however i do notice the bigger wheels when jumping (which i dont necessarily mind it just takes getting used to). I know the slacker angles and bigger travel will slow both of the other bikes down when it comes to the climbs but by how much? Any input is greatly appriciated.