Strengths: This bike is everything I wanted it is light, fast and takes a beating. Two trip though backwoods of Colorado mountains and forest roads. This bike never let me down. Had some noise in the bottom bracket took my bike shop about 30 minutes to fix. The SRAM 10 speed shifts clean and quick. Front and rear brain adjust to most trail conditions making a smooth ride. I worried about the carbon frame breaking but it has taken some shot that would have bent my old metal bike. I bought this bike with the hopes of not having to upgrade in few year and after 2 years it looks like I'll ride it a few more.
Weaknesses: Specialized Service: I have had a slight oil leak in the rear brain. Specialized after an (attempted rebuild) that this was not a issue and should not hurt the prefomance of the bike. Not to knock my bike shop these guy have been great and I continue to use them.
This was a little to much bike for my level when first bought but has worked well for me the last 2 years. So keep in mind this bike is for the serious rider.The down hills are fast and it takes a while to learn how to set up the the suspension. Get it set right and you can feel the better grip in the turns and better bite on the climbs. This would be an easy 5 point review if not for the service and warranty issues. You should not have to ride around with a big dirty oil stain on a 5000 dollar bike.
Strengths: this bike is a solid race bike... very fast & nimble for a 29er (2012). overall the bike comes spec. well even the x7 front der. works great. previous rides on other 29ers were disappointing but the epic is dialed.
Weaknesses: $5800 price...ouch, front fork rattles enough that my friends think something is loose on my bike every time we ride. would like the option to choose grip shift or trigger shifters.
great bike for cross country racing. the stumpjumper would be my first choice for a one quiver do it all bike. the epic delivers a great racing package and that is what I'm doing on it.
if your are looking for a wickedly fast bike that handles great it would do you well to test one out chili. 3 flamin chilis on value due to price $5800. I guess that makes me the fool for buying buying one.
Strengths: I have the 29er version. Handles extremely well - both nimble and stable. Both Brains work well so I no longer have to worry about flipping levers or whatever. Inspires confidence, I definitely go faster both uphill and downhill compared to my old Ibis Mojo. Love the bike!
Weaknesses: Not a fan of 2x10. I race the Expert class, so I'm not an untrained cyclist, but I sometimes need the granny and 36t in the back with the 29er hoops. And I sometimes need the big ring and 11t for top speed.
The stock wheels are pathetic at this price point. The rear hub disintegrated - cassette carrier cracked, ball bearings pouring out, trashed. The LBS couldn't supply a loaner because of the idiotic "142+" spacing. Only later did I realize they could have loaned me a 142 and re-tuned the rear der. Specialized replaced the wheel, but it took 2 weeks.
Awesome bike with a couple component issues. A very solid "4" chilli's.
Similar Products Used: 2011 Epic, Stump, Camber demo bikes. Older Santa Cruz and Turner.
Bike Setup: Tubless, drop post
a Cross Country Rider
from Ashland, OR
Date Reviewed: May 28, 2011
Strengths: Very stiff and efficient. Brain fr/rear. 2x10. Light wheel set and tires. Exceptional handling and climbing. FAST! 29" tires rock!
Weaknesses: Still waiting to discover one. Perhaps weight at 27 lb 10 oz with XT SPD's?
This is the fastest climbing fs bike I have ever riden. The cf frame is very stiff I have yet to feel any bb flex. Hammering climbs on this bike is a pleasure. Catch the big ring and stand up. In two cranks you are flying. Fastest transition to speed I have ever experienced climbing. The bike inspires confidence in fast single track. I am finding I am constantly bettering my fastest loop times. Quite simply the fastest bike I have ever owned or riden.
Similar Products Used: None...went with what I thought was best option
Bike Setup: 2011 Epic Expert Carbon and replaced entire drivetrain with XX
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: September 12, 2010
Strengths: Exceptional handling, climbing, light weight, brain shock is awsome
Weaknesses: Had some issues with the stock rims, keep on breaking spoke nipples, also got the front lut of true way too easily
I really enjoy this bike,mine is the 2010 model. definitely run the types tubeless! the stock sworks tyres are really good for most congitions. I had the shock replaced after about one month as the brain stopped working, no issues from specialized there, done quickly with no questions asked. a very well handling bike and quite custmizable with the tock stem etc... I think it's really good value for the high level of performance. 4 stars for the front wheel nipple issue
I thought my xc was a great bike but going from it one day to the epic the next I was definitely faster and in a race on a new course could fly through rock gardens with no problems. A great race bike.
Bike Setup: original except replaced seatpost with a thompson elite.
a Cross Country Rider
from Sydney, NSW, Austraila
Date Reviewed: January 11, 2010
Strengths: Light, Stiff, Direct & strong. This bike is so fast, you just aim it hand hang on.
Weaknesses: I kept getting punchers in the light weight tyres. DT Swiss rims are alittle weak and one has cracked at the join. The new rim was $199.00 and Specialized couldn't match the colour. I now have a brown & a black rim.
A wicked bike all fronts.
I can enjoy a fast cardio ride on open fire trails and when I tackle the technical tight trails its light enough to throw it around.
When you're spending this sort of money on a bike, not only does it have to be tough and light but it must look sexy too. This bike has got it all.
I weigh 96kgs and ride 3 to 4 time a week on tight rocky singles tracks, littered with tree roots, and this bike does an awesome job. I would love to compare it with a Stumpjumper FSR Expert Carbon as I love the thought of 140mm travel on the new 2010 model, but unless I buy one I will never know.
Every time I ride, I struggle with the thought of which bike I should have bought. I know that eventually I will give in to my needs and own both.
a Weekend Warrior
from Hamilton, Ontario
Date Reviewed: December 11, 2009
Strengths: Rigid rigid rigid. There simply isn't any frame flex. Suspension is suprisingly easy to dial in.
Weaknesses: I'm always nervous about chipping the carbon, but it's taken some hard hits and it's good to go. I ride it as a all mountain/trail bike and it takes it and loves it.
Everyone on the trail loves the look of it. The carbon weave is large and looks trick. I burn through stuff I would have walked before. If I had not found this used, I would have paid full and thought of it as a deal.
Similar Products Used: 98 Stumpjumper M2 Pro ( Goodbye! )
Bike Setup: All stock except for 2.1 Nevegals Stick E's.Will change stem and seat post soon.
a Cross Country Rider
from Pomona, NY, USA
Date Reviewed: October 25, 2009
Strengths: Perfect geometry. Not too twitchy, not too slow. Fairly light bike which is fast, light wheelset and great hubs. Carbon frame very stiff. Rock Shox SID Race is a great fork. Brain works very well. Avid brakes are great! Stock Specialized tires work surprisingly well for a low profile XC Race tire.
Weaknesses: Not really a weakness, but the DT Swiss Skewers are a pain to use. Can easily swap those skewers, the seatpost, QR seat collar, and bar/stem for lighter equipment if so desired.
Down and dirty racer that is more than plush enough for my liking. I just riding this bike. Very, very efficient and fast! Nice feel to geometry. Dialed in. Great bike and glad I purchased it.
Specialized fire-saled out the 09's in preparation for getting the new model 2010 year bikes in. $4400 bike discounted to $3200! Saaweeeet machine.
Strengths: frame its so stiff it rocks going up hill and brain shock as a race bike its great
Weaknesses: some parts are a bit cheap and heavy[cassette,seatpost,stem]
this bike is so much quicker then my old NRS[on a 50 min race about 3-4 mins].it climbs well and the brain just works.the ride is a little hard for normal riding .but when its time to race watch out these things rock.dont know if you would find a quicker bike around a x/c race track.they go where you point them [maybe its the 20mm front axle]and are light sub 22 pounds.and strong the frame fields like you cant brake.this is the best bike i have riden.as someone said it hard to ride slow and you want to stand up and charge up hills i would give it 10 out of 10 chilis if i could
a Cross Country Rider
from Perth, Western Australia
Date Reviewed: June 20, 2009
Strengths: This bike has it all. What a great overall bike. Great for cross country riding and one hell of a racing bike. Doesn't have any problems climbing and going down is just as nice as going up. Thumbs up to Specialized for the design of the brain, they have really got it working perfectly (no stuffing around with locking out etc). Once you adjust the shocky and the brain setting to your liking you will be amazed on the ride you will have... WHAT A GREAT BIKE!!!
Weaknesses: Standard tyres are excellent for racing but if you use it alot for cross country use you will get alot of flat tyres. Definatley change the tryes if cross country is your thing... WHAT A GREAT BIKE!!!
You won't find a better bike for the price you get this for. You really need to ride it to appreciate what this bike has to offer... WHAT A GREAT BIKE.
Agile like a 26er almost as fast as a 29er... :thumbsup:
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