Here is one I posted on the different thread.EPICYZ said:Can you give some details as to what the MBA test said? Basic pros/cons.
That's the beauty of working at a bike shop. you get to see the new stuff first, and get discounts on them.EPICYZ said:I have the frame on order and was told mid-December, but I expect it to be later. They usually ship bikes before frames.
Take a look at the Epic Disc. The same basic ride characteristics as the carbon with a frame that shouldn't weigh more than about a quarter pound more than the carbon - with respectable parts list - all for $2200. All the things that they liked in the review can be found in the Epic Disc.EPICYZ said:Very good review. Liked the Brain Fade over the Brain IQ from last year. Liked the 100mm travel. Really liked the improved geometry. Only real negative was the price compared to bikes that are getting closer in performance. Sounds like the less expensive models are the way to go.
Well, I don't know the specific numbers, but getting the weight "in line" with the competition (since it has the new heavier brain fade) was the purpose of the carbon, from what I read in the reviews.GrantB said:I don't think the aluminum Epic frame is any more heavy than comparable frames. 5-5.5 lbs., something like that.
It also depends on where you ride though.sthrnfat said:Take a look at the Epic Disc. The same basic ride characteristics as the carbon with a frame that shouldn't weigh more than about a quarter pound more than the carbon - with respectable parts list - all for $2200. All the things that they liked in the review can be found in the Epic Disc.
For XC racers you can take a look at the Pro Circuit to see that other FS bikes just aren't as efficient. There are certain courses where other teams are opting for a hardtail for increased efficiency over the FS bikes that they have at their disposal - especially if there are short steep climbs that will have to be climbed out of the saddle. Specialized riders are still using the Epic on those courses because it really is that efficient. If it weren't then they'd just ride their S-Works hardtail instead.
Someone should go out and measure the weight of the frame, although it is hard when the bike comes assembled. The new brain shock is heavier, but the new frame is lighter, so......EPICYZ said:Don't have the weights, but the frame is lighter due to new tubes up front and the new rear end.