I have owned an 09 Epic Comp for about 6 months. Earlier today the Brain shock failed again. This is the third time the shock has failed. I cannot say that I recommend the bike.
Are you able to test ride them before ordering?Untchbl said:To cut to the chase, I will be ordering my first bike tomorrow.
I've narrowed it down to either of the 09' model Specialized stuff listed below.
Stumps FSR Elite Vs. the Epic Comp
This is an absurd statement. Not only can you set up an epic to be pretty plush, I and many others race this bike on some pretty firm settings and I would never say this about the bike.uriel81 said:don't get the Epic unless you want your wrists fractured.
The bike is designed for XC racing. And then again they reduced the HTA this year and the new rear suspension design can be adjusted substantially. I find the 09 epic more flexible than any other bike they make.uriel81 said:I guess it's for a very light and superfit rider who wants to race and can tolerate an awful suspension
I'm well into Clyde territory myself. At my best, I'm just under.Untchbl said:Great Feedback Skiahh.
I'm far from a light rider at this point.
The current HTA for the epic is 70.5 and this bike is far from harsh. If you want it to ride like the old 4" SJ FSR you can make it ride exactly like it. I had a a SJ FSR Pro. People who say the epic is too harsh have not spent enough time getting the suspension dialed in to their preference.formulaone33 said:I wish Spec made an in between bike like the 04-05 100mm Stumpy FSR's. 70.5* head angle and 100mm travel was perfect. Fast and Plush. The current handles too slow and the Epic is too harsh.
The rear shock on the 2009 Epic is quite plush if you wind the brain out to a soft setting. The bike is relatively stiff if you set it up with a brain setting somewhere between full firm and 3 clicks from full firm but that's a rider decision. If you want it to be plush and comfortable it can be. It's not going to fracture your wrists anyway (surely having difficulty hanging onto the bars over a bumpy section has more to do with the suspension fork than the rear suspension?.)formulaone33 said:I wish Spec made an in between bike like the 04-05 100mm Stumpy FSR's. 70.5* head angle and 100mm travel was perfect. Fast and Plush. The current handles too slow and the Epic is too harsh.