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does anyone else find they're all starting to look like Norco's now? I think Specialized's designers have been spending too much time in Whistler and North Van....
 

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Dear JakeWake - People don't like change ...

Loving the look of the SXT and the more I look at the Big Hit the more I like it!

I really don't see what all the fuss is about - lower COG, better standover, by all accounts a drop in weight - hydroformed swoopy tubes are here to stay, at least for the next wee while - get used to it.

And, copying of Norco??? Come on! Now they are ugly :p
 

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Nighthawk said:
When will the 2009 models drop?
Try checking with your LBS. I just picked up a 2009 Hardrock Sport yesterday. One of the dealers told me they had just come in last week. I'm assuming the rest of the 2009 line will follow suit :D
The dealer also told me Specialized are looking to increase retail prices by 15% (I think) for every 2009 model. Luckily, he misquoted the price to me last week so I was able to get my HR stock for $419 vs my LBS' new selling price of $450
 

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bettermanNZ said:
Dear JakeWake - People don't like change ...

Loving the look of the SXT and the more I look at the Big Hit the more I like it!

I really don't see what all the fuss is about - lower COG, better standover, by all accounts a drop in weight - hydroformed swoopy tubes are here to stay, at least for the next wee while - get used to it.

And, copying of Norco??? Come on! Now they are ugly :p
Couldn't agree with you more.
 

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My local Spez rep just confirmed that all 09 epics will be carbon.That is going to cut out a huge proportion of the market because of price.I wonder what the starting price of the base epic is going to be.
 

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My local Spez rep just confirmed that all 09 epics will be carbon.That is going to cut out a huge proportion of the market because of price.I wonder what the starting price of the base epic is going to be.
I predict the cheapest Epic is going to be around $3000 :D
 

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My local Spez rep just confirmed that all 09 epics will be carbon.That is going to cut out a huge proportion of the market because of price.I wonder what the starting price of the base epic is going to be.
Interesting, there are pics of aluminum epics on this site:

http://www.mtbs.cz/Biketech/Technews/Specialized_Epic_2009_technews.html

Look towards the bottom there are several that appear to be painted, welded Al frames.
 

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Interesting, there are pics of aluminum epics on this site:

http://www.mtbs.cz/Biketech/Technews/Specialized_Epic_2009_technews.html

Look towards the bottom there are several that appear to be painted, welded Al frames.
Nice. These are the first ics I have seen of the other non s-works models. Marathon and Expert both look good. I notice that the marathon comes with Spec forks and the Expert comes with RockShox.

I notice there a both Expers and Comps in Alu on there :confused:
 
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