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I think it is time to separate the SJ and SJ Evo threads for the new bikes.

Picking up my bike next week and figuring out my build right now. Bought the base model since that is what I could find (only shop that would pick up the phone and take a deposit). There are a few Experts out there, one on my way home from UT, but not sure if I should grab it or not. I like the idea of the Performance Elite 36, but not sure it would save me much money since I will be replacing almost everything anyway. Haven't ridden Shimano gearing for a while so it will be fun to try out again and that is a positive for the Comp.

Planned build right now is;

S4 frame
2021 36 Fork
WR1 Carbon rims on Profile AC2 hubs
Renthal bars/Profile stem
EE Wings Cranks/King BB
Stock XFusion 190mm post (one of my favorites on the market right now)
Sram AXS shifting
Saint Brakes

This will get done over the next month or so since parts are hard to get. Will try the stock DPX2 rear shock, but it is highly likely I will switch over to an X2 rear pretty quickly.
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I've ditched my 2020 Enduro for one - which was a great bike for going fast on, but still a bit of a trophy truck for most other stuff. not being a fan on massive bikes either, I was kind of between sizes - the S4 just feels a bit to big.

UK availability is patchy (now non existent) so I picked up an Expert. Ditched a load of the bits I won't use & ended up with:

Expert Frame - S4
Performance Elite fork (feel really good out of the box)
DPX2
Full XX1/X01 groupset but XTR rear mech
BikeYoke 213 dropper
Code RSC
DT XM1501 30mm wheelset
Maxxis Assegai/DHR2
OneUp Bars/Burgtec stem.

Been out on it a few times now, and it is seriously lively compared to the Enduro. For 95% of my riding this is going to be the better bike. I'm sure those trip away in the Alps & bigger races (if they happen next year) I will have sections I wish I was on the Enduro for, but so far so good.

It is also a 'lot' lighter. Sub 30lb in that spec - although to be fair my Enduro was a coil shock & fork & DD/DH tyres rather than EXO+/DD. Even so over 7lb difference is a lot & is absolutely noticeable :)
 

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I have an S5 frame only on order but with no set delivery date. If anyone has a line on an S5 frame only I'd love to be notified.
I'll break down my old bike (Foxy 29) to build the new one, but it's going to get EXT suspension from the get go. Also I ordered TS brakes sometime back that will be going on as well.
Eager to get this going.
 

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Just heard from my dude that my bike should be ready any day now... stoked is an understatement. Too bad it's 21* out today. Should warm up a bit so I can at least get a few end of season sessions in.
 

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Anybody knows when Specialized will release more Evo's ?

Also did anyone bought an LTD version ? It was in the press release but so far I haven't seen one...

All you guys are pretty lucky ! Enjoy it and post some pics !
 

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Anybody knows when Specialized will release more Evo's ?

Also did anyone bought an LTD version ? It was in the press release but so far I haven't seen one...

All you guys are pretty lucky ! Enjoy it and post some pics !
My LBS has them for order. In fact it looks like they have almost every model still available for November delivery. I have only talked with them about my order so I don't know how accurate this is...

If people want to order one I'll pick it up and ship it to you at your expense :p :thumbsup:

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Anybody knows when Specialized will release more Evo's ?

Also did anyone bought an LTD version ? It was in the press release but so far I haven't seen one...

All you guys are pretty lucky ! Enjoy it and post some pics !
Where are you located? You can't be picky right now on the build if you want one before next spring, but they are out there.
 

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Anybody knows when Specialized will release more Evo's ?

Also did anyone bought an LTD version ? It was in the press release but so far I haven't seen one...

All you guys are pretty lucky ! Enjoy it and post some pics !
I don't think LTD's are getting delivered yet in the US since they are not even on the site. I do know they were part of the pre-order that shops entered before the official release. My shop has one on order but who knows when it will ship.

And I agree with Salespunk... New Stumpy Release + Covid = Don't be picky, and don't hesitate if you find something available unless you are really okay with waiting a long time...
 

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My S-Works Evo will arrive next week. Pretty stoked to test this bike out. Right now im enjoying the S-works SJ which is a solid bike.
 

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I got really lucky this afternoon. Was randomly hitting refresh on the Specialized site while on a Zoom call and a black S4 Evo Expert popped up at the shop where I have my Comp waiting. While still on the Zoom call I dialed them up on my cell, guy says they are sold out but he will check for me. 2 minutes later "Found it in the new shipment and put your name on it. You can pick it up Friday." BOOM!

Stoked to get the XO1 since I have a ton of spares plus the Performance Elite suspension.
 

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I got really lucky this afternoon. Was randomly hitting refresh on the Specialized site while on a Zoom call and a black S4 Evo Expert popped up at the shop where I have my Comp waiting. While still on the Zoom call I dialed them up on my cell, guy says they are sold out but he will check for me. 2 minutes later "Found it in the new shipment and put your name on it. You can pick it up Friday." BOOM!

Stoked to get the XO1 since I have a ton of spares plus the Performance Elite suspension.
Luck of the draw... Nice man! Expert build really hits the sweet spot IMO.
 

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Are there any high quality 34.9mm dropper posts available?

PS. I have no delivery date on my frame but it is ordered. My first Specialized.
 

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Are there any high quality 34.9mm dropper posts available?

PS. I have no delivery date on my frame but it is ordered. My first Specialized.
BikeYoke Revive Max.


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Are there any high quality 34.9mm dropper posts available?

PS. I have no delivery date on my frame but it is ordered. My first Specialized.
As someone else said, Bikeyoke, but I also like the XFusion Manic just as much and it is half the price. Also, PNW, Rockshox, etc make a 34.9 now as well.
 

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Thanks for the suggestions on droppers guys. Adding new gear is half the fun. The OneUp looks like the best all around 34.9 post to me. Reasonable weight, very low stack, low cost.

What's a bummer is there seems to be no timeline at all for a delivery date of my Evo S5 frame, and if I would have ordered a few days earlier, they were available immediately. Winter is our riding season in TX so the idea of a March or April delivery is really unappealing.

If anyone gets a line on an S5 frame only, let me know.
 

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Thanks for the suggestions on droppers guys. Adding new gear is half the fun. The OneUp looks like the best all around 34.9 post to me. Reasonable weight, very low stack, low cost.

What's a bummer is there seems to be no timeline at all for a delivery date of my Evo S5 frame, and if I would have ordered a few days earlier, they were available immediately. Winter is our riding season in TX so the idea of a March or April delivery is really unappealing.

If anyone gets a line on an S5 frame only, let me know.
The Expert is available here on the west coast in S5, but no frame only options.
 

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I have a shimmed BikeYoke - 31.6mm. Works fine in the seat tube & was a carry over from a previous bike.

That said the X-Fusion post was suprisingly good on my Enduro when I used it for a short while - just too short for me (although it weighs a tonne!)
 

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I ordered a 213mm Bike Yoke in 30.9 and am going to use the existing shim. I assume Specialized didn't use the 34.9 Reverb AXS because it weighs literally a ton.

I have the V2 Oneup on another bike and while it works fine and is a good value, it's not on the same level as Bike Yoke for smoothness...why I didn't go that route.

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