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Just a few questions on the Epic Comp. I am trying to get back into Mountain Biking after 7 or 8 years of little to no riding. And pretty much anything currently on the market will be be better then what I had 8 years ago (old Diamondback with no susupension). I will be riding mostly XC with a few technial trails here and there. I am looking for a bike that can grow with me and last for several years. I would like to keep my budget in the $1600 or less range.
I had been mostly toying with hardtails until I came across what I think is a pretty good deal on an Epic. This bike is Specialized demo bike at my LBS. It looks brand with very little wear. The owner of the store says that the bike has been demeod very little (maybe 10 times at most). It is painted in a cool lime green color which I assume Specialized painted all the deme bikes this color I can by the bike for $1400. The bike carries a 90 day warranty instead of the standard 1 year.
Any issues you can guys (and girls) can think of with this bike? The reviews seem very positive on it. Is the price good for a slightly used Epic Comp?
I had been leaning towards a entry level Stumpjumper but for just a few dollars more, this bike may be hard to pass up.

Thanks for any help you can provide!!
 

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I have an 03 epic disk and an 03 rockhopper FSR disk. (same as 02 stumpjumper)

The epic is a fun bike, but the 03 FSR Rockhopper is simply more fun and super cush. Even with it's less expensive, heavier components. (My epic is xtr all over the place and the rockhopper is xtr derailleurs and the rest is deore kinda level.

Both my bikes have disk brakes and stuff. I'd simply ride them both and get the one that feels more like you'll ride it more often.

Let's see, I rode the Epic 50 miles this week and the Rockhopper only 40. I guess I like the epic better? It is lighter, but less fun to hop around on. Not sure why. The bars on my epic are flat, narrow, carbon bars and the rockhopper's are doorway wide riser bars. The epic feels like a jet fighter, the rockhopper FSR is more of a DC-10. Big, comfy, but slower all around and sometimes the engines fall off.
 

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LeiniesRed said:
The epic feels like a jet fighter, the rockhopper FSR is more of a DC-10. Big, comfy, but slower all around and sometimes the engines fall off.
hahaha! :p :D

anyhow, the epic is certainly a bike that will grow with you as your skills improve, especially if you get into racing. it's a good frame and worth upgrading down the line as stuff wears out. it's not for everyone though, just search for the age-old "epic vs. stumpy" threads and you will see. if it looks like something you could live with, go for it.
 

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thats is a great deal. first off you are getting about 50% off of the msrp of the bike. the parts are better then those on a basic stumpy and the only dual you will get for under 1500is a basic fsr xc which isnt nearly as good. you will very rearly see a deal like that again so take it.
 
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