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Has anyone read the article reviewing the Epiphany in this magazine? I tried to buy a copy today but the book store was all out. Do any Epiphany owners want to give an update of their reviews? Not that it matters, I have one on order, just waiting for my 2007 Fox Talus RLC and RP23 to come in...:)
 

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June Mountain Bike on page 75 has a mini review if you are interested.I picked it up last month locally.
 

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I read it and eventhough it wasn't a negative review on the bike, it sure felt that way. Basically, they said the bike does what it's intended to do, be a long travel XC bike. It'll handle everything on the trail you throw at it. But the part that stuck in my mind was the review was written in more of a story. The rider who used to be hardcore then moved on with family, job, etc...and is now coming back. This would be the perfect mountain bike for somebody who has taken some time off and now they're getting back into mountain biking, what's up with that? The other blurb was, if you're a mountain biker in the 5" travel catagory and you want more bling, this is the bike.

It wasn't a negative review, just a lame one.
 

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I thought it was kinda lame myself. What about all the die hard family guys that didn't take a break from riding??? They made it sound like this is the perfect bike for those guys that are just getting back into riding. Take that whole exerpt out and just focus on the performance of the bike. Speaking as an Epi owner and someone in their mid 30's it's a great bike for anyone regardless of what stage of life you're at. It's just a great bike PERIOD!
 

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I thought it was kinda lame myself. What about all the die hard family guys that didn't take a break from riding??? They made it sound like this is the perfect bike for those guys that are just getting back into riding. Take that whole exerpt out and just focus on the performance of the bike. Speaking as an Epi owner and someone in their mid 30's it's a great bike for anyone regardless of what stage of life you're at. It's just a great bike PERIOD!
I think they meant that it's a great bike for guys that have more money than they know what to do with, don't sweat a lot, and have time to wash it after every ride (see Mg rocker thread). Nice accessory for a Hummer with 24" spinners or other poseur-mobile. :)

Seriously, I thought the review was uber-lame, too. I would've rather heard how they thought it stacked up to frames like the BLT, Intense 5.5, Yeti 575, Turner 5-Spot, Titus Moto-Lite, Ibis Mojo, etc. Actually rating bikes against each other is probably too much to ask, though.
 

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...or, in a more "rose colored" perspective, I think they were saying that this bike is the pinnacle of all those acheivements of refinement and technology that have occured over the years - lightweight; long travel; corrected geometry; good at everything, bad at nothing; space-age materials and construction. It's for the guy who will have one bike and make many demands upon it or just one demand, all the time.

Sure, you'll chastise me for saying all that, but hey, that's how MBA writes. Did you read the review of the most updated Blur XC? "BEST BIKE EVER" or something like that...

In today's day and age, who builds a bad riding bike?
 

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I think they meant that it's a great bike for guys that have more money than they know what to do with, don't sweat a lot, and have time to wash it after every ride (see Mg rocker thread). Nice accessory for a Hummer with 24" spinners or other poseur-mobile. :)

Seriously, I thought the review was uber-lame, too. .
I read the review, too, and agree with your assessment. I think that they wanted to be negative, while not losing any advertisement $$. That's one of the reasons you can almost never trust a bike review in almost any magazine.

You can usually get a better (more truthful) review of a bike if the manufacturer does not advertise in the mag. Even then, it's a crapshoot. It seems that most times, the reviewer has made up their mind before ever ridng the bike. :rolleyes:
 

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SprocketHead I read it and eventhough it wasn't a negative review on the bike, it sure felt that way. Basically, they said the bike does what it's intended to do, be a long travel XC bike. It'll handle everything on the trail you throw at it. But the part that stuck in my mind was the review was written in more of a story. The rider who used to be hardcore then moved on with family, job, etc...and is now coming back. This would be the perfect mountain bike for somebody who has taken some time off and now they're getting back into mountain biking, what's up with that? The other blurb was, if you're a mountain biker in the 5" travel catagory and you want more bling, this is the bike.

It wasn't a negative review, just a lame one.
Agree very lame, MBA are very XC even though they test DH 4x etc basicaly XC is there leaning, read the 5.5 review same mag.

Personaly Im over there mag I think its stale as are there tests, nothing new and unless its a Specialised then forget it.

Why they can't get go back to more group tests I can't understand.

I would like to see a Spot vs a Epiphany vs 5.5 vs Moto Lite vs X5 vs 575 etc
Moment vs 6.6 vs RFX vs Nomad etc have some real comparisons with in depth reports, UK mags seem to be able to do it though they are a little lacking in info as well, would have thought they would have learnt from there Motocross colleagues by now.

Bored MBA step it up MTBr.com is way better..:thumbsup: even more pics
 

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I would like to see a Spot vs a Epiphany vs 5.5 vs Moto Lite vs X5 vs 575 etc
Moment vs 6.6 vs RFX vs Nomad etc have some real comparisons with in depth reports, UK mags seem to be able to do it though they are a little lacking in info as well, would have thought they would have learnt from there Motocross colleagues by now.

Bored MBA step it up MTBr.com is way better..:thumbsup: even more pics
It always comes down to $$. No matter who they pick as best, the other manufacturers (read, advertisers) get pissed and threaten to pull their advertisement dollars. That's one reason that you'll never see a bad review on a Specialized bike.

I agree that MTBR is far better.
 
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