For strong racer types the Fox Brain shock is excellent on smooth terrain at eliminating mushy pedaling response that FSR's have without the auto-lockout platform inertia valve in the shock. The newest version of the Brain can be adjusted in lock-out blow-off threshold to soften the response for less intense, more endurance oriented riding where comfort and smoother response saves the knees and rider energy over a longer distance. When the brain lock-out opens up it is very bump compliant and smooth pedaling through the rough.meiwah98 said:Been studying both. One has a brain, the other doesn't. I listened to both retail stores and now I am totally confused which to lean towards. Anyone have ridden either? or Both? Would appreciate your comments.
If you are racing to win in Pro/Elite class then the Epic carbon. If not, then the RacerX is a much more comfortable trail ride and can win in Sport Class, but not in Pro not even if lightened with Exo-Grid.meiwah98 said:Thanks for the evaluation Ray. Seems like both bikes have pluses and minuses..... Of course when you talk to a Specialized dealer, they are not crazy about VPP, when you talk to a Titus dealer they are not totally convinced about the Brain Shock.
Short test rides are fine, but on city streets its really hard to get a good feel for both bikes. The scary part is when spending $4K-$6K you don't want to make a "bad" choice.