Epic is a good bike though, but I am switching to Titus. The geometry on the Epics, I never really liked. The front end comes up too easily on steep climbs, which really sucks. I see that the new 06 brain enables a plush ride when set to full soft, (no lockout) but then wouldn't that be defeating the purpose of the brain? I read that if you set it to full firm, it'll be hard, except when you hit a bump?
Also, I didn't like the way the inertia valve behaved. On consecutive bumps and dips, the rear shock starts to delay, and it activates with a "conk" when you least expect it. The "will it open or will it not" feeling has been criticized in magazines. This is the nature of the "inertia valve" and there would be times when the valve would just close the moment you hit an big bump. This behavior to me, is a big tunoff.
I don't know if the 06 brain has corrected this problem, but it totally turned me off from the idea of the inertia valve on the rear shock. I am guessing that when you set it to full firm, then that "conk" feeling would still be there. So you put it to full soft to make it more plush, but then it'll be like the RP3. I guess I have to read the 06 epic reviews when some magazine publishes it.
I haven't ridden it so I am just speculating though.