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I am one of the few who get to test ride a Specialized Epic Marathon 29er. This bike feels like it handles better than my Epic 26er. It descends amazingly, ascends just as good if not better than a 26er, and corners like it's on rails. The wheel base measures the same as a 26er Epic. The seattube is curved to allow the rear wheel to be tucked in, giving it a short wheelbase. The Reba fork feels good, but I think would be even better with a 15mm thru-axle. The carbon crown looks clean.

This could be a Niner killer:???:
 

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damn, very nice...:thumbsup: Whats the weight?:rolleyes:? W/ such a short wheelbase, is there any toe overlap?
The bike, with Candy 2ti pedals, weighs 26.4 pounds. I wear a size 10 shoe and have no problems with toe overlap. That was one of the first things I checked and noticed there's a lot of clearance. I'll try to get a picture up soon.
 

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Pas de Dopage said:
How did you score that, Mr. Lucky Pants?

That looks really sick. I want to try one so much. What size is that?
Hahaha. The bike is a medium. It pays to work at a Specialized concept bike shop part-time.
 

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The bike, with Candy 2ti pedals, weighs 26.4 pounds. I wear a size 10 shoe and have no problems with toe overlap. That was one of the first things I checked and noticed there's a lot of clearance. I'll try to get a picture up soon.
Nice! Can't wait to hear more about your impressions and pics....:thumbsup:
 

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Nice bike but it seems a little heavy. I am surprised but I imagine there are a lot of different ways to reduce weight. I have a sworks carbon epic so that is why i think of the weight first.

I like it though, and i am decided whether or not my newest bike will be a 29er. I have only ever had the 26.

Looks good.
 

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This may be the next FS bike I buy. I need to test ride it, but I'd love to have a 29er Epic to replace my 26er Epic.
 

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I think he wrote 26.4 above. What that means is that it has no advantage over a Jet9 in that department. I hope they have something else cooking since this isn't ground-breaking weight.
 

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JOE2465 said:
I am one of the few who get to test ride a Specialized Epic Marathon 29er. This bike feels like it handles better than my Epic 26er. It descends amazingly, ascends just as good if not better than a 26er, and corners like it's on rails. The wheel base measures the same as a 26er Epic. The seattube is curved to allow the rear wheel to be tucked in, giving it a short wheelbase. The Reba fork feels good, but I think would be even better with a 15mm thru-axle. The carbon crown looks clean.

This could be a Niner killer:???:
Hey Joe, you might just be the person I need to talk to! Have you had a chance to check out the 2010 Stumpjumper? I am really torn between a 2010 Stumpjumper and an Epic. If I go Epic, it would most likely be the 29er. I'll be buying something as soon as they hit the shelves....

I test rode an 08 Stumpy and I absolutely loved it! I have an 05 Stumpy HT and I have been extremely happy with it but I am ready to make the switch to full suspension. The thing I liked about the 08 Stumpy FSR was how well it descended and how confident I felt on it. The thing I did notice (and not a deal breaker) was that climbing on it would take some getting use to on it. I am by no means claiming that it was the bike, it was just different than my HT.

Thoughts?
 

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looks cool, but after riding real bikes that corner on rails (20 inch BMX bikes, 24 inch cruisers to a lesser extent, and a couple ridiculously low 8 inch DH bikes), I'm going to put my foot down on this "corners like its on rails" business. That only makes me think you don't corner very hard. The best a 26er can manage for the "rails" thing is just getting the BB ridiculously low and keep the tracking really really efficient, which works to an extent, but its not half as good as a BMX bike. a 29er with 4 inches of travel and a brain is a step in the opposite direction, with higher wheels and worse tracking, it does NOT corner like its on rails. Sounds to me like you just like the tire setup on it.

Still looks tight though, and glad you're getting the opportunity to shred one!
 
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