I was a specialized dealer yesterday looking at a stumpjumper comp FSR 29 and an Epic comp. This is the first time I have seen an epic in person. They had a 2012 in black and a few 2013's in. BTW the green and black 2013 is great looking. I have ridden the 2013 Stumpjumper on the trails a few miles and liked it but it is kind of alot of bike for alot of the riding I do. The epic caught my eye though. In the past I did a trail demo of a Trek Superfly 100 AL Elite and found it to be pretty good. How does the Epic compare? Is the Epic good for a light trail use / shreading tight rooted singletrack? Please expain the brain to me. I dont do much for drops. I cant recall doing anything over 2.5' for sure. How does the Epic decend? I liked how the Epic seems so compact, just like my Fuel EX8. From what I see on the 2013 I would change the Tires to something alittle wider and run them tubeless, Put a riser (10-15mm) bar. Probably wheels such as a roval or crest after a couple months of riding. I really like the stand over on the Epic and Stumpy as I am 5'10 with about a 30 inseam. I weigh about 170 with gear.