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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 9:37 pm 
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Had a bit clearout recently in readiness for the 2012 season. Looking to carry on doing a bit more racing this year as well as a mixture of trail centre and natural riding. I'm a big Specialized fan, so it seemed right to stick with something I know. I originally intended to buy something new, but the specs of new bikes suck for the money, so decided to look second-hand. Luckily a fellow RB member came up with something that seemed to fit the bill of what I was after...

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Hopefully should be with me towards the end of next week :)

Initial changes will be the brakes and shifters. I have some more modern SRAM X7 shifters I can fit from my Stumpjumper. Have also just paid for a set of Silver/Black Hope Mono Mini Brakes.

Will update the thread when the bike arrives and I can start tinkering

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 9:53 pm 
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nice one . :D


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 8:28 am 
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Very nice bike I love Specialized bikes have got two myself


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:25 pm 
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It's landed :)

Pics to follow...


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 12:41 pm 
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Got a couple of days off work so had chance to tinker with the Epic.

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Just fitted some Hope Mini brakes to it, will get some updated pics up later today. Also fitting some newer style X7 gear levers. With the Red headset I thought it'd be only fitting to have a Red seatpost clamp, so just ordered a non-QR one off eBay for £13.50.

First ride is tomorrow morning, really looking forward to it :)


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 1:12 pm 
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 7:44 am 
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Just fitted a Sella Italia SLR saddle (180g) to the Epic and a nice shiny Red Hope seatpost clamp 8)


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 8:21 am 
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You might be able to help... Always wanted to know, does anyone know how these ride compared to the very late 90's, early 00's higher end FSR's?
I like the idea of these ones, and your one is very nice :D


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 8:34 pm 
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Thanks 8)

I'll let you know what its like as soon as I've given it a good ride out. I've not really got on with full suspension bikes in the past, so I'm hoping this will be a good cross over point between a hard tail and a fully active full suspension bike.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2012 3:17 pm 
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Just rode all three loops at Whinlatter. Bike is great! Climbs just like a hardtail and decends like a full suspension bike. Whats not to like! Really pleased with it.

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