In the past the full suss bikes I've had have been too heavy and I've never been able to get the rear suspension to do what I want. Every full suss bike I've had in the past has been great descending, but I don't want to be hindered on the climbs as a trade off. That said, I've not had a shock with a lockout before, which might have been what I needed. That way I could have locked out for the climbs and opened it up on the descents.
The suspension on the Epic is very on or off, there's no middle ground. I've set the rear shock up as per the Specialized video on YouTube and it seems spot on. Didn't notice I was riding a full suspension bike when climbing. When on the flat you could hit some bumps, feel a knock when the brain opened and then it would absorb them and then close off again. Decending it would open up and the shock would do its job. No pedal sap when sprinting. No bobbing when climbing. I'm right happy with it.
Just bought these from the site too, should be here early next week
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