I am just teetering on the age of buying my new bike. That will be about the 6th bike purchase this year and leave me living with another bike in my shower for a while. Ah well – it is another beauty.
The bike in question is a Specialized Epic. Yes I have moved over to the other side – mountain biking! Well at least at the weekend, for the rest of the week I’ll be happy on my Sirrus Pro.
Here’s the marketing blurb:
For 2004, the 1/2lb (220g) lighter Epic chassis delivers the “Holy Grail” of uncompromised FSR suspension in the rough stuff and hardtail-firm efficiency on smooth terrain. Optimized for Brain shock and sporting serious processing throughout — M4 Alloy, ORE down and top tubes, every tube fully butted and manipulated, sealed cartridge bearings at every pivot. 90mm rear wheel travel.
Specialized Brain Adjust IQ shock (manufactured by Fox Racing Shox): air sprung with adjustable rebound, and spherical bearings that eliminate all shock side loads. Adjustable threshold setting dials-in Brain sensitivity.
Light, fast wheels—Stout hub with Skraxle up front, Shimano XT in the back; laced to Mavic 517 rims with DT Revolution spokes.
Rock Shox SID Team forks with 80mm travel, adjustable rebound, lockout, and alloy steerer.
Intelligent spec achieves lightweight and speed potential –XTR brake/shift levers, Avid CD Ti brakes, Roll-X tires, and on and on.