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    Quick Opinion Poll: Ultimate XC Beast: Scalpel or Epic?

    `09 or `10 SWorks Epic
    2011 Scalpel


    Thanks in advance

    (I got the worst case of upgrade-itis)

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    Scalpel. Period.








    ...but I may change my mind.

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    Epic. The Scalpel has no brain.
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    Doh!
    Yes, but its that kind of stupid simplicity that I'm attracted to.

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    Epic is way more versatile and rides way better. Geo wins the day here...

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    Lefty FTW.

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    Scalpel

    20.44# as pictured.
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    Oh Lord

    I went and done it.
    Anyone want to buy some wheels?

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    Quote Originally Posted by big err View Post
    I went and done it.
    Anyone want to buy some wheels?
    Looking for any 650b wheels for the new Scalpel? The wheels from mine may be available.

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    Hard to say. I have a feeling I will end up building them. I will be getting rid of the Lefty also.
    ...three bolt cranks anyone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by big err View Post
    Hard to say. I have a feeling I will end up building them. I will be getting rid of the Lefty also.
    ...three bolt cranks anyone?
    No Lefty? Isn't that one of the best things about the bike?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ljsmith View Post
    No Lefty? Isn't that one of the best things about the bike?
    I second that. Why get rid of the Lefty? It's not just the Lefty either is all the integration that you'll be giving up. The front of that bike as set-up is super stiff. The head tube is huge. Let alone you'll be adding weight as well.

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    Neither...I have a Santa Cruz Blur carbon xc, its bada$$. If I had to pick between the two, the Scalpel would be it.

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    I know, I know... Leftys are light, better than the haters say, and people like them, but Im not a fan.

    I may regret my decision, but at least it will pay for itself. Im likely going to use a 1.5" Velvet, unless I can get a deal on a Fox. (tell me how bad of an idea this is)

    I know that Im going to add weight, but I'll try to keep it under control.

    Thanks for the input

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    Although, I dont use a Lefty on my Santa Cruz, I do run a Lefty on my Bianchi singlespeed. I'm a fan of the Lefty.

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    All voters, just to weigh your opinions: How many of you rode both of the two bikes mentioned in the OP, or close facsimiles thereof?

    Curious because I'm interested in the same choice. OK for over 200# rider, XL frame?

    I had 08 Spec Epic Expert Carbon, which IMO had too little tire clearance for 650b (otherwise I would have kept it).
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    I have never ridden a 650b Scalpel, but from the pics I have seen it is pretty tight in the back. My aluminum Epic has plenty of room for 650b. I believe the carbon chainstays are tighter on the S-works.
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    ....2011 SWorks Epic..., `09 or `10 don't fit






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