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    Input Needed: 2006 S-Works Epic Disc or 2009 Stumpjumper FSR Expert Carbon

    New to the hobby, so bare with me .....

    I need a light full suspension bike for light XC riding in local national parks and the like, and something that can absorb shocks gracefully without requiring too much component maintenance: I've been looking around for a good used bike for a while and considering two options available locally:


    1. 2006 Specialized S-Works FSR Epic Disc $2000 - the bike is in really good condition with full stock components,
    - FOX F100 RLT fork
    - rear Specialized Fox Brain Fade shock 100 mm travel
    - Shimano XTR M-965, XTR hydraulic disc brakes

    - how is this bike in terms of weight and handling/durability? I'm concerned with the design and location of the rear shock in comparison with traditional full suspension? Any long term reliability issues with this bike?


    2. 2009 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Expert Carbon $1500 - the seller said that the rear brakes might need servicing as they rub off on the rotors abit and may require bleeding but otherwise in good condition (though it looks like it's been used harder than the Epic),
    - Fox F120mm fork
    - specialized AFR Brain Shoc in the rear 120 mm travel.
    - Avid Elixir R carbon hydraulic disc brakes
    - Shimano XT cranks


    Can anyone shed a noob into which one is a better price for the components and which one is better in terms of durability, weight, and long term reliability? Is the S-Works worth the extra $500?

    Thanks in advance for all your help
    Last edited by newbiker85; 08-15-2013 at 09:38 PM.

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    The Brain shock on the Epic will only turn on when you hit a bump, and you will probably feel a jolt as it does, so it feels like a soft hardtail and not like a plush full suspension bike. It might be nice for a racer, but for a trail rider it is a real back killer.

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