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    Modify or Buy?

    Hello everyone,
    I have been out of the mtb seen for 6-7 years. But I still have my 2003 Specialized Epic Marathon in pretty good condition. I want to start riding again with my wife and daughter but we would be doing just gravel/paved rail trails. As i have gotten older and a little heavier lol, when i throw a leg over my epic it just isnt that comfortable to me anymore. So i am not sure which way to go... Try and sell it probably only for a few hundred and get something alittle more ergo friendly and more suited to rail trails, but i still would want somewhat of a mtb platform i think. Or keep what i have and throw some platform pedals on it, a more comfy seat, and maybe a longer, higher rise stem. I am 6'3 and my large Epic seems cramped to me and is not very comfortable to sit for periods of time. Most probably are thinking keep the Epic and buy another, but i just want one bike as my time and fun money goes towards my love for dirtbiking...mixin gas and haulin a**. Thanks for any insight or advice.!

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    6'3" probably puts you on an XL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by life behind bars View Post
    6'3" probably puts you on an XL.
    Oh absolutely. But for riding rail trails and whatnot a large with a comically large stem might be ideal. It makes a ton of sense in OPs situation.

    Don't buy 2 epics. Nobody wants 1 epic, 2 is worse.
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    That's XL, or XXL for some brands.

    And agreed on the epics. 1 is too many, dont get 2!

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    you can't really "modify" a bike that is one or two frame sizes too small for you. that's like buying a size 9 shoe when you need an 11, and cutting a hole in the front so your toes can stick out. time to get a bike that fits.
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    Get an XL Surly Kramus. Perfect for what you're describing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scottzg View Post
    Oh absolutely. But for riding rail trails and whatnot a large with a comically large stem might be ideal. It makes a ton of sense in OPs situation.

    Don't buy 2 epics. Nobody wants 1 epic, 2 is worse.
    That's funny. My buddy had an '08 Epic with that stupid triple tree fork. Only bike he sold off.
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    Wider riser bars & a layback post could help. And a decent seat. If you check around some bike shops let you demo seats. Different models & widths. Don't just get a gel saddle, test em out.

    WTB Volt would be my choice.

    If you end up keeping your bike, might be a good idea to do a suspension service. Should help loosen things up if it's been a while
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