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    Epiphany Love

    Well I had recently been riding my Moto and Stumpy and had set my Epiphany to the side for a little rest and a tune up. My Mavics were creaking and making an awful noise. After a hub rebuild it turns out the creaking was solved by a little tri-flow around the spokes/nipples at the tire and hub- all noises gone! Took her out for a little spin today and WOW man what an awesome bike. Had her set up perfectly and all I can say is incredible, flowing, fast nirvana!!! I have never surfed but am an old skateboarder fom way back and all I can say is damn this bike just flowed like I was floating on a continual wave! I hope I am around to ride this bike a long, long time. Photo is from a local Gwinnett County, Georgia park with about 15 miles of singletrack. Bamboo made it feal exotic. Sunny, breezy and 77 degrees. Swweeet.
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    i am inlove with my epi as well! i have been riding my rig for 1 1/2 years already and after every ride, it always makes me smile. it is an absolute dream to ride on. steering is spot on and the bike absorbs bumps extremely well. I have nothing but praises for this bike. i'll never let go of my epi

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    Very nice... looks hidden.... like a chameleon... or a predator in the jungle...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wick
    My Mavics were creaking and making an awful noise. After a hub rebuild it turns out the creaking was solved by a little tri-flow around the spokes/nipples at the tire and hub- all noises gone!
    What kind of wheels are you running. I have a set of Mavic Crossmax XL (tubeless with Aluminum spokes) on my Epi. I also recentaly had some pretty loud creaking, which also turned out to be from the spoke-nipple/rim interface. And i also applied a little tri-flo to each nipple. The creaking went away fro the first couple rides, but now it is coming back. Very annoying....

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    So far So good

    Thumbies-I have CrossMax SLR on the Epi- the creaking is bad annoying but so far has not returned. I found many threads on this issue in the Wheels section under Mavic creak/noise. The amazing thing is I have had a pair of CrossMax Sl's for 2 +++ years never a service and never a noise. Hope you can get yours fixed. Check your spoke tension perhaps. Also put some triflow where the spokes crossed one another on my bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wick
    Thumbies-I have CrossMax SLR on the Epi- the creaking is bad annoying but so far has not returned. I found many threads on this issue in the Wheels section under Mavic creak/noise. The amazing thing is I have had a pair of CrossMax Sl's for 2 +++ years never a service and never a noise. Hope you can get yours fixed. Check your spoke tension perhaps. Also put some triflow where the spokes crossed one another on my bike.
    Thanks, i will check out the posts on the wheels forum. The only place my spokes touch where they cross is very near the hub on the cassette side of the back wheel, where the creaking appears to be in most spokes (not just drive side) and at the rim.

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    Sweet! Don't see too many of the green frames. I like it!

    That feeling you descibed is the best feeling in the world. One ride like that easily makes up for all the off days you ever have on a bike.

    As for the wheel creaking, if TriFlow tends to dry out more quickly, try using something like Phil's Tenacious Oil.

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    Thanks Tburger

    Quote Originally Posted by tburger
    Sweet! Don't see too many of the green frames. I like it!

    That feeling you descibed is the best feeling in the world. One ride like that easily makes up for all the off days you ever have on a bike.

    As for the wheel creaking, if TriFlow tends to dry out more quickly, try using something like Phil's Tenacious Oil.

    You are absolutely right. It makes up for a lot of stuff in our lives - I am grateful for the experience-you obviously and most if not all mt bikers understand

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    Coil?

    Anyone ever run the Epi with a coil shock?
    I'm curious on how it changes the suspension feel versus an air shock.

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    Love that green. Here's mine. Finally built up how I want it (With the exception of pedals, front derailuer, tires)



    Fork: Fox 32 TALAS RLC

    Rear Shock: Fox Float R

    Brakes: Avid Juicy Carbon

    Cranks: Shimano XTR 175 mm

    Front Derailleur: SRAM X9 (Going to be XTR)

    Rear Derailleur: X0

    Chain: SRAM w/ PowerLink

    Pedals: Time ATAC (Going to be ATAC Ti Carbon)

    Stem: Thomson 90/10

    Handlebar: Easton Monkey Lite Low Rise

    Seatpost: Turbo Gravity Dropper (4 Inch)

    Saddle: Specialized Phenom 140 w/ Ti Rail

    Bottom Bracket: XTR Integrated

    Cassette: Red SRAM

    Headset: Chris King

    Grips: OURY Lockons

    Front Tire: Maxxis Ardent 2.25

    Front Rim: Mavic 819

    Front Hub/Skewer: Salsa Skewer, Chris King Pewter Hub laced with Ti Spokes Black Nipples. 7 Inch Dirty Dog Dragon Rotor

    Rear Tire: Maxxis Ignitor 2.35

    Rear Rim: Mavic 819

    Rear Hub/Skewer: Salsa Skewer, Chris King Pewter Hub laced with Ti Spokes Black Nipples. 7 Inch Dirty Dog Dragon Rotor

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    Lookin Good

    Very Nice Chris

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    Wick, you must be the only person to own an Epiphany, an Exo-grid Motolite and a S-Works FSR at the same time!

    Why so many bikes in the same range? What do you think of them (just positive, don't want anybody to get upset!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_nor_cal
    Love that green. Here's mine. Finally built up how I want it (With the exception of pedals, front derailuer, tires)


    The turbo looks great...Do you recommend it? or I should ask, how are you liking it?
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    i love the turbo. its the first adjustable seatpost I've owned and I can say it really make me ride harder since before i had it i wouldn't want to lower the seat and stop so i would just ride cautiously. now i can slam the seat on the fly and rail corners. get one.

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    Vespasianus- Good Question

    Quote Originally Posted by Vespasianus
    Wick, you must be the only person to own an Epiphany, an Exo-grid Motolite and a S-Works FSR at the same time!

    Why so many bikes in the same range? What do you think of them (just positive, don't want anybody to get upset!)
    Well V-i'm not sure how to answer, maybe osession. the three left are sitting together and I ride them equally every few weeks. What I have learned is ---its not the bike but the rider.They are all nice.
    Stumpy-Wow carbon and kills the chatter- (lifetime warranty) killer on down hills-sweet...
    Epiphany-Swweet cruiser no better all around bike ICT WORKS!!!-nice craftmanship-USA MADE! Nice to be in limited company-suits my rebel side.
    Exogrid-(LIFETIME WARRANTY)stunning work of art-perfect balance and no better craftmanship I have seen. IMHO
    Damn I love Mt Biking- Im done buying bikes for at least 5 years at least my cars paid off - got to take care of my Son!
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    Obsession? Sounds like Passion to me

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_nor_cal
    i love the turbo. its the first adjustable seatpost I've owned and I can say it really make me ride harder since before i had it i wouldn't want to lower the seat and stop so i would just ride cautiously. now i can slam the seat on the fly and rail corners. get one.
    ...hmmm, i'm interested, are you happy that you went with the 4" version and not the 3" version?
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    Quote Originally Posted by PAINpusher
    ...hmmm, i'm interested, are you happy that you went with the 4" version and not the 3" version?
    The 4 gets the seat good and out of your way. I've never used the 3 so I can't really comment on it. Ill tell you what is important--make sure that you measure how much seatpost you have showing currently when your seat is set at xc pedal uphill height, because the GD i have is very close to too tall. what i mean is, if there was much more seat post exposed--and there has to be based on the design of the GD and the cable that sticks out horizontally-- it would be too tall for me (I'm on an XL) i hope ive made it clear enough to understand what I mean.

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    fyi I took my epiphany out today and absolutely thrashed it on a gnarly trail today filled with sharp rocks burried fast in hardpack dirt--confluence trail in auburn if anyone's even been there--and lets just say the bike was firing. suspension is finally dialed in--it performed amazingly, I am very impressed with the ict suspension design.

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    ... and if we just ... another Epi owner

    Great looking bikes! Took mine out today, and I still am amazed at how well they climb. I rode a trail in reverse today, basically straight up the gnarly downhill section (over 6 miles) and I still felt pretty fresh..

    Bike comes in at 25.2 lbs, and is bulit pretty sturdy with the wheelset featuring Hope Pro 2's on Stan's ZTR Arch, so far has been flawless.

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    Very Nice Setup

    Great shot King- I love the nebulea blue paint!

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    nice bike. i dont understand why mine is 30.2 lbs. what's heavy on it?
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    Chris

    I think you have heavier wheels, tires, brakes, seatpost...

    I am running:

    • Avid Ultimates
    • Stans Arch rims with Hope Pro II hubs
    • S-Works Eskars (tubeless)
    • Ti seatpost


    I think these must equate to weight difference

    Your bike looks burlier though, mine is pretty much Cross Country/All Mt rig right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by king2005
    Great looking bikes! Took mine out today, and I still am amazed at how well they climb. I rode a trail in reverse today, basically straight up the gnarly downhill section (over 6 miles) and I still felt pretty fresh..

    Bike comes in at 25.2 lbs, and is bulit pretty sturdy with the wheelset featuring Hope Pro 2's on Stan's ZTR Arch, so far has been flawless.

    Cheers
    Congrats - That looks just awesome. What size is it? And you?

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    Cool-blue Rhythm "e·piph·a·ny" –noun,

    an appearance or manifestation, esp. of a deity.

    This Epi is a one-of-a-kind. Dont look for this 'paint' job at your LBS anytime soon... now if only I could find some pink bamboo forest ...
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    RRX,
    That Epi also belongs in this thread:
    Pink Ellsworths Anyone?

    That's pretty sweet, but it may be too much pink for my tastes. Didn't someone once say something about a labia? That statement may be even more true for this Epi.

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    I love the pink on pink action! Is that your personal bike, or is it one floating around the Ells factory? And I thought my bike was pink.
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    THAT is the pride of the Princess of Ellsworthia... along with the cool guys that built her...
    Its not the brand of the wand that matters, but the skill of the magician. (Make no mistake tho, your brand does suck butt.)

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    Haha, ok, that is just full on sick... love the pink.
    I gotta clean up my Epi and post a photo... or perhaps post one from when she was new and spotless...

    thanks for posting the Epi's guys... bike porno for sure.
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    Here's my Epi. It hasn't been out in a while, but hopefully soon.
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    Long Live the Princess

    Quote Originally Posted by Rogue Rider x
    THAT is the pride of the Princess of Ellsworthia... along with the cool guys that built her...

    Nice Bikes- Post a picture of the pink Bamboo Forest when you get there!

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    Had a Great Day on the Epiphany

    Man I love this bike- had a super day on the trail this pm snuck out of work early and rode some buff singletrack at Fort Yargo near Athens GA UGA and the Epi was superb. Got the suspension dialed in just right 101/167. The Epi just railed the trail-had to leave much too soon to get back to Atlanta to pick up my Son. 14 ++ miles of very fast/racetrack type trail tight and twisty. Tropical storm winds just hitting the N Georgia area made the day very comfortable. Snapped a few shots with my LG Dare cellphone-interested to see how quality transfers to Web. Cheers to all!!
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    Nahice!! at least now we know who you're going to vote for Wick

    Quote Originally Posted by Wick
    Man I love this bike- had a super day on the trail this pm snuck out of work early and rode some buff singletrack at Fort Yargo near Athens GA UGA and the Epi was superb. Got the suspension dialed in just right 101/167. The Epi just railed the trail-had to leave much too soon to get back to Atlanta to pick up my Son. 14 ++ miles of very fast/racetrack type trail tight and twisty. Tropical storm winds just hitting the N Georgia area made the day very comfortable. Snapped a few shots with my LG Dare cellphone-interested to see how quality transfers to Web. Cheers to all!!

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    A Few More Epi Shots From This AM Ride

    Well I took off this AM and did a little riding on the NW Georgia Side Woodstock Blankets Creek Trail System. A very well done trail group. Thanks SORBA/Woodstock Chapter!! Tropical Storm Winds again made the ride super sweet, 20-30 mph gusts. The Epi was superb as always. My Mavics started their occasional creeking so a little tri-flow and a spit of H2O and all was good again. Did a loop on the Area 51 and the South Loop. My Friends,- singletrack does exist and we must ride it! Ride here and ride now!
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    Day Three on the Epiphany

    My Friends- hit the trails in Gwinnett County Saturday- near Stone Mountain Georgia the trails ride through a deserted farm from a hundred and fifty years ago - so the topography has mounds and terraces everywhere which make it an interesting ride. They are all overgrown with vines and trees now. Boulders and Rocks are also scattered throughout-perhaps from the days they use to farm the land. Very wooded and a couple of small streams flow down to the Yellow River which is the boundary of one side of the Park. Not bad for a county Park. Perhaps twelve miles or so of trail. Thanks Gwinnett County Parks and Rec. and local SORBA chapter. The Epi was still dialed in well and the Tropical Storm bands hit mid way throught the ride which was very cool - high winds and rain very nice!! Got to give the Epi a bath after this weekend.
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