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    2014 Epic max fork?

    So... Does anyone know the maximum fork travel allowed on a 2014 Epic frame? Thanks!

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    2014 Epic max fork?

    No one? I'd like to give it a little extra confidence on downhills.

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    Specialized usually says 10% increase, but you can run 120mm on an Epic no problem.
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    I'd check with a dealer and have them check with Specialized's warranty department. If you go above the recommended fork travel you'll void your frame warranty.

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    2014 Epic max fork?

    Ok thanks for the answers!

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    Why? If you are looking for something with more travel why not get a Camber or Stumpy.
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    2014 Epic max fork?

    I already have a Stumpy and I don't like the Camber. I want something that allows me to make long distances and I need it to be a good climber. Even if I have to go more slowly, I want to be able to do the same trails as I do now. I'm not sure yet but I think 100mm is a bit short. Also I only need a bit more in front. 100mm rear shock is just what I'm looking for!
    Thanks for answering!

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    2014 Epic max fork?

    I know what you are talking about...i dismissed the RS Sid Brain from my 2012 SW Epic FSR in favor of the Fox 32 Talas 29 Factory Fit CTD.

    Adjustable in two levels for uphill 90mm and downhill 120mm, heavily used.

    Works well at least with the 2012er frameset, make sure your stem is mounted negative to get enough pressure on the frontwheel.

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    You can run a 120 without incident, but, as mentioned above, Spec will tell you only a 10% increase, so you'll void your warranty.

    FWIW, I went from an Epic to a Stumpy Expert (both FSR 29ers)- still have the brain and the Stumpy climbs really, really well, and descends like a rocket. I ended up putting a 140 on the Stumpy and I'm faster up and down than I was on my epic (but I'm also just stronger this season overall, so hard to say). I beat the crap out of my epic and was riding it in conditions that it just wasn't designed for.

    According to the guy in this thread, Spech says 120 is acceptable (doesn't say if this is a 29er or not): 100mm vs 120mm Fork

    Here's another thread to check out: 120mm fork on epic?

    And a review from 29erOnline: Specialized Epic Comp Carbon 29 Review | 29er Online
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    Why put a 120 mm fork on the Epic? Why not just buy a Stumpy FSR?

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    2014 Epic max fork?

    Thanks alshead, you really helped me.

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    My pleasure.

    Andy- Obviously, I followed that same logic and got a stumpy after a couple of years on an Epic (and an Epic 26er before that), but not everyone can simply "swap out" or "swap up" bikes. If he already has an Epic and mostly likes it, it might be easier to just "try" a 120 fork than to sell the Epic and try to buy a SJ. Ever wanted to make an upgrade, but couldn't really make it happen?
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    Check this out with your dealer and or specialized. My dealer says that it is possible to increase the epic's fork travel to 120 mm simply by removing an internal spacer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michaud View Post
    Check this out with your dealer and or specialized. My dealer says that it is possible to increase the epic's fork travel to 120 mm simply by removing an internal spacer.
    '11 was the last year you could do that, from what I've heard. Solo air forks aren't modifiable.

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