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  1. #1
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    Epic: Buy vs Build

    My 2006 Epic is getting up there in age and miles. I think I'm going to upgrade to a new one.

    Just wondering what the opinions are on buying a complete bike vs building?

    I'm not familiar with the wheels on the new epics are. Are they worth keeping or are they throw aways? The cassette and some other components are fairly low too for a $6K price tag (on Expert model).

    Can any owners weigh in?

  2. #2
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    Jan 2004
    Almost always better value to buy a complete bike. Seems like most big manufacturers want to sell complete bikes so they price frame onlys unreasonably high.

    As far as the epic goes I like the Marathon with Carbon rear Triangle and a Carbon wheelset for an extra 1200 over the Expert. Plus you get other upgrades. The Alloy wheelset on the expert is fine. The Carbon controls on the marathon are one of the best wheelsets on the market. Not much upgrade to be had there.
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  3. #3
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    RE: Epic: Buy vs Build

    2014 expert has the same carbon control wheels as the marathon, but now $950 difference. Both have alloy seat stays, but marathon has carbon chain stays and slightly"better" carbon.
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  4. #4
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    If you think you will ride it 1x11 I really do think that the Expert WC is a good buy, has carbon chain stays like the Marathon.

  5. #5
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    Jun 2013
    I'm also in the market to buy an Epic frame and build or buy an Epic package.

    The cost is approximately 10,500 for the following build:
    2014 Epic Carbon Frame
    SRAM XX1 drivetrain
    XTR brakes
    XTR pedals
    Enve carbon wheels with DT hubs
    Enve stem
    Enve seat post
    Cane Creek BB
    Cane Creek headset

    I would rather have Enve's than Rovals. I would rather have the SRAM crank than the S-works. I really don't want Magura brakes.

    For these reasons, I'm really leaning towards building.

  6. #6
    old fart
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    Mar 2010
    And that price buys you an S-Works with a full warranty. I've not had Enve wheels but the Roval Carbon SL's are outstanding. The SW crank has now changed, but the old one is very good as well. 4,500kms on my SW and counting....

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