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    Epic expert carbon v marathon 2011

    Just looking to see what the opinions are on this.The difference in price for me is about 400gb pounds.I think I'm right in saying the main differences are e100 fork against a Sid 100 fork,full X0,and Roval EL wheels over AL....I will race this bike and I'm wondering is the marathon worth the extra cost given that the expert doesn't exactly look like a slouch.I've no experience with the E100 or royal wheels.Currently on a Giant XTC advanced which I'll still use depending on course.thanks

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    As far as I know they didn't make a 2011 Epic marathon but did in 2010 which is/was an awesome bike for the money compared to the Sworks. The Epic expert..is it a 2011 or 2012?

    If you are comparing a '11 epic expert vs a 2010 epic marathon then I'd say get the marathon. But if you are comparing the 2012 epic expert vs the 2010 marathon then I'd go with the 2012 epic expert. I also assumed you are talking 29er.

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    Sorry,I should have been more specific.Both are 26ers.The marathon is listed as 2011 by the retailer as is the Expert,and I see several retailers listing 2011 versions.as ,but that's interesting you think there was no 2011 Marathon? But from what you say even if it is 2010 the marathon is the one to go for? 29ers aren't in the running.

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    There is a 2011:

    Specialized Bicycle Components : Epic Marathon Carbon

    I would go for the Sid fork as it seems more reliable!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirkinho View Post
    There is a 2011:

    Specialized Bicycle Components : Epic Marathon Carbon

    I would go for the Sid fork as it seems more reliable!
    Sorry, didn't realize you were not in the US. US didn't have one in 2011. I don't know much about the specific bikes you are talking about. I do have a friend that has a US 2010 Epic Marathon 29er and it's a very nice ride. Much more so than the 2011 US Epic expert.

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