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    Handling Comparision: Epic vs. WC Epic

    I have a 2012 S-Works Epic 29er that I love. I am tempted by the shorter stays and steeper head angle of the new WC's. I'd love to hear some feedback from folks that are coming off the standard '11 and newer Epic to the new WC geometry. Is there enough difference in handling to seriously consider making a switch?
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    2014 S-Works Epic WC

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    I have a 2011 SW Epic 29er and a 2012 Niner Air9 RDO with rigid RDO fork, both medium frame. The Air9 geometry is almost exactly the same as the 2014 WC.

    I absolutely love the sharp quick handling of the Niner compared to the rather long feeling Epic. Now to be fare, the Niner is set up rigid and is a hardtail, so my comparison would be on hard packed smoother trails. The Niner would be snappier due to no suspension movement, but the geometry of the Niner is a blast.

    The Epic is the best XC full suspension bike I have ever ridden, the Air9 RDO is the funnest bike to rip around on our local buff trails, but I have been pondering the same question.
    17 990 Element BC Ed - 25.5 lb burly
    15 Enduro Expert 29, SW build - 27.6
    14 SW Epic WC - 21.8
    12 Niner Air9RDO -16.4

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