Gravity Rides Everything
So how reliable are Brains?
I am definitely lusting over the 06 SJ pro. the component selection is PERFECT. I THINK i want the brain. it makes sense in concept.
my only hangup is that shocks are damn hard to get fixed. I blew my septune on my 05 SJ, i ride a lot, and hard. If this thing isn't gonna take 1000+ rocky hard miles for at least one season i want to know. I got my septune pushed, and my confidence with that shock is very high.
so anybody with an epic, or an 04 enduro S-works, or an 06 SJ (if you're out there) I'd like to hear your problems...
if anybody is wondering why I'm ditching my 05 SJ expert already, i work for a shop, and it doesn't make economic sense to hang onto a bike for more than a season.
My brain on my Enduro lasted 14 months an over 2000 miles. The shock still works only the brain doesn't do anything until about 30% of the travel is used. Come Nov/Dec I will send it in to fox to be rebuilt.
I really never knew how much work the brain did until it stopped working, i have a new love for it and can't wait to get it back in working order.
Two years, no issues with my Epic's brain shock...
Just to scare you.
My SJ Pro brain was stuffed when I got it - I would be surprised if you hadn't read something about it because I queried/complained in just about every thread I could!! Spec sent me a new brain/shock once I made a formal complaint and it is now sensational.
Can't really give you any info on durability because it's only been working properly since Monday (!) however I previously had an epic for about 2 years and the only problem I had was one ride where the brass mass got stuck and I was fully active for a while. Sorted itself out and I dare say the newer brains have improved since the first generation.
Buy a Pro. The shifters are insanely schnappy, the TALAS are great (although I'm hanging out to see how much the 3-position adjuster knob is going to cost me from an '06 fork), XT cranks and brakes are always a winner, and it rides like a mountain goat wearing fluffy slippers.
I have over 6000 miles on mine, and I'm just now looking for a replacement. Hope that helps.
Originally Posted by endurowanker