My 2011 Epic Expert 29er started creaking. I tried everything to get rid of the creaking. Since I felt like any competent mechanically inclined person should be able to diagnose a creak, I was reluctant to take it to a bike shop. But after many efforts and continued creaking, I couldn't eliminate it.
Finally took it to LBS - Mojo Wheels in Denver, CO. They tried everything I tried, plus replacing pivot hardware. Still creaking.
Mojo's called Specialized who recommended replacing the BB bearings. That reduced the squeak/creak significantly, particularly at light pedal efforts, but not eliminated, particularly when pedaling hard. That clearly showed the issue was in the BB. But it wasn't the bearings.
Specialized said they would replace the frame. Told me they were in between model years, so it would take 5-6 weeks. But they let me keep riding the bike, so it wasn't a big hardship.
At the 6 week mark, they said 3-4 more weeks. Bummer. Even bigger bummer when that came and went and still no frame.
When the LBS finally called a few weeks later to say "frame is here", it was an S-Works. Wowsa! The waiting was worth it! Brand new S-Works with a brand new push-to-set-sag Fox shock.
Being a weight weenie racer, I asked my LBS to weigh both frames. The 2013 Epic S-Works is 320 grams lighter than the 2011 Epic Expert. Three quarters of a pound! Pretty cool.
And it rides GREAT!!! No discernible flex, tracks straight, goes where I think about without really having to steer, high speed bombing downhill, low speed hammering and switchbacks, everything!
Thank you, Specialized!!
And thank you to Mojo Wheels in Denver, Colorado. Especially Mike, the Service Manager.
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