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    Wrist/Shoulder Sore After Riding New Specialized Epic

    Hey guys,

    I was riding a 21.5in Rocky Mountain Trailhead Hardtail for a while and felt like the move up to Full Suspension was a good idea.

    I picked up a size Large Epic Expert 2007 model from my LBS. After a few rides, I noticed that my shoulder and wrist feel sore during the ride. I'm riding the same trails so I think it has something to do with the bike.

    I'm 6'1 and thought I would need a XL frame, but my LBS insisted on a size large. Are there are stems that might push the handle bars out a bit? Any ideas? Seat height?

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    Yes

    There are different sizes of stems. Do you still have your old bike? If you do I would suggest asking if your shop has anyone familiar with bike fit and bring your old bike to get measurements off as a point of reference.
    Basically bike fit is a highly opinionated area. 3 people will probably give you 3 different opinions. Its not a one size fits all type thing, so don't be afraid to experiment with a few things to find whats comfortable for you.
    I also reccoment the Book "The Complete Medical Guide for Cyclists" by Andy Pruitt. He talks quite a bit about bike fit and will provide you with some good starting points for you. Congrats on the new bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by profchaos349
    Hey guys,

    I was riding a 21.5in Rocky Mountain Trailhead Hardtail for a while and felt like the move up to Full Suspension was a good idea.

    I picked up a size Large Epic Expert 2007 model from my LBS. After a few rides, I noticed that my shoulder and wrist feel sore during the ride. I'm riding the same trails so I think it has something to do with the bike.

    I'm 6'1 and thought I would need a XL frame, but my LBS insisted on a size large. Are there are stems that might push the handle bars out a bit? Any ideas? Seat height?
    Specialized XL is really big, typically 25.5 inch top tubes. 6'1" will ride a large.

    With that said, there is a lot to bike setup. Stem length, bar height, bar rotation, lever position, and even grips make a big difference.

    I would just head back there and ask to fool around with your setup.

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    You may need to push your seat back. Do the drop line test to confirm.
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