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    2006 Scott Reflex FX 25 or 2005 Specialized Epic

    I have a dilemma. I am trying to decide which is the bike to get and would like some help in deciding on this from more experienced riders. I have a guy coming today to show me a 2006 Scott Reflex FX 25 in almost new condition (weighing in at 31 lbs). The other bike is 6 hours away and I'm not sure if I should hold out for it since I might not be able to see it for a month or so. It is a 2005 Specialized Epic (with a few mods). I am mostly a trail rider and would be intermediate in my level. Not a downhiller and not a racer. After talking to both of the sellers, they are both willing to sell to me for $900.

    The links are:

    2006 Scott Reflex FX 25
    Listing: http://www.pinkbike.com/buysell/491967/
    Specs: http://www.togoparts.com/items/view_...40&did=8&cid=6

    2005 Specialized Epic
    Listing: http://www.pinkbike.com/buysell/500110/

    Any help would be appreciated.

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    For me it wouldnt even be a question. I would go for the Epic and probably wouldnt even be looking at the other bike. As far as the Epic being a race bike I would say the majority of Epic owners never race. The Reflex FX I think copied the Stumpjumper suspension and Scott was unable to sell it in the USA. It was sold in Canada and Europe. The Epic price I think is pretty attractive even if it might have a few more miles on it.

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    I'd agree that the epic is probably the one out of those two that I'd look at (despite a dislike of specialized business practices - i suppose secondhand you're not really giving them any money so its not so bad )

    The reflex is basically a cheaper version of the old genius (the chainstay pivot one).
    It's not really a copy of the stumpy in any way other than the use of a chainstay pivot - especially when you look at the pullshock (means its instantly couldnt be a direct sus design copy).

    The parts on that spec are superior and the ride is decent enough.
    Its certainly enough bike for general trail riding (albeit with racy geometry - steep angles etc). To be fair aslong as you're not planning to get too agressive in terms of big drops/jumps it'll be solid enough.

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