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  1. #1
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    Smile another "bike" vs. "bike" post(El Santo v. Epic)

    OK, so I work for a shop that give me access to a Specialized Epic Marathon (2007) with Specialized brain shock and a Salsa El Santo for essentially the same price. They are both frame and shock only, and I will move my build from another bike. I have a 4" Fox RLC fork that should work well with either frame. I am concerned that the Specialized may be a bit too twitchy for me, and I have no intentions of racing, but I like the idea of have a bob-free platform on which to carry my 270 lb butt up a hill. The Salsa, OTOH, is sexy, drop-dead gorgeous. However, I have no way to see it or ride a sample before I buy it. I am a bit concerned about the quality on the stock RockShox shock, and I have heard the paint doesn't hold up well (though the paint is a minor concern only). It seems to have a more laid-back geometry than the Epic, which I like, but how does it climb? Have you all found it to be reliable? Sell me on it, please!
    A bit about me and where I ride... I am 6'1", about 270 (on my way to 220) and come from a road background. Despite the road background, I have little to no finesse on a mountain bike. I plow through mud puddles and try to use brute force to get over obstacles. I ride on the Olympic Peninsula with a ton of singletrack that varies from loamy to somewhat rocky. It is often muddy and always hilly. Fire roads are generally well maintained, but only used when absolutely necessary.
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    I suggest you go for the El Santo. It will give you a more subtle and plusher ride. The Epic is designed for race (that's why it has the bob-free platform) and will definitely give you all the benefits going uphill. But, considering the trails that you frequent, the El Santo is more suited.

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    the epic is one of my fav bikes, and while 85% of the time id tell people to go with the epic, i think you'd be happier on the salsa.

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