I'd contest that the actual product isn't good, their forks and shock are excellent, the reliability isn't!
well spoke to specilized today, apperently they had put 10 new parts in my shock and then just decided that it wasent worth it and are now sending me a complete new shock
used mine at the welsh weekend, spoke snapped off at the nipple just before the end of the 1st lap...(a re-occurring problem of my mates epic which has prompted a re lace under warranty)
rear shock is now starting to clunk yet again, forks pi$$ing oil.
its going back today again, the thing is i really like the bike when it works but you just can't trust it to not break down, i certainly wouldn't take it abroad.
if i could i'd get a refund and buy another bike but the thing is 10months old now, i'll still try today though.
I'm new here.....first post... and I'm looking to buy a new 2008 epic. I have test ridden it and its for me. I spoke to techy bloke at specialized UK today and have been told that a new seal they have been recently fitting is working wonders- so rate of problems will drop.
I'm going to buy new as I want that 5 year warranty. When i test rode the epic over a long weekend in wales etc it had a slightly notchy top out feel- like there was just a slight bit of play almost? Spesh bloke said that will be the older seal. My girlfriend has just bought an epic to but has yet to ride it. I guess we shall find out if problems have been solved.....
How bad were the earlier shocks(fox built)?- any faults with them or is it just the brain fade ones?
MY gut feeling is that with all the thousands of epics built then sold around the world its mainly the faults/problems that get posted up and thats what we hear about, not "My epic is faultless and has done 1000s of miles".... I hope...
Anyway- is there anything I should look out for on the first rides that might indicate a problem shock? - As I have nothing to compare it too having been a steel hardtail rider since the 80's.
I have 07 and its been fine & dandy. Great in fact.
There were no serious problems with the Fox shocks, but the Spesh shocks have never been Fox built, the 08s were the least reliable, but they do seem to have finally sorted it out.
They're great bikes, enjoy it.
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