2008 Epic shock problems
I bought a 2008 Epic comp on the 30th Dec 08 new.Posted 9 years ago
I blew the shock on the first outing.
Specialized sent another straight away.
Last week I went round the Marin and I have blown the replacement shock.
Have I just been unlucky or is the specialized shock really that poor?
I really love the bike but really don’t want to keep sending the shock to Specialized every other week.
Me too, had a perfectly good 07 shock which was sent for a service and returned with an 08 free of charge (very pleased at the time), however since then 2 have gone, I seem to be going through bearings at a rate of a set every 6 months, one cracked swing arm and a cracked magnesium rocker.
I too am fed up of taking the bike to bits and not being able to ride it, unsurprisingly the guy at Spec tried to underplay the problem. As several of you have mentioned the customer service is actually very good, so fingers crossed they might sort it out.
GarethPosted 9 years agojulianwilsonMember
I know two epic 08’s (and their owners!) One is on its third and other its fourth shock all ‘replaced’ under warranty. The 09 shock is completely different (and won’t fit in the 08 frame either). I wonder why they only made this one for a year?! Specialized are presumably fixing these like crazy (it sounds/feels like a seal blows in the compression/brain bit) and putting them back out for warranty replacement. The latest replacements on both bikes have been going a bit longer than the previous ones did, mind.Posted 9 years agoWozzaMember
I thought about upgrading my 04 M4 with the fox shock for a M5 08 model with the spesh shock. After reading this I reckon i’ll just stick with what i’ve got for now.
Without trying to jinx myself i’ve never had any trouble out of it. (Look out for a post tomorrow about mine spontaneously combusting on the way to work.)Posted 9 years agoSpecEpicMember
My shock has also just given up again.
I spoke to the suspension guy at Specialized who admitted it was a common problem.
He is expecting a new and improved shock with better quality motor bike seals in about a month. This is meant to solve all the problems the shocks currently have. As well as replacing my broken shock with the same again, he has put my name on a list to be sent a new one when they arrive.
It might be worth asking Specialized to send you one of these too.Posted 9 years ago
i’m on my fourth shock now – same thing always happens: brain control will only turn about 3/4 turn (instead of 3) and shock blows straight through the first 25% of travel. Apparently they this latest shock (with new seal) will permanently solve the problem – mind you that’s what they said last time… If this one blows i’m going to request a 2009 frame!Posted 8 years ago
Update: just got a replacement 08 FSR frame and shock, took alot of debating, letter writing etc. I also have been told by someone in the know that Specializeds frame alignment is known to be an issue, this could explain my 4 sets of bearing in two years on my old bike and may explain some shocks failing?
GarethPosted 8 years agocarlphillipsMember
specepic, ive got an 08 model with the newer ‘fixed’ shock…ive been through one already..that makes three in 6months, i’ve stopped using it because im scared of blowing it all the time, so now the mrs uses it for her outings and i use it very occasionally for races/long moor rides.
shame really as its a corking ride when all is well.
jandockie…from plymouth perchance?Posted 8 years ago
Bike getting fitted with ‘yellow spot’ version tonight – supposedly ‘extensively reworked internals’ we shall see…
It’s obviously a very common problem – my lbs had two other shocks waiting to go on other bikes.
garethh – was yours an epic or stumpy that got replaced? If mine blows again it’s time to request a new frame i think.
fatmuthahubbard – have you blown a yellow?Posted 8 years agostratobikerMember
Flippin ‘eck what are you blokes doing to them?
I had a 2007 Epic, rode/raced it for two seasons, no shock problems whatsoever. Replaced one shock bushing, that’s all.
And in case you’re thinking I didn’t ride it hard enough, I tell you, I rode it hard, very hard.Posted 8 years ago
Yeah been on the Butterfield Diet Plan – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjnuBTPOaKY
That makes sense – don’t hear of many issues with the Fox versions.
One thing i will say for Spesh: the customer service & warranty is class – all it takes is one call and new shock is fitted within 48hrs. Also means i don’t have to shell out for servicing – just get shock replaced every 3 months!Posted 8 years agonjee20Subscriber
Did I hear my name mentioned?!
My 2009 Epic has had 4 pairs of forks and 3 shocks so far, it’s not just 08 ones! Ironically though, 2007 ones were perfect, mine never broke. I think I had about 7 2008 ones in the end! At least they’re good at fixing them!
The problems with both seem to have died down, I think they’ve finally found the problem and sorted it, the latest seals seem much better. It’s a real shame, as I think their shocks work far far better than Fox ones, but the reliability is a disaster!Posted 8 years ago
i have no idea what my last shock was.Posted 8 years ago
I was told it is the latest shock with the proper seal which had been stripped and inspected especially before sending it to me.
Still blew in no time at all going round the MBR at Coed y Brenin.
I’m not going to accept another shock if this new one goes.kaesaeMember
As far as I know the shocks for a 2003 through to a 2008 are all interchangeable.
The 07 fox shocks are about the best, as for specialized own brand of shock. The are useless, since fox is sticking with them. They obviously think they can get into the shock market. Time will tell if they can.
I wouldn’t buy a frame with one of the shocks, too unreliable.Posted 7 years ago
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