Well it had to happen :)
This past week I was in Melbourne, Australia as part of the Specialized Bicycle Components University Core class which I was asked to do as part of my new position with Just Ride bicycle store.
3 days of product info and incredible info at that :)
Each day the study was interspersed with a bicycle ride, Tuesday was a long road ride on a Roubaix with Ultegra UI2 electronic gearing, very nice and I was considering another road bike until we turned into a gawd awful headwind for the trip back :) you just don’t get the big head winds riding off road :)
Wednesday was a day of learning the workings of the FSR suspension system and Specialized 29er geometry etc. I really sink my teeth into mtb stuff and having ridden/raced hardtails since 1990, I was keen to try an Epic 29er dually. Not only did I try an Epic 29er dually, but an S-Works version no less :)
They sure were spot on in the course when they mentioned how Specialized have a lower bottom bracket height and shorter chain stays on all their 29er’s which really feels incredible when riding. What I felt was a very similar position as previous bikes I had ridden. The handling didn’t take me long to get used too at all.
Now considering that this bike was new to me in EVERY way, as in it was a dual suspension, 29er, fitted with tyres I have never ridden, and the brakes were opposite to how I run them (I run R/H rear brake) this thing was a rocket ship :) Oh, we were riding trails I have never seen too.
Within a very short period of time I had gone from being quite tentative and unsure as to the handling to flying along with a huge grin factor going on :) I did lower the tyre pressures shortly in to the ride which made the tyres stick more when cornering, other than that I must say that Specialized 29er Epic was super impressive.
Now I just have to figure out if I want a racer style Epic or something more forgiving like the Carbon Camber or maybe the Carbon Stumpjumper :)