A couple of weeks ago I found one of those "Bikes I've Always Wanted" and made it mine.
I've been trying to get more of a feel for the history of the Epic since, and have been stymied like no other "modernish vintage" bike before. Hope that the forum can add something.
What's the date range for the lugged and glued Epics? I think mine is a '91 (though the previous owner swore it was a '99). Components are mid 1990.
Where did they fit into the Specialized line? What was the MSRP?
Did they define sub-models with the various Shimano groups? Mine is 105, but I know I've seen 600 Epics.
I read they were Taiwanese built. My serial number begins with a G, does that imply Giant?
Tapping on the tubes sounds a lot more metallic than most CF bikes. Is this one of the CF wrapped around an aluminum tube bikes?
My take on the ride is that it's super stable for a fairly tight bike, but SO smooth riding that it's fooled me into thinking the tires were under-inflated!