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    Will my 05 Epic hold up well on single track?

    I just bought a specialized Epic. I had been riding an old all rigid bike and wanted something more comfortable to ride on. I like the feel of a hardtail going up hills and did not want too much rear suspension. I tried the stumpjumpers and just liked the way the epic felt much better. I will be doing alot of up and down, rocky and rooty single track as well as on the road with this bike. Since it is primarily a XC bike should I worry about rough single track? I'm sure the bike will be comfortable enough since I have been riding rigid for a long time. The guys at the LBS thought it would be perfect but I'd love to hear your opinions. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrali
    Since it is primarily a XC bike should I worry about rough single track?
    No.

    I have an 03 Epic that has been ridden on 'all mountain' type terrain for 2 and 1/2 years now and the frame is in perfect shape. No worries.

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    i think the epic was made in mind for singletrack and XC.. but i am not sure.. but i think it should hold up..

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    Quote Originally Posted by unsuspended
    No.

    I have an 03 Epic that has been ridden on 'all mountain' type terrain for 2 and 1/2 years now and the frame is in perfect shape. No worries.

    Agreed. Definately what it was built for. Only time I have heard of any problems, was guys renting them last year and dhilling on them. The seatstay had a habit of breaking on drops and jumps that were cased.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrali
    Since it is primarily a XC bike should I worry about rough single track?
    Errrr What else would you ride an XC bike on?

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    Guess I was still trying to figure out the true difference between all mountain and XC riding even though I have looked through all of the deffinitions. I wanted to make sure I was not using the bike for anything it was not intended for. Obviously raiyn is a little more knowlegeble than everyone else on this forum so this seemingly obvious question must have offended him. So I apologize to raiyn for having him to waste keystrokes to answer my dumb questions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrali
    Guess I was still trying to figure out the true difference between all mountain and XC riding even though I have looked through all of the deffinitions. I wanted to make sure I was not using the bike for anything it was not intended for. Obviously raiyn is a little more knowlegeble than everyone else on this forum so this seemingly obvious question must have offended him. So I apologize to raiyn for having him to waste keystrokes to answer my dumb questions.
    What the ****? People are getting WAY too damn twitchy here.
    Look chrali you didn't say you'd be doing 3-4 foot drops which is something that would certainly put you in the all mountain catagory. "Rough singletrack" means a typical XC trail and considering the amount of travel your Epic has you can certainly use it for the task you so vaguely described

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    To me your answer sounded a bit "twitchy" . I certainly apologize for only vaguely describing the use for my bike. Like I said, I guess I still needed to find out what the true difference between XC and all mountain was. The answer you just gave actually helps me out quite a bit. I did not buy my bike to do any big drops. So if thats what people mean by all mountain I should be in good shape. Responses like your first one come across to me as arrogent. If I misinterpreted your first response I apologize. Otherwise your more detailed second response is more appreciated, minus the first two sentances and the snippy comment at the end of your last sentance.

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