I got to test ride one this morning and boy was that a sweet bike. It accelerates like crazy and acts like a hardtail, but suddenly on rough terrain, it becomes a sweet full suspension bike. It was so light weight as well and you could really fly on it. I'm in the market for a good race bike, and I had tried out 2 or 3 other racing bikes (giant anthem for ex.) but this one stole the show. I've yet to try out Trek, Gary Fisher, or Cannondale though, but I think the epic will win. Great job Specialized Team!!!