There is very little I actually know about this line of bike from Specialized, but It has me interested in it for some reason. Although I'm very much in love with the new '08 SJ FSR lineup, the Epic just has something about it that says research me. I can't really find a whole lot comparing the two. Other than the fact of a few people saying it's a pure XC bike for race... Now I myself am not into the whole huge jumps kind of thing.. But does that mean the Epic is purely for smooth single track? Can it handle the occasional small drop or large bump? I like doing XC stuff and get a little rough once in a while, but I just don't see how 20mm more travel on the SJ makes all that much difference, coming from a hard tail and never riding a very good full suspension on the trail, what I can expect from the Stumpjumper that the Epic can't do? Weight wise how do they compare? I wanna sit here and say I think the Epic would be lighter but again I don't know.
What I want in a bike... Something decently light and able to power up hills, something that if I had to be able to power through rough stuff.