Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Munich Germany (formerly Portland OR, Texas)
Bikes: '02 Specialized FSR, '03 RM Slayer, '99 Raleigh R700, '97 Norco hartail, '89 Stumpjumper
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you just have to ride for yourself...
i have a '02 FSR XC and have test ridden a 2003/2004 Epic and we just bought a 2004 Epic for my girlfriend...
the FSR is softer and plusher and the Epic is harder and has a stiff ride.
depending on what you like, both work for general riding, XC, or XC racing...
but the Epic is simply more race-oriented -- less suspension bob (the FSR already has very little) and more hard/firm --- the Epic feels like a hardtail but since it really full-suspension you get all the advantages with grip, etc... just it doesn't FEEL like it
the FSR is more comfortable to ride, the Epic a little faster (only significant if you're racing or you hate the full-suspension "feel")