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Old 02-03-19, 11:35 AM
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1994 Specialized Epic: Should I get it?

I'm considering buying a 1994 Specialized Epic because I miss having a simple and fast road bike. I sold a vintage aluminum Trek 1000 frankenbike that weighed 21 lbs and was the fastest bike I owned.

My current go-to bike is an older Specialized Sequoia that has been modified for touring. It's geared well and weighs 28lbs.

I looked over the Epic and it fit me perfectly. The ride was smooth and rock solid. The frame shows no damage and the finish is in good shape. the components are the original Shimano 600 groupset. The bike was completely overhauled- new bearings, wheels trued, new cables, and bar wrap. It didn't feel as light as I had hoped and it didn't feel much faster than my touring bike.

I also found a​​​​​n aluminum cx bike with disk brakes and a carbon fork in my size on CL for close to the same price. (I found out the cx bike weighs 22.5 lbs.)

I don't own a gravel bike, but I have a vintage mtb I use for that duty.

Opinions? I'm tempted to pick up the Epic. I'm also tempted to take a look at the cx bike. I've been keeping my eyes open and haven't seen anything else as dedirable to me as these two bikes in this price range. I think I can get either bike for +/- $300. At my age, it'd be silly to spend an $2000+ for a new road bike when my touring bike works perfectly well for most of my rides.
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It didn't feel as light as I had hoped and it didn't feel much faster than my touring bike.
If that's the case, I would take a pass. Aren't those Specialized Epics from that year bonded carbon fiber? I guess that stuff is reliable, but I never trusted it 100%.

For $300, you should be able to find something light that you're 100% satisfied with. Something fast with tight geometry like a Cannondale, one of the earlier steel Allez models, a Lemond or maybe a Paramount PDG. You don't want a second touring bike, it sounds like. And I don't blame you, I like having at least one really quick bike in the stable.
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I'd definitely go for the Epic. Those are very cool vintage bikes. They ride great and always draw comments. My daughter has one and it would have been mine if it had been the right size.
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For sure the 94 Epic is a nice ride, and a good one to get. They don't seem to suffer too often from failed glue joints, and are very stable at speed. It may be this stability you are interpreting as "didn't feel much faster than my touring bike." Perhaps you are really looking for something with a little more "twitch" to it, meaning a bike that feels quick in the front end, something with low trail.
The Epic is plenty "fast" with the right motor behind it, and handles very predictably, too. One thing it is not is "twitchy" or super sensitive to steering input.
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Thanks for all of your input. My plan is to do a side by side comparison by bringing my touring bike with me so I can ride both on the same road at the same time on the same day. At my age, I don't need a twitchy bike and my Trek 1000 was that. It is possible the Epic just feels slower than my Trek due to it's stable ride. The aluminum Trek I owned felt pretty rough over rough surfaces and had very tight clearances.

My motor is nothing where it used to be. I can't expect a lighter road bike to fix me being old and out of shape. By doing a side by side, I should be able to see if there's enough of a difference to take up that extra space in my garage


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Thanks for all of your input. My plan is to do a side by side comparison by bringing my touring bike with me so I can ride both on the same road at the same time on the same day. At my age, I don't need a twitchy bike and my Trek 1000 was that. It is possible the Epic just feels slower than my Trek due to it's stable ride. The aluminum Trek I owned felt pretty rough over rough surfaces and had very tight clearances.

My motor is nothing where it used to be. I can't expect a lighter road bike to fix me being old and out of shape. By doing a side by side, I should be able to see if there's enough of a difference to take up that extra space in my garage


I know that bike it’s at the Northwest Hub in Salem. It’s a mixmaster of parts with a Suntour Superbe crank and some Shimano parts. It shouldn’t negatively affect its rideability. I have an all original Epic I am in the middle of an overhaul on right now . Mine has the proper Shimano 600 Tricolor drive train , these bikes came spec’d with a 105, 600 Tricolor or Dura Ace 7400 drive train when new. Everyone that I know who owns one loves the ride of the Epic Allez. I will not be riding mine as Carbon is not really suitable for Clyde’s .




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I have a year earlier model that I recently acquired and refurbished. Its a very comfortable bike for an old guy like me. I think the carbon frame and upright riding position makes it so. It has the carbon tubing with aluminium lugs and fork. They say that only the original models had problems with the tubes separating from the bottom bracket lug. Anything made in the '90s should have no problems.

I also have a carbon CX bike as my go-to ride and both have the characteristics that i like in a bike. The CX is lighter, has better gearing and can swap rims/tires very easily if I want to ride gravel or some off road rides. I consider the Epic as a vintage bike and will ride it like you would drive a vintage car. You can take it out on long rides but don't beat it up too much. Plus its a nice bike that not everyone has and it always gets compliments where ever you go. Cool...

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I know that bike it’s at the Northwest Hub in Salem. It’s a mixmaster of parts with a Suntour Superbe crank and some Shimano parts. It shouldn’t negatively affect its rideability. I have an all original Epic I am in the middle of an overhaul on right now . Mine has the proper Shimano 600 Tricolor drive train , these bikes came spec’d with a 105, 600 Tricolor or Dura Ace 7400 drive train when new. Everyone that I know who owns one loves the ride of the Epic Allez. I will not be riding mine as Carbon is not really suitable for Clyde’s .
Yeah I'm okay with the parts, but I am not sure about those wheels. I was hoping for wheels that are a bit lighter. (I weigh 210, so those wheels are a good choice for my weight though.) I also would prefer a 11-28 rear cassette. I'm waiting for a nice day to go take it out for a side by side comparison test ride.
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