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Old 04-07-08, 12:26 PM
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Free bike!!....that came with some questions

So heres the story... My neighbors got kicked out due to not paying rent. They left a bunch of stuff behind and the landlord told us that whatever was left we could take if we wanted. So we headed over to take a look and I found this in the basement.
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Specs here:
http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?spid=22025


Needless to say I was very happy once i realized what I had really found. If I was going to go out an buy a decent bike Im sure i would have gotten a hardtail but Im not complaining.Ill be riding mostly xc trails with few drops and jumps, so this bike seems like a good fit. Its definetly more than i need right now but I think Ill be able to grow into it. I dont want to go with clipless pedals as I will also be using this for my short comute to classes around campus. I have always biked up until I was about 15, (I'm now 20), and had a decent Gary Fisher hardtail back then. Didnt do anything too hardcore then I turned 16 and go into cars and dumped all my money into those. So I am a mechanical person, just never worked on bikes. As you can see from the first pic Im missing some stuff. Now Im definitely going to bring it by my lbs to see what they say, but I just wanted to get an idea of what I might hear from them, so on to the questions:

1. My buddy who is really into DH racing is going to help me out with all of this. He is currently building a new bike so i get to grab parts off of his old DH rig. I plan on using his ear wheel/tire/cassete, seat, pedals If his rear rotor is the same diameter and thickness as the original can i just run that? I dont see any reason why not.

2. The right crank arm is missing the pedal and the threads are stripped. Its a shimano deore xt crankset. Can I buy just the crank arm? I think I should be able to but I havent been able to find anyone online selling anything besides the complete crankset.

3. I figured that I should give the bike a once-over and routine maintenance. What should I do/look for? I figured I should bleed the brakes as at least the front feels very spongy. Are there any bearings that I should grease or all they all sealed? What about the fork and rear shock, check air pressure? lube?

4. What can this bike handle? I think that this bike is good for the trail that I want to do, but if I wanted to could i take it off say 3-4 drops?

5. Anything else I should look for?

6. Anyone else have an Epic Marathon that can give me a better idea of what I have. From reading specialized site this seems to be a race version.


Thanks for taking the time to read my long post

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Old 04-07-08, 12:31 PM
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Hell of a nice bike. Holy crap.
However, first thing I *wouldn't* have done is gone on to the most popular bike forum on the net and post the story. Someone who owns a $4200 Specialized bike stands a good chance of being a member of this forum. This person knows where you live and maybe now knows that you have his $4200 bike.
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Old 04-07-08, 12:35 PM
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Im not worried about the neighbors, they had a chance to move out and did take some of their stuff, but also left a lot. Their not exactly the smartest people Ive ever met and I would be really surprised if they even own a pc. Ill take the risk
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Old 04-07-08, 01:14 PM
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If they left that behind, my guess is they didn't pay for it. Maybe you should check to see if it's stolen before you do anything to it?
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Old 04-07-08, 01:53 PM
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The Epic is a great bike, although that one is gonna be anything but free, time you get done rebuilding it.
Man he beat that thing to death! Great find though!
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Old 04-07-08, 01:53 PM
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That was my first thought as the neighbors were basically scumbags. I did give the serial #'s to the cops. I really didnt want to but I would be really pissed if I lost this bike. It has been about a week and I still havent heard back. So either the cop was lazy and hasnt run the numbers or no one has reported it stolen. either way i wont be doing anything to it for a couple months until I and my buddy who has the parts get back from college for the summer.
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Old 04-07-08, 01:58 PM
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Are you using the right codes on photobucket and if so did you move/delete the pics?

Dude you have some great luck....
nice bike.
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Old 04-07-08, 01:59 PM
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I just copied and pasted the urls from pb. Dont know what Im doing wrong.
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Try using the IMG code underneath the pictures.
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No problem man!

Bikes kinda banged up a bit but seems rideable!


Bottoms-up to your awesome find-lol
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Heckuva find. Hope you get to keep it/that somebody didn't have it stolen from them by the previous owner...
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1. You should be able to use his rear tire setup, but I don't believe you can go much bigger than a 2.3 on the rear wheel. The clearance is tight on the Epic.

2. My 2007 has the newer style XT crank with the bearing cups on the outside of the bottom bracket. Not sure when this setup came out, but if it's new, it could be the reason you're having a hard time finding the crank arm alone.

3. If the bike was beat abused by it's previous owner, I'd make sure the carbon bars and carbon shock link have no damage. It would be real bad if either of those failed on the trail. The Magura hydraulic brakes use mineral oil.

4. My marathon does okay on the 3-4 drops, but it's geometry is definitely designed more for cross country racing. I'd feel more comfortable with a Stumpjumper FSR for the bigger drops.

6. The marathon is a great bike. It's the top of the line in the M5 Epic series. (The Carbon frames and S-Works are more expensive and are the only way to get XTR on the Epics that year) The big differences between the marathon and the expert models (the one below) is more carbon (bars, Sram XO group, shock link), Magura SL brakes vs Juicy 7's, Fox 100RLC versus Fox 100RL front fork...to name just a few. The marathon also had, in my opinion, the better finish option of anodized black.

I actually have a spreadsheet with all of the comparison info if you'd like it. I bought mine as a 2007 leftover and paid $2900 at my LBS.

Enjoy!
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I can't think of too many ways to bang the hell out of the top tube like that. One of the first things that came to my head was, "those marks look like somebody was having a hard time stealing it, and took a hatchet to the lock".
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Old 04-07-08, 03:49 PM
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Hell of a nice bike. Holy crap...
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Originally Posted by pyroguy_3 View Post
I can't think of too many ways to bang the hell out of the top tube like that. One of the first things that came to my head was, "those marks look like somebody was having a hard time stealing it, and took a hatchet to the lock".
I had the same thoughts, But heh, lets not ruin his fun,. no one reported it.
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Nice find, I hope you get to keep it.
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QBP should have the left Shimano XT crank arm. They did last summer at the shop I worked at, we ordered a couple of them for people.
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I need the right crank arm. The one thats connected to the chain rings. I found some exploded views and it looks like the right arm support the bearing on the inside. Is this correct??
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Originally Posted by XC Froot Loops View Post
stolen.
Agreed. By the OP.
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Are those dents?
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sweet!

are they evicting anyone else soon? where do you live?

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Stolen, without a doubt, especially considering that it's missing so much. That said, I say, who cares? You scored big, man! Congrats on the new baby!
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That said, I say, who cares? You scored big, man! Congrats on the new baby!
I am going to steal your bike and post it as my new bike, on bike forums. People who aren't immoral ass-hats and who think about trying to find the rightful owner care. Good for the OP for reporting it. Bad for AKRX for being such a ******.
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