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Old 10-14-09, 08:14 PM
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Frame Choice: Giant Anthem X vs. Specialized Epic Marathon

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About a year ago I bought a Motobecane Fly Pro. Its a descent hardtail with quality components including: Shimano XT deraileurs, Ritchey Cockpit and components, Vuelta wheels(w/ bladed spokes!), and I've made about $300 worth of upgrades like new sram xo cassette, easton monkey lite xc bars, and kenda dread tread tires. I have been doing a considerable amount of racing in SoCal, with lots of fireroads, dry singletrack, and gravely climbs and desents. I've heard that a xc full suspension can leave one fresher than on a hardtail, especially in my current riding environment, so I've been looking at some Full suspension xc frames to upgrade to. My budget is around $1200 bucks, and I want an aluminum frame with a good amount of suspension that will make the ride comfortable but not all mountain. It needs to be light and raceable. I've looked at the Giant Anthem X for $1200, and the Specialized Epic Marathon, which is originaly retailed for $2000, but I get deals on specialized from club sponsorship, making it around $1200.I also saw the santa cruz juliana, because i'm a girl(which doesn't make much of a difference) and its around $1200 too. Any suggestions or other consierations?
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If you're racing XC grab that Epic. I was skeptical about Specialized's Brain suspension but no longer. You can dial the rear suspension in so that you have the nice tight feel of a hardtail but the compliance of a fully suspended bike when the going gets rough. They also have a fork that uses the same technology. I can't speak for the aluminum frame but you can build a carbon Epic in the low 20lb range pretty easily. An Epic would make a very nice race bike.
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Old 10-19-09, 08:57 PM
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great thanks. I was leaning towards aluminum for durabilitys sake. Is it an issue? If I crash or if it falls, will it crack at all? I only have enough money for one bike, and if I break it i'm screwed...
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I think that carbon mountain bikes are a gimmick. They make them thick enough so they are durable that the cost to weight ratio versus aluminum is unreasonable.
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Are they talking about spectators feeding the cyclists? You know, like don't feed the bears?
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By the way.. check this out. If they have one when I have the money to spare, one will be mine:

http://wheelworld.com/product/kona-0...e-set-6902.htm
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Epic. But can't lose. Both are sweet
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Don't worry about breaking your Specialized frame. They've got one of the best warranty policies in the business. Don't worry about breaking carbon frames either. I'm 6'2", 235 and ride a carbon Stumpy. It's plenty stout!
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my friend has an carbon epic and its nice, but if your gonna get that save the weight and handling and get a full suspension. he and i are both pretty good riders and we agree that a hardtail is a better choice than the epic with the brain. basically (in my opinion) if you want a full susp. bike dont get an epic and if you wanna race/ dont think you need full susp., just get a carbon hardtail. that being said, i ride a carbon mtb (gt zaskar) and i was skeptical but it was free (sponsorship) and after 8 months of riding/abusing it its been great. before i got the sponsorship i was seriously testing xs full susp. bikes to buy and im glad i didint buy one because a carbon hardtail is the way to go. also, i had to go to a specialized course for my bike shop to learn about specialized and they proved to me that carbon frames are WAYYY stronger than alu- they showed how the materials used can resist more than ten (or maybe 100?) times as much force as aluminum. i was impressed. i think the only thing better would be Ti.
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Ok so I see the two recommended choices are the Specialized Epic (carbon or alu) or the stumpy ht carbon. I do believe that a carbon ht is good for racing because it is light and compliant and snappy but I honestly want more of a race-able trail bike and specialized is my brand b/c of the sponsorship. I don't want go past 120 mm travel so I think the Stumpy FSR is out. So when it comes down to it the question is is it worth it to go carbon when you get 40% off?
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neither is a bad choice if thereiva anyway uo cna test ride either one do it... might just come down you a personal preference in how the bike feels to you

I know allot of people racing both bikes and they all swear by them comes down to personal preference sometimes
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