2021 Specialized Epic Evo Shock Swap

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Posted: Jul 6, 2020 at 15:01 Quote
I know I am not the only one who wants to try different rear shocks on my new epic evo. The stock shock is 190x40 and provides 110mm of travel (claimed). Has anyone experimented with different shocks? If so, post about it with the pros/cons.

So far I have done a test fit of a cane creek dbair il with a 45mm stroke (190x45) and under full compression I did not have any tire clearance or linkage issues. I have not had a chance to ride it because I need new hardware for the front eyelet. I am waiting on a 42.5mm stroke shock to try out as I am looking for slightly more travel than stock but don't want to push it.

I am also trying out a 130mm pike ultimate versus the 120mm sid ultimate. I am not going to be pushing this bike to its limits. I have a stumpjumper lt as a play bike. This is more of an experiment than anything else.

Some simple calculations (which may not be 100% accurate) provide the following travel for different stroke shocks.

37.5mm stroke = 103mm travel
40mm stroke = 110mm travel
42.5mm stroke = 117mm travel
45mm stroke = 124mm travel

Posted: Jul 11, 2020 at 9:05 Quote
I fit a cane creek IL coil in there and it’s rad.
Pros: feels great, can pedal through rougher terrain, more adjustable, feels playful yet planted.
Cons: have to run a fairly high spring rate, so anyone over 85-90kg may struggle with this setup.
Epic Evo Canecreek IL
Epic Evo Canecreek IL

Posted: Jul 11, 2020 at 9:49 Quote
jarradlawrence wrote:
I fit a cane creek IL coil in there and it’s rad.
Pros: feels great, can pedal through rougher terrain, more adjustable, feels playful yet planted.
Cons: have to run a fairly high spring rate, so anyone over 85-90kg may struggle with this setup.
Epic Evo Canecreek IL
Epic Evo Canecreek IL

Did you stick to the stock 190x40 or go 42.5/45 stroke?

Posted: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:29 Quote
GavinLansden wrote:
jarradlawrence wrote:
I fit a cane creek IL coil in there and it’s rad.
Pros: feels great, can pedal through rougher terrain, more adjustable, feels playful yet planted.
Cons: have to run a fairly high spring rate, so anyone over 85-90kg may struggle with this setup.
Epic Evo Canecreek IL
Epic Evo Canecreek IL

Did you stick to the stock 190x40 or go 42.5/45 stroke?

I checked longer strokes for clearance and appeared to have no issues, seeing as this shock is a 45 and I can add and remove travel reducers as needed, however I have stuck with stock length stroke for now until I get the chance to look further into it, I am more concerned about added travel/flex in the chain stay/seat stay area and what that “flex” tolerance might be, just as a precaution for the moment.

Posted: Sep 2, 2020 at 14:38 Quote
hey im thinking about doing the same thing, except with a rockshox 190x45, couldn't find 190x40 for the super deluxe. i checked all the clearing and nothing hits but im still skeptical and didn't buy it yet, any new update on this.

Posted: Jan 13, 2021 at 16:25 Quote
Gavin,

Did you ever get around to testing the rear shocks?

I got the 2021 Epic Evo and need more suspension capacity. I will order the Pike 130mm and want to get a more trail oriented rear shock. The Super Deluxe does come in 190 x 40. And also 42.5 and 45.

Will the 190 x 40, even though it is the same length as stock, give a better ride on the way down?

Thank you,

Posted: Jan 13, 2021 at 16:58 Quote
Hey,

I haven't had time to swap shocks. I know there are a couple people running 190x42.5 and do not have any clearance issues with the flex stays. I haven't heard any reviews of people running the 190x45 yet.

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