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Counsel sarahmoore's article
Aug 3, 2020 at 13:07
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Field Test: 2021 Specialized Epic - The Lightest & Slackest
@ilyamaksimov: I like you and your love of the Scalpel, but it was 5% slower than the Scalpel on the overall lap. Turning the Brain off to climb sealed the Epic's fate.
Counsel sarahmoore's article
Aug 3, 2020 at 12:44
6 hours
Field Test: 2021 Specialized Epic - The Lightest & Slackest
I'm new to the Brain platform after purchasing a 2021 Epic, and I can definitively say that when working it is not crap. I know in the past there have been durability issues, and that could be true for this version. My guess is that on a higher setting the Epic would've been significantly faster on the ascent, and maybe lost a little on the descent. I'm not 100% on that though, as it really does open up when it needs to once your suspension is setup. Coming off a Scalpel-Si my perception, I didn't do any scientific testing, is that the Epic is significantly more efficient due to the Brain. It really gives the pedal feel of a hardtail, but I don't know if this truly makes it faster or if it just feels faster.
Counsel sarahmoore's article
Jul 31, 2020 at 4:55
Jul 31, 2020
Field Test: 2020 Canyon Lux - A Very Fast Baseline
@tr1ckyk1d: I don't know the methodology, but they may have set Brain in it's lowest setting. This is pretty similar to being open. Impressive efficiency from the Lux all the same.
Counsel sarahmoore's article
Jul 30, 2020 at 13:29
Jul 30, 2020
Field Test: 2020 Canyon Lux - A Very Fast Baseline
No. The new Epic uses the Brain for front and rear lockout. I believe the newest fork allows some movement even when locked out. I think it is equivalent to the amount of the recommended sag though.
Counsel sarahmoore's article
Jul 30, 2020 at 8:27
Jul 30, 2020
Field Test: 2020 Canyon Lux - A Very Fast Baseline
It did put in the slowest time on their up/down lap test, but they also said it's the most efficient. If some flat sections were included in the lap this bike may have bridged the gap to the others in the test. Like most tests, it's impossible to remove every variable. Personally, I like these reviews so far.
Counsel sarahmoore's article
Jul 29, 2020 at 10:13
Jul 29, 2020
Field Test: 2021 Cannondale Scalpel - Deceptively Fast
Don't forget that the Lefty tends to eat itself and warranty replacements are long, if you get one at all. I also gave up on them
Counsel sarahmoore's article
Jul 29, 2020 at 8:57
Jul 29, 2020
Field Test: 2021 Cannondale Scalpel - Deceptively Fast
You win this round Scalpel-champion!
Counsel sarahmoore's article
Jul 28, 2020 at 16:35
Jul 28, 2020
Field Test: 2020 Trek Supercaliber - Short On Travel, Not on Traction
Yo ilyamasksimov, I'm really happy for you, Imma let you finish but the Epic is one of the best bikes of all time.
Counsel mikelevy's article
Jul 27, 2020 at 11:51
Jul 27, 2020
Welcome to the 2020 Pinkbike Field Test - Cross-Country Bike Edition
@opetruzel: I think I misread your original post. I thought you were saying that some of the 5 DC bikes in the test "don't necessarily qualify" as DC. I was worked up thinking about how long we've been waiting for part 2 of the Grim Donut and just had to lash out. Sorry.
Counsel mikelevy's article
Jul 27, 2020 at 11:06
Jul 27, 2020
Welcome to the 2020 Pinkbike Field Test - Cross-Country Bike Edition
I'm not a historian, but I'm 87.3% sure Mike Levy invented the term "downcountry." That makes him 98.9% qualified to apply the label to bikes. Also, "a few" has 100% never equaled 28.
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