There are 2 different Spec Epic to consider. 1) the old type with Fox manufactured "Brain" 2) the Spec, maunfactured "Brian" There is quite a difference between the two. Tin's bike is a classic race bike and is super sweet, but I'd be leery about putting his bike under a 200 pound plus rider. Might be okay, but a bike that weighs in under 25 pounds just seems better suited to the lighter riders. The old Epic's had a lot of complaints, but it seems they have worked out the bugs when they started making their own shocks. These are realitively new, so how well they'll stand up remains to be seen. I'd consider one of these myself. But I like to ride nothing but the best, so of course I ride a Turner!