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Our Demo 8 is expected to arrive in Europe on September 19, probably in the first patch of 2013 Specialized bikes coming to Europe. While lifts in many Scandinavian bike parks have already closed or are just about to close, we still look forward to some initial testing already in October. Read more...

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New review on Lezyne Alloy Drive hand pump now available.

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We had 2012 Epic Expert 29er delivered in February and have been riding the bike ever since snow melted and trails in Finland dried up in end-April. Most of the riding has been on typical intermediate cross-country terrain with small obstacles like roots, rocks, loose surfaces and hard pack and depressions.

2012 Epic Expert 29er comes with Fox/Specialized rear shock with remote brain with inertia valve and fade adjust. While we were very satisfied with the feel and functioning of the suspension, we found the rear shock quite oily after a few hours of riding, making us suspect that it might be leaking. Indeed, after a few more hours of riding, all damping was gone. Luckily, turning the brain to fully firm position we were at least able to ride home without problems. At that time in early-June, the bike had no more than some 20 hours of riding behind.

Contacting our local Specialized dealer, we learned that we will receive a brand new shock / brain from Specialized Finland. The dealer did the installation as soon as they received the parts, fast enough for us not to miss our next XC race. While we were obviously disappointed to see the rear shock failing, to get it fixed went fast and very smoothly thanks to Specialized and our dealer (Sportia Kuopio, Finland). This certainly is a good reason for supporting those local dealers that have honestly good customer service.

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New review on Osprey Raptor 14 hydration bag now available.

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New review on Crank Brothers Pica+ Premium tool.

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New review on Gore Fusion GT AS Jacket and Pants.

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