Specialized's Radical New Bike: The "Epic" Wow, looking for a new bike. The four bar linkage Horst link has been the best so far, but check out this new Specilized Epic.
Understanding the inertial valve concept is the key to comprehending how the Epic's suspension performs. Bump forces from the ground activate the inertial valve inside the Brain, which activates the air shock, giving you suspension compliance. When the bike is rolling across flat ground, the air shock valving is closed, essentially "locking out" the rear suspension.
S-Works frames will be available in late July for $2,170. A full range of complete bikes will start at$2,060 and will be on sale in mid-August.