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Really does feel like cheating. Review by LPH
I'm the opposite of an early adopter. I knew the Brothers had long been making 29ers that were "fun to ride", but I always thought "how fun could they be, it's still a 29er". Coming from a gravity background, I was happily content with my 26 inch wheeled bikes. I didn't even need a new bike, but I started researching for a friend, and well, now I have an EPO. I should have just trusted that if Lance designed it, I'll like riding it. This frame is everything you've read it is. As expected from a hardtail, it's an efficient ascender. If there's any inefficiencies in the climbing, it ain't the bike. And given the pedigree, it's not surprising that it descends even better. I read somewhere that the EPO will have you scanning the trail ahead for anything to boost off of. It's poppy, compliant and the wagon wheels never hindered me in any way. I put a 140mm Pike on mine (46mm offset) and the bike never rears up unless you ask it to. They have modern geometry nailed on this one. What may seem like just numbers on a page, is the recipe for the magic that results in something greater than the sum of its parts. I mean, it's still a hardtail, but it's the most forgiving, most comfortable and most capable HT I've ever ridden, pointed up AND down. It's not a Jedi, so if you make a habit of coming up short on gaps, you'll definitely get bucked. But for everything from XC/trail/AM to self shuttling DH stuff just shy of all out nasty, this is a well designed instrument. (Posted on 8/7/2016)
EPO is RAD! Review by Max Jansons
Took my newly built EPO out for its first beat-down this morning, and all I have to say is RAD! It is just such an intuitive and easy bike to ride. Usually on a new bike I’m thinking about set up or adjustments etc.. In my 2 1/2 hour ride I don’t think I had one thought other than just the pure pleasure of enjoying the ride. I’d like to use manly adjectives like “aggressive” and “burly” to describe the ride, but “relaxing” is more accurate. Just such an effortless, easy, fun, and playful bike to ride.
Its funny because I posted a thread on mtbr back in Sept 2014 (http://forums.mtbr.com/specialized/i-want-enduro-29er-hardtail-929907.html) basically asking for what you guys wound up building in the EPO. Its nice when your prayers are answered and then some! (Posted on 3/2/2016)
Canfield Brother EPO Review by Dirt Rag Mag - Jon Pratt
This is an incredibly fun, capable hardtail that I would have no problem making part of my collection. This was hands down the most fun I have had on a hardtail to date. Truly a bike that wants to be ridden hard. (Posted on 11/11/2015)
I didn't think a hardtail could ride this good Review by tmc1171
Just thought I'd post a review after I've had some proper rides on the EPO.
My impressions mirror that of several others here. Bike is VERY capable on descents. Both high speed buff stuff, and slower technical chunk.

I put it thru the paces riding in Pisgah ( western North Carolina mountains) . Rode it 4 days straight and never felt the need or desire to switch to my full squish Norco Sight which spent the entire trip in the car. The EPO is a blast. Front end feels very lofty and playful, yet never got away from me on any techy/ steep climbs. Rear end never felt twitchy or had me wishing I was on a full squish. Did a 35 mile, 6, 000 ft elev. gain slog fest in the rain ride and I was very comfortable ( other than being cold, wet, and leg cramps). All day ride comfort was a surprise. Bike Climbs great.
EPO allowed me to push it much harder than my Ibis Tranny for sure.
I didn't think a hardtail could ride this good. (Posted on 10/15/2015)
EPO Review by Ray Howard
First of all, I really want to say that I love, love the bike. I think you nailed the geometry. The head angle, seat angle, reach, everything. Thanks! I’m just amazed at how great the frame feels and as a 200lb rider it’s neither too stiff or too compliant.

Thanks for making the frame of my dreams! (Posted on 5/12/2015)
EPO Review by Josh C
I was able to demo an EPO over the weekend and was blown away with the confidence I had on a 29er hardtail. I was expecting a be more timid riding the steep terrain we have here in Bellingham, WA as I am used to riding a DH bike. The EPO has the soul of a DH bike, but the agility of a hardtail. I'm looking forward to purchasing one in the near future. (Posted on 4/21/2015)

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