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Canfield Brothers EPO

Canfield Brothers EPO

Product Review (submitted on August 7, 2016):
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.