Well this is my review on my first new bike in over 10 years. So if it's a little jaded I'm sorry. I spent most of the summer questioning what bike I would like. I wanted a do-all full suspension bike. Early in the summer I picked up a very used 1999 Specialized FSR enduro. Ended up upgrading the fork twice, and adding a new rear derailer. Great bike, just a little dated. I rode three or four other bikes at the Specialized event. I really really liked the Epic. Felt like a lightly suspended version of my Dekerf HT. I rode a ton of bikes in the parking lots. Read specs for hours. Reviews for even longer. Eventually I ordered the 5 Spot. I saved a good chunk of money by getting a 2010 model. The differences were small between the 2011 and 2010. None of the changes really offered me any benefit for my style of riding. After waiting a few weeks my youngest son and I went and picked it up. We took it out for some cross country riding only a few minutes after getting it. The next day we took it to the slopes of Keystone for a day of gravity riding.