Specialized has a deep rooted history in proprietary products for their bikes. The brain shock system is forefront in this battle; as of 2016, Specialized and Fox no longer service most brain components pre 2014. This means that if your brain shock for your Epic needs servicing, you are S-O-L. To make matters worse, the shock dimensions for these frames are proprietary, which makes replacing the shock very difficult.
Since these shocks have become a non-serviceable item, we have had to delver the unfortunate news to customers that their shock is dead and in-turn, so is their frame…. until now. In order to keep these frame alive we have created a modification that allows us to fit a new shock into the frame while maintaining the same geometry.
With a new modified Monarch RL and custom hardware, riders have the ability to keep their Specialized Epic alive. Retro-fits are in the $425 range and give the rider the ability for a lockout and rebound control.
Additionally we have been able to modify the Specialized Stumpjumper shocks with a Fox DPS for at a similar price