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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.

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Additionally we have been able to modify the Specialized Stumpjumper shocks with a Fox DPS for at a similar price

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  • Colin
    Reply

    Would this modification work on a 2011 stumpy carbon evo?

  • Márcio Ricardo Fonseca
    Reply

    I am looking for fox brain shock parts. Do you know how I can get it and have sent to Brazil?

    Best regards
    Márcio

  • MaryBeth
    Reply

    I think you did something similar for my 2010 Specialized Safire last year….it was a challenge, but you made it work, and I didn’t have to get a new ride! 🙂

    • Tim Hensley
      Reply

      I have the same year. I would love to have more information please

  • Kevin
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    I have just been told that the rear shock/brain on my 2012 Epic is toast, and Specialized will not fix or replace it, given that they have stopped supporting older model shock/brains. This is recognizing that it was a new replacement just 9 months ago directly from Specialized. It is stunning to me that Specialized can do this knowing that it effectively means that people who have invested many thousands on their bikes(I have invested upward of $7500)have bikes that are now worthless!! And even if it is possible to retrofit it, the cost is quite high ($500), and is not original equipment, but an add-on. Simply unacceptable. After many years of buying Specialized products, including clothing, if this is indeed the case, I will never buy Specialized again. Incredibly poor customer service and support.

    • Tim Hensley
      Reply

      I have a 2010 Stumpy with the brain fade as well. I’ve had no issues thank God. What one do you suggest for me? It’s 140mm travel
      Thanks

  • Paul
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    Interesting news. Fox in the UK rebuilt the mini brain from my 2010 Epic Expert, including the a new body tube, literally last week.

  • Daniel
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    Specialized is the worst customer service possible. Not only do you pay them to fix your shock but the bike shop here in Ocala I HAD TO bring it too made money on me as well. 300 bucks to redo the brain,,200 from Specialized and 100 to this bogus shop. Never again with the brand,shock lasted 50 hours and died again.
    The reason they produce the brain is for people like me who leave their own brain behind when purchasing a Specialized

  • Jim in Colorado
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    I have had great service from Specialized. When I first purchased my Epic, there was creaking in the bottom bracket. After working with my shop to try to fix it a couple times, they shipped me a new frame. And not just a new “Expert” level frame, which is what I had purchased originally, but an S-Works frame (a pound lighter and stiffer). In addition, they have helped with a few other problems including replacing a rear wheel that blew out half the spokes after two years. In my experience, Specialized provides OUTSTANDING service!

    I am a little distressed to hear that they will no longer service the shock on my Epic. I guess I will be looking at a new shock from Dirt Labs. I am happy to hear that dirt labs is able to do this.

  • flysooner
    Reply

    Why do you guys charge so much? You can get a Monarch RL for 195 bucks and the correct bushings for 22. It bolts right on.

    • Chris Harris
      Reply

      It is important to note that no stock RL will have the correct eye-to-eye and stroke.

      • Jesse B
        Reply

        A 190×51 should fit and add about 8mm of travel, right? Are there interference issues? I’m needing to do this on a 2013 epic comp carbon. I don’t mind adding a few mm of travel… I might even up the travel on my fork. It’d be better for the terrain in my area anyways.

        • Chris Harris
          Reply

          That shock will cause frame interference at bottom out.

    • Ashton
      Reply

      I used the fox float ctd 7.25×1.75 for my 09 Stumpjumper. Direct swap.

      • Chris Harris
        Reply

        Ashton. You are correct here in that this year utilized the 184 x 44 shock size with a standard eyelet. One of the few in this era that didn’t have a proprietary size or lower mount.

        • Dan
          Reply

          I’ve got a 2010 Epic Comp 29er that also appears to use a 184 x 44 shock. Is this correct? Can I replace it with a normal Fox or Rock Shox shock in this size or are other modifications necessary? Thanks.

  • Johnny V. Salinas
    Reply

    I need help, I have a 2013 specialized epic marathon and it needs a rear shock with brain,

  • Matt
    Reply

    Do you still offer this for a 2012 epic comp 29? My brain portion of the shock does not work properly and would like to change it out. What’s the price for one?

    • Michael Suarez
      Reply

      Did you ever hear back? I have the same bike. Might need this soon.

  • Bill andrus
    Reply

    Do you have a shock that will fit my 2011 s-works Epic?

    • Bill andrus
      Reply

      29er that is!

  • Dave
    Reply

    Can anything be done for the rear shock on a 2005 Epic? Thanks!

    • Chris Harris
      Reply

      unfortunately we do not have a fix for shocks positioned in the seat stay

      • Ken
        Reply

        I have on. Bought a 2005 epic, it was crashed and bent frame. The rear shock worked perfect. I still have it in the garage

        Will sell it to you
        Ken.

        • William Swain
          Reply

          Did you ever sell that shock?

  • Austen
    Reply

    Ok guys I have a brand new epic 2018. Working on the 4th shock get about 5 rides out of it and brain stops working and gets a strange noise. They must have a major issue going on with this. Sucks bike is hands down silly fast but this sucks.

    • Chris Harris
      Reply

      Austen, I would recommend checking your frame for any alignment issues. If you are curious about a replacement, let us know!

      • Austen
        Reply

        I am curious about a replacement shock. My friend has the same problem with his 2018 as well. Found out it’s something with bad seal design.

    • Sam the pirate
      Reply

      There have been some reports that the RockShox built 2018 Epic has problems with the nitrogen bladder and a retrofit to the Fox IFP body. Also, some notes about the shock being too stiff and gouging the hydraulic shaft which is being worked on from what the little birdies at the water cooler tell me. There is a new seal, head and shaft that should be available by mid-summer ish.

  • Michael
    Reply

    Have a 2011 Epic Comp 29er with the Specialized Fox Brain rear shock. What are my options for swapping this out? Appreciate any advice or solutions you may have!

  • Mark K
    Reply

    I have a 2011 Epic FSR and late last fall after a 40 mile cross country race the brain developed a squishing sound. I love the bike, have put over 2000 miles on this machine and with regular care I have never had a major failure. All that said, I’m with all of you here who are seriously disappointed in Specialized’s decision to not service any bike shock and brain assembly older 2014 or older. Not acceptable!

    I’m curious to know about this shock and what it can do, will it lockout when peddling and climbing but be active through the bumps? Trek claims to have a shock on there Fuel 9 that does this, same shock?

    I borrowed my bike shops Stumpy FSR demo last summer for a weekend, the shock on this bike soaked up the bumps but compared to the Epic Brain it was a soft mess. So that isn’t an option for me.

    I don’t want to buy a new bike this year but if I can’t fix this one I’ll have to move on. Just know it won’t be a Specialized if I do.

  • William Swain
    Reply

    I’ve got a 2005 epic and the rear shock is needing to be replaced. Any ideas on what I can switch it out with? I’ve looked everywhere and cant find anything. Thanks

  • Sam
    Reply

    Hey! Im looking for recommendations for a Rock Shocks or Fox replacement option for the 2012 Specialized Epic Expert 29’er, to replace the stock Fox Futureshock w/brain. Any direct bolt on options?

    • Paul
      Reply

      Did you manage to get a shock as I am in the same predicament. Thanks

  • Robert Hopkins
    Reply

    I have a epic s works late 2012 with mini brain.. Also not happy to find out once the shock is dead so is my bike. Currently looking for a high quality replacement myself..

    • DJ Adler
      Reply

      Robert, did you find a shock? I have the same issue. Thanks

  • Geoff Gaucher
    Reply

    Robert, same for me. 2012 S-Works Epic with remote Brain. I would like a Fox product if possible.

  • Mauricio Castillo
    Reply

    I have a epic 26 carbón 2011. Which the monarch rl will work? What size? 190x 51 o 188×44. I got many problems with the brian

  • Donnie
    Reply

    Hi, I have 2010 Specialized Epic Comp and wanted to know if your replacement would fit my bike.

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