Finished the Epic with all the goods Santa left for me. I added the Rockshox AXS Reverb and that added some weight. Fully built right at 22.5 all in (pedals, multi tool, cages etc.) size large.
My Lux had a top tube protector built in. The Epic does not. I added some shelter tape and some carbon fiber decals over the shelter tape to protect the top tube. I just put the carbon sticker on the shelter tape and then cut them out together. The AXS controllers would definitively smash into the top tube with major force in a crash. I’m running the controls at 4nm and they will spin with enough force but I wanted that little extra protection.
In the pic the protection really stands out but on the bike you hardly notice the protection is there. I could have downsized but wanted the added adhesion with more surface area. I also added mastic tape on the bottom of the AXS controllers. I flicked the bars pretty hard into the top tube to see what would happen and I feel I’m thoroughly protected.