I’m running an out of date fleet of bicycles, and finally seem to have time to get back into training as I was pre-covid (on equally out of date bikes back then).
Specialized appeal (I’m a sucker for their marketing etc), but ever since the Epic was released (2002 or 2003?) and they did their own proprietary shock, I’ve heard horror stories of getting spare parts or getting them serviced.
For the Diverge, I did hear that it was possible to buy a new Futureshock cartridge, but then heard that it’s an exchange only, or that they don’t have any to sell. I’d really like to have the spare sitting safely in a spares box, rather than find out in year 6 that they stopped supporting them in year 5 or something.
For the Epic, it’s got a special custom shock mounting method (and the brain), so you’d be at the mercy of Specialized.
I know in years past people have commented “specialized are great, my shock had an issue when it was 4 years old and it was only $799 for a new shock, I’m super happy with that” … well, I’d be happy that there was a solution, but disappointed at having one option only and a $799 price. And then I read that in 2016 they stopped supporting brain shocks older than 2014 … and that would be crushing to have a bike as new as 2 years old and no longer be able to get parts.
So, who has 1st or 2nd hand experience with this? Has anyone bought a spare Futureshock or Brain shock in anticipation of them being rare in future years?
Given the bike shortage at the moment, I’m on a slow burn to buy something next summer (accepting that if I decide on exactly what I want next summer, it might be 2023 before one is available).