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EPX Carbon(16 posts)

EPX CarbonLeroy
Aug 22, 2002 12:44 PM
Anybody have any experience with EPX Carbon frames? Saw a bike at an lbs and it looked pretty interesting. Quite economical frame at about $600+/-. Some new owners were praising it mightily. Made in Australia? Is it any good?

Dave Loving
re: EPX CarbonMXL02
Aug 22, 2002 12:54 PM
Two things: first you can buy the 2001 model at supergo for $449. Second, I am having mine built up as we speak. Obviously, I haven't ridden it yet, but my mechanic and I went over the frame and fork pretty carefully out of the box, and it looks pretty sweet. Nice finish. Pretty aluminum drops. If you want to wait, I will post my riding experience and a photo once it is built.
re: EPX CarbonMudman
Aug 22, 2002 1:07 PM
I had the 303 a couple of months now. I only have few hundred miles on it. I have been real happy with it. I orginally bought the Tiagra bike, and did some upgrades (105 + Rolf wheels etc). Supergo has the 105/mavic bike for under a 1k! If I only waited.......

A satified customer.
EPX Carbon has an identity crisisfiltersweep
Aug 22, 2002 1:02 PM
What is interesting about it? The price?

No offense, but I'd rather take my chances on a closeout Trek 5200 which would cost about the same as a built EPX carbon... and an OCLV is considerably lighter.

Is price your primary consideration here? At price point, you can buy the WHOLE BIKE for $749?! Of course you'll be up to your eyeballs in Tiagra. But that be enough to scare me away into thinking it is "just a Tiagra level frame." http://www.pricepoint.com/product1568.html

On the flipside, you can go full DA for over $3000 with this: http://www.realitybikes.com/index.cfm?type_id=3&category_id=1&sub_category_id=0&ProductID=948&startrow=1&orderby=name&sort=asc&sub_category_id=0&category_id=1

That is just too weird for me to fathom... sorry, but can you imagine? Where does this frame fit in with any product line?
no offense to MXL02filtersweep
Aug 22, 2002 1:05 PM
... I'm just saying I'm confused. I hope it works out for you. There are all sorts of foreign makers that can't get their foot in the door in the US- In Norway EVERYONE rides DBS... I almost thought they nationalized the bike industry. I've seen only ONE of those bikes in the US.
I just wanted a carbon frame and fork...MXL02
Aug 22, 2002 1:40 PM
and for $449, I doubt you could get an OCLV...even a closeout. I already have the Centaur/Daytona group...so I thought WTF. I really want Calfee Tetra Pro, but I could buy 4-5 EPX's for the same price. We'll see how it works out. If I bought a pig in a poke, I will fess up, I promise.
no offense to MXL02filtersweep
Aug 22, 2002 1:08 PM
... I'm just saying I'm confused. I hope it works out for you. There are all sorts of foreign makers that can't get their foot in the door in the US- In Norway EVERYONE rides DBS... I almost thought they nationalized the bike industry. I've seen only ONE of those bikes in the US.
Answer....maybeMudman
Aug 22, 2002 1:29 PM
I did some research on EPX before I bought. EPX is trying to break into the US market. I also MTB were EPX has been doing a ton of sponsering.

I do not have a dealer near me, but a friend of mine does. He lives in Athens GA. He talked with his wrench at The Hub for me. He got good feedback. I also found info on the net etc.

I am not a racer and usually ride alone. I was looking for a softer ride than my other bikes. The EPX provided that for me. In a nut shell for $750 I have a bike that I enjoy riding w/ 105 drivetrain and Rolf wheels. I know there is better but for my budjet and level of riding I could not be happier.

Also I think I bought the last EPX 303 from Price Point. And EPX has their new website up. www.epxbikes.com

You will notice changes in colors and groups.
Answer....maybefiltersweep
Aug 22, 2002 1:42 PM
Makes you wonder how much extra I (or anyone else) paid for the "name" behind my 105 level Aluminum bike with Rolf wheels that cost twice that (that I didn't always enjoy riding)... or how much mark-up there is on an OCLV frame.

Frankly, I think there will be a flood of carbon fiber frames hitting the market in the next few years- Trek has really had a lock on the "affordable" level of carbon- and all they ever do is change the paint from year to year.
re: EPX Carbon (kinda long but contact info)pben
Aug 22, 2002 1:59 PM
FWIW - A couple of months ago I was in L.A on business. I was coming back from dinner and in the hotel valet drive up area was a van with a couple of bikes on the roof - EPXs as it turned out. I talked to Sam Taylor, Vice President (I kept his card). He gave me the sales spin on the bikes. The "company" is based in Australia and makes a bunch of carbon fiber "stuff". The bikes looked nice, although we didn't take them off the rack. He had 2 road bikes and 1 mountain.
At any event, I told him that while I live in Chicago, I travel to Atlanta alot to visit my company's home office and that I'd love to ride some of the Atlanta hills but never bring my "steel frame" bike. I added that I hadn't been able to find a shop that would rent me a road bike. Sam told me to call him and he'd set me up with a demo, or at least let me know of shops that carry EPXs and they would almost certainly let me go for serious test ride. I haven't been able to do this yet but I think he was serious.

EPX's US office is in Norcross, GA (a sub of Atlanta). Here's his info 770.446.3191 770.446.3108 direct sam@epxbikes.com

BTW - they were doing the bike shop road show, race circuit visits, "sales stuff".
You can get Look KG241's for $499 on Ebay, new..nmchopper
Aug 22, 2002 2:09 PM
Made in Australia?Uncle Tim
Aug 22, 2002 7:40 PM
I don't think so.

These EPX bikes are almost certainly fabricated in Taiwan by a big no name manufacturer. We've discussed this all before.

I don't see what the point is of buying a carbon fiber bike and then building it up with heavy Tiagra components.

In the meantime, I am watching people I ride with snatching up new late model Trek 5200's (unsold 2001 models) for around $1800. Yes, they are full Ultegra equipped bikes.

Who's getting the best deal?
Not everyone can afford 1800 clams... No matter the group...spyderman
Aug 23, 2002 1:16 AM
EXP looks like a great entry level bike. I'm gonna recommend it to friend just getting into low-budget cycling.

For $1800 you can buy an EXP w/105 and one with Tiagra and still have beer money.

It shows how much margin Trek and the others are operating on.

I wonder how many dealers post on these boards???
I have a friend who builds frames and knows the pricesMXL02
Aug 23, 2002 2:53 AM
of tubesets. He says that the margin Colnago and some of the other big name brands are getting is criminal. Now, having said this, please understand, I own a Colnago, so I am not immune to the brand name "nose in the air" disease the can affect cyclists so readily, especially those in the CF market. It's like the attitude of Ti owners to Airborne. Anyway, I gon't give a sh*# about that, I simply wanted a CF frame for the ride...not for any possible wt reduction, which I believe is rated way too highly by most riders, anyway. A good friend who is a former racer stated that his Kestrel was the smoothest riding bike he ever owned. I had a heavy steel framed second bike with Campy Daytona components just kind of sitting there and since my 'Nago was steel....you get the drift. I cannot afford a Kestrel at this moment, but I can afford the Epx...if it works, won't that be a good thing?
looking for cheap bikesishmael
Aug 23, 2002 5:44 AM
Carbon fiber is nice, I had a trek 5200, but an aluminum frame with carbon fork has replaced it and I'm just as happy. Why limit yourself to carbon, there are great deals in aluminum. Fuji's last year stuff with ultegra can be had for around 1200. I'm not sure on the price but I found out about it on here so if you do a search you should be able to come up with it. And, if your not feeling snooty, there is also the Scatante at supergo.com for about that price too.
re: EPX Carbon-Dave-
Sep 7, 2002 6:57 PM
I have one, rocks my world, very happy with it. I would say its a go...