For me I love my Epic hardtail, it is my go to bike. I ride it everywhere & use it on long gravel grinds & single track. This bike is great value & out of all my bikes it has done the most kilometres, over 10,000 km in 14 months.
My 2017 Epic is a great bike for racing but I find it hard to say no to the hardtail, so the Blue Epic only comes out on special occasions. I also enjoy having 2 dual suspension bikes when in a 24 hour race.
The 29er Camber is a full beer & gear bike. Let the fun times roll, with the dropper post & 120 mm travel this bike is the one I turn to when I want to get some air & go a bit harder over the rough stuff.
But the 2018 Epic is my favourite, it can do anything the Camber can do & more. However this race machine only comes out on race day!
The next bike for me will be the Specialized Sequoia. The Sequoia is built for touring/bike packing which I’m keen to start doing but I would use it for a cyclo cross bike and a road bike. Three bikes in one, great value.
My goals for 2018 are to go better in marathon races, defend my Aussie champ category jersey and go for top 3 podium overall at the 24hr Nationals. Plus have a crack at a cross country triathlon.
Whatever you do, get a bike and enjoy the ride.