EPX Terrashark XC Full Suspension

DESCRIPTION

  • Carbon fiber technology
  • Multi-sport lines
  • Carbon-reinforced gussets
  • Torsional stiffness

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 27, 2021]
Gonzo0G


OVERALL
RATING
5
Strength:

Love the ride works like a champ no issues and is way faster then all of my friends bikes.

Weakness:

Super light 27 pounds so you can’t just ghost ride it off a cliff and think it not going to get damaged.

Purchased:
Used  
Model Year:
2017
[Jul 09, 2016]
Juan L. Rodriguez
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Es una magnifica bicicleta la tengo desde hace años (2003) y realmente no la cambio por nada

Weakness:

Algo ruidosa

Tiene una excelente maniobrabilidad, gran duraciòn de los componentes, acabado excelente y buena atenciòn del fabricante

[Jul 27, 2015]
Brennan
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Strong, Agile, Responsive, Commanding

Weakness:

Although the frame looks downhill ready you would need to upgrade the suspension front and back to get more travel out of it.

Strong, Agile, and Responsive, this bike commands the trails. For a full suspension bike it is very light this and the geometry make it very responsive in corners (kudos to the carbon fiber). It also comes standard with awesome Shimano Deore components that will stand the test of time. It also comes tubeless which is a nice plus. All around this bike was exactly what I was looking for. I ended picking mine up for just over 800 and it has been worth every penny. For reference I use it all over New England and it's taken any trail I could throw at it without flinching.

Similar Products Used:

Specialized Stump Jumper

[Jul 18, 2013]
bruno candido rodrigues martins

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Hello friends a wanna price !!!!!!! from brazil
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Weakness:

Hello friends a wanna price !!!!!!! from brazil
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Hello friends a wanna price !!!!!!! from brazil
thanks

[Jul 11, 2013]
NW Sheepdog

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Very light and well balanced

Weakness:

none

I just got this bike from my brother in law who bought it new. He NEVER rode it. it literally has ZERO miles on it. Is this something I should ride or sell? I Have always had Trek or Fisher bikes and loved them.

[Apr 01, 2013]
Rob Django

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Due to the carbon frame, its considered light at about 12kg/27lb. Very good value for money and if you can find one now, its a steal as EPX has since closed down and discontinued. That makes the frame quite collectible!

Weakness:

I can't say anything great about the parts, at the price i got, expect them to be entry-level. Good thing is that the price point is low and you can ride out the parts and replace them with better ones.

Can't say more about this bike ... price vs quality ... i would have given it top marks!

[Aug 05, 2008]
leshark
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

As a frame IT IS RIDGID and LIGHT 1600kg (less than one of my DH wheels), extremely quiet ride

Weakness:

Won't fit many bike racks (like Fiamma Ones) BB mounting sets crank close to rear arm

Light weight frame easily capable of heavy downhill, Rock solid quality construction at a stunning price.

With 6" rear mod (available from epx) creates a fast quiet All Mountain bike worthy of a much more expensive setup, with light components easily ridden back up the hill too!

Similar Products Used:

Whyte PRST1, Whyte PRST4

[Sep 30, 2005]
Kamil Klopotowski
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Very well quality / price ratio, light, great climbs and descents, great look, can be used for marathones as well as for freeride. After 3 years of riding (also in the mountian) it is still in one piece. Good compromise between comfort and race features.

Weakness:

Stiffness )agura Louise 01 brakes (I changed a brake lever twice), Magura disc hubs.

I have just customised it and now it just fits perfect. It's weight doesn't exeeds the magic boarder of 12 kilos (around 26,5 lbs). Good choice for hard terrain raiders that value lightness and reability.
PS. Come to Poland, we have a great mountains here, click:
http://www.bikeworld.pl/foto/show_img.php?id=1211

[Jul 18, 2006]
TCW
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Fairly light, looks sleek and cool, strong for carbon with lots of carbon layers (thump it and the resonance produced sounds thick), single pivot = hardly any maintenance, tight tolerances: seat post, headset, and bottom bracket fit really tight, longish virtual top tube - medium frame fit me even though I usually ride a large.

Weakness:

Stinkbugs with hard braking. Active design plus lowish bottom bracket = a broken pedal if not mindful. Requires the weird "e" style front der.

My joints were starting to feel somewhat battered on my hardtail (2000 Trek 8000) and wanted to experience some simple full suspension technology without blowing a load of cash in the process. The good wifey found the Terrashark on Pricepoint for $500, which included a Fox RC rear shock. I got the frame and switched over some parts from the Trek, and bought a few upgrades in the process, including the awesome Marathon S 120mm fork (kinda heavy but oh so plush and laterally stiff). The shock slacks the geometry a bit but due to its ETA feature causes me no problems, probably actually helps because the extra inch travel makes for sweet plush-ness on epic rides. The ETA drops the front and tightens the head tube geometry to make near-impossible steep climbs almost like cheating. I get lots of comments, “like how the crap did you get up that?” “that’s not fair!” etc. The bike weighs about 28 lbs. which isn’t bad considering its got nearly 5 inches of travel in front and a solid 4 inches in the rear.

The medium frame runs big with a top tube that measures about 24.1 inches and fits me (6 feet 1 + inches) well. It's about the same length as a large Genesis geometry Trek 8000 and about the same length as an X-large SC Superlight. I had to get a longish seat post, Thomson Elite 430 mm for some added seat height.

The first reviewer mentions lack of EPX product support. I recently emailed them for a new dropout, contact info here: http://www.epxbikes.com/
They promptly sent a new one free of charge and said that any more would cost $10 a pop, including shipping. Turn around to get the new drop out was about one week, not bad.

Their website is still up and running and has an update date 3-1-2006 so it looks like they are still making bikes and providing support.

A friend’s large Santa Cruz SL provided good bike for comparison. The Terrashark rides a lot like the SC but with a tad more suspension activity (which I like) in the rear, probably because the pivot is slightly higher than on the SC. The bottom bracket is about as high as a SL, also, which means it’s kinda low. Good for stability but bad for crashing pedals on big roots and rocks. I hated reaching down to activate the lock-out feature on the rear shock so I added a Cannondale remote lockout. A stable-platform type shock would be nice but my Fox is still kicking so no need to blow more cash than necessary. I typically run the suspension a little on the more supple side and a flick of the remote lockout turns it into a hardtail for climbing.

I recently took it to Angelfire NM, deflated the rear shock a bit and did some mild downhilling. The bike worked well and handled my a-bit-over 200 lbs. riding weight just fine. The swingarm can move down about I more inch before it runs into the front derailleur. If I spent more time in the Rockies I’d be tempted to add a slightly longer coil-over to make it an almost 5 inch front and rear travel bike. EPX shows a coil over on the frame (click spring under the picture): http://www.epxbikes.com/epx/default.asp

There are still some Terrashark framesets and bikes available. So, if you're in the market for a solid performer, single pivot, cross-country/light all mountain, that looks sexy, bike then I think you'd be happy with a Terrashark.

Similar Products Used:

Lots of steel and aluminum hardtails, Santacruz superlight, K2 Evo.

[Aug 29, 2005]
Fredi Reiher
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Looks cool, wanted an FS on the cheap. carbon. simple design.

Weakness:

Heavy, Creak around the BB, some play around the shock mount.
Customer support. EPX pulled out of the US market (I believe right after I bought their last frame) By the time I realized that there was a small part missing, EPX took only one call and just stopped answering the phone. Supergo.com was no help either.

Not a bad deal, but if I knew then what I know now...
Both Supergo and EPX left me hangin'. There's no excuse for that.
I like the frame, but it's alot of bike for the riding I do. I've since moved all parts to a hardtail.

Similar Products Used:

None, my first FS frame.

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