playful, but at the end of the day this was still a hardtail, and thus
rode like one.
Climbing: Hardtails have a reputation for being the first to the
top, and while the EPO didn’t set any climbing records, it made it
up the hills. The geometry allowed us to sit forward on the saddle
on steep sections and get good leverage.
Since our test bike was built up with burlier parts, the bike didn’t
feel as lively on the climbs. Our testers did feel like they were able
to get in a comfortable, static position for long grinds, which eased
some of the pain of pedaling uphill.
Cornering: With the dropper post down and our testers standing out of the saddle, we pushed the EPO hard into corners and
scratched for every bit of traction we could get out of the tires. The
frame felt stiff and stable through tight sections and held a line
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It’s pink: While everything on our build had a subtle theme, the
new WTB Padlock grips provided a little extra color flair. They’re
also designed with a unique locking mechanism that not only
keeps them in place but makes them more comfortable.
Simple and effective:
The EPO is designed
with several current
construction and a
tapered head tube, yet
the overall design is kept
relatively simple. With
external cable routing, a
threaded bottom bracket and non-Boost rear
triangle, the EPO has
an agenda of its own
and caters to the home
mechanic in all of us.
Meat on the bones: The EPO frame has a very unique look with
aggressive lines. The carbon tubing is strong and bold throughout
the whole design and delivers a stiff ride. Canfield Brothers sells
their bikes as frame-only options, giving riders a blank canvas to
get as creative with their builds as their pocketbooks will allow.
Send it: Canfield Brothers built the
EPO with an agenda—to let riders
have fun when the tires hit the
dirt. For us, any lip became a mini
“sender” that needed to be tested.