EPX 303 - Dura-Ace 2003 Road Bike

4.83/5 (12 Reviews)
MSRP : $3350.00


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ungava

Date Reviewed: November 27, 2012

Strengths:    I purchased this bike 12 years ago and have 40,000KM on it. It has been a total pleasure. Quick, light and smooth Dura-Ace gears. I know it's Australian and they were in Canada only a couple years. I remember being told the frame was made my Look but I can't confirm anything. It's just a great bike and was worth every penny.

Weaknesses:    Could have come with carbon handlebars

Bottom Line:   
Just a great bike


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by George Small a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: July 12, 2011

Strengths:    Strengths: Strong, lightweight bike (17.5 lbs). Yellow is a great looking color. It looks especially good in Vredestein tires with yellow sidewalls and black bottle cages.



Weaknesses:    EPX is no longer there to support the fine product any more.

Bottom Line:   
I purchased my 303 in 2000 from now-defunct Supergo.com. It came with Shimano 105 throughout. It is the only carbon frame I have ever owned and am very pleased with it. I have recently discovered a frozen seat post issue and the pity is I cannot send it back to EPX for service as they are no longer in business. After a week of frustrating self-service, I am going to "bite the bullet" and let my local service guy perform the "seat post-ectomy". All in all, a very nice bike. If you are not afraid of "off branded" bikes, EPX is a good choice, especially if you have carbon bike tastes and department store bike budget. I made the plunge and 11 years later the bike is still pretty much like new.

Weakness:

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Favorite Ride:   EPX 303

Price Paid:    $950.00

Purchased At:   Supergo.Com

Bike Setup:   62cm frame with 10-speed Ultegra deraileurs, 105 brakes and FSA Carboon cranks. Vredestein Fortezza Tricomp tires mounted on Mavic Cosmos wheelset


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by johnny99 a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: May 18, 2004

Strengths:    Lightweight and fast. Very smooth ride. Clearcoat carbon weave finish is beautiful.

Weaknesses:    Slightly more flexy than my old welded aluminum frame.

Bottom Line:   
I bought a EPX303SL frame off of EBay for $700 (including full carbon fork). This is a 2.5 pound version of the EPX303 frame (half pound lighter). This is a real sweet frame, every bit the equal of the Trek OCLV that I test rode (my 2nd choice), but at a much lower price.

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Favorite Ride:   Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   EBay

Similar Products Used:   Trek 5200, Giant Composite, Kestrel Talon

Bike Setup:   Mostly Dura-Ace components. Cane Creek wheels.


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bill of SantaCruz a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: January 29, 2004

Strengths:    Ride Quality is very smooth.
Very reasonable price for Carbon.
Same frame as the Supergo Scattante Carbon which is an editor's choice bicycle.


Weaknesses:    The clear coat over the carbon fork and seat stays are developing bubbles. Don't know if this will affect the integrity of the frame.

Bottom Line:   
This is an excellent bike. I found this EPX bike on eBay used for a great price. The seller was sponsored and let it go for a steal. The fit is very good. The ride quality is even better than my LOOK KG461. The Shimano Dura Ace is a legendary product and doesn't let down on its reputation as a solid all around component group. Great shifting, braking, and very light weight.
The frame handles very nicely on descents--so far up to 36 mph (don't believe those reviewers claiming 50mph+, you're F.O.S.). The bottom bracket does not flex under out-of-saddle climbing.
Wish I found this deal before my LOOK.

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Favorite Ride:   Hazel Dell, Corralitos CA

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   LOOK KG461, Cannondale CAAD3,

Bike Setup:   Full Dura Ace 9spd, Thompson post, Selle Italia Turbomatic 4, Speedplay Zero, Formula Xero wheelset,Schwalbe Stelvio tires, Ritchey Pro stem.


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by DavidBOD a Recreational Rider from Houston

Date Reviewed: September 1, 2003

Strengths:    Build quality, Paint job, Replaceable rear dropouts, Excellent light carbon fork and stiff (I weigh about 210).

Weaknesses:    None with the Frame or Fork. Being new it took a while to get it, and EPX still don't have any information on their main website.

Bottom Line:   
My previous ride is a steel is real 85' Trek 770 with Campy SuperRecord. I was lusting after a new Trek 5500 and then 5900 when a friend of mine bought an EPX 303. After checking his out I decided to go for an EPX 303 and was looking for one of the incredibly discounted deals on the internet when I came across EPX's new 303 SL on the interbike pages.
http://www.mtbr.com/tradeshow/interbike2002/epxmtn/
This is the exact same frame as the EPX 303 but uses lighter carbon in the same way Trek has gone from 5500 to 5900. Weight wise it falls between a 5500 and 5900 but closer to the 5900. The fork is carbon legs and steerer with an aluminum crown. I paid full price and I think quality and performance wise it is the best carbon frame/fork you can buy for the money. As for the ride, on the first 60+ mile charity ride we turned onto a road that had been stripped ready for new asphalte to be put down (very rough). I was able to comfortably hold a 20+ mph pace where on my steel bike there is no way I could have held that pace without being bounced off.

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Favorite Ride:   Any of the good hilly rides passing through Frelsburg or New Ulm WNW of Houston

Price Paid:    $1350.00

Purchased At:   Cambria Bike

Similar Products Used:   This is my first carbon frame and fork.

Bike Setup:   EPX 303 SL, Dura Ace, Deda Newton 31.7 bar and stem, Deda Black Stick carbon post, Flite Trans Am saddle, Mavic Ksyrium SSC SL wheels, Pro-Race tires and Speedplay Zero pedals.



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