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Specialized Epic

  • Model2018 Epic S-Works
  • Star Rating (4)
  • RRP $12500
  • Model2018 Epic Expert
  • Star Rating (4.25)
  • RRP $6900
  • Model2018 Epic Comp Carbon
  • Star Rating (4.25)
  • RRP $5200
  • Model2018 Epic Comp
  • Star Rating (4)
  • RRP $3800

As one of the most successful full suspension race bikes in the world, the coveted Epic is Specialized’s flagship cross-country race bike. For 2018, the Epic range will be available in both hardtail and full suspension versions. The Epic is the full suspension model, with 100mm of rear wheel travel that’s controlled by Specialized’s own Brain damper. This clever rear shock keeps the suspension locked out until you encounter bumps on the trail, so you can enjoy the efficiency of a hardtail on smoother sections, and the comfort of a full suspension bike when the going gets rough. This unique technology separates the Epic from its competitors, and is a big reason why XC racers love the Epic so much. It also makes the Epic a more suitable choice if your riding is a little too rough for a hardtail, but you still love the lightweight and efficiency of a finely tuned race machine. Looking for a more relaxed ride quality for all-day trail riding with a bit of racing on the side? Then the Specialized Camber may be more your style. 

 

Compared to previous versions of the Epic, the latest frame is solely built around 29” wheels for the ultimate in rollover efficiency and stability at speed. Geometry has been refined to ensure the Epic steers around tight corners with speed, with a shorter chainstay length and lower BB height helping you to duck and weave your way around the racecourse. Specialized have also adopted the 42mm fork offset that quickens up steering response, while allowing the use of a slacker head tube angle to make the bike more stable on the steeper descents. Combined with the OSBB bottom bracket, beefy head tube and thru-axle wheelset, the Epic delivers intuitive handling for those who appreciate F1-like handling.

 

You can get both alloy and carbon versions of the Specialized Epic, though all models feature the same FSR suspension design, the efficient Brain rear shock, and fast-rolling Specialized tubeless tyres. The S-Works Epic is the lightest of the bunch, with a FACT 12m carbon frame and a 1x specific design that allows for shorter and stiffer chainstays for those riders wanting the ultimate race bike. 





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At a glance

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    Riding typeCross Country

  • Sram_XX1.png

    Drive trainSRAM XX1

  • 1x12_Mountain.png

    Gear ratios1x12 Mountain

  • Carbon_Pro.png

    Frame buildCarbon Pro

At a glance

  • Cross_Country.png

    Riding typeCross Country

  • Sram_GX.png

    Drive trainSRAM GX

  • 1x12_Mountain.png

    Gear ratios1x12 Mountain

  • Carbon_Mid.png

    Frame buildCarbon Mid
    Light weight and high tech on a budget

At a glance

  • Cross_Country.png

    Riding typeCross Country

  • Sram_GX.png

    Drive trainSRAM GX

  • 1x11_Mountain.png

    Gear ratios1x11 Mountain

  • Carbon_Mid.png

    Frame buildCarbon Mid
    Light weight and high tech on a budget

At a glance

  • Cross_Country.png

    Riding typeCross Country

  • Sram_GX.png

    Drive trainSRAM GX

  • 1x11_Mountain.png

    Gear ratios1x11 Mountain

  • Carbon_Basic.png

    Frame buildCarbon Basic


SPECIFICATIONS


  • Frame S-Works FACT 12m, XC Geometry, threaded BB, 12x148mm rear spacing, internal cable routing, 100mm of travel
  • Fork RockShox SID WC Brain 29, Top-Adjust Brain Fade Adjust, Solo Air, tapered carbon crown/steerer, 15x110mm Maxle® Stealth thru-axle, 100mm of travel, 42mm offset

  • Wheels Roval Control SL, hookless carbon, 25mm internal width, tubeless-ready, hand-built
  • Tyres Fast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29 x 2.3"

  • Shifters SRAM XX1 Eagle, trigger, 12-speed
  • Rear Derailleur SRAM XX1 Eagle™, 12-speed
  • Crank SRAM XX1 Eagle, Boost™ 148, 170/175mm crankarm, 24mm spindle
  • Cassette SRAM 1295 Eagle, 12-speed, 10-50t
  • Chain SRAM XX1 Eagle, 12-speed w/ PowerLock
  • Bottom Bracket SRAM GXP

  • Saddle Body Geometry S-Works Phenom, carbon rails, 143mm
  • Seatpost S-Works FACT carbon, 10mm setback, 30.9mm
  • Handlebar S-Works Carbon Mini Rise, 6-degree upsweep, 8-degree backsweep, 10mm rise, 720mm, 31.8mm
  • Stem S-Works SL, alloy, titanium bolts, 6-degree rise
  • Brakeset SRAM Level Ultimate, hydraulic disc, carbon lever, titanium hardware, organic pads, 160/180mm rotor
  • Grips Specialized Sip Grip, half-waffle, S/M: regular thickness, L/XL: XL thickness
  • Frame Specialized FACT 11m, full carbon frame, XC Geometry, threaded BB, 12x148mm rear spacing, internal cable routing, 100mm of travel
  • Fork RockShox SID 29 w/ Brain, tapered alloy steerer, bottom-adjust Brain Fade, Solo Air, 110x15mm Maxle® Stealth thru-axle, 100mm of travel, 42mm offset

  • Wheels Roval Control Carbon, 22mm internal width, tubeless-ready
  • Tyres Fast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29 x 2.3""

  • Shifters SRAM GX Eagle, trigger, 12-speed
  • Rear Derailleur SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed
  • Crank Truvativ Stylo, 6K alloy, Boost™ 148, 24mm spindle
  • Cassette SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed, 10-50t
  • Chain SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed, 10-50t
  • Bottom Bracket SRAM GXP

  • Saddle Body Geometry Phenom Comp, Adaptive Edge design, Hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm
  • Seatpost Specialized, alloy, single bolt, 21mm offset, 30.9mm
  • Handlebar Specialized Mini-rise, 7050 alloy, 8-degree backsweep, 6-degree upsweep, 10mm rise, 720mm width, 31.8mm clamp
  • Stem Specialized XC, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree rise
  • Brakeset SRAM Level TL, hydraulic disc, organic pads, 160/180mm rotor
  • Frame Specialized FACT 11m, full carbon frame, XC Geometry, threaded BB, 12x148mm rear spacing, internal cable routing, 100mm of travel
  • Fork RockShox Reba RL 29, Solo Air, compression / rebound adjust, tapered alloy steerer, 110x15mm Maxle® Stealth thru-axle, 100mm of travel, 42mm offset

  • Wheels Roval Control 29, hookless alloy, 22mm internal width, tubeless-ready, 32h
  • Tyres Fast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29 x 2.3

  • Shifters SRAM GX, trigger, 11-speed
  • Rear Derailleur SRAM GX, long cage, 11-speed
  • Crank Race Face Aeffect, 6000 Series alloy
  • Cassette SRAM XG 1150, 11-speed, 10-42t
  • Chain KMC X11, 11-speed w/ Missing Link™
  • Bottom Bracket Threaded BB, 24mm spindle

  • Saddle Body Geometry Phenom Comp, Adaptive Edge design, Hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm
  • Seatpost Specialized, alloy, single bolt, 30.9mm
  • Handlebar Specialized Mini-rise, 6000 alloy, 8-degree backsweep, 6-degree upsweep, 10mm rise, 720mm width, 31.8mm clamp
  • Stem Specialized XC, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree rise
  • Brakeset SRAM Level TL, hydraulic disc, organic pads, 160/180mm roto
  • Grips Specialized Sip Grip, half-waffle, S/M: regular thickness, L/XL: XL thickness
  • Frame Specialized M5 Aluminum w/ D'Aluisio Smartweld Technology, threaded BB, 12x148mm rear spacing, internal cable routing, 100mm of travel, flex pivot
  • Fork RockShox Reba RL 29, Solo Air, compression / rebound adjust, tapered alloy steerer, 110x15mm Maxle® Stealth thru-axle, 100mm of travel, 42mm offset

  • Wheels Roval Control 29, hookless alloy, 22mm internal width, tubeless-ready, 32h
  • Tyres Fast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29 x 2.3"

  • Shifters SRAM GX, trigger, 11-speed
  • Rear Derailleur SRAM GX, long cage, 11-speed
  • Crank Race Face Aeffect, 6000 Series alloy
  • Cassette SRAM XG 1150, 11-speed, 10-42t
  • Chain KMC X11, 11-speed w/ Missing Link™
  • Bottom Bracket Threaded BB, 24mm spindle

  • Saddle Body Geometry Phenom Comp, Adaptive Edge design, Hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm
  • Seatpost Specialized, alloy, single bolt, 30.9mm
  • Handlebar Specialized Mini-rise, 6000 alloy, 8-degree backsweep, 6-degree upsweep, 10mm rise, 720mm width, 31.8mm clamp
  • Stem Specialized XC, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree rise
  • Brakeset Specialized XC, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree rise
  • Grips Specialized Sip Grip, half-waffle, S/M: regular thickness, L/XL: XL thickness

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