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One of our all-time favourite moiuntain bikes, the 2018 Specialized Epic Expert is re-engineered to refine what was already a perfect bike for The South Downs (the South Downs Way starts within a mile from the front door of The Tri Store!).
The 2018 Epic is as it states EPIC. Featuring Brain 2.0 technology, Rider-First Engineered™ design, Fact 11m super lightweight carbon fibre and a 12-Speed SRAM GX Eagle groupset to top everything off. The Specialized Epic Expert utilises years of research and design in mountain biking to deliver a bike that is guaranteed to smash the XC scene to pieces by combining superior strength and stiffness with overall lightweight.
Rider-First Engineered™ design
The Rider-First Engineered™ tubes place complex carbon pieces in all the right places, which greatly increases stiffness in the front end for a vast improvement in ride quality and control. To go along with this, each frame size has size-specific tubes that result in the stiffest, best riding XC bike Specialized has ever developed—no matter the frame size.
Brain 2.0 Technology
The Brain changed the way the bike world looked at suspension, both its inefficiencies and benefits alike. By moving the Brain closer to the rear axle, it would be in the most sensitive spot. And after countless hours with the RockShox team, the new Brain became more than just a slight upgrade. It's totally new. Now, it reacts seamlessly to bump forces, it has much more consistent damping performance, and finally, it integrates the hoses into the suspension links. This, in turn, improves oil paths, and it creates an incredibly sleek package that outperforms anything on the market.
12-Speed SRAM GX Eagle Groupset
The build of the Epic Expert meshes performance with value, featuring a 12-speed SRAM GX Eagle groupset, SRAM Level TL brakes, and a hand-built Roval Control carbon fibre wheelset. Get ready, because this is going to be Epic.
Specialized FACT 11m, full carbon frame, XC Geometry, threaded BB, 12x148mm rear spacing, internal cable routing, 100mm of travel
RockShox SID 29 w/ Brain, tapered alloy steerer, bottom-adjust Brain Fade, Solo Air, 110x15mm Maxle® Stealth thru-axle, 100mm of travel, 42mm offset,
RockShox/Specialized Micro Brain shock w/ Spike Valve, AUTOSAG, 51x257mm
Specialized, sealed cartridge bearing, 15x110mm spacing, torque caps, 32h
Specialized disc, sealed cartridge bearings, 12x148mm spacing, 32h
DT Swiss Industry, stainless, 2.0
Roval Control Carbon, 22mm internal width, tubeless-ready
Standard, Presta valve
Fast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29 x 2.3"
Fast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29 x 2.1"
Truvativ Stylo, 6K alloy, Boost™ 148, 24mm spindle
Alloy Eagle 32T
SRAM GX Eagle, trigger, 12-speed
SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed
SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed, 10-50t
SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed w/ PowerLink
SRAM Level TL, hydraulic disc, organic pads, 160/180mm rotor
SRAM Level TL, hydraulic disc, organic pads, 160 rotor
Specialized Mini-rise, 7050 alloy, 8-degree back sweep, 6-degree upsweep, 10mm rise, 720mm width, 31.8mm clamp
Specialized Sip Grip, half-waffle, S/M: regular thickness, L/XL: XL thickness
Specialized XC, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree rise
Body Geometry Phenom Comp, Adaptive Edge design, Hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm
Specialized, alloy, single bolt, 21mm offset, 30.9mm
Specialized Platform, 9/16" spindle