The brand-new Epic hardtail features a revised racing carbon chassis that weighs in at just 915g without compromising on strength or compliance. But the Expert comes into its own with a RockShox SID Brain fork that tells the difference between rider input and the imperfections of the trail. This means that you benefit from the highest efficiency possible when pushing it up the climbs or speeding down the descents. Also featured is SRAM's GX Eagle groupset that does away with dropping chains through a 1x setup. The 11x50T cassette provides plenty of range for all types of terrain. Finally, Roval's Control carbon rims help to reduce the overall weight of the bike even further whilst also adding strength, helping you to go further for longer.
The Epic Hardtail sports one of the lightest production frames to date, but it's a hell of a lot more than that. Specialized designed the most capable and comfortable racing chassis ever created because you're not fast if you're being pummeled by the trail. It's a game-changer.
More control means more speed
Looking to ride faster? Who isn't? That's why Specialized relaxed the head angle of the Epic and lengthened the reach. The Epic retains a short wheelbase for deft handling yet offers more predictable steering and a centred rider position for increased control and speed on any trail.
The Epic's best features
Frame - Specialized FACT 11m, XC Geometry, Rider-First Engineered™, threaded BB, 12x148mm rear spacing, internal cable routing
Fork - RockShox SID Brain 29, Solo Air, Position-Sensitive, bottom-adjust Brain Fade, 15x110mm Maxle® Stealth thru-axle, 42mm offset, 100mm of travel (XS: 80mm travel)
Front Hub - Specialized, sealed cartridge bearing, 15x110mm spacing, 28h
Rear Hub - DT Swiss 370, SRAM XD 3-pawl driver body, 12mm thru-axle, 148mm spacing, 28h
Rims - Roval Control Carbon, 25mm internal width, tubeless-ready
Front Tyre - Fast Trak, Control casing, GRIPTON® compound, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3"
Rear Tyre - Fast Trak, Control casing, GRIPTON® compound, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3"
Crankset - Truvativ STYLO, DUB
Chainrings - Alloy, 32T
Bottom Bracket - SRAM DUB, threaded BB
Shift Levers - SRAM GX Eagle, trigger, 12-speed
Rear Derailleur - SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed
Cassette - SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed, 11-50t
Chain - SRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed
Front Brake - SRAM Level TL, hydraulic disc
Rear Brake - SRAM Level TL, hydraulic disc
Handlebars - Specialized Alloy Minirise, 10mm rise, 750mm, 31.8mm clamp
Grips - Specialized Trail Grips
Stem - Specialized XC, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree rise
Saddle - Body Geometry Power Sport, hollow Cr-Mo rails
Seatpost - Specialized, alloy, single bolt, 21mm offset, 30.9mm
Seat Binder - Alloy, 34.9mm