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Specialized's brand-new S-Works Epic Evo features a 'Flip it to Rip it' motto that means this Epic Evo is more versatile than anything before it thanks to the new flip chip-equipped rear end that allows riders to adjust the headtube angle and bottom bracket height, meaning the Epic Evo's handling characteristics are easily customized to each rider's preferred style. With a FACT 12m carbon frame, the S-Works Epic Evo makes light work of the most challenging trails and makes climbing easier than ever. Different from the Epic, the Epic Evo has been equipped with 20mm more front suspension and 10mm extra rear travel, implemented by Specialized to give you that extra heart flutter of a thrill as soon as you hit your first stretch of singletrack. The Evo's new suspension kinematics combined with Rx XC Tune customized suspension front and rear maximizes efficiency and allows you to optimize every inch of travel available while still offering increased anti-squat characteristics to increases pedaling power transfer. Finally, to stay ahead of the curve, Specialized designed the S-Works Epic EVO utilizing the most capable and progressive XC geometry ever to meet an Epic.
Redesigned with a focus on efficient power transfer and better handling performance, the S-Works Epic frame features a 15-percent stiffer rear triangle in order to take full advantage of the BRAIN's new race-tuned pedalling platform. A dedicated layup schedule and the use of Specialized's top-shelf FACT 12m Carbon takes weight savings yet a step further than it's stablemates, while the pièce de résistance comes in the form of a carbon fibre shock link, combining to shave a total of over 100 grams from the previous generation S-works frame—no easy task, mind you.
Efficiency Is Key
Meticulously engineered to retain as much of the Epic's standard-setting efficiency as possible, the EVO's new suspension kinematics work in concert with Rx XC Tune customized suspension front and rear to ensure you're able to make the absolute most out of every inch of travel on tap, while still offering increased anti-squat characteristics for improved pedaling efficiency. While the Epic EVO sees a seemingly modest 20-millimeter increase in suspension travel up front over its Epic stablemate and just 10-millimeters out back, Specialized has worked overtime to make sure it's been implemented in a way that'll have you saying 'Whoa!' as soon as you hit your first stretch of singletrack.
Frame - S-Works FACT 12m Carbon, Progressive XC Geometry, Rider-First Engineered™, threaded BB, 12x148mm rear spacing, internal cable routing, 110mm of travel
Seat Binder - Specialized Alloy, 34.9mm, Titanium bolt
Rear Shock - RockShox SID LUXE ULTIMATE, Rx XC Tune, Two Position, Rebound Adjust, 190x40mm