One of our all-time favourite mountain bikes, the 2019 Specialized Epic builds on the re-engineered 2018 model 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 Epic is as it states EPIC. Featuring Brain 2.0 technology which seamlessly smoothes out the bumps on the trail, Rider-First Engineered™ design that ensures the right geometry for every frame size, S-Works Fact 12m super lightweight, stiff and responsive carbon fibre as well as SRAM's 12-Speed XX1 groupset that provides the very best mountain bike componentry in the business. The Specialized Epic 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 whilst remaining lightweight. This latest edition is built to cope with the ever-changing XC course through an increased reach which makes the bike more stable at speed and generally more comfortable to ride as well as the capability to fit full-length dropper seat-posts that fits in the 30.9mm seat tube and a slacker head angle that behaves itself in tight corners and through switchbacks. The S-Works model, as you would expect comes with the very best components and groupsets built onto the finest frame Specialized has to offer. The Fact 12m S-Works carbon frame has lead Specialized to more World Championship titles, Olympic medals and Cape Epic wins than they can count. Of course, SRAM's, 12-speed, XX1 Eagle groupset accurately reflects the frames performance, showcasing the quickest and most responsive groupset available on today's market.
Brain 2.0 Technology
The Brain changed the way the bike world looked at the 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.
Fact 12m carbon fibre
S-Works FACT 12m carbon fibre frame is the best combination of stiffness, strength, and light overall weight, resulting in the utmost efficiency and speed. Meanwhile, the new geometry, RockShox Brain shock, and 100mm of travel make the Epic the best handling, fastest XC bike you've ever been on.
Roval Carbon wheelset
The Roval Control SL carbon wheels are the ultimate XC wheelset. They feature a 25mm internal width for optimal grip and rolling resistance, a strong, hookless bead rim construction, and weigh-in around a scant 1320g.
Frame - S-Works FACT 12m, XC Geometry, Rider-First Engineered™, threaded BB, 12x148mm rear spacing, internal cable routing, 100mm of travel
Fork - RockShox SID Brain 29, Solo Air, Bottom-adjust Brain Fade, 15x110mm Maxle® Stealth thru-axle, 42mm offset, 100mm of travel
Rear Shock - Custom RockShox Micro Brain shock w/ Spike Valve, AUTOSAG, 51x257mm
Front Hub - Specialized, sealed cartridge bearings, 15x110mm spacing, 28h
Rear Hub - Specialized, sealed cartridge bearings, 12x148mm thru-axle, 28h
Rims - Roval Control Carbon, 25mm internal width, tubeless-ready
Front Tyre - Fast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29 x 2.3"
Rear Tyre - Fast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29 x 2.1"
Crankset - SRAM XX1 Eagle, Boost™ 148, DUB, 170/175mm
Chainrings - SRAM Eagle, alloy, 32T
Bottom Bracket - SRAM DUB, threaded BB
Shift Levers - SRAM XX1 Eagle, trigger, 12-speed
Rear Derailleur - SRAM XX1 Eagle, 12-speed
Cassette - SRAM XX1 Eagle, 12-speed, 10-50t
Chain - SRAM XX1 Eagle, 12-speed
Front Brake - SRAM Level Ultimate, hydraulic disc
Rear Brake - SRAM Level Ultimate, hydraulic disc
Handlebars - S-Works Carbon Mini Rise, 6-degree upsweep, 8-degree back sweep, 10mm rise, 750mm, 31.8mm
Grips - Specialized Sip Grip, half-waffle, S/M: regular thickness, L/XL: XL thickness
Stem - S-Works SL
Saddle - Body Geometry Phenom Pro, carbon fibre rails, carbon fibre base, 143mm
Seatpost - S-Works FACT carbon, 10mm setback, 30.9mm
Seat Binder - Alloy, 34.9mm, titanium bolt