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Specialized Epic Expert 2019


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£4999.99

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Model Year 2019
Options S Gloss Storm Grey/Rocket red - Typically 3-5 Days
M Gloss Storm Grey/Rocket red - Typically 3-5 Days
L Gloss Storm Grey/Rocket red - Typically 3-5 Days
XL Gloss Storm Grey/Rocket red - Typically 3-5 Days
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Lightweight carbon frame? Check. Industry-leading suspension technology? Oh yeah. Race-ready build kit? You know it. The Epic Expert is not only ready to shine in races but it's also ready to put your closest buddies in the pain cave on the weekends.

Race courses have evolved over the past few years. They're more technical steeper and more challenging to ride. But instead of quivering in our boots we saw this as an opportunity to make something special - something that both World Cup athletes and XC riders alike can instantly feel the benefit from. We looked at the sum of parts that make a bike handle well like the head angle reach stack chainstay length fork offset etc. and reevaluated all of it. Increasing the reach made a bike that was more stable at speed and generally more comfortable to ride. Dropper posts? Yep those fit and not just a short-travel XC option but full-length droppers that fit in the 30.9mm seat tube. Head angle? We slacked that out but not without evaluating the overall handling package. It now lands on a custom offset 42mm fork that works with the slacker head angle in order to behave itself in tight corners and through switchbacks.

Next comes Brain 2.0. The original Brain changed the way the bike world looked at suspension both in its inefficiencies and benefits alike. And oh was it good. It won races and put a flag in the ground for us as a true leader in innovation and suspension development but we knew that we could make it better. Simple physics told us that 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 Brain became more than just a slight upgrade. It's totally reborn. 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.

The Epic also has a rider Rider-First EngineeredTM design that places complex carbon pieces in all the right places and this 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 we've ever developed - no matter the frame size.

And while stiffness Brain technology and geometry features are cool and all we know what you're thinking 'What about weight?' We're glad you asked. With the goal of the new Epic to be the fastest XC mountain bike we've ever made weight was at the top of our priorities list. We started with an efficient frame layout and tube shapes that feature clean cable routing integrated channels through the shock extension straight tubes with less curves and optimized torsion profiles in every section. And if you're curious this weight savings is equivalent to shedding a chainstay and shock extension from the previous Epic - nearly 525 grams.

The build of the Epic Expert meshes performance with value featuring a 12-speed SRAM GX Eagle groupset a RockShox SID fork with bottom-adjust Brain Fade SRAM Level TL brakes and a hand-built Roval Control Carbon fibre wheelset. Get ready because this is going to be Epic.

Frame Specialized FACT 11m, XC Geometry, Rider-First EngineeredTM, threaded BB, 12x148mm rear spacing, internal cable routing, 100mm of travel
Rear Shock: Custom RockShox Micro Brain shock w/ Spike Valve, AUTOSAG, 51x257mm
Forks RockShox SID Brain 29, Solo Air, top-adjust Brain Fade, 15x110mm Maxle® Stealth thru-axle, 42mm offset, 100mm of travel
Rear Derailleur SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed
Shifters SRAM GX Eagle, trigger, 12-speed
Chainset Truvativ STYLO, DUB SRAM Eagle, 32T
Bottom Bracket SRAM DUB, threaded BB
Chain SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed
Freewheel SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed, 10-50t
Stem Specialized XC, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree rise
Handlebars Specialized Alloy Minirise, 10mm rise, 750mm, 31.8mm clamp
Front Brake SRAM Level TL, hydraulic disc
Rear Brake SRAM Level TL, hydraulic disc
Rims Roval Control Carbon, 25mm internal width, tubeless-ready
Front Hub Specialized, sealed cartridge bearings, 15x110mm spacing, 28h
Rear Hub Specialized, sealed cartridge bearings, 12x148mm thru-axle, 28h
Spokes DT Swiss Industry
Tyres F: Fast Trak, GRIPTON® compound, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3"
R: Fast Trak, GRIPTON® compound, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.1"
Tubes: Presta, 60mm valve
Saddle Body Geometry Phenom Comp, Adaptive Edge design, hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm
Seatpost Alloy, single-bolt, 30.9mm
Pedals Specialized Dirt
Grips Specialized Sip Grip, half-waffle, S/M: regular thickness, L/XL: XL thickness
As with any product, specification is subject to change without prior notification. You are advised to confirm current specification before buying.
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