Specialized Epic Hardtail Expert 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
With all of the growth in full-suspension XC bikes we found that hardtails were starting to become a little same old same old. So we thought to ourselves 'What better time then now to shake things up with a modern revolutionary design?' Say hello to the Epic Hardtail Expert.
It's one of the lightest frames we've ever made tipping the scales around 1175g. And to make it this light we built the entyre frame from our superlative FACT 11m carbon fibre and then we took some cues from our road bikes. We borrowed the Rider-First EngineeredTM concept that originated with the Tarmac. Now the frame design applies specificity to every tube size and carbon layup for every frame size. This creates the optimal balance of rigidity weight and responsiveness so every frame regardless of size performs just as we intended.
We've also tweaked the geometry for more speed and stability by slacking-out the head tube angle lengthening the top tube and correcting the seat tube angle. This way it feels more planted then ever and frankly it's stupid fast. We also widened the rear spacing to 12x148mm and included internal split-housing cable routing.
For the build this Epic Hardtail successfully balances value with performance with a custom-tuned RockShox SID fork with Brain SRAM GX EagleTM 12-speed shifting and quick-to-accelerate Roval Control Carbon wheels.
|Frame||Specialized FACT 11m, XC Geometry, internal split-housing cable routing, PF30 BB, 12x148mm rear-end, triangulated post-mount 160mm brake|
|Forks||RockShox SID 29 w/ Brain, bottom-adjust Brain Fade, 15x110mm Maxle® Stealth thru-axle, 51mm offset, (S: 90mm, M-XL: 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, PF30|
|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||Specialized, alloy, single-bolt, 27.2mm|
|Grips||Specialized Sip Grip, half-waffle, S/M: regular thickness, L/XL: XL thickness|