A multiple XC World Championship winner, the EPIC was the first full-suspension XC bike to capture the coveted Rainbow Jersey and an Olympic Gold medal. The Epic features our proven 29er geometry, 95mm of FSR suspension, and is equipped with the unique Brain suspension, which reads the terrain to provide the perfect ride—whether sprinting uphill or descending rough terrain at speed.
WHAT The FACT IS carbon frame features a concentric shock linkage for optimal pivot FSR location and suspension movement, two water bottle mounts with SWAT compatibility, internal cable routing, tapered head tube, PF 30 bottom bracket, and 142mm rear hub spacing. The World Cup Epic features 95mm of rear wheel travel.
WHY It’s all about the fastest ride. The frame is lighter than ever, has clean lines, better suspension action, and can carry everything you want right on the frame.
HOW Our engineers and frame designers spent countless hours refining this frame to squeeze every bit of performance from the ride, cut every non-essential gram, and reworked the tube shapes and locations to make room for the ground breaking SWAT technology.
MINI BRAIN REAR SHOCK WITH XC TUNE
WHAT Externally tunable, trail-sensing rear shock with AUTOSAG, pioneered by Specialized and manufactured by FOX.
WHY The only shock that knows the difference between rider and trail induced bumps, the Brain thinks for you and delivers the smoothest, most efficient ride.
HOW When a rider encounters bump forces, the Mini Brain’s inertia valve disengages, allowing oil to flow and the shock to immediately transition from firm (efficient) to fully active (compliant) suspension settings. The external Brain Fade dial allows riders to fine tune their suspension.
WHAT Fully integrated emergency repair kit, featuring storage, water bottle holder, air canister, and multi-tool. Stage 3 SWAT standard on Epic Expert and up.
WHY Gives riders the ability to solve any minor mechanical problem on the trail, and eliminates the need to wear a pack.
HOW SWAT items are strategically integrated into the frame at the water bottle and organised by location and weight for easy access.
WHAT Designed for specifically for XC racing, the 27.2mm seatpost diameters, features a carbon or alloy construction for a lightweight and compliant ride.
WHY Optimised saddle height for XC racing is crucial for maximising output to the pedals when climbing.
HOW XC race platform designed for bikes with a 27.2 mm seatpost diameter. The carbon construction saves weight for riders wanting to save every gram.
XC RACE GEOMETRY: EPIC WORLD CUP
WHAT Uniquely tuned and designed bikes for competitive XC racing
WHY Epic World Cup riders demand explosive power and tight geometry necessary to dominate the race circuit. Weight and stiffness are top-priority for this rider.
HOW Epic World Cup models are built with a dedicated single-ring chassis featuring short 439mm chainstays, more aggressive geometry, and 95mm of travel. World Cup models are SWAT ready.
HAND-CRAFTED ROVAL WHEELS
WHAT Ultralight Roval Control SL 29 wheelset with Zero Bead Hook technology on S-Works models, Roval Control Carbon 29 wheelset on the Expert model, and Control 29 alloy wheelset on Elite models.
WHY Zero Bead Hook technology creates a lightweight and impact resistant wheel. The lightweight wheels improve climbing performance and acceleration out of corners.
HOW Roval engineers designed the lightweight carbon and alloy wheelsets with a hookless rim that is stronger and stiffer, so the wheels remain in-true longer, and absorb impact better. Zero Bead Hook simplifies the rim manufacturing process, resulting in a lighter-weight rim that with edges more resistant to sharp rocks and rough terrain.