A multi XC World Champion, the Epic also captured Olympic gold in London. Available in carbon fiber and alloy models, the Epic features our proven 29er geometry, our active and independent FSR suspension, and is equipped with the proven Brain shock engineered to read the terrain to provide the perfect ride—whether sprinting uphill or descending at speed. The one-of-a-kind Brain shock allows you to accelerate under power as if the bike was a hardtail, however terrain forces activate the FSR suspension and Brain shock for increased momentum and control
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, while the standard Epic retains 100mm of suspension.
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 organized by location and weight for easy access.
XCP COMMAND POST
WHAT Designed for specifically for XC racing, the XCP fits 27.2mm seatpost diameters, features a carbon constructions, and has two ride positions, with a 35mm drop position.
WHY Optimized saddle height for XC racing is crucial for maximizing output to the pedals when climbing. However, lowering the saddle height with the XCP lowers a rider's center of gravity for improved handling and control when they need it most—descending technical trails.
HOW By integrating the proven Command Post IR technology into an XC race platform designed for bikes with a 27.2 mm seatpost diameter. The carbon construction saves weight for riders concerned with the added features of the component, while the ability to actuate and raise or lower the XCP on the fly gives riders the optimized positions for both climbing and descending with the ease of a handlebar-mounted lever.
XC RACE GEOMETRY: EPIC VS. EPIC WORLD CUP
WHAT Two uniquely tuned and designed bikes for competitive XC racing and endurance XC racing.
WHY Riders’ needs vary based on terrain. Epic riders demand a race bike that can tackle a variety of course conditions. They are looking for a wide gear range, water carrying capability, and repair item storage. 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 models are built around a double chainring chassis and 100mm travel. Epic Expert models and above come equipped with SWAT. For riders looking for the most competition-focused XC race bike, 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 Marathon and Expert models, 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.