Whether hammering technical World Cup courses or local
cross-country trails, these competitive riders want their bikes
to be super light, fast, and efficient for explosive climbing and
nimble handling. Though the Epic is an ideal bike for racers,
it’s also appealing for riders who want a short-travel bike that
handles well on singletrack.
WHAT Externally tunable, trail-sensing rear
shock—pioneered by Specialized and
manufactured by FOX.
WHY Maximizes efficiency and control
over smooth and rough terrain.
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 levels.
Competitive XC Geometry
WHAT Fast-handling frame geometry formulated
for the Competitive XC experience.
WHY Creates an aggressive (or more forward)
riding position for precision handling
on cross-country trails and courses.
HOW By using a short rear end, low bottom
bracket, and roomy top tube, riders get
a more nimble, maneuverable bike with
room to stretch out and stay centered over
the bike. For riders not focused on racing,
the head tube angle is still slack enough
to enjoy plenty of winding singletrack.
X-12 142+ Rear End
WHAT All-new, integrated frame/rear
hub design that goes beyond a
standard 135 or 142mm rear end.
WHY Creates a stiffer wheel and more
stable system. Also makes it easier
to take the wheel in and out.
HOW Since we design and engineer our bikes
to work together, we were able to move
the entire cassette mechanism on our
Roval wheel 2mm out from the standard
size hub, then adjust the frame width
accordingly. This new, integrated design
widens spoke stance for more stiffness
and stability. The X-12 threaded axle,
unlike a standard QR, allows the wheel
to be taken in and out of the frame easily
thanks to wheel guides on the dropouts.
XC Double Cranks
WHAT New double cranks spec’d on all
Epic models (except Comp).
WHY It’s what real riders are asking for...
plus, double cranks are lighter, better
shifting, and provide more useable/
less redundant gears, better ground
clearance, and less chain drop.
HOW Knowing what is appropriate for XC riders
and keeping in touch with trends allows
us to build a better riding experience and
create more demand for our bikes.