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Men's Epic Hardtail Comp

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2018 Men's Epic Hardtail Comp

Cross country courses are nothing like they used to be. Today's tracks have more in common with trail riding than the pancake flat NORBA courses of yesteryear. For this reason, we threw away the hardtail rulebook and drafted our own chapter to create the Epic Hardtail Comp. We took a revolutionary new frame design and spec'd it specifically for the rigors of racing contemporary XC courses.

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 entire frame from our superlative FACT 11m carbon fibre, and then we took some cues from our road bikes. We borrowed the Rider-First Engineered™ 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 takes value to new heights with a custom-tuned RockShox Reba RL fork, 1x11 SRAM GX shifting, and fast rolling Roval Control alloy wheels.

Technical Specifications

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FRAMESET

FRAME

Specialized FACT 11m, XC Geometry, internal split-housing cable routing, PF30 BB, 12x148mm rear end, triangulated post-mount 160mm brake

SEAT BINDER

Specialized Alloy 30.0mm

WHEELS

RIMS

Roval Control 29, hookless alloy, 22mm internal width, tubeless-ready, 32h

FRONT HUB

Specialized, sealed cartridge bearings, 15x110mm spacing, 24h

REAR HUB

Specialized, sealed cartridge bearings, 12x148mm thru-axle, 28h

SPOKES

Stainless, 14g

FRONT TIRE

Fast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29 x 2.3"

REAR TIRE

Fast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29 x 2.1"

INNER TUBES

Standard, Presta valve

SUSPENSION

FORK

RockShox Reba RL 29, Solo Air, 51mm offset, 15x110mm thru-axle (S: 90mm, M-XL: 100mm of travel)

DRIVETRAIN

REAR DERAILLEUR

SRAM GX, long cage, 11-speed

SHIFT LEVERS

SRAM GX, trigger, 11-speed

CASSETTE

SRAM XG 1150, 11-speed, 10-42t

CHAIN

KMC X11, 11-speed w/ Missing Link™

CRANKSET

Race Face Aeffect crank, PF30

CHAINRINGS

Steel, 30T

BOTTOM BRACKET

Race Face PF30

COCKPIT

STEM

Specialized XC, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree rise

HANDLEBARS

Specialized Mini-rise, 6000 alloy, 8-degree backsweep, 6-degree upsweep, 10mm rise, 720mm width, 31.8mm clamp

GRIPS

Specialized Sip Grip, half-waffle, S/M: regular thickness, L/XL: XL thickness

SADDLE

Body Geometry Phenom Comp, Adaptive Edge design, Hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm

SEATPOST

Specialized, alloy, single bolt, 27.2mm

BRAKES

REAR BRAKE

SRAM Level TL, hydraulic disc, organic pads, 160 rotor

FRONT BRAKE

SRAM Level TL, hydraulic disc, organic pads, 160/180mm rotor

ACCESSORIES

PEDALS

Specialized Dirt

* Weights based on production painted frames as pictured. Actual weights will vary based on colourway, frame size, and component variation. Specifications are subject to change without notice.

Geometry

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SMLXL
Crank Length170mm175mm175mm175mm
Handlebar Width720mm720mm720mm720mm
Stem Length70mm90mm100mm110mm
Saddle Width143mm143mm143mm143mm
Seatpost Length350mm400mm400mm400mm
Stack599mm608mm622mm637mm
Reach395mm418mm441mm462mm
Head Tube Length95mm95mm110mm125mm
Head Tube Angle69.8°69.8°69.8°69.8°
BB Height309mm309mm309mm309mm
BB Drop61mm61mm61mm61mm
Trail82mm82mm82mm82mm
Fork Length, Full496mm506mm506mm506mm
Fork Rake/Offset51mm51mm51mm51mm
Front Centre650mm676mm705mm731mm
Chainstay Length430mm430mm430mm430mm
Wheelbase1073mm1099mm1128mm1154mm
Top Tube Length, Horizontal568mm595mm623mm649mm
Bike Standover Height760mm790mm814mm845mm
Seat Tube Length400mm430mm470mm520mm
Seat Tube Angle74°74°74°74°
Geometry

Rider Reviews

  • 4.8
  • 5 Reviews

Perfect ebike conversion frame

I own the 29er from 2018 in black and red and converted it to full electric using the bafang HD 1000 watt kit. This is the perfect bike for such a conversion.

Would Recommend?
Yes!

Name:
Matthew

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Absolutely my favorite bike ever

I loved this bike. I mean I really LOVED this bike. First high performance bike I've ever owned & it did not let me down. Unfortunately I had it stolen from the front of the bus that I was riding on Christmas Eve of 2018 & I've never gotten over it & I'll never be able to afford something as beautiful & fun as this ever again.


Name:
David

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Weekend Warrior Rocketship

After a season and a half on this thing and 1600 mostly-trail miles, I can confidently say I love this bike. Locally I'm a mid-pack expert class XC racer with an occasional podium appearance, and this bike is still more capable than me. I set it up tubeless, put a carbon seatpost and handlebar with my favorite foam grips on it, and it weighs in at 22.6lb with pedals, bottle cages, and GPS mount in size XL. Given it's the Comp model, you can't really ask for much more than the build it comes with, nor do you honestly need more as anyone less than a top-tier racer on the bleeding edge of performance. The only thing I would wish for would be slightly wider wheels; the aluminum Rovals it comes with are great no doubt and at a respectable weight, but another 3-4mm of internal width would support the super-supple Fast Traks much better I think.


Name:
B B.

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Nice hardtail

Not as light as I would have expected: 23.8 lbs with pedals in size large- tubeless, rides nice, handles well, stiff but compliant, very long reach! the pink neon color is amazing in real life, it's a head-turner!


Name:
Todd

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