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Women's S-Works Epic


2019 Women's S-Works Epic

Sure, there are other "fast" XC bikes out there, but you'd be hard-pressed to find one with all the features of the new Women's S-Works Epic. With a Rider-First Engineered™ design, refined and improved Brain suspension, and a redesigned frame, the Women's S-Works Epic is the fastest, most capable, and best fitting women's XC bike we've ever created.

Race courses have evolved over the past few years. They're more technical, steeper, and more challenging to ride. But instead of quivering in our boots, we saw this as an opportunity to make something special—something that both World Cup athletes and XC riders alike can instantly feel the benefit from. We looked at the sum of parts that make a bike handle well, like the head angle, reach, stack, chainstay length, fork offset, etc., and reevaluated all of it. Increasing the reach made a bike that was more stable at speed and generally more comfortable to ride. Dropper posts? Yep, those fit, and not just a short-travel XC option, but full-length droppers that fit in the 30.9mm seat tube. Head angle? We slacked that out, but not without evaluating the overall handling package. It now lands on a custom offset, 42mm fork that works with the slacker head angle in order to behave itself in tight corners and through switchbacks.

Next comes Brain 2.0. The original Brain changed the way the bike world looked at suspension, both in its inefficiencies and benefits alike. And oh, was it good. It won races and put a flag in the ground for us as a true leader in innovation and suspension development, but we knew that we could make it better. Simple physics told us that, by moving the Brain closer to the rear axle, it would be in the most sensitive spot. And after countless hours with the RockShox team, the Brain became more than just a slight upgrade. It's totally reborn. Now, it reacts seamlessly to bump forces, it has much more consistent damping performance, and finally, it integrates the hoses into the suspension links. This, in turn, improves oil paths, and it creates an incredibly sleek package that outperforms anything on the market.

The Epic also has a rider Rider-First Engineered™ design that places complex carbon pieces in all the right places, and this greatly increases stiffness in the front-end for a vast improvement in ride quality and control. To go along with this, each frame size has size-specific tubes that result in the stiffest, best riding XC bike we've ever developed—no matter the frame size.

And while stiffness, Brain technology, and geometry features are cool and all, we know what you're thinking, 'What about weight?' We're glad you asked. With the goal of the new Epic to be the fastest XC mountain bike we've ever made, weight was at the top of our priorities list. We started with an efficient frame layout and tube shapes that feature clean cable routing, integrated channels through the shock extension, straight tubes with less curves, and optimized torsion profiles in every section. And, if you're curious, this weight savings is equivalent to shedding a chainstay and shock extension from the previous Epic—nearly 350 grams.

For the S-Works model, the build spares no expense, with a custom RockShox SID World Cup fork with our exclusive Brain technology, a rear RockShox Brain shock at the rear that's custom-tuned for women, a 12-speed SRAM XX1 Eagle groupset, powerful SRAM Level Ultimate brakes, and hand-built, featherweight Roval Control SL carbon fiber wheels.

Technical Specifications

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S-Works FACT 12m, XC Geometry, Rider-First Engineered™, threaded BB, 12x148mm rear spacing, internal cable routing, 100mm of travel



RockShox SID WC Brain 29, top-adjust Brain Fade, Solo Air, tapered carbon crown/steerer, 15x110mm Maxle® Stealth thru-axle, 42mm offset, 100mm of travel


Custom RockShox Micro Brain shock w/ Spike Valve, AUTOSAG, 51x257mm



S-Works Carbon Mini Rise, 6-degree upsweep, 8-degree backsweep, 10mm rise, 720mm, 31.8mm


S-Works SL, alloy, titanium bolts, 6-degree rise


Specialized Sip Grip


Women's Body Geometry Myth Sport, 155mm, thin, steel rails


S-Works FACT carbon, 10mm setback, 30.9mm


Alloy, 34.9mm, titanium bolt



SRAM Level Ultimate, hydraulic disc


SRAM Level Ultimate, hydraulic disc



SRAM XX1 Eagle, trigger, 12-speed


SRAM XX1 Eagle, 12-speed


SRAM XG-1295 Eagle, 12-speed, 10-50t


SRAM XX1 Eagle, Boost™ 148, 24mm spindle


SRAM Eagle, alloy, 30T


SRAM DUB, threaded BB


SRAM XX1 Eagle, 12-speed



Roval Control SL, hookless carbon, 25mm internal width, tubeless-ready, hand-built


Roval Control SL, sealed cartridge bearings, 15mm thru-axle, 110mm spacing, 24h


Roval Control SL, DT Swiss Star Ratchet, 54t engagement, SRAM XD driver body, 12mm thru-axle, 148mm spacing, 28h


DT Swiss Industry


Fast Trak, GRIPTON® compound, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3"


Fast Trak, GRIPTON® compound, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.1"


Presta, 60mm valve



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.


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Crank Length170mm175mm175mm
Handlebar Width720mm720mm720mm
Stem Length60mm75mm75mm
Saddle Width155mm155mm155mm
Seatpost Length350mm350mm400mm
Head Tube Length95mm105mm120mm
Head Tube Angle69.5°69.5°69.5°
BB Height332mm332mm332mm
BB Drop38.9mm38.9mm38.9mm
Fork Length, Full506mm506mm506mm
Fork Rake/Offset42mm42mm42mm
Front Centre659mm687mm715mm
Chainstay Length438mm438mm438mm
Top Tube Length, Horizontal568mm596mm623mm
Bike Standover Height770mm776mm799mm
Seat Tube Length400mm434mm470mm
Seat Tube Angle74.75°74.75°74.75°

Rider Reviews

  • 5
  • 2 Reviews

Absolutely amazing!

The Epic is an amazing race machine to say the least! Super lightweight, amazing handling, snappy in and out of turns and up punchy hills, cuts like a knife holding steady through technical terrain, forgiving in the sense that I never feel the threat of going over the bars if I make a mistake, climbs like a dream and descends comfortably. I also put a 30mm dropper on it which makes A-line jumps in races a total blast! And it sparkles!!! ��

T M.


A truly Epic ride!

I'm 5'2"" and purchased the small women's Epic- I feel the overall size/fit of the bike is great, plus I like being able to run 29"" wheels. I opted for the women's bike for 2 reasons: color and the lighter shock tune. We went with this level of bike to minimize the amount of changes that we typically do to stock bikes. (Drivetrain, etc.) Truth be told, we did make some changes to the build but it's safe to say if we left it stock it would still be awesome! I think the thing I read most about the Epic was the ""knocking"" of the rear Brain. Frankly, I ride my bike and forget it. Folks know it's there and from what I've read, it's a lot better than what the feeling was years prior. If you set it ""softer"" it's definitely less noticeable. If you have it set to be more efficient, you'll feel the telltale ""knock""...but I like to think of it as my suspension is working rather than an annoyance. This bike, S-Works level or not, is a great XC machine! It climbs very well, and in my opinion, descends great, too. I've taken my bike down a local trail that is gnarly and super steep- put both front and rear shocks to fully open, lowered my seat (no dropper post), and I felt that it handled it well for being the bike it is. Not that I'd ride down that trail every day, but it was proof that this bike can handle a lot for being a lightweight ""race machine."" I love this bike for when I'm racing or casually riding the local trails; it's a capable bike that handles well and can climb hills with ease.