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Women's Epic Comp Carbon

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2018 Women's Epic Comp Carbon

No matter how you look at it, XC racing is hard. The punchy accelerations, rowdy rock gardens, and quad searing ascents aren't for the faint of heart. With this in mind, we designed the new Women's Epic Comp Carbon to make racing a bit more manageable, and to take your results to the next level.

Race courses have evolved over the past few years. They're more technical, steeper, and simply 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 the redesigned Brain technology, Brain 2.0. The Brain changed the way the bike world looked at suspension, both 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 new Brain became more than just a slight upgrade. It's totally new. 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 Women's Epic also gets a serious upgrade in the stiffness department. The Rider-First Engineered™ tubes place complex carbon pieces in all the right places, which 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 the 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 525 grams.

The build of the Women's Epic Comp Carbon is value-packed, featuring an 1x11 SRAM GX groupset, a rear RockShox Brain shock at the rear that's custom-tuned for women, SRAM Level TL brakes, and a Roval Control alloy wheelset. Every touch point has also been hand-selected for female riders, as well, from the Sip Grips, to the bar width and crankarm length, all the way down to the superlative Women's Myth Sport saddle.

Technical Specifications

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FRAMESET

FRAME

Specialized FACT 11m, full carbon frame, XC Geometry, threaded BB, 12x148mm rear spacing, internal cable routing, 100mm of travel

SEAT BINDER

Alloy, 34.9mm

SUSPENSION

REAR SHOCK

RockShox Brain, Women's Rx Tune, AUTOSAG, 51x257mm

FORK

RockShox Reba RL 29, Solo Air, compression / rebound adjust, tapered alloy steerer, 42mm offset, 110x15mm Maxle® Stealth thru-axle, 100mm of travel, RX Women's Tune

WHEELS

RIMS

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

FRONT HUB

Specialized, sealed cartridge bearing, 15x110mm spacing, torque caps, 32h

REAR HUB

Specialized, sealed cartridge bearings, 12x148mm thru-axle, 32h

SPOKES

DT Swiss Industry, stainless, 3-cross, 2.0"

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

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, 6000 Series alloy

CHAINRINGS

Steel, 28T

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

SADDLE

Myth Sport, steel rails, 155mm

SEATPOST

Specialized, alloy, single bolt, 30.9mm

BRAKES

FRONT BRAKE

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

REAR BRAKE

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

ACCESSORIES

PEDALS

Specialized Platform, 9/16" spindle

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

Geometry

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Crank Length170mm175mm175mm
Handlebar Width720mm720mm720mm
Stem Length60mm80mm90mm
Saddle Width155mm155mm155mm
Seatpost Length350mm350mm400mm
Stack588mm597mm611mm
Reach408mm433mm456mm
Head Tube Length105mm120mm95mm
Head Tube Angle69.5°69.5°69.5°
BB Height332.6mm332.6mm332.6mm
BB Drop38.9mm38.9mm38.9mm
Trail94mm94mm94mm
Fork Length, Full506mm506mm506mm
Fork Rake/Offset42mm42mm42mm
Front Center659mm688mm716mm
Chainstay Length438mm438mm438mm
Wheelbase1095mm1123mm1152mm
Top Tube Length, Horizontal568mm595mm623mm
Bike Standover Height764mm770mm776mm
Seat Tube Length400mm434mm470mm
Seat Tube Angle74.75°74.75°74.75°
Geometry

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