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    Men's Epic Comp Carbon

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    2018 Men's Epic Comp Carbon

    A perfect introduction to your world of XC riding and racing, the Epic Comp Carbon features all of the same frame technologies that are found in its older siblings, only with a build that lets you give racing a try without breaking the bank.

    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 new 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 Epic Comp is value-packed, featuring an 11-speed SRAM GX groupset, SRAM Level TL brakes, and a Roval Control alloy wheelset. Get ready, because this is going to be Epic.

    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

    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

    SUSPENSION

    REAR SHOCK

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

    FORK

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

    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, 30T

    BOTTOM BRACKET

    Threaded BB, 24mm spindle

    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, 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 Length170mm175mm175mm175mm
    Handlebar Width720mm720mm720mm720mm
    Stem Length60mm80mm90mm100mm
    Saddle Width143mm143mm143mm143mm
    Seatpost Length350mm400mm400mm400mm
    Stack588mm597mm611mm630mm
    Reach408mm433mm456mm475mm
    Head Tube Length95mm105mm120mm140mm
    Head Tube Angle69.5°69.5°69.5°69.5°
    BB Height332.6mm332.6mm332.6mm332.6mm
    BB Drop38.9mm38.9mm38.9mm38.9mm
    Trail94mm94mm94mm94mm
    Fork Length, Full506mm506mm506mm506mm
    Fork Rake/Offset42mm42mm42mm42mm
    Front Center659mm688mm716mm742mm
    Chainstay Length438mm438mm438mm438mm
    Wheelbase1095mm1123mm1152mm1178mm
    Top Tube Length, Horizontal568mm595mm623mm649mm
    Bike Standover Height764mm770mm776mm799mm
    Seat Tube Length400mm434mm470mm520mm
    Seat Tube Angle74.75°74.75°74.75°74.75°
    Geometry

    Rider Reviews

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    • 4 Reviews

    Just love this machine

    Have been so surprised by this bike. Wonderful up hills, great on decents, but really packs a punch along the flat. Have set new PR's on road segments, beating my roadie! The 29er wheels just soak up the bumps. It just does everything and does it well.


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    Simmo

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    A versatile XC rig

    I've owned a slew of mountain bikes, including hardtails, a few different double-squishy bikes, and even a Scott Spark RC. This bike has replaced all of them for two reasons... water bottle 1 and water bottle 2. In long races I want to carry everything on the bike and not on my back. Few full-suspension bikes can do this. I've also ""Evo'd"" my Comp Carbon with a dropper and a SID 120mm fork which makes this bike amazingly capable.


    Name:
    Tony G.

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    The best bike I have yet owned

    I have been riding and racing (not a lot of racing, but I'm not a casual weekend warrior either) since the 1990's and this bike is the best one I have ever owned (this is my thirteenth mountain bike). I have had it for about six months now and I have yet to crash it. This is worth noting as I continually push myself and my equipment and so sooner or later there's going to be a crash. This bike seems like it won't let me even when I bounce off a tree or get sketchy around a hairpin turn it just seems to right itself when I push on the pedal and viola, I'm still on the trail and still hauling butt. So good!


    Name:
    Dj R.

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