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    Men's Epic Hardtail Expert

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    2018 Men's Epic Hardtail Expert

    With all of the growth in full-suspension XC bikes, we found that hardtails were starting to become a little same old, same old. So we thought to ourselves, "What better time then now to shake things up with a modern, revolutionary design?" Say hello to the Epic Hardtail Expert.

    It's one of the lightest frames we've ever made, tipping the scales around 1175g. And to do so, we built the entire frame from our superlative FACT 11m carbon fibre, and then we took some design 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, 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 Hardtail successfully balances value with performance, with a custom-tuned RockShox SID fork with Brain, SRAM GX Eagle™ 12-speed shifting, and quick-to-accelerate Roval Control Carbon 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 Carbon, hookless bead, 22mm internal width, tubeless ready

    FRONT HUB

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

    REAR HUB

    Specialized, sealed cartridge bearing, XD driver body, 12mm thru-axle, 148mm spacing, 32h

    SPOKES

    DT Swiss Industry, stainless, 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

    FORK

    RockShox SID Brain 29, Solo Air, 51mm offset, 15x110mm thru-axle (S: 90mm of travel, M/L/XL: 100mm of travel)

    DRIVETRAIN

    REAR DERAILLEUR

    SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed

    SHIFT LEVERS

    SRAM GX Eagle, trigger, 12-speed

    CASSETTE

    SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed, 10-50t

    CHAIN

    SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed w/ PowerLock®

    CRANKSET

    Truvativ Stylo, 6K alloy, Boost™ 148, 175mm crankarm, 30mm spindle

    CHAINRINGS

    SRAM Eagle™, alloy, 32T

    BOTTOM BRACKET

    SRAM PF30

    COCKPIT

    STEM

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

    HANDLEBARS

    Specialized Mini-Rise, 7050 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, 21mm offset, 27.2mm

    ACCESSORIES

    PEDALS

    Specialized Dirt

    BRAKES

    REAR BRAKE

    SRAM Level TL

    FRONT BRAKE

    SRAM Level TL

    * 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 Center650mm676mm705mm731mm
    Chainstay Length430mm430mm430mm430mm
    Wheelbase1073mm1099mm1128mm1154mm
    Top Tube Length, Horizontal568mm595mm623mm649mm
    Bike Standover Height760mm790mm814mm845mm
    Seat Tube Length400mm430mm470mm520mm
    Seat Tube Angle74°74°74°74°
    Geometry

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