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Epic Expert

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Epic Expert

When speed comes calling, the Epic Expert doesn’t just answer, it yells back, ‘Catch me if you can!’

Featuring the most efficient suspension platform ever to grace a World Cup start line, the Epic Expert pairs 100-millimeters of Brain-controlled travel front and rear for a package that was born to erase seconds from the clock.

A Smarter BRAIN

Mixing hardtail efficiency and full-suspension capability to impressively quick results, Epic has always been defined by uncompromised commitment to speed.

Well, that and over 100 World Cup wins and podiums too. True to form, the latest Epic continues the tradition, taking advantage of the most efficient Brain suspension we’ve ever created to ensure it’s always on a first-name-basis with fast.

Re-engineered hand-in-hand with the new Epic, the latest BRAIN design resets the expectation for efficiency, employing a new race-tuned pedaling platform to ensure every watt possible is translated into forward motion, while handily soaking up momentum-killing chatter and big hits alike—all more smoothly than ever.

Frame-Changer

Redesigned with a focus on efficient power transfer and better handling performance, the Epic’s all-new FACT 11m carbon frame features a 15-percent stiffer rear triangle in order to take full advantage of the BRAIN's new race-tuned pedaling platform, while the revised carbon layup of the front-triangle sheds weight, sending the Epic’s already sky-high stiffness-to-weight ratio even higher.

Technical Specifications

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Frameset

Frame

FACT 11m Full Carbon, Progressive XC Race Geometry, Rider-First Engineered™, threaded BB, 12x148mm rear spacing, internal cable routing, 100mm of travel

SWAT

SWAT EMT Cage-Mount Tool

Seat Binder

Specialized Alloy, 34.9mm

Suspension

Rear Shock

RockShox-Specialized BRAIN, Rx XC Tune, 5 Position Platform Adjust, Rebound Adjust, Integraded Extension, 265x52.5mm

Fork

RockShox SID SL BRAIN, Bottom-Adjust Brain damper, Debon Air, 15x110mm, 44mm offset, 100mm Travel

Cockpit

Handlebars

Specialized Alloy Minirise, 10mm rise, 750mm, 31.8mm clamp

SeatPost

X-Fusion Manic, 30.9, 100/125/150 Travel, 0mm offset

Stem

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

Grips

Specialized Trail Grips

Saddle

Body Geometry Power Sport, steel rails

Brakes

Front Brake

SRAM Level TL, 2-piston caliper, hydraulic disc

Rear Brake

SRAM Level TL, 2-piston caliper, hydraulic disc

Drivetrain

Shift Levers

SRAM GX Eagle AXS Controller

Cassette

Sram XG-1275, 12-speed, 10-52t

Rear Derailleur

SRAM GX Eagle AXS, w/ battery cover

Chain

SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed

Crankset

SRAM GX Eagle Alloy, DUB, 165/170/175mm, 34t

Chainrings

34T

Bottom Bracket

SRAM DUB, BSA 73mm, Threaded

Wheels & Tires

Rims

Roval Control, Carbon offset design, 29mm internal width, 4mm hook width, Tubeless ready, 28h

Front Hub

DT Swiss 350, 6-bolt, 15mm Thru-axle, 110mm spacing, 28h straight -pull

Rear Hub

DT Swiss 350 straight-pull, 6-bolt, DT Swiss Ratchet, 12x148mm thru axle, XD freehub body, 28h straight-pull

Spokes

DT Swiss Comp Race

Front Tire

Specialized Fast Trak, Control Casing, T7 Compound, 29x2.35

Rear Tire

Specialized Renegade, Control Casing, T5 Compound, 29x2.35

Inner Tubes

Standard, Presta valve

Weight

Weight

10.95kg (24 lb, 2.2 oz)

Weight Size

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* 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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Crank Length165mm170mm175mm175mm175mm
Handlebar Width750mm750mm750mm750mm750mm
Stem Length60mm60mm70mm70mm70mm
Saddle Width155mm155mm143mm143mm143mm
Seatpost Length100mm125mm125mm150mm150mm
Stack596mm586mm591mm605mm623mm
Reach390mm415mm445mm470mm495mm
Head Tube Length95mm95mm100mm115mm135mm
Head Tube Angle67.5°67.5°67.5°67.5°67.5°
BB Height314mm324mm324mm324mm324mm
BB Drop58mm48mm48mm48mm48mm
Trail106mm106mm106mm106mm106mm
Fork Length, Full505mm505mm505mm505mm505mm
Fork Rake/Offset44mm44mm44mm44mm44mm
Front Center663mm687mm719mm750mm782mm
Chainstay Length433mm433mm433mm433mm433mm
Wheelbase1090mm1116mm1148mm1179mm1211mm
Bike Standover Height740mm763mm766mm776mm788mm
Seat Tube Length375mm400mm430mm470mm520mm
Seat Tube Angle76.5°75.8°75.5°75.5°75.5°
Top Tube Length, Horizontal533mm563mm598mm626mm656mm
Geometry

Rider Reviews

  • 4.6
  • 5 Reviews

Great Ride

I have been riding mtn bikes since front shock was just an idea. The Epic is really a great balance of latest tech and old school feel. The Brain shock works just as it should providing the old school hard tail rigid fork feel when pumping up a climb and allowing for the supple bump absorption on the way down. All the components work as they should, I am super impressed with electronic shifting but that review is for component manufacturers website. The only thing I would change and did change was upgrade to the sworks version of the tires. The bike feels more alive with lighter more supple casing of the sworks. Love this ride!

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Yes!

Name:
Bill

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Best bike in the market

Love the epic, pedaling is effortless, carries momentum like no other bike I’ve ridden. This bike feels like an extension of you, no matter what your skill level is. The brain suspension is incredibly intuitive and articulate. Well equipped and attractive package. Bottom line, this is a no hassle rocket of fun. Hard to beat the performance and value. You need one!

Would Recommend?
Yes!

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Name:
Jose F.

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Components

Overall I like the bike, but I think the disappointment I have is all focussed at the SRAM GX AXS. At this price point I think I was expecting the performance of Deore XT or better, unfortunately for some reason it is difficult to find bikes with XT so I ended up settling for SRAM GX.

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Yes!

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Name:
Steve C.

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Great bike

Got the epic yesterday and I’d say I’m pretty pleased with it I just wish it came with X01 cable instead of the gx axs.

Would Recommend?
Yes!

Name:
Justin

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Comfy

I began racing xc last year when I joined our local NICA team. I quickly noticed that my 2018 rockhopper just wasn't flowing over the roots as well as I had hoped. I live in South Carolina where roots are plentiful, and they can really kill your momentum, especially if you're going uphill. the sun tour fork that came stock had just about had it, and I was looking to lose some weight too. The Epic is right at 25 pounds for a size large with Shimano Xtr pedals, about 5 pounds lighter that my previous bike. On my first ride I found another pleasant surprise. I had expected the suspension to be a little harsh because of the brain, kind of like a softer version of my hardtail. I was pleased to find that it was actually very compliant on rocks and roots, while still being very firm on the flat. In fact, it felt just about as good as my dad's 130mm travel Stumpjumper! My only complaint is that I wish it came with the xo1 cassette and chain instead of the gx.

Would Recommend?
Yes!

Name:
Nicholas

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