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    Men's Epic Comp

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    2018 Men's Epic Comp

    While carbon often gets all the credit, alloy is far from obsolete, especially the M5 premium aluminum with D'Aluisio Smartweld technology found on the Epic Comp Alloy. It's lightweight, stiff, and can also take a beating. But not only that, you also get a redesigned version of the Brain suspension technology that's made the Epic famous.

    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.

    At the heart of the construction, you'll find our M5 alloy with the exclusive D'Aluisio Smartweld Technology, which strategically places more welding material where it's needed, resulting in an aluminum bike that's more compliant and considerably stiffer at nearly every tube juncture.

    The build of the Epic Comp Alloy 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 M5 Aluminum w/ D'Aluisio Smartweld Technology, threaded BB, 12x148mm rear spacing, internal cable routing, 100mm of travel, flex pivot

    SEAT BINDER

    Alloy, 34.9mm

    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

    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, 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 colourway, frame size, and component variation. Specifications are subject to change without notice.

    Geometry

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    SMLXL
    Crank Length170mm175mm175mm175mm
    Handlebar Width720mm720mm720mm720mm
    Stem Length60mm80mm90mm100mm
    Saddle Width143mm143mm143mm143mm
    Seatpost Length350mm400mm400mm400mm
    Stack588mm602mm616mm630mm
    Reach408mm433mm456mm475mm
    Head Tube Length110mm125mm140mm95mm
    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 Center659mm689mm717mm742mm
    Chainstay Length438.7mm438.7mm438.7mm438.7mm
    Wheelbase1095mm1125mm1153mm1178mm
    Top Tube Length, Horizontal568mm597mm624mm647mm
    Bike Standover Height765mm768mm771mm775mm
    Seat Tube Length400mm434mm470mm520mm
    Seat Tube Angle74.75°74.75°74.75°74.75°
    Geometry

    Rider Reviews

    • 5
    • 10 Reviews

    Amazing Fun bike!

    Very good bike, have one for 5 years, it's very light for an alloy bike, lighter than most carbon bikes from other brands, very agile, fun and efficient!!


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    Carlos

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    The Most Fun Bike Money Can Buy

    It's not the lightest, it's not the fastest. But it is the most fun bike you could own. It has just enough rear shock to soften the jumps when needed and enough travel for a smooth and fun ride. Love this bike 10/10.

    Would Recommend?
    Yes!

    Name:
    Scott

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    Awesome bike for different terrains

    I am from Argentina. We have some rough places to ride, across dry rivers with many stones, uphill, downhill, asphalt, etc. The bike does everything great. Never get to fall like other buddies. What a bike!!


    Name:
    Juanpovi

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    Excellent XC Bike!!!

    Had this for 12 months now - simply love it for all the trails I ride. Only changes have been the tyres when they've worn. Concerning the Brain - you either love it or loath it. I've got used to the characteristics and love it.


    Name:
    Allen

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    Surprised

    I started with Specialized in 2004 with a Stumpjumper M5, then 2006 changed to the Epic Comp with the Fox Brain. Living in Munich I rode the bike a lot, to the alps, across the alps, in italy, in the lakes, everywhere.. and put even some Km/Miles on the Camino de Santiago, just loved the bike and the bike is mega rock solid (a 26). I always looked to the 29ners like the devil. Two months ago the devil took me and I bought this bike 2018. Long story short, my ""house track"" was 48-50 min round, now its a 42-43 min round with this bike, its on asphalt.. its Miami On the dirt the bike is also mega fast. Its taller with the 29 so you just fly over roots, holes etc, and dont hit your pedals with rocks that often. The handlebar is huge but very precise. Now to the best stuff, the 11 gears works very very good, I just miss some top speed, I need another 1-2 gears for full speed, however to be frank this is needed not that often. The 11 gears are very hard to adjust for perfect gear changes. The brain works great, the bike is light, looks amazing and its very good. Specialized: look at the bad review below, the guy is in love with his bike, he just need a shorter sattle, HELP HIM OUT!! I have the same problem! same height and a M size, however I just ride it that way. I just changed the stem to a shorter one and no back pain, no sleepery hands.. nothing. Thanks to Cabberty in Malaga that meassured me like in my old Ergonomic lectures at the TU Munich and proposed me to change the Stem. Guys, I still love my Epic comp 2006 and also my new Epic Comp 2018, will keep both. Ct


    Name:
    Carlos T.

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    Wow!!! Awesome bike

    Size M. Weighs 12kg with pedals for the alloy version. This thing fly's up hills. Previous bike was a 10kg carbon hardtail and a Giant anthem. This thing much better than both. I'm a roadie first, and this is great bike. Comfy, but handles amazing. Grippy tires. Only thing that needs upgrading changing is the 30t chain ring to a bigger one. Joy to ride. Threaded bottom bracket a big plus. Previous bike had 27.5 wheels. 29er much better and faster. If you can swing it, get the carbon model of the same bike and save a kilo.


    Name:
    David

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    � llke this bike

    Very good bicycle is very fast and light. I'm happy to have this bike


    Name:
    Jaycid

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    😎�

    owright! loved the whole bike package.. overall satisfied!!!


    Name:
    Rackee

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    Amazing racy but comfy xc full squish ride

    The handling is so sharp and predictable, fast, firm but super compliant shocks, I put a 75mm stem on in place of the 90mm for quicker steering. Overall the new design is much cleaner. Highly recommend weighs 28.6lbs with pedals size large.


    Name:
    Todd

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    I would definitely buy another

    Have had the bike about a month have 130 miles on it after some suspension setting adjustments the bike absolutely flies, I would purchase another.


    Name:
    Orange12

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