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Epic 8 Comp


Epic 8 Comp

The all-new Epic 8 evolves the formula of fastest through capability, efficiency, and lightweight integration. Modern XC tracks demand more and more capability by the day. Enter Epic 8. Its improved kinematics make it the most efficient pedaling bike we’ve ever tested, while custom valved (and tuned) shocks soak up every bump. It’s a wolf in wolf’s clothing.

If you’re an XC racer or prioritize all-out speed in your ride, the Epic 8 is the bike for you.

UNMATCHED CAPABILITY: The most capable 120mm bike on the planet. You’ll be blown away by how Epic 8’s progressive geometry delivers technical terrain capability alongside fast and efficient climbing and acceleration performance. The absurd lateral and torsional rigidity of the chassis translates to some seriously precision handling, too.

WHAT BUMP?: Compared to the previous generation, the new Epic 8 absorbs 12% more bump and vibration forces than the previous generation, leaving you less fatigued and more powerful over time so you can still push while they suffer.

RIDE DYNAMICS TUNED: The Specialized Ride Dynamics team developed custom valving for Epic 8’s new shock. Our unique Ride Dynamics-prescribed damping characteristics holistically elevate the riding experience. By tuning the dampers alongside the chassis’ leverage rates and new kinematics, we’re able to deliver a bike that rides beyond the sum of its parts.

BIOMECHANICAL EFFICIENCY: By optimizing the kinematics of the suspension, Specialized’s Ride Dynamics team reduced inefficient pedal-induced bobbing by 20%, while maintaining active suspension for effective bump force management, to ensure you remain in the most efficient pedaling position. It’s the most efficient pedaling suspension bike we’ve ever tested.

MORE WITH LESS: With the Epic 8, we didn’t spend a single extra gram to get mega capability from the frame. All models now feature SWAT 4.0 to carry all your trail essentials, and an integrated steering stop to prevent the ubiquitous top tube scar the first time you crash and your bars spin. In fact, the new S-Works Epic 8 frameset has even lost weight (76 grams to be exact) while gaining these new additions.

Technical Specifications

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FACT 11m Carbon, Progressive XC Race Geometry, Rider-First Engineered™, SWAT downtube storage, threaded BB, 12x148mm UDH compatible rear dropout, internal cable routing, 120mm of travel


SWAT internal downtube storage

Seat Binder

Specialized Alloy, 34.9, Steel bolt


Rear Shock

RockShox SIDLuxe Select+, Ride Dynamics developed 3 position, TwistLoc remote adjust, Solo Air, 190x45mm


RockShox SID Select, Ride Dynamics developed 3 position, TwistLoc remote adjust, Debon Air, 15x110mm, 44mm offset, 120mm Travel



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


X-Fusion Manic, 30.9, 100/125/150/175 Travel, 0mm offset


Specialized, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 7-degree rise


Body Geometry Power Sport, steel rails


SRAM Slip on with Twist-Loc


Front Brake

SRAM Level Bronze Stealth, 4-piston caliper, hydraulic disc, 180mm rotor

Rear Brake

SRAM Level Bronze Stealth, 4-piston caliper, hydraulic disc, 160mm rotor


Rear Derailleur

SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed

Shift Levers

SRAM GX, trigger, 12-speed


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


SRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed


SRAM X1000 Eagle, DUB, 170/175mm 32T


Steel, 32T

Bottom Bracket

SRAM DUB, BSA 73mm, Threaded

Wheels & Tires


Specialized Alloy 29, 28mm internal width, tubeless

Front Hub

Alloy, sealed cartridge bearings, 15x110mm thru-axle, 28h

Rear Hub

Alloy, sealed cartridge bearings, 148mmx12mm thru-axle, 28h


DT Swiss Industry

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



11.7kg (25 lb, 12.7 oz)

Weight Size


* 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.


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Crank Length165mm170mm170mm175mm175mm
Handlebar Width750mm750mm750mm750mm750mm
Stem Length60mm60mm60mm60mm60mm
Saddle Width155mm155mm143mm143mm143mm
Seatpost Length100mm125mm125mm150mm170mm
Head Tube Angle (high)66.4°66.4°66.4°66.4°66.4°
Chainstay Length435mm435mm435mm435mm435mm
Seat Tube Angle76.5°76°75.5°75.5°75.5°
BB Height (low)318mm324mm326mm328mm328mm
Fork Length, Full530mm530mm530mm530mm530mm
Reach (low)390mm420mm450mm475mm500mm
Top Tube Length, Horizontal535mm569mm605mm633mm662mm
BB Height (high)323mm329mm331mm333mm333mm
Fork Rake/Offset44mm44mm44mm44mm44mm
Head Tube Length92mm92mm95mm110mm130mm
Bike Standover Height748mm755mm760mm769mm774mm
BB Drop (low)52mm46mm44mm42mm42mm
Front Center687mm716mm747mm778mm811mm
Head Tube Angle (low)65.9°65.9°65.9°65.9°65.9°
Seat Tube Length370mm390mm410mm450mm500mm

Rider Reviews

  • 5
  • 1 Reviews

Epic 8 Comp

After my first few weeks riding around Awaba XC trials, overall very impressive with 80% of time spent in middle mode and 20% open mode. Very comparable to my Scott Spark RC, maybe even a touch quicker. Started with the heavier comp variant, then swapped out to DT XRC1200 wheelset, X01 Axs drive train with 170mm cranks, bikeyoke revive 125mm dropper, and SW power arc saddle from a another bike then added the new -12' Roval XC one piece bar/stem for a ride ready bike with XTR pedals & cages at10.9kg. Surprised how well the 170 crank length works with the Epic 8 shock tune to all but eliminate pedal strikes over the rougher pinch climbs while still being excellent for the longer climbs and flat/down sections. First time on the Spesh XC tires, very good so far in our dry/dusty tracks. Overall an easy bike to setup, fast with a very confident inspiring feel and balance just cruising or coughing up a lung trying for a PB on XC/Trail single tracks, final word, the Epic 8 is fast up or down!