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S-Works Epic World Cup

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S-Works Epic World Cup

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THINK FASTEST: The Epic World Cup is the fastest XC race bike in the world on smooth to moderately technical courses thanks to its unmatched combination of efficiency, control, and light-weight. World Champ Christopher Blevins said it best, “This thing gives me everything I could want from a hardtail, plus the control and capability of full suspension.” All it took to create this speed machine was a totally integrated development approach, inventing a radical new shock, and four decades of off-road winning experience.

FRAME OF REFERENCE: To deliver maximum speed through ruthlessly efficient power transfer and precision handling, our engineering team set and achieved new standards in torsional rigidity and BB stiffness. This feat required an integrated development approach that merged a structurally superior double diamond layout with its shock cradled inside the top-tube, and finished off with the most sophisticated composite layup in Specialized history.

SHOCKINGLY FAST: The Specialized Ride Dynamics team conceived of and invented a revolutionary shock technology for the Epic World Cup that gives the rider the efficiency and snappy response of a hardtail PLUS the control, capability, and momentum-carrying of full suspension—all with a simple setup. Co-developed with RockShox, the SID Deluxe WCID shock utilizes a unique independently adjustable positive and negative air springs to deliver the sought-after hardtail “snap”, combined with terrain-devouring forgiveness, and the ability to easily personalize set-up for a specific course or tune for rider preference and feel. Set it firm and it rides like a hardtail or open it up and you have a chunk-squashing ripper. But you aren't just limited “open and closed,” the simple nature of its setup allows the rider to set on a spectrum of firm to soft.

PUNCHING ABOVE ITS CATEGORY: The Epic World Cup’s 75mm of rear travel delivers control and capability of a much longer travel bike. Because it’s designed to be ridden at or close to topped-out, it yields the same positive travel as a 100mm travel bike set up with 25% sag. To further optimize suspension performance, the Specialized Ride Dynamics team tuned the spring-rate to be relatively flat through the mid-stroke to handle the majority of bump forces like a longer travel bike. Due to its large size, the custom Mega Jounce Bumper is an “industry first” and plays a crucial role in smoothly managing bottom-out on the biggest impacts.

HAVE WE LOST OUR MINDS? SORT OF: While the new, and groundbreaking SID Deluxe WCID shock provides the unique blend of support and compliance in the rear, the BRAIN is still alive and well in the fork. Its Position-Sensitive technology allows riders to sag into the fork 15mm for a balanced ride, providing supple small bump compliance and a firm pedaling platform without the need for a remote lockout or levers to flip.

THE WEIGHT IS OVER: With a frame weight of just 1,765 grams (painted with shock and all hardware), the Epic World Cup edges out the lightest of competitors. This translates to faster acceleration, more efficiently climbing, and more agile handling. And all of that adds up to speed. We achieved the featherweight and monster stiffness of the Epic WC by applying what we learned in the development of our Aethos, the lightest production road frame ever made, specifically the advanced composite layup and tube shapes.

THE BIGGEST FLEX IS NO FLEX: The Epic World Cup sports the full suite of Roval Control SL components: 1,240-gram wheelset, 180-gram seat post, and 250-gram integrated cockpit (70mm x 780mm). Each boasting peerless light-weight, stiffness, and control on the World Cup today.

Technical Specifications

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Frameset

Frame

S-Works FACT 12m Carbon, WCID suspension design, Progressive XC Race Geometry, Rider-First Engineered™, threaded BB, 12x148mm UDH compatible rear spacing, internal cable routing, 75mm of travel

SWAT

SWAT EMT Cage-Mount Tool

Seat Binder

Specialized Alloy 34.9, Titanium Bolt

Suspension

Rear Shock

RockShox-Specialized SIDLuxe WCID Ultimate, Ride Dynamics Developed, Independent negative spring, Rebound Adjust, 215x40mm

Fork

RockShox SID SL ULTIMATE BRAIN, Top-Adjust Brain damper, Debon Air, 15x110mm, 44mm offset, 110mm Travel

Cockpit

SeatPost

Roval Control SL carbon seatpost, Two-bolt clamp, 0mm offset, 415/370mm x 30.9

Grips

Specialized Trail Grips

Saddle

Body Geometry S-Works Power, carbon fiber rails, carbon fiber base

Handlebars

Roval Control SL Integrated cockpit, 60mm/70mm X- 12 degree integrated stem, 8-degree backsweep, 1 degree upsweep, 760mm wide

Brakes

Front Brake

SRAM Level Ultimate, 2-piston caliper, hydraulic disc, stealth, 180/160mm rotor

Rear Brake

SRAM Level Ultimate, 2-piston caliper, hydraulic disc, stealth, 160mm rotor

Drivetrain

Rear Derailleur

SRAM XX SL Eagle Transmission

Shift Levers

SRAM POD AXS controller

Cassette

SRAM CS-1299 Cassette, 12-speed, 10-52t

Chain

SRAM XX SL Eagle

Crankset

Quarq XX SL power meter crankset, Carbon, 168 Q-Factor, DUB, 170/175mm, 34T

Chainrings

34t

Bottom Bracket

SRAM DUB, BSA 73mm, Threaded

Wheels & Tires

Rims

Roval Control SL, Carbon offset design, 29mm internal width, 4mm hook width, Tubeless ready, 24h

Front Hub

Roval Control SL, DT Swiss Internals, Ceramic Bearings, 6-bolt, 15mm thru-axle, 110mm spacing, Torque caps, 24h straight pull t-head

Rear Hub

Roval Control SL, DT Swiss 180 Internals, DT Swiss Ratchet EXP, Ceramic bearings, 12mm thru-axle, 148mm spacing, 24h straight-pull t-head

Spokes

DT Swiss Aerolite Straight-pull t-head

Front Tire

Specialized S-Works Fast Trak, S-Works Casing, T5/T7 Compound, 29x2.35

Rear Tire

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

Inner Tubes

Specialized Turbo Tube

Weight

Weight

9.27kg (20 lb, 7 oz)

Weight Size

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* 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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SMLXL
Crank Length170mm170mm175mm175mm
Handlebar Width760mm760mm760mm760mm
Stem Length60mm70mm70mm70mm
Saddle Width155mm143mm143mm143mm
Seatpost Length370mm415mm415mm415mm
Stack600mm600mm614mm628mm
Reach415mm440mm465mm490mm
Head Tube Length93mm95mm110mm125mm
Head Tube Angle66.5°66.5°66.5°66.5°
BB Height313mm313mm313mm313mm
BB Drop58mm57mm57mm57mm
Trail113mm113mm113mm113mm
Fork Length, Full516mm516mm516mm516mm
Fork Rake/Offset44mm44mm44mm44mm
Front Center701mm726mm757mm788mm
Chainstay Length430mm430mm430mm430mm
Wheelbase1124mm1150mm1181mm1212mm
Bike Standover Height761mm764mm774mm786mm
Seat Tube Length395mm410mm450mm500mm
Seat Tube Angle74.5°74.5°74.5°74.5°
Top Tube Length, Horizontal581mm612mm641mm670mm
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Manual Downloads

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2023_EPIC_WC_USER_MANUAL_ENGLISH.pdf
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2023_EPIC_WC_USER_MANUAL_CHINESE_SIMPLIFIED.pdf
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2023_EPIC_WC_USER_MANUAL_CHINESE_TRADITIONAL.pdf
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2023_EPIC_WC_USER_MANUAL_CROATIAN.pdf
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2023_EPIC_WC_USER_MANUAL_CZECH.pdf
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2023_EPIC_WC_USER_MANUAL_DANISH.pdf
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2023_EPIC_WC_USER_MANUAL_DUTCH.pdf
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2023_EPIC_WC_USER_MANUAL_FINNISH.pdf
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2023_EPIC_WC_USER_MANUAL_FRENCH.pdf
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2023_EPIC_WC_USER_MANUAL_GERMAN.pdf
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2023_EPIC_WC_USER_MANUAL_ITALIAN.pdf
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2023_EPIC_WC_USER_MANUAL_JAPANESE.pdf
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2023_EPIC_WC_USER_MANUAL_KOREAN.pdf
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2023_EPIC_WC_USER_MANUAL_NORWEGIAN.pdf
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2023_EPIC_WC_USER_MANUAL_POLISH.pdf
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2023 EPIC WC USER MANUAL - PORTUGUESE
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2023_EPIC_WC_USER_MANUAL_RUSSIAN.pdf
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2023_EPIC_WC_USER_MANUAL_SLOVAK.pdf
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2023_EPIC_WC_USER_MANUAL_SLOVENIAN.pdf
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2023_EPIC_WC_USER_MANUAL_SPANISH.pdf
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2023_EPIC_WC_USER_MANUAL_SWEDISH.pdf
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2022 ROVAL ROAD AND MOUNTAIN WHEELSETS - OWNER'S MANUAL - PORTUGUESE BRAZILIAN
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2022 ROVAL ROAD AND MOUNTAIN WHEELSETS - OWNER'S MANUAL - CHINESE SIMPLIFIED
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2022 ROVAL ROAD AND MOUNTAIN WHEELSETS - OWNER'S MANUAL - FRENCH
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2022 ROVAL ROAD AND MOUNTAIN WHEELSETS - OWNER'S MANUAL - GERMAN
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2022 ROVAL ROAD AND MOUNTAIN WHEELSETS - OWNER'S MANUAL - SPANISH
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CONTROL SL HUB - SCHEMATICS

Rider Reviews

  • 5
  • 8 Reviews

A bike that is a pure rocket ship

Have you ever ridden a bike and wished you had a hardtail for flats and climbs and a trail bike for the downhills well that's what this bike feels like. You have the best of both worlds while keeping the weight down. This bike has truly transformed my riding and taken me to next level.


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Liam

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Really Please with S Works Epic World Cup

I am thrilled with my new World Cup. It is way better than I expected. I like to ride single track fast and it really nails it. I also like to ride a hard tail MTB on gravel. This bike takes care of of both of those desires. It handles great in the corners. I cannot believe how stable it is. I am an older rider (53). But I came from BMX and really enjoy a bike that is nimble and responsive. It has been a real pleasure to have. I had a 2021 Sworks Epic and really liked that as well. However I think this bike fits me a little better and has been so much fun to ride. I got it 12-20-23 and It is only the middle of April and I have 700 Miles on it already.


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Scott

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Worth every penny

This bike is incredible! It is fast, stable, and you get the best benefits of both worlds (hard tail and soft tail). It climbs incredibly well and I love standing and sprinting with it. I highly recommend this bike.


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Dan

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'23 Epic WC

Coming fresh off a 2018 S-Works Epic, this new bike handles so much more stable in turns. The rear suspension "feels" like a hardtail, but handles the rough stuff like it has progressive travel. Of course all new bikes feel better, but I had just recently had the 2018 Epic completely overhauled. The '23 is just more stable all around.

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Yes!

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Federico N.

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XC Beast

I rode hardtail until I read about the Brain... learned it was as close to a hardtail as a FS might get... I like fast singletrack with "rooty" features... some sunken rocks too. This would have been my choice had it been alive when I stepped into the FS XC bike world. We rode Round Valley in Park City today (21May2023) after picking the bike up yesterday. Day 1 I can feel higher efficiency both on the flats and punchy climbs, some with bermed switchbacks. For what it is worth, I did transfer a Reverb AXS dropper from one of my other S-W Epics... had to swap brake lever clamps too but fit it perfect. Not sure I will keep the dropper on, but wanted to go out with it and get the best assessment being setup so similar. Folks call me a surgeon in fast technical ST... this machine is a whole new instrument to work with. Found myself riding and pushing and not really even thinking about the brand new tool under me. THIS bike is me!

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Yes!

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Erik

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Specialized - the bike and the company

The bike is outrageous. Rode it the first couple times and could have sworn the rear shock wasn't working. But, after the ride I saw the ring had spanned the full travel. Faster the better. Just okay slow - wakes up the faster you push it. Bike fits smaller than the last gen Epic! I ordered a L. I rode it a few times and even ordered the longest stem bar to try and fit it. I could not get it stretched enough. I took it back to the Specialized dealer and they said, "No worries! We'll get you an XL." And they did and it fits great. What and incredible company to stand behind the product and support customers like that. While I am a bit embarrassed, I did want to share my story.

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Yes!

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Patrick

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S Works Epic World Cup

Best bike I have ever ridden. Absolute weapon. It rips on single track. Very balanced and quiet. I have been riding on the middle setting for the rear shock. The bike punches out of corners with every pedal stroke going straight to the rear wheel. The slackened head angle feels great on the decents and no problem over rough surfaces. You can ride this bike on your local trails for fun. It doesn't always have to be a race. I've also done 4 hour rides with big climbs. No problem with comfort. Worth every cent.

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Yes!

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Mark

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A race machine

I really liked and appreciated how fast this bike is and how much control you have on the descents (even though I've been riding it for only 2 days). I do a lot of races (every week end) and I've had the occasion to try it for the first time in a race today and I think that this is the perfect bike for racers.

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Yes!

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Mathieu

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