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Lighter, faster, better handling—the Women's Epic Hardtail Comp Carbon is changing XC hardtails in a major way. Even better, it plays host to tons of women's-specific components and a custom shock tune that's ideal for lighter riders.
Tipping the scales around 1175 grams, it's one of the lightest mountain bike frames we've ever made. And to do so, we built the entire frame from our superlative FACT 11m carbon fiber that, until recently, was reserved for the top echelon of our mountain bikes. And with that done, we took some 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 angle, 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 hits right on the money, opting for a custom-tuned RockShox Reba RL fork, SRAM GX 1x11 shifting, and ridiculously fast Roval Control alloy wheels. Every touch point has been hand-selected for female riders, as well, from the Sip Grips, to the bar width and crankarm length, all the way down to the superlative Women's Myth Sport saddle.
|SEAT BINDER||Specialized Alloy 30.0mm|
|FRAME||Specialized FACT 11m, XC Geometry, internal split-housing cable routing, PF30 BB, 12x148mm rear end, triangulated post-mount 160mm brake|
|FRONT HUB||Specialized, sealed cartridge bearings, 15x110mm spacing, 24h|
|REAR HUB||Specialized, sealed cartridge bearings, 12x148mm thru-axle, 28h|
|INNER TUBES||Standard, Presta valve|
|FRONT TIRE||Fast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29 x 2.3""|
|RIMS||Roval Control 29, hookless alloy, 22mm internal width, tubeless-ready, 32h|
|REAR TIRE||Fast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29 x 2.1""|
|BOTTOM BRACKET||RaceFace PF30|
|CHAIN||KMC X11, 11-speed w/ Missing Link™|
|CASSETTE||SRAM XG 1150, 11-speed, 10-42t|
|SHIFT LEVERS||SRAM GX, trigger, 11-speed|
|REAR DERAILLEUR||SRAM GX, long cage, 11-speed|
|SADDLE||Myth Sport, steel rails, 155mm|
|SEATPOST||Specialized, alloy, single bolt, 27.2mm|
|GRIPS||Specialized Sip Grip|
|HANDLEBARS||Specialized Mini-rise, 6000 alloy, 8-degree backsweep, 6-degree upsweep, 10mm rise, 720mm width, 31.8mm clamp|
|STEM||Specialized XC, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree rise|
|FRONT BRAKE||SRAM Level TL, hydraulic disc, organic pads, 160/180mm rotor|
|REAR BRAKE||SRAM Level TL, hydraulic disc, organic pads, 160 rotor|
|FORK||RockShox Reba RL 29, custom Women's Rx Tune, Solo Air, 51mm offset, 15x110mm thru-axle (XS: 80mm, S: 90mm, M-L: 100mm of travel)|
|Top Tube Length, Horizontal||549mm||568mm||595mm||623mm|
|Seat Tube Angle||74°||74°||74°||74°|
|Head Tube Angle||69.8°||69.8°||69.8°||69.8°|
|Seat Tube Length||370mm||400mm||430mm||470mm|
|Head Tube Length||95mm||95mm||95mm||110mm|
|Bike Standover Height||731mm||760mm||790mm||814mm|
|Fork Length, Full||486mm||496mm||506mm||506mm|