Men's Epic Hardtail Expert

With all of the growth in full-suspension XC bikes, we found that hardtails were starting to become a little same old, same old. So we thought to ourselves, "What better time then now to shake things up with a modern, revolutionary design?" Say hello to the Epic Hardtail Expert.

It's one of the lightest frames we've ever made, tipping the scales around 1175g. And to do so, we built the entire frame from our superlative FACT 11m carbon fiber, and then we took some design 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, 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 Hardtail successfully balances value with performance, with a custom-tuned RockShox SID fork with Brain, SRAM GX Eagle™ 12-speed shifting, and quick-to-accelerate Roval Control Carbon wheels.

With all of the growth in full-suspension XC bikes, we found that hardtails were starting to become a little same old, same old. So we thought to ourselves, "What better time then now to shake things up with a modern, revolutionary design?" Say hello to the Epic Hardtail Expert.

It's one of the lightest frames we've ever made, tipping the scales around 1175g. And to do so, we built the entire frame from our superlative FACT 11m carbon fiber, and then we took some design 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, 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 Hardtail successfully balances value with performance, with a custom-tuned RockShox SID fork with Brain, SRAM GX Eagle™ 12-speed shifting, and quick-to-accelerate Roval Control Carbon wheels.

    • FRAME

      Specialized FACT 11m, XC Geometry, internal split-housing cable routing, PF30 BB, 12x148mm rear end, triangulated post-mount 160mm brake

    • FORK

      RockShox SID Brain 29, Solo Air, 51mm offset, 15x110mm thru-axle (S: 90mm of travel, M/L/XL: 100mm of travel)

    • FRONT HUB

      Specialized, sealed cartridge bearing, 15x110mm spacing, torque caps, 32h

    • REAR HUB

      Specialized, sealed cartridge bearing, XD driver body, 12mm thru-axle, 148mm spacing, 32h

    • SPOKES

      DT Swiss Industry, stainless, 2.0

    • RIMS

      Roval Control Carbon, hookless bead, 22mm internal width, tubeless ready

    • INNER TUBES

      Standard, Presta valve

    • FRONT TIRE

      Fast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29 x 2.3",

    • REAR TIRE

      Fast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29 x 2.1"

    • CRANKSET

      Truvativ Stylo, 6K alloy, Boost™ 148, 175mm crankarm, 30mm spindle

    • CHAINRINGS

      SRAM Eagle™, alloy, 32T

    • BOTTOM BRACKET

      SRAM PF30

    • SHIFT LEVERS

      SRAM GX Eagle, trigger, 12-speed

    • REAR DERAILLEUR

      SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed

    • CASSETTE

      SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed, 10-50t

    • CHAIN

      SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed w/ PowerLock®

    • FRONT BRAKE

      SRAM Level TL

    • REAR BRAKE

      SRAM Level TL

    • HANDLEBARS

      Specialized Mini-Rise, 7050 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

    • STEM

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

    • SADDLE

      Body Geometry Phenom Comp, Adaptive Edge design, Hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm

    • SEATPOST

      Specialized, alloy, single bolt, 21mm offset, 27.2mm

    • SEAT BINDER

      Specialized Alloy 30.0mm

    • PEDALS

      Specialized Dirt

    Specifications subject to change without notice.

  • By pairing a FACT 11m carbon fiber frame with our XC 29 Geometry, this Epic places a focus on revolutionary tube angles and extremely light overall weight for explosive speed and nimble handling on the race circuit. For good measure, we also gave it 148mm rear spacing and all-new triangulated post-mount brake mounts.
  • The Custom RockShox SID 29 w/ Brain fork provides 90/100mm of efficient travel. It features Brain technology that distinguishes between terrain and rider input in order to maximize your power, while a Brain Fade adjusts the oil flow when not hitting bumps.
  • SRAM's 12-speed GX Eagle groupset, with its 10-50t cassette, provides a wide gear range that lets you spin up the climbs, yet have plenty of top end for the descents. One-by setups also decrease weight and make it next to impossible to drop a chain.
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Geometry

  S M L XL
Stack 599mm 608mm 622mm 637mm
Reach 395mm 418mm 441mm 462mm
Head Tube Length 95mm 95mm 110mm 125mm
Head Tube Angle 69.8° 69.8° 69.8° 69.8°
BB Height 309mm 309mm 309mm 309mm
BB Drop 61mm 61mm 61mm 61mm
Trail 82mm 82mm 82mm 82mm
Fork Length, Full 496mm 506mm 506mm 506mm
Fork Rake/Offset 51mm 51mm 51mm 51mm
Front Center 650mm 676mm 705mm 731mm
Chainstay Length 430mm 430mm 430mm 430mm
Wheelbase 1073mm 1099mm 1128mm 1154mm
Top Tube Length, Horizontal 568mm 595mm 623mm 649mm
Bike Standover Height 760mm 790mm 814mm 845mm
Seat Tube Length 400mm 430mm 470mm 520mm
Seat Tube Angle 74° 74° 74° 74°

  • Stack 599mm
    Reach 395mm
    Head Tube Length 95mm
    Head Tube Angle 69.8°
    BB Height 309mm
    BB Drop 61mm
    Trail 82mm
    Fork Length, Full 496mm
    Fork Rake/Offset 51mm
    Front Center 650mm
    Chainstay Length 430mm
    Wheelbase 1073mm
    Top Tube Length, Horizontal 568mm
    Bike Standover Height 760mm
    Seat Tube Length 400mm
    Seat Tube Angle 74°
    View S Geometry
  • Stack 608mm
    Reach 418mm
    Head Tube Length 95mm
    Head Tube Angle 69.8°
    BB Height 309mm
    BB Drop 61mm
    Trail 82mm
    Fork Length, Full 506mm
    Fork Rake/Offset 51mm
    Front Center 676mm
    Chainstay Length 430mm
    Wheelbase 1099mm
    Top Tube Length, Horizontal 595mm
    Bike Standover Height 790mm
    Seat Tube Length 430mm
    Seat Tube Angle 74°
    View M Geometry
  • Stack 622mm
    Reach 441mm
    Head Tube Length 110mm
    Head Tube Angle 69.8°
    BB Height 309mm
    BB Drop 61mm
    Trail 82mm
    Fork Length, Full 506mm
    Fork Rake/Offset 51mm
    Front Center 705mm
    Chainstay Length 430mm
    Wheelbase 1128mm
    Top Tube Length, Horizontal 623mm
    Bike Standover Height 814mm
    Seat Tube Length 470mm
    Seat Tube Angle 74°
    View L Geometry
  • Stack 637mm
    Reach 462mm
    Head Tube Length 125mm
    Head Tube Angle 69.8°
    BB Height 309mm
    BB Drop 61mm
    Trail 82mm
    Fork Length, Full 506mm
    Fork Rake/Offset 51mm
    Front Center 731mm
    Chainstay Length 430mm
    Wheelbase 1154mm
    Top Tube Length, Horizontal 649mm
    Bike Standover Height 845mm
    Seat Tube Length 520mm
    Seat Tube Angle 74°
    View XL Geometry