Specialized Epic Hardtail Comp - 2018

Cross country courses are nothing like they used to be. Today's tracks have more in common with trail riding than the pancake flat NORBA courses of yesteryear. For this reason, Specialized threw away the hardtail rulebook and drafted their ...(Read More)

Specialized Epic Hardtail Comp
  • Color: Satin Acid Pink/Black
  • Color: Satin Black/Flo Red
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Cross country courses are nothing like they used to be. Today's tracks have more in common with trail riding than the pancake flat NORBA courses of yesteryear. For this reason, Specialized threw away the hardtail rulebook and drafted their own chapter to create the Epic Hardtail Comp. They took a revolutionary new frame design and spec'd it specifically for the rigors of racing contemporary XC courses.

It's one of the lightest frames they've ever made, tipping the scales around 1175g. And to make it this light, the entire frame is built from FACT 11m carbon fiber, and then Specialized took some cues from their road bikes. They 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.

The geometry was also tweaked 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 than ever, and frankly, it's stupid fast. They also widened the rear spacing to 12x148mm and included internal split-housing cable routing.

For the build, this Epic takes value to new heights with a custom-tuned RockShox Reba RL fork, 1x11 SRAM GX shifting, and fast rolling Roval Control alloy wheels.

- By pairing a FACT 11m carbon fiber frame with the Specialized 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 RockShox Reba RL 29 fork offers up 90/100mm of smooth travel, while an easily accessible compression and rebound adjusts permit you to customize the feel according to the terrain at hand.

- One-by 11-speed shifting is provided by a durable SRAM GX component spec.

Specs

Frame Specialized FACT 11m, XC Geometry, internal split-housing cable routing, PF30 BB, 12x148mm rear end, triangulated post-mount 160mm brake
Fork RockShox Reba RL 29, Solo Air, 51mm offset, 15x110mm thru-axle (S: 90mm, M-XL: 100mm of travel)
Axles Front: 15x110mm thru-axle
Rear: 12x148mm
Rims/Wheels Roval Control 29, hookless alloy, 22mm internal width, tubeless-ready
Tires Front: Fast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 29x2.3", 60 TPI, Aramid folding bead, 2Bliss Ready
Rear: Fast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 29x2.1", 60 TPI, Aramid folding bead, 2Bliss Ready
Crankset Race Face Aeffect crank, PF30
Chainrings Steel, 30T
Bottom Bracket Race Face PF30
Chain KMC X11, 11-speed w/ Missing Link
Rear Derailleur SRAM GX, long cage, 11-speed
Cassette/Rear Cogs SRAM XG 1150, 11-speed, 10-42t
Shifters SRAM GX, trigger, 11-speed
Handlebars Specialized Mini-rise, 6000 alloy, 8-degree backsweep, 6-degree upsweep, 10mm rise, 720mm width, 31.8mm clamp
Tape/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
Brakes Front: SRAM Level TL, hydraulic disc, organic pads, 160/180mm rotor
Rear: SRAM Level TL, hydraulic disc, organic pads, 160 rotor
Saddle Body Geometry Phenom Comp, Adaptive Edge design, Hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm
Seat Post Specialized, alloy, single bolt, 27.2mm

Part Numbers

Option UPC MPN Store SKU
Satin Acid Pink/Black / Large 00888818318803 91318-5004 43765
Satin Acid Pink/Black / Medium 00888818317127 91318-5003 43764
Satin Acid Pink/Black / Small 00888818315000 91318-5002 43763
Satin Acid Pink/Black / X-Large 00888818318186 91318-5005 43766
Satin Black/Flo Red / Large 00888818318810 91318-5104 43769
Satin Black/Flo Red / Medium 00888818315994 91318-5103 43768
Satin Black/Flo Red / Small 00888818317233 91318-5102 43767
Satin Black/Flo Red / X-Large 00888818317103 91318-5105 43770