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.
|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)|
Front: 15x110mm thru-axle
|Rims/Wheels||Roval Control 29, hookless alloy, 22mm internal width, tubeless-ready|
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|
|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|
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|
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