Go bigger, go faster. With its FACT carbon main frame, trail-dominating components, and dialed EVO geometry, Specialized's FSR Expert Carbon EVO is the real deal. Everywhere you shred, the active 135mm FSR suspension, powered by a Fox Float CTD shock, keeps your rear wheel glued to the trail on technical climbs and gnarly descents. Up front, a tapered head tube, slack head angle, and outstanding 140mm RockShox Pike give you the confidence to crush the hard line, throw it deep into a corner, and ride away with a smile on your face. Component-wise, a 1x11 SRAM drivetrain snaps through the gears with the pull provide by the carbon cranks, while the Shimano XT discs let you hang it out until the last possible second, then throw the clamps on with loads of power. Plus, the 29-inch Roval wheels are wide and light, the Specialized tubeless-ready tires grip hard, and the internally routed Command Post dropper post seals the deal.
|Frame||Specialized FACT 9M carbon front triangle, M5 aluminum rear triangle|
|Fork||RockShox Pike, SoloAir, tapered, 150mm travel|
|Rear Shock||Fox Float CTD Factory w/AutoSag, 150mm travel|
|Rims/Wheels||Roval Traverse Fattie, 29mm wide|
|Spokes||DT Swiss Super Comp|
|Tires||Specialized tubeless-ready; Front: Butcher Control, 29 x 2.3; Rear: Purgatory Control, 29 x 2.3|
|Crankset||SRAM S-2200 carbon|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM X01, Type 2|
|Rear Cogs||SRAM X01, 11-speed: 10-42|
|Handlebars||Specialized XC mini-rise|
|Tape/Grips||Specialized Sip Grip|
|Stem||Specialized XC, aluminum|
|Brake Levers||Shimano XT|
|Brakes||Shimano XT, 180/160mm rotors|
|Saddle||Body Geometry Henge Comp|
|Seatpost||Specialized Command Post IR, adjustable height w/remote|
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The bike is incredibly light handling, and comes with an attached toolkit and chainbreaker. I would categorize it as 90% of the world's best all mountain bike at 60% of the price, or, "near perfection". That is a pretty good compromise. The front suspension is absolutely perfect, even on tough downhills with jumps, the approximately twelve compression settings are easy to adjust on the fly and ensure it will not bottom out. The forks are incredibly smooth, and combined with a carbon fiber mainframe, its so much fun I am going to have to wear goggles I am riding down so fast now and I otherwise can no longer see from the tearing. The rear suspension despite the Kashima is not as good as the front, but because on downhills all the weight goes to the front, that does not matter that much. The front double piston brake is so strong I feel I can alter the rotation of the Earth when I hit it hard. The X01 1x10 SRAM shifter system works really well, and with two thumb pushes puts you back on gear 1 from anywhere on the cassette. My first negative is that on steep climbs I wish it was geared 2 cogs lower that gear 1. I am getting the Wolftooth 26T front chainring (originally had a 32T) to see if that helps with lowering the gearing for the extremely steep climbs I do. I ride very technical trails and have probably never made it to gears 9 and 10 anyway. Second con is the seat is a little stiff and I will be getting a softer one as well. Finally, I am not sure where to get a bashplate protector for the bottom of the frame but I am being careful in the rocks in the meantime. Other than that, the bike is simple, light, with world-class components, can take almost anything on the downhills, and is a dream to ride. My take is that it has the quality to do 80% of what a downhill bike can do, but with 20% of the weight, which is phenomenal.