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Men's Epic Expert

  • 5 out of 5
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Was: £3840.00
Now: £3072.00

Part No. 90318-3104


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The Epic has more than earned its name. Now with a lightweight carbon frame and industry-leading suspension technology, the Epic Expert is glittering with race-ready kit and ready to rip up the trails with your mates.

In line with changes in race routes in recent years, we have made the Epic Expert more capable of dealing with steeper, technical trails. The new packaged Epic is ideal for anyone from World Cup athletes, Cape Epic competitors or amateur XC riders. In order to create a bike which handles brilliantly, a whole host of features were addressed, including head angle, reach, stack, chainstays, fork offset, etc. The Epic Expert is more stable at speed thanks to its increased reach and it's significantly more comfortable to ride. It also benefits from a dropper post, both short travel XC options and full-length droppers for a 30.9mm seat tube. Finally, a slackened out head tube enables more controlled handling in technical sections.

The most exciting thing about our 2018 Epic Expert is the Brain 2.0, our completely redesigned Brain technology which redefined the efficiency of suspension and put Specialized firmly on the map in terms of suspension innovation. Far form settling with our epic new tech, we were even more motivated to make it better. We did just that by moving the Brain closer to the rear axle and through collaboration with the guys at RockShox, Brain 2.0 reacts intuitively to changes in terrain, almost as if it were thinking for itself. It also integrates the hoses into the suspension, improving oil paths and resulting in a refined package that races right to the front of the pack.

The excitement doesn't stop with the Brain technology. The Epic's frame is Rider-First Engineered, meaning that every size features size-specific tubing, so there is no compromise on stiffness and handling throughout the size range. What's more, the frame is designed with complex carbon pieces in all the places where you might expect flexing to occur, dramatically increasing stiffness and improving control.

As for weight, our goal with the new Epic was to make it the fastest XC bike ever to wear the big red 'S'. This meant stiffness, handling and above all, a lightweight frame. You'll notice that we've gone for straighter tubes with fewer curves which serves to optimise torsion profiles through the bike, in a layout which incorporates clean cable routing and integrated channels through the shock. The sum of all these alterations is nearly 525 grams, a huge saving, we're sure you'll agree!

To maximise the Epic Expert's awesomeness, the lightweight carbon frame is equipped with a performance-oriented selection of components including a 12-speed SRAM GX Eagle groupset, SRAM TL brakes and fast-rolling, hand-built Roval Control carbon fibre wheels. What are you waiting for Your next ride is going to be Epic.

  • Full fact 11m carbon fiber frame combines stiffness, strength, and light overall weight to deliver an off-the-hook race bike. Meanwhile, the new geometry, RockShox Brain shock, and 100mm of travel, make the Epic the best handling, fastest XC rig you've been on.
  • Our custom RockShox SID fork with Brain features a top-adjust Brain fade, and a custom offset to make it suitable for the new Epic.
  • The 12-speed SRAM GX Eagle groupset brings the performance of Eagle at a doable price point.

Please note that this bike does not come with pedals.

FRAMESpecialized FACT 11m, full carbon frame, XC Geometry, threaded BB, 12x148mm rear spacing, internal cable routing, 100mm of travel
FORKRockShox SID 29 w/ Brain, tapered alloy steerer, bottom-adjust Brain Fade, Solo Air, 110x15mm Maxle® Stealth thru-axle, 100mm of travel, 42mm offset,
REAR SHOCKRockShox/Specialized Micro Brain shock w/ Spike Valve, AUTOSAG, 51x257mm
FRONT HUBSpecialized, sealed cartridge bearings,15x110mm thru-axle, 32h
REAR HUBSpecialized disc, sealed cartridge bearings, 12x148mm spacing, 32h
SPOKESDT Swiss Revolution
RIMSRoval Control Carbon, 22mm internal width, tubeless-ready
INNER TUBESStandard, Presta valve
FRONT TYREFast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29 x 2.3"
REAR TYREFast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29 x 2.1"
CRANKSETTruvativ Stylo, 6K alloy, Boostâ„¢ 148, 24mm spindle
SHIFT LEVERSSRAM GX Eagle, trigger, 12-speed
CASSETTESRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed, 10-50t
CHAINSRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed w/ PowerLink
FRONT BRAKESRAM Level TL, hydraulic disc, organic pads, 160/180mm rotor
REAR BRAKESRAM Level TL, hydraulic disc, organic pads, 160 rotor
HANDLEBARSSpecialized Mini-rise, 7050 alloy, 8-degree backsweep, 6-degree upsweep, 10mm rise, 720mm width, 31.8mm clamp
GRIPSSpecialized Sip Grip, half-waffle, S/M: regular thickness, L/XL: XL thickness
STEMSpecialized XC, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree rise
SADDLEBody Geometry Phenom Comp, Adaptive Edge design, Hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm
SEATPOSTSpecialized, alloy, single bolt, 21mm offset, 30.9mm
SEAT BINDERAlloy, 34.9mm
PEDALSSpecialized Platform, 9/16" spindle

As with any product, specification is subject to change without prior notification. You are advised to confirm current specification before buying.

Please note that this bike does not come with pedals.

Size S M L XL
BB Drop 38.9mm 38.9mm 38.9mm 38.9mm
BB Height 332.6mm 332.6mm 332.6mm 332.6mm
Bike Standover Height 764mm 770mm 776mm 799mm
Chainstay Length 438mm 438mm 438mm 438mm
Fork Length, Full 506mm 506mm 506mm 506mm
Fork Rake/Offset 42mm 42mm 42mm 42mm
Front Center 659mm 688mm 716mm 742mm
Head Tube Angle 69.5° 69.5° 69.5° 69.5°
Head Tube Length 95mm 105mm 120mm 140mm
Reach 408mm 433mm 456mm 475mm
Seat Tube Angle 74.75° 74.75° 74.75° 74.75°
Seat Tube Length 400mm 434mm 470mm 520mm
Stack 588mm 597mm 611mm 630mm
Top Tube Length, Horizontal 568mm 595mm 623mm 649mm
Trail 94mm 94mm 94mm 94mm
Wheelbase 1095mm 1123mm 1152mm 1178mm
  • 2018 Men's Epic Expert
    Paddy Chambers
    5 out of 5

    I have ridden this for 1 year now. 95% of that on rocky, shaley terrain plus a bit of bike park stuff. Roughly 1300 kms of off road riding in all types of weather. I have made no changes except a dropper added. I did not buy it to race but I did buy it to make ascents as easy as possible.

    It lives up to its name! Reliability has been excellent even down to the tyres resistance to punctures and tears. The front and rear shocks are well up to the job and the brain works very well but takes a little getting used to. The bike is very comfortable, long steady climbs make me feel fitter than I am and the 29 inch wheels make short punchy climes over roots and rocks very achievable. Steep descents were a little hairy at first but adding the dropper sorted that out. I cannot recommend it enough. Buying this really stretched my budget but very satisfied with the product and service from the store in Dublin.

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