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Epic Hardtail Expert

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Gloss Storm Grey/Rocket Red



As full-suspension bikes begin to take over the cross country market, we've found that our classic hardtails are starting to become a little bit dated. We're used to leading, not following so we've thrown our own revolutionary design into the fray welcome the Epic Hardtail Expert.

At 1175g, this is one of the lightest frames we've ever made, superlative FACT 11m carbon fibre and cues from our road bikes helping shave off the grams. Using the same Rider-First EngineeredTM concept that we debuted on the Tour de France-winning Tarmac, the Epic's frame design guarantees the same sublime ride feel across the range of sizes, thanks to the specificity of the tube sizes and carbon layup.

To add even more speed and stability we've slackened out the head tube angle, made the top tube longer and slightly adjusted the seat tube angle to make the Epic even more, well epic. With these slight tweaks, the bike feels a lot more planted on technical sections and super-speedy on the downhills. The rear spacing also features a small tweak, widening to 12x148mm for a little extra room as well as the addition of split-housing internal routing for cables.

The Epic Hardtail Expert brilliantly balances value with sublime performance, custom-tuned RockShox SID fork with Brain, SRAM GX EagleTM 12-speed shifting, and fast Roval Control Carbon wheels completing the setup.

FRAMESpecialized FACT 11m, XC Geometry, internal split-housing cable routing, PF30 BB, 12x148mm rear-end, triangulated post-mount 160mm brake
FORKRockShox SID 29 w/ Brain, bottom-adjust Brain Fade, 15x110mm Maxle® Stealth thru-axle, 51mm offset, (S: 90mm, M-XL: 100mm of travel)
FRONT HUBSpecialized, sealed cartridge bearings, 15x110mm spacing, 28h
REAR HUBSpecialized, sealed cartridge bearings, 12x148mm thru-axle, 28h
SPOKESDT Swiss Industry
RIMSRoval Control Carbon, 25mm internal width, tubeless-ready
INNER TUBESPresta, 60mm valve
FRONT TYREFast Trak, GRIPTON® compound, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3"
REAR TYREFast Trak, GRIPTON® compound, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.1"
SHIFT LEVERSSRAM GX Eagle, trigger, 12-speed
CASSETTESRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed, 10-50t
CHAINSRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed
FRONT BRAKESRAM Level TL, hydraulic disc
REAR BRAKESRAM Level TL, hydraulic disc
HANDLEBARSSpecialized Alloy Minirise, 10mm rise, 750mm, 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, 27.2mm
SEAT BINDERSpecialized Alloy, 30.0mm
PEDALSSpecialized Dirt

Please note: Manufacturers can sometimes change the specification of the products from time to time.

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