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Epic Expert EVO

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Part No. 90318-3403


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The Specialized Epic Expert EVO is not so much intended for whipping about between the tape something the other bikes in the Epic family are extremely adept at as going long in marathon races or on masochistic training rides.

We noticed that a lot of the Epics laying around at Specialized HQ, the ones owned and ridden by our staff, were adapted to riding further and longer. We asked ourselves, if this is what the people want, why don't we offer it out the box' And so the Epic Expert EVO was born.

Getting into the nitty gritty, the EVO sees boosted travel on the fork, with 120mm rather than 100mm. That makes the ride more forgiving, as well as slackening the front end by a degree. The addition of a zero-offset dropper post means you get more control heading downhill, but the way the bike is designed also keeps your saddle over the BB on steeper uphill gradients. A 2.3 Ground Control tyre boosts grip at the front and is paired with a stiffer Fast Trak at the back. The latter benefiting from GRID protection on the sidewalls.

The Epic EVO proudly bears our most up-to-date Brain 2.0. The original Brain tech was pretty darn good, even if we say so ourselves and that's why it took us so long to create a version two' worthy of the name. It's closer to the rear axle now, so it's in the most sensitive spot it can be, and it now reacts seamlessly to bump forces. Consistency of damping is greatly improved and 2.0 also integrates hoses into the links of the suspension, improving oil paths and creating a sleeker overall package than anything else out there.

The Expert EVO is among our first MTB frames to get our Rider-First Engineered treatment, a systematic approach to frame design that allows every frame size to behave exactly as it should. This is achieved by creating layups and tubes that are just right for each frame size, rather than taking a one size fits all' approach. Stiffness throughout the bike is increased as a direct result, creating what we believe is the best-performing Specialized XC bike ever made. We've also boosted clearance to accommodate those 2.3 tyres because more grip means more speed.

Weight weenies out there, fear not, we haven't forgotten about you. We've trimmed nearly 525 grams from the weight of the whole bike, equivalent to one whole chain stay plus a shock extension. Not bad, huh

The Expert EVO hits the balance between shredability and reliability just right, with SRAM's 12-speed GX Eagle group and Level TL brakes, plus our very own Roval Control Carbon hoops.

  • Up front suspension comes from a FOX Step-Cast Performance Series fork boasting 120m of travel and a GRIP damper with Firm, Medium and Open modes.
  • Specialized's own Roval Control Carbon handbuilt wheels have modern 25mm (internal width) hookless rims, giving you the low weight, minimal rolling resistance and superlative grip with the newly-increased 2.3 tyres.

The seat post is an X-Fusion Manic, with plenty of drop for steep descents however, its zero-offset design allows you to keep weight over the BB when heading uphill.

  • A FOX Step-Cast 34 Performance Series fork handles suspension duties up front with 120mm of travel and a GRIP damper that has Open, Medium, and Firm modes for every kind of terrain.
  • The hand-built Roval Control Carbon wheels feature a modern 25mm (internal width) hookless rim, so you get the low weight, low rolling resistance, and the best possible grip with the 2.3" tires.
  • An X-Fusion Manic seatpost brings you some much-needed drop for tackling steep descents, but it also features a zero-offset design that keeps your weight over the bottom bracket for the climbs.

Please note that this bike does not come with pedals.

FRAMESpecialized FACT 11m, XC Geometry, Rider-First Engineeredâ„¢, threaded BB, 12x148mm rear spacing, internal cable routing, 100mm of travel
FORKFOX Step-Cast 34 Performance series, GRIP damper, 44mm offset, 15x110mm Kabolt thru-axle, 120mm of travel
REAR SHOCKCustom RockShox Micro Brain shock w/ Spike Valve, AUTOSAG, 51x257mm
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 TYREGround Control, GRIPTON® compound, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3"
REAR TYREFast Trak, GRID casing, GRIPTON® compound, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3"
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, hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm
SEATPOSTX-Fusion manic, 30.9mm, (S: 100mm, M-XL: 125mm)
SEAT BINDERAlloy, 34.9mm
PEDALSSpecialized Dirt

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 32mm 32mm 32mm 32mm
BB Height 340mm 340mm 340mm 340mm
Bike Standover Height 772mm 777mm 782mm 804mm
Chainstay Length 438mm 438mm 438mm 438mm
Fork Length, Full 526mm 526mm 526mm 526mm
Fork Rake/Offset 43mm 43mm 43mm 43mm
Front Center 667mm 695mm 723mm 749mm
Head Tube Angle 68.5° 68.5° 68.5° 68.5°
Head Tube Length 95mm 105mm 120mm 140mm
Reach 398mm 423mm 446mm 465mm
Seat Tube Angle 73.8° 73.8° 73.8° 73.8°
Seat Tube Length 400mm 434mm 470mm 520mm
Stack 595mm 605mm 619mm 638mm
Top Tube Length, Horizontal 571mm 599mm 626mm 650mm
Trail 99mm 99mm 99mm 99mm
Wheelbase 1103mm 1132mm 1159mm 1186mm

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