Specialized Men's Epic Expert - 2019

Specialized Men's Epic Expert
$5,520.00
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Satin Carbon/Charcoal
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Lightweight carbon frame? Check. Industry-leading suspension technology? Oh yeah. Race-ready build kit? You know it. The Epic Expert is not only ready to shine in races, but it's also ready to put your closest buddies in the pain cave on the weekends.

Racecourses have evolved over the past few years. They're more technical, steeper, and more challenging to ride. But instead of quivering in our boots, we saw this as an opportunity to make something special—something that both World Cup athletes and XC riders alike can instantly feel the benefit from. We looked at the sum of parts that make a bike handle well, like the head angle, reach, stack, chainstay length, fork offset, etc., and reevaluated all of it. Increasing the reach made a bike that was more stable at speed and generally more comfortable to ride. Dropper posts? Yep, those fit, and not just a short-travel XC option, but full-length droppers that fit in the 30.9mm seat tube. Head angle? We slacked that out, but not without evaluating the overall handling package. It now lands on a custom offset, 42mm fork that works with the slacker head angle in order to behave itself in tight corners and through switchbacks.

Next comes Brain 2.0. The original Brain changed the way the bike world looked at suspension, both in its inefficiencies and benefits alike. And oh, was it good. It won races and put a flag in the ground for us as a true leader in innovation and suspension development, but we knew that we could make it better. Simple physics told us that, by moving the Brain closer to the rear axle, it would be in the most sensitive spot. And after countless hours with the RockShox team, the Brain became more than just a slight upgrade. It's totally reborn. Now, it reacts seamlessly to bump forces, it has much more consistent damping performance, and finally, it integrates the hoses into the suspension links. This, in turn, improves oil paths, and it creates an incredibly sleek package that outperforms anything on the market.

The Epic also has a rider Rider-First Engineered design that places complex carbon pieces in all the right places, and this greatly increases stiffness in the front-end for a vast improvement in ride quality and control. To go along with this, each frame size has size-specific tubes that result in the stiffest, best riding XC bike we've ever developed—no matter the frame size.

And while stiffness, Brain technology, and geometry features are cool and all, we know what you're thinking, 'What about weight?' We're glad you asked. With the goal of the new Epic to be the fastest XC mountain bike we've ever made, weight was at the top of our priorities list. We started with an efficient frame layout and tube shapes that feature clean cable routing, integrated channels through the shock extension, straight tubes with fewer curves, and optimized torsion profiles in every section. And, if you're curious, this weight savings is equivalent to shedding a chainstay and shock extension from the previous Epic—nearly 525 grams.

The build of the Epic Expert meshes performance with value, featuring a 12-speed SRAM GX Eagle groupset, a RockShox SID fork with bottom-adjust Brain Fade, SRAM Level TL brakes, and a hand-built Roval Control Carbon fiber wheelset. Get ready, because this 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.
- The 12-speed SRAM GX Eagle groupset brings the performance of Eagle at a doable price point.
- The hand-built Roval Control Carbon wheels feature a modern 25mm internal width hookless rim, ensuring optimal traction and rolling resistance properties.

Specs

Frame Specialized FACT 11m, XC Geometry, Rider-First Engineered, threaded BB, internal cable routing, 100mm of travel
Fork RockShox SID Brain 29, Solo Air, top-adjust Brain Fade, 42mm offset, 100mm of travel
Rear Shock Custom RockShox Micro Brain shock w/ Spike Valve, AUTOSAG, 51x257mm
Axles Front: 110 x 15mm
Rear: 148 x 12mm
Rims/Wheels Roval Control Carbon, 25mm internal width, tubeless-ready
Hubs Specialized, sealed cartridge bearings
Spokes DT Swiss Industry
Tires Front: Fast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3"
Rear: Fast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.1"
Crankset Truvativ STYLO, DUB
Chainrings SRAM Eagle, 32T
Bottom Bracket SRAM DUB, threaded BB
Chain SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed
Rear Derailleur SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed
Cassette/Rear Cogs SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed, 10-50t
Shifters SRAM GX Eagle, trigger, 12-speed
Handlebars Specialized Alloy Minirise, 10mm rise, 750mm, 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
Brakes SRAM Level TL, hydraulic disc
Pedals Specialized Dirt
Saddle Body Geometry Phenom Comp, Adaptive Edge design, hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm
Seat Post Alloy, single-bolt, 30.9mm

Part Numbers

Option UPC MPN
Satin Carbon/Charcoal / Small 888818415403 90319-3002
Satin Carbon/Charcoal / Medium 888818415496 90319-3003
Satin Carbon/Charcoal / Large 888818416011 90319-3004
Satin Carbon/Charcoal / X-Large 888818415946 90319-3005

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