When only the best will do, there's nothing faster than our S-Works Epic. But when you need a race-ready steed that leaves you a bit of change leftover to put towards racing every weekend this season, the Epic Pro steals the show.
Race courses have evolved over the past few years. They're more technical, steeper, and simply 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 the redesigned Brain technology, Brain 2.0. The Brain changed the way the bike world looked at suspension, both 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 new Brain became more than just a slight upgrade. It's totally new. 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 new Epic also gets a serious upgrade in the stiffness department. The Rider-First Engineered tubes place complex carbon pieces in all the right places, which 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 the 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 less 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 Epic Pro comes with a no-nonsense build that features a custom RockShox SID fork, the drool-worthy SRAM X01 Eagle groupset, and Roval Control Pro carbon wheels. 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.
- 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 SRAM X01 Eagle drivetrain is lightweight, features a wide range of gears, and handles the rigors of XC racing with ease.
|Frame||Specialized FACT 11m, full carbon frame, XC Geometry, threaded BB, 12x148mm rear spacing, internal cable routing, 100mm of travel|
|Fork||RockShox SID 29 with Brain, tapered alloy steerer, bottom-adjust Brain Fade, Solo Air, 110x15mm Maxle Stealth thru-axle, 100mm of travel, 42mm offset,|
|Rims/Wheels||Roval Control Pro carbon|
Front: Fast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 29x2.3", 60 TPI, Aramid folding bead, 2Bliss Ready
Rear: Fast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 29x2.1", 60 TPI, Aramid folding bead, 2Bliss Ready
|Crankset||Truvativ Stylo, carbon, Boost 148, 175/170mm 24mm spindle|
|Chainrings||Alloy Eagle 32T|
|Bottom Bracket||SRAM GXP|
|Chain||SRAM X01 Eagle, 12-speed w/ PowerLink|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM X01 Eagle, 12-speed|
|Cassette/Rear Cogs||SRAM 1295 Eagle, 12-speed, 10-50t|
|Shifters||SRAM X01 Eagle, trigger, 12-speed|
|Handlebars||Specialized Mini-rise, 7050 alloy, 8-degree backsweep, 6-degree upsweep, 10mm rise, 720mm width, 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|
Front: SRAM Level TLM, hydraulic disc, organic pads, 160/180mm rotor
Rear: SRAM Level TLM, hydraulic disc, organic pads, 160 rotor
|Saddle||Body Geometry Phenom Expert, Adaptive Edge design, hollow titanium rails, carbon fiber base, 143mm|
|Seat Post||Specialized, alloy, single bolt, 21mm offset, 30.9mm|
* Subject to change without notice.