Specialized S-Works Men's Epic - 2019

Specialized S-Works Men's Epic
  • Color: Gloss Carbon/Rocket Red
  • Color: Gloss Mint/Tarmac Black
$10,020.00
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With more World Championship titles, Olympic medals, and Cape Epic wins than you can count, the S-Works Epic truly is the fastest XC bike on the planet. Fast and flat, rowdy and technical, punchy and hard—no matter the course, it’s the best tool to get you to the top of the podium.

Race courses 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 350 grams.

For this S-Works model, we spared no expense with the build, so it features a custom RockShox SID World Cup fork w/ Brain Fade, a 12-speed SRAM XX1 Eagle groupset, powerful SRAM Level Ultimate brakes, and hand-built, featherweight Roval Control SL wheels.

- S-Works FACT 12m carbon fiber frame is the best combination of stiffness, strength, and light overall weight, resulting in the utmost efficiency and speed. Meanwhile, the new geometry, RockShox Brain shock, and 100mm of travel make the Epic the best handling, fastest XC bike you've ever been on.

- Our custom RockShox SID WC fork with Brain features a full-carbon upper, top-adjust Brain Fade, and a custom offset, making it the perfect match to the new Epic.

- The Roval Control SL carbon wheels are the ultimate XC wheelset. They feature a 25mm internal width for optimal grip and rolling resistance, a strong, hookless bead rim construction, and weigh-in around a scant 1320g.

Specs

Frame S-Works FACT 12m, XC Geometry, Rider-First Engineered, threaded BB, internal cable routing, 100mm of travel
Fork RockShox SID WC Brain 29, top-adjust Brain Fade, tapered carbon crown and steerer, 42mm offset, 100mm of travel
Rear Shock Custom RockShox Micro Brain shock w/ Spike Valve, AUTOSAG, 51x257mm
Axles Front: 15x110mm Maxle Stealth thru-axle
Rear: 12x148mm thru-axle
Rims/Wheels Roval Control SL, hookless carbon, 25mm internal width, tubeless-ready, hand-built
Hubs Front: Roval Control SL, sealed cartridge bearings, 24h
Rear: Roval Control SL, DT Swiss Star Ratchet, 54t engagement, SRAM XD driver body, 28h
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 SRAM XX1 Eagle, Boost 148, DUB, 170/175mm
Chainrings SRAM Eagle, alloy, 32T
Bottom Bracket SRAM DUB, threaded BB
Chain SRAM XX1 Eagle, 12-speed
Rear Derailleur SRAM XX1 Eagle, 12-speed
Cassette/Rear Cogs SRAM XG-1295 Eagle, 12-speed, 10-50t
Shifters SRAM XX1 Eagle, trigger, 12-speed
Handlebars S-Works Carbon Mini Rise, 6-degree upsweep, 8-degree backsweep, 10mm rise, 750mm, 31.8mm
Tape/Grips Specialized Sip Grip, half-waffle, S/M: regular thickness, L/XL: XL thickness
Stem S-Works SL
Brakes SRAM Level Ultimate, hydraulic disc
Pedals Specialized Dirt
Saddle Body Geometry Phenom Expert, hollow titanium rails, carbon fiber base, 143mm
Seat Post S-Works FACT carbon, 10mm setback, 30.9mm

Part Numbers

Option UPC MPN
Gloss Carbon/Rocket Red / Small 888818415229 90319-0102
Gloss Carbon/Rocket Red / Medium 888818415557 90319-0103
Gloss Carbon/Rocket Red / Large 888818416653 90319-0104
Gloss Carbon/Rocket Red / X-Large 888818415472 90319-0105
Gloss Mint/Tarmac Black / Medium 888818416905 90319-0203
Gloss Mint/Tarmac Black / Large 888818416745 90319-0204

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