Specialized Epic Comp Evo Mountain Bike 2019 – Satin Cast Battleship/Mojave


It's tough it's stiff and at least with our bikes it's pretty damn light

If we're being honest with ourselves alloy has always been at the heart of the EVO family.

It's tough it's stiff and at least with our bikes it's pretty damn light.

Basically it embodies everything that's good about mountain bikes and that's what EVO is all about.

But an Epic Comp EVO made out of aluminium? We say 'yeah it's a perfect fit.' And that's because this bike brings all the uphill racing singletrack-ripping fun you want and puts it in a durable on-budget package.

So get excited because this is the most 'epic' Epic yet.

  Take a look around our office and you're going to see plenty Epics—most of them wearing dropper posts wider tyres and bars and slightly longer forks.

That's because the Epics that we're Frankensteining are not only fast off the start line they're even better suited to masochistically long rides multi-day stage races and fast backcountry missions.

At some point we looked around and said to ourselves “We should offer this bike right out of the box right?” So we did.

  So let's dig into the details.

First off the EVO ups the fork travel from 100mm to 120mm.

This gives you some relief up front while also slacking-out the front-end by one-degree to 68.5º.

Next up we added a zero-offset dropper post to give you more control on descents but this design keeps your saddle over the BB on steep climbs.

We also put some meat on the tyres with a grippy 2.3' Ground Control at the front and a stiffer Fast Trak at the rear with GRID protection at the sidewalls.

  The Epic EVO also features our Brain 2.0.

The OG Brain changed the way the bike world looked at suspension 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 some lengthy RandD 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 means that the oil paths are improved and that creates an incredibly sleek package that outperforms anything on the market.

  At the heart of the construction you'll find our M5 alloy with our D'Aluisio Smartweld Technology that strategically places more welding material where it's needed resulting in an aluminium frame that's more compliant and considerably stiffer at nearly every tube juncture.

It's awesome.

  For the build we spec'd a 12-speed SRAM NX Eagle groupset SRAM Level TL brakes and a Roval Control Alloy wheelset.

    A RockShox Reba RL fork with 120mm of travel soaks up rocks roots and bumps and it also features both compression and rebound adjustments.

  The 12-speed SRAM NX Eagle groupset brings the performance of Eagle at a value anyone can appreciate.

  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.

FRAME Specialized M5 Aluminum w/ D'Aluisio Smartweld Technology threaded BB 12x148mm rear spacing internal cable routing 100mm of travel   FORK RockShox Reba RL 29 Motion Control damper 42mm offset 15x110mm thru-axle 120mm of travel   REAR SHOCK Custom RockShox Micro Brain shock w/ Spike Valve AUTOSAG 51x257mm   FRONT HUB Specialized sealed cartridge bearings 15x110mm spacing 28h   REAR HUB Specialized sealed cartridge bearings 12x148mm thru-axle 28h   SPOKES DT Swiss Industry   RIMS Roval Control Alloy 29' 25mm internal width   INNER TUBES Standard Presta valve   FRONT TYRE Ground Control GRIPTON® compound 60 TPI 2Bliss Ready 29×2.3'   REAR TYRE Fast Trak GRID casing GRIPTON® compound 60 TPI 2Bliss Ready 29×2.3'   CRANKSET Truvativ STYLO DUB   CHAINRINGS SRAM Eagle 32T   BOTTOM BRACKET SRAM DUB threaded BB   SHIFT LEVERS Sram NX Eagle trigger 12-speed   REAR DERAILLEUR SRAM NX Eagle 12-speed   CASSETTE SRAM NX Eagle 12-speed 11-50t   CHAIN SRAM NX Eagle 12-speed   FRONT BRAKE SRAM Level TL hydraulic disc   REAR BRAKE SRAM Level TL hydraulic disc   HANDLEBARS Specialized Alloy Minirise 10mm rise 750mm 31.8mm clamp   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   SADDLE Body Geometry Phenom Comp hollow Cr-Mo rails 143mm   SEATPOST X-Fusion manic 30.9mm S: 100mm M-XL: 125mm   SEAT BINDER Alloy 34.9mm   PEDALS Specialized Dirt

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