Specialized Epic Expert Evo Carbon 29er Mountain Bike 2019 – Satin Carbon/Storm Grey
Ripping around between the tape is one way to worship at the altar of speed but for all the other long fast rides or marathon races on technical terrain there's the all-new Epic Expert EVO.
Consider it a more 'epic' kind of Epic.
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.
Specialized 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.
Specialized also put some meat on the tires 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.
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.This is also among our first Rider-First Engineered™ MTB frames where the tubes place complex carbon pieces in all the right places regardless of the frame size.
As a result stiffness is increased in the front-end for a vast improvement in the ride and in control.
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.Features FACT 11m Carbon Frame FOX Step-Cast 34 Performance series Fork Custom RockShox Micro Brain shock Rear Shock SRAM GX Eagle 12 Speed Drivetrain SRAM Level TL Hydraulic Disc Brakes Roval Control Carbon Wheelset Ground Control/Fast Trak 29 x 2.3' Tyres Frame Specialized FACT 11m XC Geometry Rider-First Engineered™ threaded BB 12x148mm rear spacing internal cable routing 100mm of travel Rear Shock Custom RockShox Micro Brain shock w/ Spike Valve AUTOSAG 51x257mm Fork FOX Step-Cast 34 Performance series GRIP damper 44mm offset 15x110mm Kabolt thru-axle 120mm of travel Rear Derailleur SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed Number of Gears 12 Shifters SRAM GX Eagle trigger 12-speed Chain set Truvativ STYLO DUB Bottom Bracket SRAM DUB threaded BB Cassette SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed 10-50t Chain SRAM Eagle 32T Pedals Supplied Brakeset SRAM Level TL hydraulic disc Handlebars Specialized Alloy Minirise 10mm rise 750mm 31.8mm clamp Stem Specialized XC 3D-forged alloy 4-bolt 6-degree rise Grips Specialized Sip Grip half-waffle S/M: regular thickness L/XL: XL thickness Rims Roval Control Carbon 25mm internal width tubeless-ready Front Hub Specialized sealed cartridge bearings 15x110mm spacing 28h Rear Hub Specialized sealed cartridge bearings 12x148mm thru-axle 28h 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' Saddle Body Geometry Phenom Comp hollow Cr-Mo rails 143mm Seatpost X-Fusion manic 30.9mm S: 100mm M-XL: 125mm