Specialized Epic Expert Mountain Bike 2018 – Gold Flake/Red/Black
Epic the best handling fastest XC rig you've been on.
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.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 re-evaluated 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 build of the Epic Expert meshes performance with value featuring a 12-speed SRAM GX Eagle groupset SRAM Level TL brakes and a hand-built Roval Control carbon fibre wheelset.
Get ready because this is going to be Epic.
Full fact 11m carbon fibre 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 12-speed SRAM GX Eagle groupset brings the performance of Eagle at a doable price point.FRAMESpecialized FACT 11m full carbon frame XC Geometry threaded BB 12x148mm rear spacing internal cable routing 100mm of travelFORKRockShox SID 29 w/ Brain tapered alloy steerer bottom-adjust Brain Fade Solo Air 110x15mm Maxle® Stealth thru-axle 100mm of travel 42mm offsetREAR SHOCKRockShox/Specialized Micro Brain shock w/ Spike Valve AUTOSAG 51x257mmINNER TUBESStandard Presta valveFRONT TYREFast Trak GRIPTON compound 29×2.3' 60 TPI Aramid folding bead 2Bliss ReadyREAR TYREFast Trak GRIPTON compound 29×2.1' 60 TPI Aramid folding bead 2Bliss ReadyCRANKSETTruvativ Stylo 6K alloy Boost™ 148 24mm spindleCHAINRINGSAlloy Eagle 32TBOTTOM BRACKETSRAM GXPSHIFT LEVERSSRAM GX Eagle trigger 12-speedREAR DERAILLEURSRAM GX Eagle 12-speedCASSETTESRAM GX Eagle 12-speed 10-50tCHAINSRAM GX Eagle 12-speed w/ PowerLinkFRONT BRAKESRAM Level TL hydraulic disc organic pads 160/180mm rotorREAR BRAKESRAM Level TL hydraulic disc organic pads 160 rotorHANDLEBARSSpecialized Mini-rise 7050 alloy 8-degree backsweep 6-degree upsweep 10mm rise 720mm width 31.8mm clampGRIPSSpecialized Sip Grip half-waffle S/M: regular thickness L/XL: XL thicknessSTEMSpecialized XC 3D-forged alloy 4-bolt 6-degree riseSADDLEBody Geometry Phenom Comp Adaptive Edge design Hollow Cr-Mo rails 143mmSEATPOSTSpecialized alloy single bolt 21mm offset 30.9mmSEAT BINDERAlloy 34.9mmPEDALSSpecialized Platform 9/16' spindle