Specialized Epic Expert Mountain Bike 2019 – Gloss Storm Grey/ Rocket Red

£4,799.99

Race-ready build kit? You know it.

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 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 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 a RockShox SID fork with bottom-adjust Brain Fade 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.

  The 12-speed SRAM GX Eagle groupset brings the performance of Eagle at a doable price point.

  The hand-built Roval Control Carbon wheels feature a modern 25mm internal width hookless rim ensuring optimal traction and rolling resistance properties.

FRAME Specialized FACT 11m XC Geometry Rider-First Engineered™ threaded BB 12x148mm rear spacing internal cable routing 100mm of travel   FORK RockShox SID Brain 29 Solo Air top-adjust Brain Fade 15x110mm Maxle® Stealth thru-axle 42mm offset 100mm 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 Carbon 25mm internal width tubeless-ready   INNER TUBES Presta 60mm valve   FRONT TYRE Fast Trak GRIPTON® compound 60 TPI 2Bliss Ready 29×2.3'   REAR TYRE Fast Trak GRIPTON® compound 60 TPI 2Bliss Ready 29×2.1'   CRANKSET Truvativ STYLO DUB   CHAINRINGS SRAM Eagle 32T   BOTTOM BRACKET SRAM DUB threaded BB   SHIFT LEVERS SRAM GX Eagle trigger 12-speed   REAR DERAILLEUR SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed   CASSETTE SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed 10-50t   CHAIN SRAM GX 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 Adaptive Edge design hollow Cr-Mo rails 143mm   SEATPOST Alloy single-bolt 30.9mm   SEAT BINDER Alloy 34.9mm   PEDALS Specialized Dirt

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