Specialized Epic Hardtail Expert Carbon 29er Mountain Bike 2019 – Gloss Storm Grey/Rocket Red
With all of the growth in full-suspension XC bikes we found that hardtails were starting to become a little same old same old.
So we thought to ourselves 'What better time then now to shake things up with a modern revolutionary design?' Say hello to the Epic Hardtail Expert.
It's one of the lightest frames we've ever made tipping the scales around 1175g.
And to make it this light we built the entyre frame from our superlative FACT 11m carbon fibre and then we took some cues from our road bikes.
We borrowed the Rider-First Engineered™ concept that originated with the Tarmac.
Now the frame design applies specificity to every tube size and carbon layup for every frame size.
This creates the optimal balance of rigidity weight and responsiveness so every frame regardless of size performs just as we intended.
We've also tweaked the geometry for more speed and stability by slacking-out the head tube angle lengthening the top tube and correcting the seat tube angle.
This way it feels more planted then ever and frankly it's stupid fast.
We also widened the rear spacing to 12x148mm and included internal split-housing cable routing.
For the build this Epic Hardtail successfully balances value with performance with a custom-tuned RockShox SID fork with Brain SRAM GX Eagle™ 12-speed shifting and quick-to-accelerate Roval Control Carbon wheels.
By pairing a FACT 11m carbon fibre frame with our XC 29 Geometry this Epic places a focus on revolutionary tube angles and light overall weight for explosive speed and nimble handling on the race circuit.
SRAM's 12-speed GX Eagle groupset with its 10-50t cassette provides a wide gear range that lets you spin up the climbs yet have plenty of top end for the descents.
One-by setups also decrease weight and make it next to impossible to drop a chain.
Roval's new Control Carbon wheels have many of the hallmarks of the Control Sl wheels like a 25mm internal width and a new shape—making traction low weight and durability all top priorities.
Frame Specialized FACT 11m XC Geometry internal split-housing cable routing PF30 BB 12x148mm rear-end triangulated post-mount 160mm brake Fork RockShox SID 29 w/ Brain bottom-adjust Brain Fade 15x110mm Maxle® Stealth thru-axle 51mm offset S: 90mm M-XL: 100mm 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 32T Bottom Bracket SRAM DUB PF30 Cassette SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed 10-50t Chain SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed 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 Fast Trak GRIPTON® compound 60 TPI 2Bliss Ready 29×2.3' Rear Tyre Fast Trak GRIPTON® compound 60 TPI 2Bliss Ready 29×2.1' Saddle Body Geometry Phenom Comp Adaptive Edge design hollow Cr-Mo rails 143mm Seatpost Specialized alloy single-bolt 27.2mm