Specialized S-works Epic Carbon 29 Mountain Bike 2019 – Gloss Mint/Tarmac Black
S-Works Epic with SRAM XX1 Eagle is the best tool to get you to the top of the podium
With more World Championship titles Olympic medals and Cape Epic wins than you can count the S-Works Epic truly is the fastest XC bike on the planet.
Fast and flat rowdy and technical punchy and hard—no matter the course it’s the best tool to get you to the top of the podium.
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 350 grams.
For this S-Works model we spared no expense with the build so it features a custom RockShox SID World Cup fork w/ Brain Fade a 12-speed SRAM XX1 Eagle groupset powerful SRAM Level Ultimate brakes and hand-built featherweight Roval Control SL wheels.
S-Works FACT 12m carbon fibre frame is the best combination of stiffness strength and light overall weight resulting in the utmost efficiency and speed.
Meanwhile the new geometry RockShox Brain shock and 100mm of travel make the Epic the best handling fastest XC bike you've ever been on.
Our custom RockShox SID WC fork with Brain features a full-carbon upper top-adjust Brain Fade and a custom offset making it the perfect match to the new Epic.
The Roval Control SL carbon wheels are the ultimate XC wheelset.
They feature a 25mm internal width for optimal grip and rolling resistance a strong hookless bead rim construction and weigh-in around a scant 1320g.
Frame S-Works FACT 12m XC Geometry Rider-First Engineered™ threaded BB 12x148mm rear spacing internal cable routing 100mm of travel Fork RockShox SID WC Brain 29 top-adjust Brain Fade tapered carbon crown and steerer 15x110mm Maxle® Stealth thru-axle 42mm offset 100mm of travel Rear Shock Custom RockShox Micro Brain shock w/ Spike Valve AUTOSAG 51x257mm Front Hub Roval Control SL sealed cartridge bearings 15mm thru-axle 110mm spacing 24h Rear Hub Roval Control SL DT Swiss Star Ratchet 54t engagement SRAM XD driver body 12mm thru-axle 148mm spacing 28h Spokes DT Swiss Industry Rims Roval Control SL hookless carbon 25mm internal width tubeless-ready hand-built 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 SRAM XX1 Eagle Boost™ 148 DUB 170/175mm Chainrings SRAM Eagle alloy 32T Bottom Bracket SRAM DUB threaded BB Shift Levers SRAM XX1 Eagle trigger 12-speed Rear Derailleur SRAM XX1 Eagle 12-speed Cassette SRAM XG-1295 Eagle 12-speed 10-50t Chain SRAM XX1 Eagle 12-speed Front Brake SRAM Level Ultimate hydraulic disc Rear Brake SRAM Level Ultimate hydraulic disc Handlebars S-Works Carbon Mini Rise 6-degree upsweep 8-degree backsweep 10mm rise 750mm 31.8mm Grips Specialized Sip Grip half-waffle S/M: regular thickness L/XL: XL thickness Stem S-Works SL Saddle Body Geometry Phenom Expert Adaptive Edge design hollow titanium rails carbon fiber base 143mm Seatpost S-Works FACT carbon 10mm setback 30.9mm Seat Binder Alloy 34.9mm titanium bolt Pedals Specialized Dirt