SPECIALIZED - EPIC COMP EVO
If we're being honest with ourselves, alloy has always been at the heart of the EVO family. It's tough, it's stiff, and at least with our bikes, it's pretty damn light. Basically, it embodies everything that's good about mountain bikes, and that's what EVO is all about. But an Epic Comp EVO made out of aluminum? We say, "yeah, it's a perfect fit." And that's because this bike brings all the uphill racing, singletrack-ripping fun you want, and puts it in a durable, on-budget package. So get excited, because this is the most "epic" Epic yet.
Take a look around our office and you're going to see plenty Epics—most of them wearing dropper posts, wider tires and bars, and slightly longer forks. That's because the Epics that we're Frankensteining are not only fast off the start line, they're even better suited to masochistically long rides, multi-day stage races, and fast backcountry missions. At some point, we looked around and said to ourselves, “We should offer this bike, right out of the box, right?” So we did.
So let's dig into the details. 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. Next up, we 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. We 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. And after some lengthy R&D, 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 means that the oil paths are improved, and that creates an incredibly sleek package that outperforms anything on the market.
At the heart of the construction, you'll find our M5 alloy with our D'Aluisio Smartweld Technology that strategically places more welding material where it's needed, resulting in an aluminum frame that's more compliant and considerably stiffer at nearly every tube juncture. It's awesome.
For the build, we spec'd a 12-speed SRAM NX Eagle groupset, SRAM Level TL brakes, and a Roval Control Alloy wheelset.
FRAME : Specialized M5 Aluminum w/ D'Aluisio Smartweld Technology, threaded BB, 12x148mm rear spacing, internal cable routing, 100mm of travel
FORK : RockShox Reba RL 29, Motion Control damper, 42mm offset, 15x110mm thru-axle, 120mm 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 Alloy 29", 25mm internal width
INNER TUBES : Standard, Presta valve
FRONT TYRE : Ground Control, GRIPTON® compound, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3"
REAR TYRE : Fast Trak, GRID casing, GRIPTON® compound, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3"
CRANKSET : Truvativ STYLO, DUB
CHAINRINGS : SRAM Eagle, 32T
BOTTOM BRACKET : SRAM DUB, threaded BB
SHIFT LEVERS : Sram NX Eagle, trigger, 12-speed
REAR DERAILLEUR : SRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed
CASSETTE : SRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed, 11-50t
CHAIN : SRAM NX 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, hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm
SEATPOST : X-Fusion manic, 30.9mm, (S: 100mm, M-XL: 125mm)
SEAT BINDER : Alloy, 34.9mm
PEDALS : Specialized Dirt
To purchase this product or for help and advice on making your selection, please contact us on 03 688 8892