SPECIALIZED - EPIC EXPERT EVO
Ripping around between the tape is one way to worship at the altar of speed, but for all the other long, fast rides or marathon races on technical terrain, there's our all-new Epic Expert EVO. Consider it a more "epic" kind of Epic.
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.
This is also among our first Rider-First Engineered™ MTB frames, where the tubes place complex carbon pieces in all the right places, regardless of the frame size. As a result, stiffness is increased in the front-end for a vast improvement in the ride and in control. And 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.
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. The weight- savings on the frame is equivalent to shedding a chainstay and shock extension from the previous Epic—nearly 525 grams. And now, carbon models also feature additional tire clearance to accommodate wider, 2.3-inch tires. More traction, ultimately, equals more speed.
The build of the Epic Expert EVO meshes shredability with dependability and value, featuring a 12-speed SRAM GX Eagle groupset, SRAM Level TL brakes, and a hand-built Roval Control Carbon wheelset.
FRAME : Specialized FACT 11m, XC Geometry, Rider-First Engineered™, threaded BB, 12x148mm rear spacing, internal cable routing, 100mm of travel
FORK : FOX Step-Cast 34 Performance series, GRIP damper, 44mm offset, 15x110mm Kabolt 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 Carbon, 25mm internal width, tubeless-ready
INNER TUBES : Presta, 60mm 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 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, 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