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Specialized Men's Epic Expert

Specialized Men's Epic Expert

2018

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2018 Specialized Men's Epic Expert

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 simply 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 the redesigned Brain technology, Brain 2.0. The Brain changed the way the bike world looked at suspension, both 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 new Brain became more than just a slight upgrade. 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, in turn, improves oil paths, and it creates an incredibly sleek package that outperforms anything on the market.

The new Epic also gets a serious upgrade in the stiffness department. The Rider-First Engineered™ tubes place complex carbon pieces in all the right places, which 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 the 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, SRAM Level TL brakes, and a hand-built Roval Control carbon fiber wheelset. Get ready, because this is going to be Epic.

- Full fact 11m carbon fiber 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.

- Our custom RockShox SID fork with Brain features a top-adjust Brain fade, and a custom offset to make it suitable for the new Epic.

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

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    Specification Description
    Frame Specialized FACT 11m, full carbon frame, XC Geometry, threaded BB, 12x148mm rear spacing, internal cable routing, 100mm of travel
    Fork RockShox Reba RL 29, Solo Air, compression / rebound adjust, tapered alloy steerer, 110x15mm Maxle Stealth thru-axle, 100mm of travel, 42mm offset
    Axles Front: 15x110mm
    Rear: 12x148mm
    Rims/Wheels Roval Control 29, hookless alloy, 22mm internal width, tubeless-ready
    Tires Front: Fast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 29x2.3", 60 TPI, Aramid folding bead, 2Bliss Ready
    Rear: Fast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 29x2.1", 60 TPI, Aramid folding bead, 2Bliss Ready
    Crankset Race Face Aeffect, 6000 Series alloy
    Chainrings Steel, 30T
    Bottom Bracket Threaded BB, 24mm spindle
    Chain KMC X11, 11-speed w/ Missing Link
    Rear Derailleur SRAM GX, long cage, 11-speed
    Cassette/Rear Cogs SRAM XG 1150, 11-speed, 10-42t
    Shifters SRAM GX, trigger, 11-speed
    Handlebars Specialized Mini-rise, 6000 alloy, 8-degree backsweep, 6-degree upsweep, 10mm rise, 720mm width, 31.8mm clamp
    Tape/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
    Brakes Front: SRAM Level TLM, hydraulic disc, organic pads, 160/180mm rotor
    Rear: SRAM Level TLM, hydraulic disc, organic pads, 160 rotor
    Saddle Body Geometry Phenom Comp, Adaptive Edge design, Hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm
    Seat Post Specialized, alloy, single bolt, 30.9mm

    * Subject to change without notice.

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    Option Barcode Manufacturer's Part Number
    Gloss Gold Flake/Candy Red/Cosmic Black / Large 00888818318469 90318-3104
    Satin Charcoal/Black/Rocket Red / Large 00888818315451 90318-3004
    Gloss Gold Flake/Candy Red/Cosmic Black / Medium 00888818317899 90318-3103
    Satin Charcoal/Black/Rocket Red / Medium 00888818317936 90318-3003
    Gloss Gold Flake/Candy Red/Cosmic Black / Small 00888818317943 90318-3102
    Satin Charcoal/Black/Rocket Red / Small 00888818317301 90318-3002
    Gloss Gold Flake/Candy Red/Cosmic Black / X-Large 00888818316137 90318-3105
    Satin Charcoal/Black/Rocket Red / X-Large 00888818318681 90318-3005
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