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A perfect introduction to your world of XC riding and racing, the Epic Comp Carbon features all of the same frame technologies that are found in its older siblings, only with a build that lets you give racing a try without breaking the bank.

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 re-evaluated 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 Comp is value-packed, featuring an 11-speed SRAM GX groupset, SRAM Level TL brakes, and a Roval Control alloy wheelset. Get ready, because this is going to be Epic.

  • Full fact 11m carbon fibre 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.
  • A RockShox Reba RL fork soaks up the bumps up front, and features both compression and rebound adjustments.
  • An 11-speed SRAM GX groupset handles shifting duties, bringing the convenience of one-by to your XC rig.
Frame
Specialized FACT 11m, full carbon frame, XC Geometry, threaded BB, 12x148mm rear spacing, internal cable routing, 100mm of travel
Rear Shock
RockShox/Specialized Micro Brain shock w/ Spike Valve, AUTOSAG, 51x257mm
Front Fork
RockShox Reba RL 29, Solo Air, compression / rebound adjust, tapered alloy steerer, 110x15mm Maxle® Stealth thru-axle, 100mm of travel, 42mm offset
Stem
Specialized XC, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree rise
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
Front Brake
SRAM Level TL, hydraulic disc, organic pads, 160/180mm rotor
Rear Brake
SRAM Level TL, hydraulic disc, organic pads, 160 rotor
Rear Derailleur
SRAM GX, long cage, 11-speed
Shift Levers
SRAM GX, trigger, 11-speed
Cassette
SRAM XG 1150, 11-speed, 10-42t
Chain
KMC X11, 11-speed w/ Missing Link™
Crank Set
Race Face Aeffect, 6000 Series alloy
Chainrings
Steel, 30T
Bottom Bracket
Threaded BB, 24mm spindle
Pedals
Specialized Platform, 9/16" spindle
Front Rim
Roval Control 29, hookless alloy, 22mm internal width, tubeless-ready, 32h
Front Hub
Specialized, sealed cartridge bearing, 15x110mm spacing, torque caps, 32h
Rear Rim
Roval Control 29, hookless alloy, 22mm internal width, tubeless-ready, 32h
Rear Hub
Specialized, sealed cartridge bearings, 12x148mm thru-axle, 32h
Spokes
DT Swiss Industry, stainless, 3-cross, 2.0"
Front Tyre
Fast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29 x 2.3"
Rear Tyre
Fast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29 x 2.1"
Inner Tubes
Standard, Presta valve
Saddle
Body Geometry Phenom Comp, Adaptive Edge design, Hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm
Seat Post
Specialized, alloy, single bolt, 30.9mm
Seat Clamp
Alloy, 34.9mm

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Hargroves Cycles have been working in partnership with Specialized Bikes since the formation of the company 25 years ago. Since then we have consistantly sold a broad range of mountain bikes, road bikes, hybrid bikes, clothing and accessories. Die hard fans of the brand will be familiar with the names Stumpjumper, Rockhopper, Hardrock, Allez and Tarmac. There arent many dealers who can claim a 25 year relationship with any brand, so if you need to know about Specialized bikes you need to talk to us.

Specialized Bikes was formed in 1974 by Mike Sinyard. In 1981 Specialized introduced the worlds first major production mountain bike - the Stumpjumper. Since then the brand has gone from strength to strength with the Rockhopper, Hardrock, FSR range, Enduro, Pitch, Tarmac, Allez, Roubaix, Transition and Langster to name but a few.