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With all of the growth in full-suspension XC bikes, we found that hardtails were starting to become a little same old, same old. So we thought to ourselves, "What better time then now to shake things up with a modern, revolutionary design?" Say hello to the Epic Hardtail Expert.

It's one of the lightest frames we've ever made, tipping the scales around 1175g. And to do so, we built the entire frame from our superlative FACT 11m carbon fibre, and then we took some design cues from our road bikes.

We borrowed the Rider-First Engineered™ concept that originated with the Tarmac. Now, the frame design applies specificity to every tube size and carbon layup for every frame size. This creates the optimal balance of rigidity, weight, and responsiveness, so every frame, regardless of size, performs just as we intended. We've also tweaked the geometry for more speed and stability by slacking-out the head tube, lengthening the top tube, and correcting the seat tube angle. This way, it feels more planted then ever, and frankly, it's stupid fast. We also widened the rear spacing to 12x148mm and included internal split-housing cable routing.

For the build, this Epic Hardtail successfully balances value with performance, with a custom-tuned RockShox SID fork with Brain, SRAM GX Eagle™ 12-speed shifting, and quick-to-accelerate Roval Control Carbon wheels.

  • By pairing a FACT 11m carbon fibre frame with our XC 29 Geometry, this Epic places a focus on revolutionary tube angles and extremely light overall weight for explosive speed and nimble handling on the race circuit. For good measure, we also gave it 148mm rear spacing and all-new triangulated post-mount brake mounts.
  • The Custom RockShox SID 29 w/ Brain fork provides 90/100mm of efficient travel. It features Brain technology that distinguishes between terrain and rider input in order to maximize your power, while a Brain Fade adjusts the oil flow when not hitting bumps.
  • SRAM's 12-speed GX Eagle groupset, with its 10-50t cassette, provides a wide gear range that lets you spin up the climbs, yet have plenty of top end for the descents. One-by setups also decrease weight and make it next to impossible to drop a chain.
Frame
Specialized FACT 11m, XC Geometry, internal split-housing cable routing, PF30 BB, 12x148mm rear end, triangulated post-mount 160mm brake
Front Fork
RockShox SID Brain 29, Solo Air, 51mm offset, 15x110mm thru-axle (S: 90mm of travel, M/L/XL: 100mm of travel)
Stem
Specialized XC, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree rise
Handlebars
Specialized Mini-Rise, 7050 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
Rear Brake
SRAM Level TL
Rear Derailleur
SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed
Shift Levers
SRAM GX Eagle, trigger, 12-speed
Cassette
SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed, 10-50t
Chain
SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed w/ PowerLock®
Crank Set
Truvativ Stylo, 6K alloy, Boost™ 148, 175mm crankarm, 30mm spindle
Chainrings
SRAM Eagle™, alloy, 32T
Bottom Bracket
SRAM PF30
Pedals
Specialized Dirt
Front Rim
Roval Control SL, hookless carbon, 25mm internal width, tubeless-ready, hand-built
Front Hub
Specialized, sealed cartridge bearing, 15x110mm spacing, torque caps, 32h
Rear Rim
Roval Control SL, hookless carbon, 25mm internal width, tubeless-ready, hand-built
Rear Hub
DT Swiss 350, Star Ratchet, 36t engagement, SRAM XD driver body, 12mm thru-axle, 148mm spacing, 28h
Spokes
DT Swiss Industry, stainless, 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, 21mm offset, 27.2mm
Seat Clamp
Specialized Alloy 30.0mm

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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.