Cross country courses are nothing like they used to be. Today's tracks have more in common with trail riding than the pancake flat NORBA courses of yesteryear. For this reason, we threw away the hardtail rulebook and drafted our own chapter to create the Epic Hardtail Comp. We took a revolutionary new frame design and spec'd it specifically for the rigors of racing contemporary XC courses.
It's one of the lightest frames we've ever made, tipping the scales around 1175g. And to make it this light, we built the entire frame from our superlative FACT 11m carbon fibre, and then we took some 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 angle, 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 takes value to new heights with a custom-tuned RockShox Reba RL fork, 1x11 SRAM GX shifting, and fast rolling Roval Control alloy 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 RockShox Reba RL 29 fork offers up 90/100mm of smooth travel, while an easily accessible compression and rebound adjusts permit you to customize the feel according to the terrain at hand.
- One-by 11-speed shifting is provided by a durable SRAM GX component spec.
- Tech Specs
Frame Specialized FACT 11m, XC Geometry, internal split-housing cable routing, PF30 BB, 12x148mm rear end, triangulated post-mount 160mm brake Fork RockShox Reba RL 29, Solo Air, 51mm offset, 15x110mm thru-axle (S: 90mm, M-XL: 100mm of travel) 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 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 Shifters SRAM GX, trigger, 11-speed Bottom Bracket Race Face PF30 Cassette SRAM XG 1150, 11-speed, 10-42t Chain KMC X11, 11-speed w/ Missing Link™ Crankset Race Face Aeffect crank, PF30, Steel, 30T Pedals Specialized Dirt Front Wheel Specialized alloy disc, sealed cartridge bearings, 15x110mm, torque caps, 24h Rear Wheel Specialized disc, alloy, sealed cartridge bearings, 12x148mm thru-axle Front Tyre Fast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 29x2.3", 60 TPI, Aramid folding bead, 2Bliss Ready Rear Tyre Fast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 29x2.1", 60 TPI, Aramid folding bead, 2Bliss Ready Inner Tubes Standard, Presta valve Saddle Body Geometry Phenom Comp, Adaptive Edge design, Hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm Seatpost Specialized, alloy, single bolt, 27.2mm
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