Call it a healthy disrespect for the status quo, but we were getting bored with hardtail designs. So instead of playing along with a glued-on smile, we opted to turn the cross country world on its head with a bike that's not only the lightest mountain frame we've ever made. It's our lightest frame—period. Introducing the S-Works Epic Hardtail World Cup. To hit the 900g mark, we built the entyre frame from our highest-end carbon fibre, FACT 11m, 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, the S-Works spares no expense, opting for a RockShox SID World Cup w/ Brain fork, SRAM XX1 Eagle, and hand-built Roval Control SL carbon wheels.
- To provide the optimal blend of stiffness, crazy light weight, and strength, we constructed the frame from our FACT 11m carbon fibre. And when combined with our XC 29 Geometry, the Epic is guaranteed to deliver uncompromising, blistering speed and agile handling come race day—no matter the course.
- The RockShox SID World Cup 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.
- The one-by drivetrain is controlled by SRAM's venerable XX1 Eagle components to form the ultimate in efficiency and intuitive feel, while also having the added benefit of significant weight savings and minimal required maintenance.
- Tech Specs
Frame FACT 12m, full carbon frame w/ unique S-Works lay-up, XC Geometry, internal split-housing cable routing, PF30 BB, 12x148mm rear end, triangulated post-mount 160mm brake Fork Custom RockShox SID World Cup w/Brain, top-mount Brain Fade adjust, rebound adjust, Solo Air spring, tapered carbon crown/steerer, 110x15mm Maxle Stealth thru-axle, 90/100mm of travel, 51mm offset Stem Specialized S-Works SL, 6-degree rise, titanium hardware, 31.8mm clamp Handlebars Specialized Mini-rise, FACT carbon, 6-degree upsweep, 8-degree backsweep, 10mm rise, 720mm, 31.8mm Grips Specialized Sip Grip, half-waffle, S/M: regular thickness, L/XL: XL thicknes Front Brake SRAM Level Ultimate, hydraulic disc, carbon lever, titanium hardware, organic pads, 180/160mm rotor Rear Brake SRAM Level Ultimate, hydraulic disc, carbon lever, titanium hardware, organic pads, 160mm rotor Rear Derailleur SRAM XX1 Eagle, 12-speed Shifters SRAM XX1 Eagle, 12-speed, trigger Bottom Bracket SRAM PF30, OS press-in bearings Cassette SRAM XG-1295, 12-speed, 10-50t Chain SRAM XX1 Eagle, black, 12-speed w/PowerLink Crankset SRAM XX1 Eagle, carbon, 30mm spindle, 52mm chainline, 32T Pedals Resin Test Ride with toe clips, CEN std Front Wheel Roval Control SL, sealed cartridge bearings, labyrinth style, 15mm thru-axle, 110mm spacing, 24h Front Tyre Fast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 29x2.3", 60TPI, Aramid folding bead, 2Bliss Ready Rear Tyre Fast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 29x2.1", 60TPI, Aramid folding bead, 2Bliss Ready Saddle Body Geometry S-Works Phenom, carbon rails, 143mm Seatpost S-Works FACT carbon, 0mm setback, 27.2mm Other SEAT BINDER: Specialized Alloy 31.8mm w/ Ti bolt
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