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Specialized Men's Epic Hardtail Expert
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Specialized

Men's Epic Hardtail Expert
2018

$4,200.00
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2018 Specialized Men's Epic Hardtail Expert

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 fiber, 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 fiber 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.

Features and Information

 
Specification Description
Frame Specialized FACT 11m, XC Geometry, internal split-housing cable routing, PF30 BB, 12x148mm rear end, triangulated post-mount 160mm brake
Fork RockShox SID Brain 29, Solo Air, 51mm offset, 15x110mm thru-axle (S: 90mm of travel, M/L/XL: 100mm of travel)
Axles Front: 15x110mm thru-axle
Rear: 12x148mm
Rims/Wheels Roval Control Carbon
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 Truvativ Stylo, 6K alloy, Boost 148, 175mm crankarm, 30mm spindle
Chainrings SRAM Eagle, alloy, 32T
Bottom Bracket SRAM PF30
Chain SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed w/ PowerLock
Rear Derailleur SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed
Cassette/Rear Cogs SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed, 10-50t
Shifters SRAM GX Eagle, trigger, 12-speed
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
Stem Specialized XC, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree rise
Brakes SRAM Level TL
Saddle Body Geometry Phenom Comp, Adaptive Edge design, Hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm
Seat Post Specialized, alloy, single bolt, 21mm offset, 27.2mm

* Subject to change without notice.

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Option Barcode Manufacturer's Part Number
Gloss Gold/Candy Red/Cosmic Black / Large 00888818315291 91318-3104
Gloss Gold/Candy Red/Cosmic Black / Medium 00888818319268 91318-3103
Gloss Gold/Candy Red/Cosmic Black / Small 00888818320066 91318-3102
Gloss Gold/Candy Red/Cosmic Black / X-Large 00888818316250 91318-3105
Satin Charcoal/Black/Rocket Red / Large 00888818319985 91318-3004
Satin Charcoal/Black/Rocket Red / Medium 00888818316182 91318-3003
Satin Charcoal/Black/Rocket Red / Small 00888818318537 91318-3002
Satin Charcoal/Black/Rocket Red / X-Large 00888818316670 91318-3005
Satin Hyper Green/Black / Large 00888818315635 91318-3204
Satin Hyper Green/Black / Medium 00888818318346 91318-3203
Satin Hyper Green/Black / Small 00888818316069 91318-3202
Satin Hyper Green/Black / X-Large 00888818318902 91318-3205
 

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