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. & to do so, we built the entire frame from our superlative FACT 11m carbon fiber, & 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 & carbon layup for every frame size. This creates the optimal balance of rigidity, weight, & responsiveness, so every frame, regardless of size, performs just as we intended. We've also tweaked the geometry for more speed & stability by slacking-out the head tube, lengthening the top tube, & correcting the seat tube angle. This way, it feels more planted then ever, & frankly, it's stupid fast. We also widened the rear spacing to 12x148mm & 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, & quick-to-accelerate Roval Control Carbon wheels.
Type: Hardtail Mountain Bikes
Color: Gold, Green, Grey
Frame in inches: 15.5", 17", 18.5", 20.5"
Size: Small, Medium, Large, XL
Riding Style: Cross Country
Wheel Size: 29"
Rear Derailleur: SRAM GX Eagle
Item condition: New
Specialized FACT 11m, XC Geometry, internal split-housing cable routing, PF30 BB, 12x148mm rear end, triangulated post-mount 160mm brake
RockShox SID Brain 29, Solo Air, 51mm offset, 15x110mm thru-axle (S: 90mm of travel, M/L/XL: 100mm of travel)
Specialized, sealed cartridge bearing, 15x110mm spacing, torque caps, 32h
DT Swiss 350, Star Ratchet, 36t engagement, SRAM XD driver body, 12mm thru-axle, 148mm spacing, 28h
DT Swiss Industry, stainless, 2.0
Roval Control SL, hookless carbon, 25mm internal width, tubeless-ready, hand-built
Standard, Presta valve
Fast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29 x 2.3",
Fast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29 x 2.1"
Truvativ Stylo, 6K alloy, Boost 148, 175mm crankarm, 30mm spindle
SRAM Eagle, alloy, 32T
SRAM GX Eagle, trigger, 12-speed
SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed
SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed, 10-50t
SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed w/ PowerLock®
SRAM Level TL
SRAM Level TL
Specialized Mini-Rise, 7050 alloy, 8-degree backsweep, 6-degree upsweep, 10mm rise, 720mm width, 31.8mm clamp
Specialized Sip Grip, half-waffle, S/M: regular thickness, L/XL: XL thickness
Specialized XC, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree rise
Body Geometry Phenom Comp, Adaptive Edge design, Hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm
Specialized, alloy, single bolt, 21mm offset, 27.2mm
Specialized Alloy 30.0mm