Specialized 2018 Men's Epic Hardtail Comp
Now AU$3,199 AU$3,500
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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 customise the feel according to the terrain at hand.
One-by 11-speed shifting is provided by a durable SRAM GX component spec.
FRAMESpecialized FACT 11m, XC Geometry, internal split-housing cable routing, PF30 BB, 12x148mm rear end, triangulated post-mount 160mm brake
FORKRockShox Reba RL 29, Solo Air, 51mm offset, 15x110mm thru-axle (S: 90mm, M-XL: 100mm of travel)
FRONT HUBSpecialized alloy disc, sealed cartridge bearings, 15x110mm, torque caps, 24h
REAR HUBSpecialized disc, alloy, sealed cartridge bearings, 12x148mm thru-axle
RIMSRoval Control 29, hookless alloy, 22mm internal width, tubeless-ready
INNER TUBESStandard, Presta valve
FRONT TYREFast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 29x2.3", 60 TPI, Aramid folding bead, 2Bliss Ready
REAR TYREFast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 29x2.1", 60 TPI, Aramid folding bead, 2Bliss Ready
CRANKSETRace Face Aeffect crank, PF30
BOTTOM BRACKETRace Face PF30
SHIFT LEVERSSRAM GX, trigger, 11-speed
REAR DERAILLEURSRAM GX, long cage, 11-speed
CASSETTESRAM XG 1150, 11-speed, 10-42t
CHAINKMC X11, 11-speed w/ Missing Link
FRONT BRAKESRAM Level TL, hydraulic disc, organic pads, 160/180mm rotor
REAR BRAKESRAM Level TL, hydraulic disc, organic pads, 160 rotor
HANDLEBARSSpecialized Mini-rise, 6000 alloy, 8-degree backsweep, 6-degree upsweep, 10mm rise, 720mm width, 31.8mm clamp
GRIPSSpecialized Sip Grip, half-waffle, S/M: regular thickness, L/XL: XL thickness
STEMSpecialized XC, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree rise
SADDLEBody Geometry Phenom Comp, Adaptive Edge design, Hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm
SEATPOSTSpecialized, alloy, single bolt, 27.2mm
SEAT BINDERSpecialized Alloy 30.0mm
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