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Specialized Epic Expert EVO
  • Color: Gloss East Sierras/Tarmac Blac
  • Color: Satin Carbon/Storm Grey

Specialized Epic Expert EVO

2019

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2019 Specialized Epic Expert EVO

Ripping around between the tape is one way to worship at the altar of speed, but for all the other long, fast rides or marathon races on technical terrain, there's our all-new Epic Expert EVO. Consider it a more "epic" kind of Epic.

Take a look around our office and you're going to see plenty Epics—most of them wearing dropper posts, wider tires and bars, and slightly longer forks. That's because the Epics that we're Frankensteining are not only fast off the start line, they're even better suited to masochistically long rides, multi-day stage races, and fast backcountry missions. At some point, we looked around and said to ourselves, “We should offer this bike, right out of the box, right?” So we did.

So let's dig into the details. First off, the EVO ups the fork travel from 100mm to 120mm. This gives you some relief up front while also slacking-out the front-end by one-degree to 68.5º. Next up, we added a zero-offset dropper post to give you more control on descents, but this design keeps your saddle over the BB on steep climbs. We also put some meat on the tires with a grippy 2.3" Ground Control at the front and a stiffer Fast Trak at the rear with GRID protection at the sidewalls.

The Epic EVO also features our Brain 2.0. The OG Brain changed the way the bike world looked at suspension, and oh was it good. It won races and put a flag in the ground for us as a true leader in innovation and suspension development, but we knew that we could make it better. Simple physics told us that, by moving the Brain closer to the rear axle, it would be in the most sensitive spot. And after some lengthy R&D, it's totally new. Now, it reacts seamlessly to bump forces, it has much more consistent damping performance, and finally, it integrates the hoses into the suspension links. This means that the oil paths are improved, and that creates an incredibly sleek package that outperforms anything on the market.

This is also among our first Rider-First Engineered MTB frames, where the tubes place complex carbon pieces in all the right places, regardless of the frame size. As a result, stiffness is increased in the front-end for a vast improvement in the ride and in control. And to go along with this, each frame size has size-specific tubes that result in the stiffest, best-riding XC bike we've ever developed.

And while stiffness, Brain technology, and geometry features are cool and all, we know what you’re thinking, "What about the weight?” We’re glad you asked. The weight-savings on the frame is equivalent to shedding a chainstay and shock extension from the previous Epic—nearly 525 grams. And now, carbon models also feature additional tire clearance to accommodate wider, 2.3-inch tires. More traction, ultimately, equals more speed.

The build of the Epic Expert EVO meshes shredability with dependability and value, featuring a 12-speed SRAM GX Eagle groupset, SRAM Level TL brakes, and a hand-built Roval Control Carbon wheelset.

- A FOX Step-Cast 34 Performance Series fork handles suspension duties up front with 120mm of travel and a GRIP damper that has Open, Medium, and Firm modes for every kind of terrain.

- The hand-built Roval Control Carbon wheels feature a modern 25mm (internal width) hookless rim, so you get a low weight, low rolling resistance, and the best possible grip with the 2.3" tires.

- An X-Fusion Manic seatpost brings you some much-needed drop for tackling steep descents, but it also features a zero-offset design that keeps your weight over the bottom bracket for the climbs.

- An X-Fusion Manic seatpost brings you some much-needed drop for tackling steep descents, but it also features a zero-offset design that keeps your weight over the bottom bracket for the climbs.

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    Specification Description
    Frame Specialized FACT 11m, XC Geometry, Rider-First Engineered, threaded BB, internal cable routing, 100mm of travel
    Fork FOX Step-Cast 34 Performance series, GRIP damper, 44mm offset, 120mm of travel
    Rear Shock Custom RockShox Micro Brain shock w/ Spike Valve, AUTOSAG, 51x257mm
    Axles Front: 15x110mm Kabolt thru-axle
    Rear: 12x148mm thru-axle
    Rims/Wheels Roval Control Carbon, 25mm internal width, tubeless-ready
    Hubs Specialized, sealed cartridge bearings, 28h
    Spokes DT Swiss Industry
    Tires Front: Ground Control, GRIPTON compound, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3"
    Rear: Fast Trak, GRID casing, GRIPTON compound, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3"
    Crankset Truvativ STYLO, DUB
    Chainrings SRAM Eagle, 32T
    Bottom Bracket SRAM DUB, threaded BB
    Chain SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed
    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 Alloy Minirise, 10mm rise, 750mm, 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, hydraulic disc
    Pedals Specialized Dirt
    Saddle Body Geometry Phenom Comp, hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm
    Seat Post X-Fusion manic, 30.9mm, (S: 100mm, M-XL: 125mm)

    * Subject to change without notice.

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    Option Barcode Manufacturer's Part Number Store SKU
    Gloss East Sierras/Tarmac Blac / Small 888818407354 90318-3302
    Gloss East Sierras/Tarmac Blac / Medium 888818407347 90318-3303 117443
    Gloss East Sierras/Tarmac Blac / Large 888818407316 90318-3304 117442
    Gloss East Sierras/Tarmac Blac / X-Large 888818407323 90318-3305
    Satin Carbon/Storm Grey / Small 888818407309 90318-3402
    Satin Carbon/Storm Grey / Medium 888818407286 90318-3403
    Satin Carbon/Storm Grey / Large 888818407293 90318-3404 117460
    Satin Carbon/Storm Grey / X-Large 888818407330 90318-3405
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