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2018 Specialized Epic Expert Mens Mountain Bike in Gold/Red/Black

The Epic Expert is not only ready to shine in races, but it's also ready to put your closest buddies in the pain cave on the weekends.

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2018 Specialized Epic Expert Mens Mountain Bike in Gold/Red/Black Description

  • Brand : Specialized
  • Season : 2018
  • Code : 186691240108
  • Weight : 0KG
  • Lightweight carbon frame? Check. Industry-leading suspension technology? Oh yeah. Race-ready build kit? You know it.

    Race courses have evolved over the past few years. They’re more technical, steeper, and simply more challenging to ride. But instead of quivering in our boots, we saw this as an opportunity to make something special—something that both World Cup athletes and XC riders alike can instantly feel the benefit from. We looked at the sum of parts that make a bike handle well, like the head angle, reach, stack, chainstay length, fork offset, etc., and re-evaluated all of it. Increasing the reach made a bike that was more stable at speed and generally more comfortable to ride. Dropper posts? Yep, those fit, and not just a short-travel XC option, but full-length droppers that fit in the 30.9mm seat tube. Head angle? We slacked that out, but not without evaluating the overall handling package. It now lands on a custom offset, 42mm fork that works with the slacker head angle in order to behave itself in tight corners and through switchbacks.

    Next comes the redesigned Brain technology, Brain 2.0. The Brain changed the way the bike world looked at suspension, both its inefficiencies and benefits alike. 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 countless hours with the RockShox team, the new Brain became more than just a slight upgrade. 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, in turn, improves oil paths, and it creates an incredibly sleek package that outperforms anything on the market.

    The new Epic also gets a serious upgrade in the stiffness department. The Rider-First Engineered™ tubes place complex carbon pieces in all the right places, which greatly increases stiffness in the front end for a vast improvement in ride quality and control. 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—no matter the frame size.

    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. With the goal of the new Epic to be the fastest XC mountain bike we’ve ever made, weight was at the top of our priorities list. We started with an efficient frame layout and tube shapes that feature clean cable routing, integrated channels through the shock extension, straight tubes with less curves, and optimized torsion profiles in every section. And if you’re curious, this weight savings is equivalent to shedding a chainstay and shock extension from the previous Epic—nearly 525 grams.

    The build of the Epic Expert meshes performance with value, featuring a 12-speed SRAM GX Eagle groupset, SRAM Level TL brakes, and a hand-built Roval Control carbon fibre wheelset. Get ready, because this is going to be Epic.

    • Full fact 11m carbon fibre frame combines stiffness, strength, and light overall weight to deliver an off-the-hook race bike. Meanwhile, the new geometry, RockShox Brain shock, and 100mm of travel, make the Epic the best handling, fastest XC rig you've been on.
    • Our custom RockShox SID fork with Brain features a top-adjust Brain fade, and a custom offset to make it suitable for the new Epic.
    • The 12-speed SRAM GX Eagle groupset brings the performance of Eagle at a doable price point.

    Buyers Guide

    Technical Information

    • TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
      • FRAME
        Specialized FACT 11m, full carbon frame, XC Geometry, threaded BB, 12x148mm rear spacing, internal cable routing, 100mm of travel
      • FORK
        RockShox SID 29 w/ Brain, tapered alloy steerer, bottom-adjust Brain Fade, Solo Air, 110x15mm Maxle® Stealth thru-axle, 100mm of travel, 42mm offset,
      • REAR SHOCK
        RockShox/Specialized Micro Brain shock w/ Spike Valve, AUTOSAG, 51x257mm
      • FRONT HUB
        Specialized, sealed cartridge bearings,15x110mm thru-axle, 32h
      • REAR HUB
        Specialized disc, sealed cartridge bearings, 12x148mm spacing, 32h
      • SPOKES
        DT Swiss Revolution
      • RIMS
        Roval Control Carbon, 22mm internal width, tubeless-ready
      • INNER TUBES
        Standard, Presta valve
      • FRONT TYRE
        Fast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29 x 2.3"
      • REAR TYRE
        Fast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29 x 2.1"
      • CRANKSET
        Truvativ Stylo, 6K alloy, Boost™ 148, 24mm spindle
      • CHAINRINGS
        Alloy Eagle 32T
      • BOTTOM BRACKET
        SRAM GXP
      • SHIFT LEVERS
        SRAM GX Eagle, trigger, 12-speed
      • REAR DERAILLEUR
        SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed
      • CASSETTE
        SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed, 10-50t
      • CHAIN
        SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed w/ PowerLink
      • FRONT BRAKE
        SRAM Level TL, hydraulic disc, organic pads, 160/180mm rotor
      • REAR BRAKE
        SRAM Level TL, hydraulic disc, organic pads, 160 rotor
      • HANDLEBARS
        Specialized Mini-rise, 7050 alloy, 8-degree backsweep, 6-degree upsweep, 10mm rise, 720mm width, 31.8mm clamp
      • 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
      • SADDLE
        Body Geometry Phenom Comp, Adaptive Edge design, Hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm
      • SEATPOST
        Specialized, alloy, single bolt, 21mm offset, 30.9mm
      • SEAT BINDER
        Alloy, 34.9mm
      • PEDALS
        Specialized Platform, 9/16" spindle

    Technical Information

    Sizing Information

      S M L XL
    STACK 588mm 597mm 611mm 630mm
    REACH 408mm 433mm 456mm 475mm
    HEAD TUBE LENGTH 95mm 105mm 120mm 140mm
    HEAD TUBE ANGLE 69.5° 69.5° 69.5° 69.5°
    BB HEIGHT 332.6mm 332.6mm 332.6mm 332.6mm
    BB DROP 38.9mm 38.9mm 38.9mm 38.9mm
    TRAIL 94mm 94mm 94mm 94mm
    FORK LENGTH, FULL 506mm 506mm 506mm 506mm
    FORK RAKE/OFFSET 42mm 42mm 42mm 42mm
    FRONT CENTER 659mm 688mm 716mm 742mm
    CHAINSTAY LENGTH 438mm 438mm 438mm 438mm
    WHEELBASE 1095mm 1123mm 1152mm 1178mm
    TOP TUBE LENGTH, HORIZONTAL 568mm 595mm 623mm 649mm
    BIKE STANDOVER HEIGHT 764mm 770mm 776mm 799mm
    SEAT TUBE LENGTH 400mm 434mm 470mm 520mm
    SEAT TUBE ANGLE 74.75° 74.75° 74.75° 74.75°

     

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      Lightweight carbon frame? Check. Industry-leading suspension technology? Oh yeah. Race-ready build kit? You know it.

      Race courses have evolved over the past few years. They’re more technical, steeper, and simply more challenging to ride. But instead of quivering in our boots, we saw this as an opportunity to make something special—something that both World Cup athletes and XC riders alike can instantly feel the benefit from. We looked at the sum of parts that make a bike handle well, like the head angle, reach, stack, chainstay length, fork offset, etc., and re-evaluated all of it. Increasing the reach made a bike that was more stable at speed and generally more comfortable to ride. Dropper posts? Yep, those fit, and not just a short-travel XC option, but full-length droppers that fit in the 30.9mm seat tube. Head angle? We slacked that out, but not without evaluating the overall handling package. It now lands on a custom offset, 42mm fork that works with the slacker head angle in order to behave itself in tight corners and through switchbacks.

      Next comes the redesigned Brain technology, Brain 2.0. The Brain changed the way the bike world looked at suspension, both its inefficiencies and benefits alike. 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 countless hours with the RockShox team, the new Brain became more than just a slight upgrade. 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, in turn, improves oil paths, and it creates an incredibly sleek package that outperforms anything on the market.

      The new Epic also gets a serious upgrade in the stiffness department. The Rider-First Engineered™ tubes place complex carbon pieces in all the right places, which greatly increases stiffness in the front end for a vast improvement in ride quality and control. 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—no matter the frame size.

      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. With the goal of the new Epic to be the fastest XC mountain bike we’ve ever made, weight was at the top of our priorities list. We started with an efficient frame layout and tube shapes that feature clean cable routing, integrated channels through the shock extension, straight tubes with less curves, and optimized torsion profiles in every section. And if you’re curious, this weight savings is equivalent to shedding a chainstay and shock extension from the previous Epic—nearly 525 grams.

      The build of the Epic Expert meshes performance with value, featuring a 12-speed SRAM GX Eagle groupset, SRAM Level TL brakes, and a hand-built Roval Control carbon fibre wheelset. Get ready, because this is going to be Epic.

      • Full fact 11m carbon fibre frame combines stiffness, strength, and light overall weight to deliver an off-the-hook race bike. Meanwhile, the new geometry, RockShox Brain shock, and 100mm of travel, make the Epic the best handling, fastest XC rig you've been on.
      • Our custom RockShox SID fork with Brain features a top-adjust Brain fade, and a custom offset to make it suitable for the new Epic.
      • The 12-speed SRAM GX Eagle groupset brings the performance of Eagle at a doable price point.
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