With XC courses evolving, becoming trickier, more intense, the Epic needed to evolve with them.
Introducing the Epic Comp EVO, the next generation of XC mountain bikes.
Alloy has always been at the heart of the EVO family. It's tough, it's stiff, and it's pretty light. Basically, it embodies everything that's good about mountain bikes, and that's what EVO is all about. The Epic Comp EVO was made out of aluminium to make it a perfect fit. That's because this bike brings all the uphill racing, singletrack-ripping fun you want, and puts it in a durable, on-budget package. So get excited, because this is the most "epic" Epic yet.
The Specialized office is full of Epics, most of them wearing dropper posts, wider tyres and bars, and slightly longer forks. That's because the Epics that they'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, the Specialized team looked around and decided that their Epics should be offered right out of the box.
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, a zero-offset dropper post was added to give you more control on descents, but this design keeps your saddle over the BB on steep climbs. Some meat was also put on the tyres 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 the Brain 2.0. The OG Brain changed the way the bike world looked at suspension. It won races and put a flag in the ground for Specialized as a true leader in innovation and suspension development, but they knew they could make it better. By moving the Brain closer to the rear axle, it would be in the most sensitive spot. 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.
At the heart of the construction, you'll find M5 alloy with D'Aluisio Smartweld Technology that strategically places more welding material where it's needed, resulting in an aluminium frame that's more compliant and considerably stiffer at nearly every tube juncture.
The build is spec'd with a 12-speed SRAM NX Eagle groupset, SRAM Level TL brakes, and a Roval Control Alloy wheelset.
A RockShox Reba RL fork, with 120mm of travel, soaks up rocks, roots, and bumps, and it also features both compression and rebound adjustments. The 12-speed SRAM NX Eagle groupset brings the performance of Eagle at a value anyone can appreciate. 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.
Type: Full Suspension Mountain Bikes
Size: Medium, Large
Size Inch: Custom
Riding Style: Cross Country
Wheel Size: 29"
Rear Derailleur: SRAM NX Eagle
Item condition: New
FRAME // Specialized M5 Aluminum w/ D'Aluisio Smartweld Technology, threaded BB, 12x148mm rear spacing, internal cable routing, 100mm of travel FORK // RockShox Reba RL 29, Motion Control damper, 42mm offset, 15x110mm thru-axle, 120mm of travel REAR SHOCK // Custom RockShox Micro Brain shock w/ Spike Valve, AUTOSAG, 51x257mm FRONT HUB // Specialized, sealed cartridge bearings, 15x110mm spacing, 28h REAR HUB // Specialized, sealed cartridge bearings, 12x148mm thru-axle, 28h SPOKES // DT Swiss Industry RIMS // Roval Control Alloy 29", 25mm internal width INNER TUBES // Standard, Presta valve FRONT TYRE // Ground Control, GRIPTON® compound, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3" REAR TYRE // 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 SHIFT LEVERS // Sram NX Eagle, trigger, 12-speed REAR DERAILLEUR // SRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed CASSETTE // SRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed, 11-50t CHAIN // SRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed FRONT BRAKE // SRAM Level TL, hydraulic disc REAR BRAKE // SRAM Level TL, hydraulic disc HANDLEBARS // Specialized Alloy Minirise, 10mm rise, 750mm, 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, hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm SEATPOST // X-Fusion manic, 30.9mm, (S: 100mm, M-XL: 125mm) SEAT BINDER // Alloy, 34.9mm PEDALS // Specialized Dirt