Featuring the most efficient suspension platform ever to grace a World Cup start line, the Specialized Epic Expert pairs 100-millimeters of Brain-controlled travel front and rear for a package that was born to erase seconds from the clock. Mixing hardtail efficiency and full-suspension capability to impressively quick results, Epic has always been defined by uncompromised commitment to speed.
Well, that and over 100 World Cup wins and podiums too. True to form, the latest Epic continues the tradition, taking advantage of the most efficient Brain suspension we’ve ever created to ensure it’s always on a first-name-basis with fast.
Re-engineered hand-in-hand with the new Epic, the latest BRAIN design resets the expectation for efficiency, employing a new race-tuned pedalling platform to ensure every watt possible is translated into forward motion, while handily soaking up momentum-killing chatter and big hits alike—all more smoothly than ever
Redesigned with a focus on efficient power transfer and better handling performance, the Epic’s all-new FACT 11m carbon frame features a 15-percent stiffer rear triangle in order to take full advantage of the BRAIN's new race-tuned pedalling platform, while the revised carbon layup of the front-triangle sheds weight, sending the Epic’s already sky-high stiffness-to-weight ratio even higher.
Specialized have been making mountain bikes for nearly as long as there have been mountain bikes. Models like the Rockhopper and Stumpjumper have been staples of the range for decades with the technology being updated and refined every year. The 2022 Specialized mountain bike range has bikes for all kinds of mountain bikers with prices ranging from £500 to over £10,000.
All Specialized mountain bikes are ‘beyond gender’. Although they are technically unisex, Specialized tend to fit more female friendly saddles on the smaller size bikes and more male friendly saddles on the larger bikes. These can easily be swapped out to suit preferences.
Specialized is one of the best-known quality bike brands in the world. Started by a group of riders in 1974. A fact which has guided their decision making ever since.
" Made for riders, by riders."
They strove to make the best quality tires when quality tyres weren't around. When people wanted to ride cruisers in the dirt, they made the first production mountain bike. When roadies wanted to go faster, Specialized doubled down on carbon and built their own wind tunnel.
Bikes like the Allez, Rockhopper and Stumpjumper have developed followings and reputations of their own. Specialized has a reputation for making high-end, high-quality bikes. Specialized bikes always look great with high-quality paint and sensible sizing hel0s you get the right bike each time. If you buy a Specialized bike you can be guaranteed it will do what it is supposed to and will last.
Mountain biking is an incredibly diverse sport. Mountain bikes now come in three main flavours. They are XC, Trail and Enduro.
XC – short for cross country, are quick race bikes. They will normally have 29” wheels and come with 100mm of suspension. If you are mainly going to be riding bridleways and natural trails in the South East of England, where our shops are, an XC bike will be the quickest and most efficient option.
Trail – these bikes are designed to be pedalled up and down hill and for use on bridleways and natural trails, but also at dedicated trail centres. They normally come with 130mm or 140mm of suspension travel and can have either 27.5” or 29” wheels, but 29” is quickly becoming the norm. Trail bikes are good all-rounders. They won’t be as fast as an XC bike on the flat but they can handle a lot more challenging terrain, and a few jumps. If you plan on taking your bike to trail centres in Wales, or to the Alps, then a trail bike may be your best option.
Enduro – enduro racing is a thing in and of itself but many people buy enduro bikes for ‘aggressive’ trail riding and uplift days at places like Bike Park Wales. This generally means challenging downhill trails with some big jumps. With around 160mm of suspension travel enduro bikes can take some big hits. They are designed to be efficient enough to pedal up hills but really come into their own when pointed downhill. You get enduro bikes in either 27.5” or 29” wheel sizes as well as mullet setups of 29 at the front and 27.5 at the back.
Nearly all the mountain bikes we sell are now unisex. All of the big brands have gradually stopped doing dedicated men’s and women’s bikes over the last few years. Instead they are focussed on producing bikes in a bigger range of sizes. So, for instance, the Trek Marlin 5 is a unisex bike that now comes in sizes from XXS to XXL large. This means it will fit riders from 4’ 5” to 6’ 5” and everything in between.
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|Frame||FACT 11m Full Carbon, Progressive XC Race Geometry, Rider-First Engineeredâ„¢, threaded BB, 12x148mm rear spacing, internal cable routing, 100mm of travel|
|SWAT||SWAT EMT Cage-Mount Tool|
|Rear Shock||RockShox-Specialized BRAIN, Rx XC Tune, 5 Position Platform Adjust, Rebound Adjust, Integraded Extension, 265x52.5mm|
|Handlebars||Specialized Alloy Minirise, 6.5mm rise, 750mm, 31.8mm clamp|
|Fork||RockShox SID SL BRAIN, Bottom-Adjust Brain damper, Debon Air, 15x110mm, 44mm offset, 100mm Travel|
|Stem||Specialized XC, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree rise|
|Tape||Specialized Trail Grips|
|Saddle||Body Geometry Power Sport, steel rails|
|Front Brake||SRAM Level TL, 2-piston caliper, hydraulic disc|
|Rear Brake||SRAM Level TL, 2-piston caliper, hydraulic disc|
|Shift Levers||SRAM X01 Eagle, trigger, 12-speed|
|Rear Derailleur||Sram X01 Eagle, 12-speed|
|Cassette||SRAM XG-1275, 12-speed, 10-52t|
|Chain||SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed|
|Crankset||SRAM X1 Eagle Alloy, DUB, 165/170/175mm, 34t|
|Bottom Bracket||SRAM DUB, BSA 73mm, threaded|
|Rims||Roval Control SL, Carbon offset design, 29mm internal width, 4mm hook width, Tubeless ready, 28h|
|Front Hub||DT Swiss 350, 6-bolt, 15mm Thru-axle, 110mm spacing, 28h straight -pull|
|Rear Hub||DT Swiss 350 straight-pull, 6-bolt, DT Swiss Ratchet EXP, 12x148mm thru axle, XD freehub body, 28h straight-pull|
|Spokes||DT Swiss Comp Race|
|Front Tire||Specialized Fast Trak, Control Casing, T5 Compound, 29x2.35|
|Rear Tire||Specialized Renegade, Control Casing, T5 Compound, 29x2.35|
|Inner Tubes||Standard, Presta valve|
|SeatPost||Specialized Alloy, Single Bolt, 30.9mm|
|Seat Binder||Specialized Alloy, 34.9mm|
|Colours||GLOSS PINE / CHAMELEON EYRIS TINT (25%) / TARMAC BLACK, SATIN CARBON / SMOKE GRAVITY FADE / WHITE|
|Sizes||L, M, S, XL, XS|
|Barcodes||888818771592, 888818772353, 888818772377, 888818772438, 888818773077, 888818773275, 888818773497, 888818773541, 888818773602|
|SKUs / Part Numbers||90322-3001, 90322-3002, 90322-3003, 90322-3004, 90322-3005, 90322-3102, 90322-3103, 90322-3104, 90322-3105|
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