The 2022 Specialized Epic Hardtail Mountain Bike is fast and light while still being confident on technical terrain.
The Epic is descended from lightweight cross country race bikes. The battle of the grams certainly hasn’t been without its casualties with hardtail XC race bikes coming to stand for a harsh twitchy ride at the expense of capability and versatility. The Epic is design to be smooth as well as fast.
The Epic Hardtail is comfortable with aggressive singletrack-inspired geometry, increased tyre clearance and a frame obsessively engineered for increased vertical compliance all while creating a bike that lives and breathes the fundamentals of fast.
A RockShox Judy Gold fork and SRAM drivetrain highlight the build effortlessly balancing both value and performance to impressive results.
Cross country riders who want to cover ground fast on a light and smooth bike that can handle technical terrain at race speeds.
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||Specialized FACT 11m, Progressive XC Geometry, Rider-First Engineeredâ„¢, threaded BB, 12x148mm rear spacing, internal cable routing|
|Fork||RockShox Judy Gold, Motion Control damper, Solo Air, 42mm offset, 15x110mm thru-axle, 100mm of travel (XS - 80mm travel)|
|Stem||3D-forged alloy, 31.8mm, 7-degree|
|Tape||Specialized Trail Grips|
|Handlebars||Specialized Alloy XC minirise, double-butted alloy, 8-degree backsweep, 6-degree upsweep, 10mm rise, 31.8mm|
|SeatPost||Specialized Alloy, Single Bolt, 30.9mm|
|Rear Brake||SRAM Level T hydraulic disc, 2-Piston Caliper|
|Front Brake||SRAM Level T hydraulic disc, 2-Piston Caliper|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed|
|Shift Levers||SRAM NX Eagle, trigger, 12-speed|
|Cassette||SRAM NX Eagle PG-1230, 12-speed, 11-50t|
|Chain||SRAM SX Eagle, 12-speed w/ PowerLockÂ®|
|Crankset||SRAM X1000 Eagle, DUB, 170/175mm 32T|
|Bottom Bracket||SRAM DUB, BSA 73mm, threaded|
|Rims||Specialized Alloy, Tubeless Ready, 25mm internal width, 28h|
|Front Hub||Alloy, sealed cartridge bearings, 15x110mm thru-axle, 28h|
|Rear Hub||Alloy, sealed cartridge bearings, 12x148mm thru-axle, 28h|
|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|
|Saddle||Body Geometry Power Sport, steel rails|
|Seat Binder||Specialized Alloy 34.9|
|Colours||GLOSS TARMAC BLACK / ABALONE|
|Sizes||L, M, S, XL|
|Barcodes||888818771608, 888818772315, 888818772896, 888818773220|
|SKUs / Part Numbers||91322-7102, 91322-7103, 91322-7104, 91322-7105|
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