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Epic Hardtail Expert - 2018

With all of the growth in full-suspension XC bikes, we found that hardtails were starting to become a little same old, same old. So we thought to ourselves, "What better time then now to shake things up with a modern, revolutionary design?" Say hello to the Epic Hardtail Expert.
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3999,90 €

With all of the growth in full-suspension XC bikes, we found that hardtails were starting to become a little same old, same old. So we thought to ourselves, "What better time then now to shake things up with a modern, revolutionary design?" Say hello to the Epic Hardtail Expert.

It's one of the lightest frames we've ever made, tipping the scales around 1175g. And to do so, we built the entire frame from our superlative FACT 11m carbon fiber, and then we took some design cues from our road bikes.

We borrowed the Rider-First Engineered™ concept that originated with the Tarmac. Now, the frame design applies specificity to every tube size and carbon layup for every frame size. This creates the optimal balance of rigidity, weight, and responsiveness, so every frame, regardless of size, performs just as we intended. We've also tweaked the geometry for more speed and stability by slacking-out the head tube, lengthening the top tube, and correcting the seat tube angle. This way, it feels more planted then ever, and frankly, it's stupid fast. We also widened the rear spacing to 12x148mm and included internal split-housing cable routing.

For the build, this Epic Hardtail successfully balances value with performance, with a custom-tuned RockShox SID fork with Brain, SRAM GX Eagle™ 12-speed shifting, and quick-to-accelerate Roval Control Carbon wheels.

    • FRAME

      Specialized FACT 11m, XC Geometry, internal split-housing cable routing, PF30 BB, 12x148mm rear end, triangulated post-mount 160mm brake

    • FORK

      RockShox SID Brain 29, Solo Air, 51mm offset, 15x110mm thru-axle (S: 90mm of travel, M/L/XL: 100mm of travel)

    • FRONT HUB

      Specialized, sealed cartridge bearing, 15x110mm spacing, torque caps, 32h

    • REAR HUB

      Specialized, sealed cartridge bearing, XD driver body, 12mm thru-axle, 148mm spacing, 32h

    • SPOKES

      DT Swiss Industry, stainless, 2.0

    • RIMS

      Roval Control Carbon, hookless bead, 22mm internal width, tubeless ready

    • INNER TUBES

      Standard, Presta valve

    • FRONT TIRE

      Fast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29 x 2.3",

    • REAR TIRE

      Fast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29 x 2.1"

    • CRANKSET

      Truvativ Stylo, 6K alloy, Boost™ 148, 175mm crankarm, 30mm spindle

    • CHAINRINGS

      SRAM Eagle™, alloy, 32T

    • BOTTOM BRACKET

      SRAM PF30

    • 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/ PowerLock®

    • FRONT BRAKE

      SRAM Level TL

    • REAR BRAKE

      SRAM Level TL

    • 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, 27.2mm

    • SEAT BINDER

      Specialized Alloy 30.0mm

    • PEDALS

      Specialized Dirt

    Specifications subject to change without notice.

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