You've seen the look. The, "are-they-really-about-to-ride-that-on-a-hardtail" look. Well, get ready to get it a lot more aboard the Epic Hardtail. Fast and light meets confident and capable in a bike that's been bred to redefine what's possible on a cross-country speed demon. Working towards the lightest bike possible has long been the race within the race, but at what cost? 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. But who said fatigue from fighting against your own bike makes you any faster? Instead, recognizing that the fastest bike is more than simply the lightest bike, we said out with the "jarred-to-death tail", the "measure-your-posterior's-sorrows-by-the-yard tail" and in with the "avant-garde tail". The ridiculously capable, mystifyingly comfortable, head-shakingly light and all-around fast, Epic Hardtail. Sure, we optimized every inch of the Epic Hardtail frame to achieve the lightest production hardtail frame in the world anyway, but we also prioritized our commitment to creating an Epic Hardtail that's as capable as it is comfortable with aggressive singletrack-inspired geometry, increased tire 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 Shimano drivetrain highlight the build, effortlessly balancing both value and performance to impressive results.
- Don't judge this Judy without being prepared to come away impressed. RockShox's capable Motion Control Damper and Solo Air spring combine for composed, predictable travel and effortless setup and adjustment.
- Ridiculously capable, incredibly light, and refreshingly comfortable, the Epic Hardtail's dropper-post friendly FACT 11m carbon frame rewrites the hardtail playbook with game-changing success.
- Shimano's M6100 hydraulic disc brakes pack a punch, offering serious bite and backing it up with a refined, intuitive feel to make for a package that squeezes heavyweight performance out of a scale-friendly setup.
|Frame||Specialized FACT 11m, XC Geometry, Rider-First Engineered™, 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)|
Front: 110 x 15mm
Rear: 148 x 12mm
|Rims/Wheels||Alloy, Offset Design, Tubeless Ready, 25mm internal width, 28h|
Front: Shimano MT400-B, Centerlock 28h, 15x110 Boost
Rear: Shimano MT510-B, Centerlock 28h, 12x148 Boost, Microspline
|Crankset||Shimano MT511, 32t Chainring, SM: 170mm, M-XL: 175mm|
|Chain||Shimano Deore M6100, 12spd w/quick link|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano SLX M7100, SGS, 12-speed|
|Shifters||Shimano SLX, M7100, 12spd|
|Handlebars||Specialized Alloy Minirise, 10mm rise, 750mm, 31.8mm clamp|
|Tape/Grips||Specialized Trail Grips|
|Stem||Specialized, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 7-degree rise|
|Brake Levers||Shimano M6100|
|Brakes||Shimano M6100, 2-piston caliper, hydraulic disc|
|Saddle||Body Geometry Power Sport, steel rails|
|Seat Post||Specialized Alloy, Single Bolt, 30.9mm|
* Subject to change without notice.