Specialized Men's Epic Hardtail Expert

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The Specialized Men's Epic Hardtail Expert proves to be a game changer in the constant evolution of cross-country bikes. Challenging the ordinary, this robust bike spins the classic hardtail on its head, creating an innovative new design that's both ultra-light and immensely strong.

The Epic Hardtail Expert’s robust frame is one of the lightest we have ever made - a mere 1175g, thanks to our top-notch FACT 11m carbon fibre construction. To give it a unique touch, we incorporated design elements from our road bikes.

Adapting the Rider-First Engineered™ concept that originated with the Tarmac, we have tailored the design specification for each tube size and carbon layup for every frame size. This creates an optimal balance between rigidity, weight, and responsiveness. Altered geometry amps up speed and stability - the head tube is more slackened, the top tube elongated, and seat tube angle readjusted. This gives the bike better grounding and enhances the speed, feeling more planted than ever. Additionally, we’ve widened the rear spacing to 12x148mm and included internal split-housing cable routing.

For the build, the Epic Hardtail strikes a perfect balance between value and performance. This is achieved with a custom-tuned RockShox SID fork with Brain, SRAM GX Eagle™ 12-speed shifting, and quick-to-accelerate Roval Control Carbon wheels.

  • The FACT 11m carbon fibre frame is paired with our XC 29 Geometry for revolutionary tube angles and extremely light overall weight, ensuring explosive speed and agile handling on the race circuit. We also incorporated 148mm rear spacing and all-new triangulated post-mount brake mounts.
  • The Custom RockShox SID 29 w/ Brain fork provides 90/100mm of efficient travel. The Brain technology differentiates between terrain and rider input to maximise your power and adjusts the oil flow when not hitting bumps.
  • The 12-speed SRAM's GX Eagle groupset, featuring a 10-50t cassette, offers a wide gear range that enables smooth uphill climbs, and ample top-end for descents. The one-by setup also reduces weight and virtually bans the chances of a chain drop.

FRAMESpecialized FACT 11m, XC Geometry, internal split-housing cable routing, PF30 BB, 12x148mm rear end, triangulated post-mount 160mm brake
FORKRockShox SID Brain 29, Solo Air, 51mm offset, 15x110mm thru-axle (S: 90mm of travel, M/L/XL: 100mm of travel)
FRONT HUBSpecialized, sealed cartridge bearing, 15x110mm spacing, torque caps, 32h
REAR HUBSpecialized, sealed cartridge bearing, XD driver body, 12mm thru-axle, 148mm spacing, 32h
SPOKESDT Swiss Industry, stainless, 2.0
RIMSRoval Control Carbon, hookless bead, 22mm internal width, tubeless ready
INNER TUBESStandard, Presta valve
FRONT TYREFast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29 x 2.3",
REAR TYREFast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29 x 2.1"
CRANKSETTruvativ Stylo, 6K alloy, Boostâ„¢ 148, 175mm crankarm, 30mm spindle
CHAINRINGSSRAM Eagleâ„¢, alloy, 32T
SHIFT LEVERSSRAM GX Eagle, trigger, 12-speed
CASSETTESRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed, 10-50t
CHAINSRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed w/ PowerLock©
HANDLEBARSSpecialized Mini-Rise, 7050 alloy, 8-degree backsweep, 6-degree upsweep, 10mm rise, 720mm width, 31.8mm clamp
GRIPSSpecialized Sip Grip, half-waffle, S/M: regular thickness, L/XL: XL thickness
STEMSpecialized XC, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree rise
SADDLEBody Geometry Phenom Comp, Adaptive Edge design, Hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm
SEATPOSTSpecialized, alloy, single bolt, 21mm offset, 27.2mm
SEAT BINDERSpecialized Alloy 30.0mm
PEDALSSpecialized Dirt

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