Specialized Epic & Epic EVO | Everything You Need to Know.

Despite having 100 World Cup wins and podiums to its name, Specialized have given their Epic a from the ground up revamp.

Specialized have launched an updated Epic range, with the racier of the two bikes getting a four models and the Epic EVO three. Even cross country machines are getting the longer, lower, slacker treatment these days.

Key features:

  • FACT 11mm (12mm on S-Works) full carbon frame
  • 29″ wheels
  • Internal cable routing
  • XS-XL sizing
  • 100mm/110mm rear travel (Epic/Epic EVO)
  • 100mm/120mm fork travel (Epic/Epic EVO)
  • £3,999.99-£10,499.99 RRP
  • Specialized.com

The 2021 Specialized Epic and Epic EVO aren’t just subtle tweaks to the outgoing model, but a ground-up revamp that sees the bike evolving as cross country World Cup courses getting meatier. Much like the work done on the Specialized Demo Race, the changes to the Epic ingredients have been to simply make the bike quicker across the ground.

An all-new Brain system extends service intervals and carries a two-year free service. You won’t find a Brain shock on the Epic EVO though. Weight-wise, the current Epic frame meets the outgoing S-Works weight, with the S-Works now 100g lighter with a rear end that’s 15% stiffer.

Six complete bikes and a frameset make up the new Epic range. The XC race-inspired Epic starts at £3,999.99 for the Comp, rising all the way to the lofty heights of the Epic S-Works at £10,499.99. The all-day mission-inspired Epic EVO is a brace of models in the Expert and Comp, £6,099.99 and £3,999.99 respectively. The Epic EVO S-Works frameset comes in at £3,499.99.

Geometry

It’s worth remembering that this is very much a cross-country race/marathon bike, not a short travel trail rig. Your eyes should be swinging towards the Stumpjumper ST for that kind of trail work.

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The Epic in size Medium has a 445mm reach combined with a 430mm seat tube. Head angle with a 100mm fork is 67.5 degrees, with a 75.5 seat tube angle. Longer forks and flip chips make all the difference with the Epic EVO Medium coming in a little shorter in the reach at 436mm with the same 430mm seat tube, that being offset by a 66.5 degree head angle and a 74.5 degree seat tube angle.

2021 Epic models

S-Works Epic

Key features:

  • Rockshox SID SL Ultimate Brain 100mm fork
  • Rockshox-Specialized Brain shock
  • SRAM XX1 AXS 12-speed drive
  • SRAM Level Ultimate brakes
  • Roval Control SL carbon wheels
  • S-Works FACT carbon post
  • £10,499.99 RRP

Epic Pro

Key features:

  • Rockshox SID SL Brain 100mm fork
  • Rockshox-Specialized Brain shock
  • SRAM XO1 Eagle 12-speed drive
  • SRAM Level TLM brakes
  • Roval Control carbon wheels
  • S-Works FACT carbon post
  • £7,499.99 RRP

Epic Expert

Key features:

  • Rockshox SID SL Brain 100mm fork
  • Rockshox-Specialized Brain shock
  • SRAM XO1/GX Eagle 12-speed drive
  • SRAM Level TL brakes
  • Roval Control carbon wheels
  • Specialized alloy post
  • £6,099.99 RRP

Epic Comp

Key features:

  • Rockshox Reba RL 100mm fork
  • Rockshox-Specialized Brain shock
  • Shimano SLX 12-speed drive
  • Shimano SLX brakes
  • Shimano MT400 hubs on Specialized alloy rims
  • Specialized alloy post
  • £3,999.99 RRP

2021 Epic EVO models

Epic EVO Expert

Key features:

  • Rockshox SID Select+ 120mm fork
  • Rockshox SID LUXE Select+ shock
  • SRAM XO1/GX Eagle 12-speed drive
  • SRAM G2 RS brakes
  • Roval Control carbon wheels
  • X-Fusion Manic dropper
  • £6,099.99 RRP

Epic EVO Comp

Key features:

  • Rockshox SID Select+ 120mm fork
  • Rockshox Deluxe Select+ shock
  • Shimano SLX 12-speed drive
  • Shimano SLX brakes
  • Shimano MT400 hubs on Specialized alloy rims
  • X-Fusion Manic dropper
  • £3,999.99 RRP

You can check out the entire Specialized Epic range on their website here.