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Specialized Epic Expert Carbon 29er Mountain Bike 2019 - Full Suspension MTB

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Product Description

The Specialized Epic full suspension XC race bike has been completely redesigned with a new frame, geometry and totally new Brain rear shock. The Brain can sense if you are pedalling or not, to control the damping and drastically improve pedalling efficiency. The Brain-equipped Epic was the first full-suspension bike to win a Cross Country World Championship, as has won many more! Head angle has been slackened and reach increased to improve the descending ability to cope with the ever more demanding XC race courses.


Key Features:

  • FACT 11m carbon fibre frame
  • Lightweight RockShox SID fork gives 100mm of travel to smooth out the descents
  • Custom RockShox Micro Brain shock offers 100mm of intelligent rear travel
  • SRAM GX Eagle 1x12 drivetrain provides reliable shifting
  • XC race geometry for ultimate speed and efficient
  • Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, Extra large
  • Colours: Gloss Storm Grey/Rocket Red
  • The Specialized Epic Expert Carbon 29er is available with 0% APR finance

 

Lightweight carbon frame? Check. Industry-leading suspension technology? Oh yeah. Race-ready build kit? You know it. The Epic Expert is not only ready to shine in races, but it's also ready to put your closest buddies in the pain cave on the weekends.

Race courses have evolved over the past few years. They're more technical, steeper, and more challenging to ride. But instead of quivering in our boots, we saw this as an opportunity to make something special—something that both World Cup athletes and XC riders alike can instantly feel the benefit from. We looked at the sum of parts that make a bike handle well, like the head angle, reach, stack, chainstay length, fork offset, etc., and reevaluated all of it. Increasing the reach made a bike that was more stable at speed and generally more comfortable to ride. Dropper posts? Yep, those fit, and not just a short-travel XC option, but full-length droppers that fit in the 30.9mm seat tube. Head angle? We slacked that out, but not without evaluating the overall handling package. It now lands on a custom offset, 42mm fork that works with the slacker head angle in order to behave itself in tight corners and through switchbacks.

Next comes Brain 2.0. The original Brain changed the way the bike world looked at suspension, both in its inefficiencies and benefits alike. And oh, was it good. It won races and put a flag in the ground for us as a true leader in innovation and suspension development, but we knew that we could make it better. Simple physics told us that, by moving the Brain closer to the rear axle, it would be in the most sensitive spot. And after countless hours with the RockShox team, the Brain became more than just a slight upgrade. It's totally reborn. Now, it reacts seamlessly to bump forces, it has much more consistent damping performance, and finally, it integrates the hoses into the suspension links. This, in turn, improves oil paths, and it creates an incredibly sleek package that outperforms anything on the market.

The Epic also has a rider Rider-First Engineered™ design that places complex carbon pieces in all the right places, and this greatly increases stiffness in the front-end for a vast improvement in ride quality and control. To go along with this, each frame size has size-specific tubes that result in the stiffest, best riding XC bike we've ever developed—no matter the frame size.

And while stiffness, Brain technology, and geometry features are cool and all, we know what you're thinking, 'What about weight?' We're glad you asked. With the goal of the new Epic to be the fastest XC mountain bike we've ever made, weight was at the top of our priorities list. We started with an efficient frame layout and tube shapes that feature clean cable routing, integrated channels through the shock extension, straight tubes with less curves, and optimized torsion profiles in every section. And, if you're curious, this weight savings is equivalent to shedding a chainstay and shock extension from the previous Epic—nearly 525 grams.

The build of the Epic Expert meshes performance with value, featuring a 12-speed SRAM GX Eagle groupset, a RockShox SID fork with bottom-adjust Brain Fade, SRAM Level TL brakes, and a hand-built Roval Control Carbon fibre wheelset. Get ready, because this is going to be Epic.

Highlights:

  • Full fact 11m carbon fibre frame combines stiffness, strength, and light overall weight to deliver an off-the-hook race bike. Meanwhile, the new geometry, RockShox Brain shock, and 100mm of travel, make the Epic the best handling, fastest XC rig you've been on.
  • The 12-speed SRAM GX Eagle groupset brings the performance of Eagle at a doable price point.
  • The hand-built Roval Control Carbon wheels feature a modern 25mm internal width hookless rim, ensuring optimal traction and rolling resistance properties.

All Tredz bikes are:

  • Fully built & ready to ride
  • Fully checked & tested by Cytech qualified mechanics
  • Available with 0% APR finance (up to 48 months) on any basket over £99
  • UK price match guarantee
  • 365 day no hassle returns
  • Free delivery in the UK Mainland on a date that suits you

In the box with every Tredz bike is:

  • Free Tredz 9 key trail tool
  • Free Tredz pedal spanner
  • Free basic pedals
  • Tredz drawstring kit bag
  • 16 point quality control check sheet
  • Basic bike setup instructions
  • Free Cycle Plan insurance voucher (8 weeks)

Specification

Frame:Specialized FACT 11m, XC Geometry, Rider-First Engineered™, threaded BB, 12x148mm rear spacing, internal cable routing, 100mm of travel
Fork:RockShox SID Brain 29, Solo Air, top-adjust Brain Fade, 15x110mm Maxle® Stealth thru-axle, 42mm offset, 100mm of travel
Rear Shock:Custom RockShox Micro Brain shock w/ Spike Valve, AUTOSAG, 51x257mm
Stem:Specialized XC, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree rise
Bars:Specialized Alloy Minirise, 10mm rise, 750mm, 31.8mm clamp
Front Brake:SRAM Level TL, hydraulic disc
Rear Brake:SRAM Level TL, hydraulic disc
Rear Mech:SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed
Shifters:SRAM GX Eagle, trigger, 12-speed
Speed:12
Rims:Roval Control Carbon, 25mm internal width, tubeless-ready
Front Hub:Specialized, sealed cartridge bearings, 15x110mm spacing, 28h
Rear Hub:Specialized, sealed cartridge bearings, 12x148mm thru-axle, 28h
Spokes:DT Swiss Industry
Front Tyre:Fast Trak, GRIPTON® compound, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3"
Rear Tyre:Fast Trak, GRIPTON® compound, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.1"
Seat Post:Alloy, single-bolt, 30.9mm
Saddle:Body Geometry Phenom Comp, Adaptive Edge design, hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm
Chainset:Truvativ STYLO, DUB 32T
Bottom Bracket:SRAM DUB, threaded BB
Chain:SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed
Cassette:SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed, 10-50t
Pedals:Specialized Dirt

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Full Suspension Epic Sizing

Full Suspension Epic Sizing

See the table below to find the right size Specialized Full Suspension Epic.

Height

Size

5’2” / 158cm

S

 

 

 

 

5’3” / 160cm

S

 

 

 

 

5’4” / 163cm

S

 

 

 

 

5’5” / 165cm

S

 

 

 

 

5’6” / 168cm

S

M

 

 

 

5’7” / 170cm

 

M

 

 

 

5’8” / 173cm

 

M

 

 

 

5’9” / 175cm

 

M

 

 

 

5’10” / 178cm

 

M

L

 

 

5’11” / 180cm

 

 

L

 

 

6’0” / 183cm

 

 

L

 

 

6’1”/ 185cm

 

 

L

XL

 

6’2” / 188cm

 

 

 

XL

 

6’3”/ 191cm

 

 

 

XL

 

6’4”/ 193cm

 

 

 

XL

XXL

6’5”/ 196cm

 

 

 

 

XXL

6’6”/ 198cm

 

 

 

 

XXL

Read our bike size guide for more information on sizing.

 

Full Suspension Epic Geometry

 

S

M

L

XL

Crank Length

1750 / 175mm

175mm

175mm

175mm

Stem Length

60mm

70 / 75mm

75/ 80mm

90mm

Seatpost Length

350mm

400mm

400mm

400mm

Saddle Width

143mm

143mm

143mm

143mm

Handlebar Width

750mm

750mm

750mm

750mm

Reach

408mm

433mm

456mm

475mm

Top Tube Length, Horizontal

568mm

596mm

623mm

647mm

Stack

588mm

597mm

611mm

630mm

Wheelbase

1094mm

1123mm

1151mm

1177mm

Chainstay Length

438mm

438mm

438mm

438mm

Front Center

659mm

687mm

715mm

742mm

BB Drop

38.9mm

38.9mm

38.9mm

38.9mm

BB Height

332mm

332mm

332mm

332mm

Seat Tube Angle

74.75

74.75

74.75

74.75

Head Tube Angle

69.5

69.5

69.5

69.5

Seat Tube Length

400mm

434mm

470mm

520mm

Head Tube Length

95mm

105mm

120mm

140mm

Bike Standover Height

764mm

770mm

776mm

799mm

Fork Rake/Offset

42mm

42mm

42mm

42mm

Fork Length, Full

506mm

506mm

506mm

506mm

Trail

94mm

94mm

94mm

94mm

Read our Mountain Bike Geometry Explained guide for more information on MTB geometry. 

Please note, all size information is provided as a guide - if you're unsure or need any further assistance you can call us on 01792 799508 ... we're happy to help!

Full Sus MTB Guide

 

Is a full-suspension mountain bike right for me?

If you’re new to the world of cycling, we highly recommend taking a look at our bike buying guide overview or our mountain bike buying guide to help you decide what type of bike is right for your needs.

When you’re choosing a full suspension mountain bike, there are a few things to look out for which can help you to work out the quality and performance you can expect from a particular model.


Suspension travel & usage

Depending on the type of mountain bike riding you’ll be doing, you may want to have longer or shorter suspension travel on your bike:

Travel

Usage

Pros

Cons

Up to 120mm

XC

Lightweight & efficient pedalling for long-distance rides

Short travel is less capable on rough & demanding trails with large jumps & drops

120 – 150mm

Trail

Lightweight, balance of climb-friendly efficiency & rough-descent capability

More weight than a shorter travel bike & less efficient climbing. Less capable on descents than a longer travel bike

150-180mm

Enduro

Capable of covering difficult & technical downhill sections. Wide enough gear range for climbing

Heavier & significantly less efficient at climbing compared to shorter travel bikes

180mm +

Downhill

Designed for highly technical & high-speed descents, with big drops and large jumps

Heavy, and inefficient at climbing. Limited gear range means most climbs will require pushing the bike


Frame material

Full-suspension MTB frames are mostly made from either aluminium or carbon fibre, with each material having its own benefits & drawbacks.

Aluminium

Aluminium is lightweight, stiff, strong, and easy to manufacture. Manufacturers often develop their own aluminium alloys, such as ALUXX by Giant. Aluminium is found on a wide range of bikes, from entry-level & enthusiast bikes, right the way up to top-spec racing bikes.

Carbon

Carbon fibre is lighter, stiffer, stronger, and more expensive than aluminium. The most affordable carbon bikes typically use medium strength carbon fibres, while the most expensive bikes use stronger ‘high modulus’ carbon. Carbon fibre frames are found on enthusiast-level bikes, right up to high-performance bikes designed for racing.


Groupset & drivetrain

A bike’s groupset, or drivetrain, is where the biggest difference in component quality is seen.
A complete groupset comprises of the following parts:

  • Chainset (aka Crankset)
  • Bottom bracket
  • Brakes
  • Brake levers
  • Shifters
  • Front & rear derailleur
  • Chain
  • Cassette
MTB Groupsets

Mountain bike groupset components are typically supplied by either Shimano or SRAM, with additional manufacturers like Formula, Hope, Magura, Tektro and TRP supplying brake systems. Shimano & SRAM both produce a range of groupsets to suit different budgets. The hierarchy table here compares the different Shimano & SRAM groupsets to determine which bikes offer the best performance.


Wheel size

You’ve probably noticed that a lot of mountain bikes come in a choice of wheel size, mainly a 27.5 inch wheel (also known as a 650B wheel) or a 29inch wheel (known as a 29er). Although there are still bikes which use 26 inch wheels, these are gradually being phased out on all but the smallest bikes. The difference between these wheel sizes can have a dramatic effect on the way a bike feels and handles out on the trail.

27.5in/650b Wheels

27.5inch wheels are smaller and lighter than 29er wheels, which makes them more agile and gives the bike a more responsive & playful nature. On the other hand, the smaller wheel size rolls less efficiently than the larger size, making the bike more prone to losing speed over rough ground and making it a little slower when climbing.

29er Wheels

29er wheels have a bigger rolling radius which makes them naturally smoother over rough ground. For this reason, a 29er mountain bike often requires less suspension travel than smaller wheeled alternatives. The downsides are an increase in weight, and the larger diameter wheels generate stronger gyroscopic forces, making the bike more stable, but less agile and responsive whilst manoeuvring.

26in Wheels

26 inch wheels were once the go-to wheel size on adult mountain bikes. However, they are now typically only found on the smallest frame sizes, and on junior bikes. 26 inch wheels are lightweight and give the bike very agile handling. The downsides to 26 inch wheels are their poor rolling resistance on rough ground, and the reduced contact patch due to the smaller wheel circumference.


Suspension components

Mountain bike suspension components (i.e. the fork or rear shock absorber) are also a way to identify the quality of a bike. While Fox and RockShox are the most common manufacturers, there are a number of brands producing suspension components for mountain bikes.

Entry level full suspension mountain bikes (up to approximately £1300) may come supplied with a fork & rear shock supplied by SR Suntour, X-Fusion or RockShox. These components will allow a limited amount of adjustment, including:

  • Coil spring preload / air spring pressure adjustment
  • Lockout switch
  • Rebound damping adjustment on models towards the top of the price range.

Mid-range & enthusiast bikes (up to approximately £3500) use components from brands including Fox, RockShox and Manitou. At this level, suspension components have features like:

  • Preload adjustment / air spring pressure adjustment
  • Rebound damping adjustment
  • Lockout switch
  • Multi-position ‘mode’ switch
  • Components towards the top end of the enthusiast price range may also feature compression damping adjustment as well.

Top of the range & competition spec bikes (over £3500) also use components from Fox, RockShox & Manitou, with a few select models using parts from Ohlins. At this price, suspension components have features including:

  • Coil spring preload adjustment / air spring pressure adjustment
  • High & low speed rebound damping adjustment
  • High & low speed compression damping adjustment
  • Lockout switch
  • Multi-position 'mode' switch
  • Advanced low-friction coatings (e.g. Fox’s golden-coloured Kashima coating)

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