Lighter. Smarter. Faster.
Fast and flat, rowdy and technical, punchy and hard—no matter the course, the Epic is the best tool to get you to the top of the podium. Its design is all-new, and boy is it fast.
Tracks have changed over the past few years. And while hard-packed fireroads used to rule the XC roost, they’ve been replaced with technical singletrack and rock gardens, all while keeping racers going full gas and on the limit. So, to make sure that the new Epic is the best tool for topping the podium on these new courses, Specialized completely redesigned the frame to be Rider-First Engineered™, developed a modern XC geometry, and created a new Brain rear shock and suspension platform.
Rider-First Engineered™ frame that saves *up to 525 grams, while also maintaining stiffness (*Pro, Expert, and Comp frames), not an easy task.
The Brain 2.0 is completely redesigned. It sits closer to the rear axle and features a new layout and oil flow path for more consistent damping control, bump performance, and bump responsiveness.
Longer reach, slacker head tube, and a custom fork offset create a better handling package. Climbing, descending, stability, and confidence are no longer afterthoughts.
New Rear End
In a focused effort to make the Epic, hands down, the fastest XC bike out there, one of the main goals was to drastically reduce weight. In doing so, Specialized removed pivots from the rear end of this new platform, and that decision saved 240g (39% lighter) in the rear end alone. This, in combination with the new Brain, allowed Specialized engineers to make large improvements in overall performance, while also saving up to 525g in some frames.
You can say that the new Epic is a single-pivot bike. The engineered flex zones in the chain and seatstays, however, are designed to emulate the performance of the FSR system. Being designed around a 1x drivetrain, Specialized engineers were able to tune the platform to perform better under pedaling forces. And combined with the sensitivity of the new Brain, the Epic builds on the efficiency of its predecessor.
Removing pivots also makes for a stiffer rear end, and of course, this means better power transfer efficiency. We very much believe in the FSR system as an effective an efficient suspension design, though, so you’ll continue to see it throughout the rest of the Specialized range of mountain bikes.