Specialized s works epic 2017

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The not-so-minor details

We&#;ve assembled, set up and had a couple of quick laps of the race track on the most anticipated arrival to the XC circuit this season, ahead of our full review here&#;s what we are in for.

Mad light, S-Works light.

10kg (including carbon water bottle cage) is very exciting for a bike you can wheel out of the bike shop, this brings it in line with the top-end Giant Anthem Advanced 0 and Scott Spark RC World Cup, though half-a-kilo lighter than the Cannondale Scalpel Si HiMod Team.

How so light? No expense is spared with the S-Works model; carbon wheels, fork crowns, bars, post, saddle, cranks, shifters, brake levers&#; It&#;s superior kit and much of it from Specialized&#;s in-house component line, and wheels from Roval.

What&#;s new with the frame?

No more FSR suspension, the Horst Link has gone in favour of a one-piece rear end that relies on flex in the carbon (on aluminium Epic model also) instead to drop weight and moving parts from the bike.

The new RockShox Brain shock is structurally very different and is mounted right off the back of the bike. Why? We&#;ll get into more of that in our review. For a quick video from Specialized of the brain&#;s brain, click here.

It&#;s slacker by a full degrees in the head angle, and pair that with a fork offset of only 42mm (regular 29ers tend to be 51mm) the new Epic feels a whole lot less twitchy and nervous than previous models.

A few more modern updates include Boost hub spacing, new internal routing for the cable and brake and it&#;s dropper post compatible too.

Early impressions?

After only a couple quick rides to dial in the position and suspension setup it&#;s safe to say a few things; it&#;s fast, light and begs for more. The brain in the fork sure feels firm even when dialled right back, and out the back, the transition between open and closed is a lot less apparent than earlier models with a useable tuning range via the little blue lever.


Putting the hammer down on the Epic is a wonderful experience, it&#;s efficiency personified, there just is no unwanted loss of energy through the suspension at all.

With a new brain damper and slacker geometry, will the new Epic widen its value to being less limited to the race track? We&#;re going to find out.

Of course, it&#;s good, it&#;s an S-Works.  

Yes, so that&#;s why this Epic is going in a head to head review with a few other comparable bikes. So far we&#;ve confirmed the all-new Giant Anthem Advanced 0 and the Scott Spark RC SL, two chart-topping race bikes that will undoubtedly be compared to by eager Australian cross country racers.

So, stay tuned for the ultimate XC race bike battle ever!

Sours: https://flowmountainbike.com/tests/flows-first-bite-specialized-s-works-epic/

S-Works Epic FSR World Cup

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This World Cup version of the S-Works Epic FSR takes the concept of fast to another level. Like its counterpart "standard" version it's constructed from our finest carbon fibre and features a drool-worthy build kit and a RockShox SID Brain World Cup fork. But where it differs is in its tighter geometry and one-by-specific build which work together to form explosive power transfer and an even nimbler sense of handling. Along these lines you'll find that the build holds nothing back delivering a SRAM XX1 Eagle speed groupset that's lightweight and intuitive along with Shimano XTR brakes for some of the best stopping power in the business. And to drive even harder on efficiency and speed we included our proprietary Brain technology at the fork and rear shock. This intelligent system is able to interpret the difference between rider and trail input so it stays firm under effort and plush over bumps. Put it all together and you have a purpose-built race machine that's certain to lay waste to any short track out there.

  • S-Works FACT 11m carbon fiber frame provides the ideal blend of stiffness, strength, and light weight, resulting in the pinnacle of efficiency and speed. Meanwhile, our World Cup XC 29 Geometry, 95mm of travel, internal cable routing, and a SWATâ„¢ Tool Cradle create exceptional handling and zero-hassle maintenance.
  • The RockShox SID World Cup 29 w/ Brain fork provides mm of efficient travel. It features Brain technology that distinguishes between terrain and rider input in order to maximize your power, while a Brain Fade adjusts the oil flow when not hitting bumps.
  • The one-by drivetrain is controlled by SRAM's venerable XX1 Eagle components, while braking duties are handled by a SRAM Level Ultimate carbon lever. Combined, the system forms the ultimate in efficiency and intuitive feel, while also having the added benefit of significant weight savings and minimal required maintenance.

Please note that this bike does not come with pedals.


FRAMES-Works FACT 11m, full carbon frame w/unique S-Works lay-up, XC Geometry, MFS chainstay, PF30 BB, carbon headset cups, 12xmm rear spacing, internal cable routing, 95mm of travel, SWATâ„¢ tool cradle
FORKRockShox SID Brain World Cup, Position Sensitive damper, top-mount Brain Fade and rebound adjust, Solo Air, tapered carbon crown/steerer, 15xmm Maxle Stealth thru-axle, 51mm offset, mm travel
REAR SHOCKFox/SBC Epic remote Mini Brain w/Auto Sag and Spike Valve. Brain Fade adjust I-Valve, x 48mm, with Kashima Coating
FRONT HUBRoval Control SL, sealed cartridge bearings, labyrinth style, 15mm thru-axle, mm spacing, 24h
SPOKESDT Swiss Revolution
RIMSRoval Control SL 29, hookless carbon, 22mm inner width, 24/28h, tubeless ready
FRONT TYREFast Trak, Control casing, 29x", 60TPI, Aramid folding bead, 2Bliss Ready
REAR TYREFast Trak, Control casing, 29x", 60TPI, Aramid folding bead, 2Bliss Ready
CRANKSETSRAM XX1 Eagle, carbon, 30mm spindle, 49mm chainline, 32T
BOTTOM BRACKETSRAM PF30, OS press-in bearings
SHIFT LEVERSSRAM XX1 Eagle, speed, trigger
CHAINSRAM XX1 Eagle, black, speed w/PowerLink
FRONT BRAKESRAM Level Ultimate, hydraulic disc, carbon lever, titanium hardware, organic pads, /mm rotor
REAR BRAKESRAM Level Ultimate, hydraulic disc, carbon lever, titanium hardware, organic pads, mm rotor
HANDLEBARSSpecialized Mini-rise, FACT carbon, 6-degree upsweep, 8-degree backsweep, 10mm rise, mm, mm
GRIPSSpecialized Sip Grip, half-waffle, S/M: regular thickness, L/XL: XL thickness
STEMSyntace F, 6-degree rise, mm clamp
SADDLEBody Geometry S-Works Phenom, carbon rails, mm
SEATPOSTS-Works FACT carbon, 0mm setback, carbon rail clamps
SEAT BINDERSpecialized Alloy mm w/ Ti bolt

As with any product, specification is subject to change without prior notification. You are advised to confirm current specification before buying.

Please note that this bike does not come with pedals.


B-B Drop40mm40mm40mm40mm
B-B Heightmmmmmmmm
Bike Stand-Over Heightmmmmmmmm
Chain-Stay Lengthmmmmmmmm
Fork Length (full)mmmmmmmm
Fork Rake/Offset46mm46mm46mm46mm
Head-Tube Angle°°°°
Head-Tube Length90mmmmmmmm
Seat-Tube Angle74°74°74°74°
Seat-Tube Lengthmmmmmmmm
Top-Tube Length (horizontal)mmmmmmmm

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Review: Specialized S- Works Epic WC

Words by Alan Williams

The Specialized Epic is a legendary bike. It has won multiple ABSA Cape Epics, XC World Cups, Olympic Gold medals and Marathon and XC World Championships. It has recently won the U23 Men’s XC World Championship and was piloted to an Olympic Silver in Rio. It seems this bike can do anything. It was this exact bike (not this one, but one exactly like it) that helped Sam Gaze to victory at the U23 men’s XC World Championship victory.

So let’s get started. First off, just look at it. This bike looks fast. That baby blue and rocket red paint. It’s just gorgeous. But this bike is not just about looks. It goes just as fast.

The frame is Specialized’s Fact 11m carbon frame, which is the lightest, stiffest carbon they make. The S- Works is also the only model in the range that has a carbon rear triangle as well. This drops the total weight of the bike to a feathery kgs (without pedals). That’s pretty impressive.

The frame also has a slightly different geometry than its marathon focussed brother. The chain stays on the World Cup is 5mm shorter than the standard bike and the suspension (front and rear) has 5mm less travel. This makes for very nippy handling. It does hamper the climbing a tad, though. The bike tends to want to lift at the front every now and again, but nothing dramatic and it’s a worthwhile compromise.

The Epic World Cup features Rock Shox’s brand new SID XX WC, which is claimed to be around g lighter than the previous model and it is also quite a bit lighter than their RS This particular fork also features Specialized’s Brain technology, which takes care of all the locking and unlocking of suspension, without the rider having to push any levers. I had the Brain Fade set to its softest for most of the testing. This means that the Brain is very active, constantly working to keep the fork working. The firmer setting, whilst effective at keeping the fork locked, tends to not absorb bump as well while climbing and on flats.

The rear suspension is handled by Fox and Specialized’s mini brain, as found on all the Epic models. The one on the S- Works is the Kashima coated Factory model. The Brain was also kept on its softest setting, for maximum suspension activation. The Brain at the rear really does work well. There is absolutely no pedal- bob whilst climbing, but works perfectly when descending.

A new feature for the bike is the Sram Eagle 12 speed group set. Sram have gone out on a leap and declared the front derailleur a thing of the past and focussed all their attention on perfecting the 1x system. This meant that the gear range of the rear cassette was increased to a massive %.

I was worried that the gaps between gears would be too big and that I’d get stuck between gears, but it was a very pleasant experience. In essence, the first 11 gears are exactly the same as the previous 1x 11 system, it’s just the massive 50t sprocket that is added. Shifting was smooth and quick and the shifter had a very precise and definite “click” which meant that you would never accidentally shift and lever feedback was always precise and fast.

The brakes are Sram’s new Level offering. Ever since Sram released the Guide brakes and dropped the Avid Elixer, their brakes have only gotten better. The level brakes only have two pistons per calliper, but this does shave off quite a bit of weight. And let’s face it, four piston brakes are a bit overkill on an XC bike.

The bike comes as standard with in- house Roval Control SL wheels, with essentially DT Swiss hubs. These wheels are the top offering in Specialized’s XC/ Marathon range. They are extremely light, weighing in at a claimed g for the set. This light weight is quite evident in the ride. The wheels are extremely responsive under acceleration and extremely stiff in cornering, making the handling of the bike superb. The light wheels also make for very fast climbing.

They have done away with the S- Works casing on the Fast Trak tires and have now fitted the bike with the Control casing tires. This does add around 50g per tire, but with the thicker side wall it does add a lot of piece- of- mind and it also means that you can run the tires at a slightly lower pressure. I would have preferred that they put a tire with a slightly more aggressive tread on the front, because the Fast Trak felt a bit loose on the front.

As you would expect on a top- end bike, the finishing kit is all of the best things Specialized has to offer. Starting at the front, it features the S- Works carbon flat bar which is not only light, but dampens vibration. At the back the bike has an S- Works carbon seat post. Atop that is the S- Works Phenom carbon saddle. It features a carbon shell and carbon rails. It has what Specialized call level 1 padding which is slightly thinner, but many would prefer less padding on the saddle.

All in all, this bike lives up to its heritage and will continue to do so for many years to come. It is still at the pinnacle of XC racing and delivers all the goods in a very stylish package.

Sours: https://sparkbikereview.com/reviewspecialized-s-works-epic-wc/

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