CyclingBicyclesMountainS-Works 2019 Epic Hardtail 29er Mountain Bike
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Call it a healthy disrespect for the status quo, but S-Works was getting bored with hardtail designs. So instead of playing along with a glued-on smile, they opted to turn the cross country world on its head with a bike that's not only the lightest mountain frame they've ever made. It's their lightest frame—period. Introducing the S-Works Epic Hardtail.
Over the last decade, cross country racing has evolved into a completely different animal—the courses are rowdier, more technical, and overall, they're inherently different. Because of this, S-Works realized that the best bike for the job needs to not only be lightweight and stiff, but also be able to descend and climb with equal prowess. Determining the best geometry was the easier of the two, as they took their current XC race geo and added some trail DNA to the mix. This equates to a longer top tube, a shortened the head tube, and a slacked out the front end, the result of which is a tremendous increase in downhill stability, plus a wider fit range. And just as importantly, this doesn't require any sacrifice of climbing proficiency. The weight aspect was more complicated, though. S-Works was posed with the question, "How do you take weight out of something that's already so light?" But the answer was relatively obvious: you get the best mountain bike engineers together in one room and let the magic come out.
Up until now, there were two ways to lighten up a frame—use less of the same grade of carbon or use less of a higher-grade carbon. Option one is never a viable solution as it sacrifices stiffness and strength, two attributes that shouldn’t be tampered with. And while S-Works did end up using option two, they weren’t content with the amount of weight they could cut out by just using a different grade of carbon. So how else do you cut weight? Well, they began looking at their layup schedules to see if they could be improved, which shed light on a new discovery—layup inefficiencies.
Beginning with their Rider-First Engineered frame technology, each size Epic Hardtail is specifically tailored to size—every carbon layup and tube are exclusively selected based upon hundreds of hours of collected ride data. What does this mean for you? It not only creates the optimal balance of rigidity, weight, and responsiveness across every frame size, but it led them to the discovery of how to save weight through the studying of the layup.
Through extensive layup studies, S-Works made the discovery that, by further controlling the construction and layup schedules, they could drastically decrease weight, all while maintaining the ride characteristics that you’d expect from a top-level XC race bike. With this discovery, each frame now features complex cut carbon plys that allow difficult junctions to be covered with less overlap. And while this does complicate the carbon frame puzzle by adding more pieces to the mix, it allows them to design and place them more intelligently. The result of this is a lighter frame, stronger junctions, and a drastic increase in stiffness. They then took the weight savings one step further by using Japanese military ballistic-grade carbon, which S-Works now calls 12m, to create the lightest mountain bike they've ever made. How much lighter of a frame, you ask? Less than 900 grams for a size Large frame—the same weight as a full 24oz Purist water bottle.
For the build, the S-Works spares no expense, opting for a custom RockShox SID World Cup fork with Brain, SRAM XX1 Eagle 12-speed shifting, SRAM Level Ultimate hydraulic disc brakes, and hand-built Roval Control SL carbon wheels.

  • To provide the optimal blend of stiffness, crazy light weight, and strength, Specialized constructed the frame from their S-Works FACT 12m carbon fiber. And when combined with their XC 29 Geometry, this Epic is guaranteed to deliver uncompromising, blistering speed and agile handling come race day—no matter the course.
  • The RockShox SID World Cup 29 fork with Brain provides 90/100mm 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 1x drivetrain is controlled by SRAM's venerable XX1 Eagle components to form the ultimate in efficiency and intuitive feel, while also having the added benefit of significant weight savings and minimal required maintenance.


FrameSpecialized S-Works FACT 12m, XC Geometry, internal split-housing cable routing, PF30 BB, 12x148mm rear-end, triangulated post-mount 160mm brake
ForkRockShox SID World Cup Brain 29, Solo Air, Top-Adjust, 51mm offset, 15x110mm thru-axle (S: 90mm, M-XL: 100mm)
Shift LeversSRAM XX1 Eagle, trigger, 12-speed
Rear DerailleurSRAM XX1 Eagle, 12-speed
BrakesSRAM Level Ultimate, hydraulic disc
CranksetSRAM XX1 Eagle, Boost 148, DUB, 170/175mm
CassetteSRAM XG-1295 Eagle, 12-speed, 10-50t
Bottom BracketSRAM, DUB, PF30
ChainSRAM XX1 Eagle, 12-speed
HubsRoval Control SL, sealed cartridge bearings, 15mm thru-axle, 110mm spacing, 24h (front), Roval Control SL, DT Swiss Star Ratchet, 54t engagement, SRAM XD driver body, 12mm thru-axle, 148mm spacing, 28h (rear)
SpokesDT Swiss Competition Race
RimsRoval Control SL, hookless carbon, 25mm internal width, tubeless-ready, hand-built
TiresFast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3" (front), Fast Trak, GRIPTON® compound, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.1" (rear)
PedalsSpecialized Dirt
StemS-Works SL
HandlebarsS-Works Carbon Mini Rise, 6-degree upsweep, 8-degree backsweep, 10mm rise, 750mm, 31.8mm
GripsSpecialized Sip Grip, half-waffle, S/M: regular thickness, L/XL: XL thickness
SaddleBody Geometry Phenom Pro, Adaptive edge design, carbon fiber rails, carbon fiber base, 143mm
Seat PostS-Works FACT carbon, 0mm offset
Seat BinderSpecialized Alloy, 30.0mm, titanium bolt


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