CyclingBicyclesMountainS-Works 2020 Epic AXS Carbon Hardtail 29er Mountain Bike
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Cross-country racing has always been a battle of grams—a contest to see who can build the lightest machine. The 2020 S-Works Epic AXS Carbon Hardtail 29er Mountain Bike flips the bird at that hoary convention. Yes, you’re looking at the lightest production hardtail to date, but the Epic HT is a hell of a lot more than that. This is the most capable and comfortable XC race bike ever.

Cross-country courses have grown rougher, so Specialized made the Epic HT more capable. It starts with all-new geometry. Taking a page from the trail bike playbook, they slackened the head angle to 68.5 degrees, reduced the fork offset, increased reach and moved to shorter (60-75 millimeter) stems on all frame sizes. End result? The Epic HT retains a short wheelbase for deft handling, yet it offers more predictable steering and a more centered rider position for increased control.

Specialized boosted tire clearance, letting you take full advantage of wider-volume tires on more challenging tracks. And while they were at it, they equipped the bike with a 30.9-millimeter seatpost, which gives you the option to run longer-travel dropper posts for even more maneuverability and control on technical sections.

A fatigued you is not a fast you. That’s a simple fact, yet history is littered with ultra-light and ultra-harsh XC bikes. Specialized fine-tuned their composite lay-up and tube shaping to make the new Epic HT more forgiving...and even faster. Smaller diameter seatstays, for example, increase vertical compliance. Ditto for the arced seat tube design that offers as much vertical compliance as the previous, smaller-diameter seat tube, yet plays nice with all sorts of dropper posts.

The build of this Epic is performance-packed, featuring a 12-speed SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS groupset, SRAM Level Ultimate hydraulic disc brakes and a Roval Control SL Carbon wheelset. Get ready, because this is going to be Epic.

  • At 775 grams, the new S-Works Epic Hardtail chassis is the lightest production hardtail frame on earth. What’s more, Specialized designed it to be incredibly capable and comfortable, with progressive geometry and an advanced composite layup that boosts vertical compliance.
  • Custom RockShox SID Brain Ultimate cuts every possible gram, thanks to its carbon steerer and fork crown. What’s more, it boosts your sprint speed, thanks to its top-adjust Brain Fade damper, which makes for a brilliant fork that goes plush when you want it to and stays firm when it’s time to get out of the saddle and launch your next attack.
  • Blazing fast shifts with nary a derailleur cable in sight—that’s the promise of the AXS edition of the S-Works Epic Hardtail. And the bling doesn’t end with SRAM’s premier, wide-range drivetrain. The bike also sports top-of-the-line SRAM Level Ultimate disc brakes, a QUARQ XX1 Eagle Power Meter, and ultralight Roval Control SL carbon wheelset.
  • Get more out of every training ride by precisely gauging your power output with the QUARQ XX1 Eagle Power Meter


FrameS-Works FACT 12m, XC Geometry, Rider-First Engineered, threaded BB, 12x148mm rear spacing, internal cable routing,
ForkRockShox SID Brain Ultimate, top-adjust Brain Fade, tapered carbon crown and steerer, 15x110mm Maxle® Stealth thru-axle, 42mm offset, 100mm of travel
ShiftersSRAM XX1 Eagle AXS, trigger, 12-speed
Rear DerailleurSRAMXX1EagleAXS
BrakesSRAM Level Ultimate, hydraulic disc
CranksQUARQ XX1 Eagle Power Meter, Boost 148, DUB, 170/175mm 30t
CassetteSRAM XG-1299 Eagle, 10-50t
Bottom BracketSRAM DUB,threaded BB
ChainSRAM XX1 (Rainbow)
HubsRoval Control SL, sealed cartridge bearings, 15mm thru-axle, 110mm spacing, 24h / Roval Control SL, DT Swiss Star Ratchet, 54t engagement, SRAM XD driver body, 12mm thru-axle, 148mm spacing, 28h
SpokesDT Swiss Competition Race
RimsRoval Control SL, hookless carbon, 25mm internal width, tubeless-ready, hand-built
TiresFast Trak, Control casing, GRIPTON compound, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3"
StemS-Works SL, alloy, titanium bolts, 6-degree rise
HandlebarsS-Works Carbon XC Mini Rise, 6-degree upsweep, 8-degree backsweep, 10mm rise, 760mm, 31.8mm
GripsSpecialized Trail Grips
SaddleBody Geometry S-Works Power, carbon fiber rails, carbon fiber base, 143mm
Seat PostS-Works FACT carbon, 10mm setback, 30.9mm


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