CyclingBicyclesMountainSpecialized 2021 Epic Expert Carbon 29er Full Suspension Mountain Bike
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A perfect introduction to your world of XC riding and racing, the 2021 Specialized Epic Expert Carbon 29er Full Suspension Mountain Bike features all of the same frame technologies and features to satisfy your need for speed.

Race courses have evolved over the past few years. They're more technical, steeper, and more challenging to ride. But instead of quivering in their boots, Specialized 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. They 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? They 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. 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 Specialized as a true leader in innovation and suspension development, but they knew that they could make it better. Simple physics told them 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 they've ever developed—no matter the frame size.

And while stiffness, Brain technology, and geometry features are cool and all, Specialized knows what you’re thinking, "What about weight?" They’re glad you asked. With the goal of the Epic to be the fastest XC mountain bike they’ve ever made, weight was at the top of our priorities list. They started with an efficient frame layout and tube shapes that feature clean cable routing, an integrated shock oil channel, straight tubes with less bends, 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 is value-packed, featuring an 12-speed SRAM XO1 groupset, SRAM Level TL brakes, and a Roval Control carbon wheelset. Get ready, because this is going to be Epic.

  • Offering 100-millimeters of brilliantly efficient BRAIN-controlled travel, the Epic’s FACT 11m carbon frame increases rear-triangle stiffness for peerless power transfer and introduces the most capable handling in an Epic yet, all while shedding weight over the previous-generation Epic
  • The RockShox SID SL BRAIN fork serves up 100-millimeters of brilliantly controlled BRAIN travel for efficient performance that pairs perfectly with the Epic's rear BRAIN system
  • Sprightly stoppers from SRAM, Level TL brakes offer smooth modulation for precise speed control
  • Descending from a long World Cup lineage, hand-built Roval Control Carbon wheels feature a modern 25-millimeter internal-width hookless rim, and maximize strength, ride quality, and durability while keeping weight to a minimum.


FrameFACT 11m Full Carbon, Modern XC Race Geometry, Rider-First Engineered, threaded BB, 12x148mm rear spacing, internal cable routing, 100mm of travel
ForkRockShox SID SL BRAIN, Bottom-Adjust Brain damper, Debon Air,15x110mm, 44mm offset, 100mm Travel
Rear ShockRockShox-Specialized BRAIN, Rx XC Tune, 5 Position Platform Adjust, Rebound Adjust, Integrated Extension, 265x52.5mm
ShiftersSRAM X01 Eagle, trigger, 12-speed
Rear DerailleurSRAM X01 Eagle, 12-speed
BrakesSRAM Level TL, 2-piston caliper, hydraulic disc
CranksSRAM X1 Eagle, DUB, 32t, XS: 165mm, SM: 170mm, M-XL: 175mm - SRAM Eagle Alloy 32T Direct mount
CassetteSRAM XG-1275 Eagle, 12-speed, 10-50t
Bottom BracketSRAM DUB, BSA 73mm, Threaded
ChainSRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed
HubsDT Swiss 350, 15x110mm spacing, Torque caps, 6-bolt, 28h / DT Swiss 350, Star Ratchet, SRAM XD driver body, 12mm thru-axle,148mm spacing, 28h
SpokesDT Swiss Competition Race
RimsRoval Control Carbon, 25mm internal width, Zero bead hook,Tubeless ready, 28h
TiresFast Trak, Control casing, GRIPTON compound, 60 TPI, 2BlissReady, 29x2.3" / Fast Trak, Control casing, GRIPTON compound, 60 TPI, 2BlissReady, 29x2.3"
StemSpecialized XC, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree rise
HandlebarsSpecialized Alloy Minirise, 10mm rise, 750mm, 31.8mm clamp
GripsSpecialized Trail Grips
SaddleBody Geometry Power Sport, hollow Cr-Mo rails
Seat PostSpecialized Alloy, Single Bolt, 30.9mm


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Specialized 2021 Epic Expert Carbon 29er Full Suspension Mountain Bike

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