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Specialized Epic HT Expert Carbon 2018 Mountain Bike

£3,800.00

Cross country courses are nothing like they used to be. Today’s tracks have more in common with trail riding than the pancake flat NORBA courses of yesteryear.

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With all of the growth in full-suspension XC bikes, we found that hardtails were starting to become a little same old, same old. So we thought to ourselves, “What better time then now to shake things up with a modern, revolutionary design?” Say hello to the Epic Hardtail Expert. It’s one of the lightest frames we’ve ever made, tipping the scales around 1175g. And to do so, we built the entire frame from our superlative FACT 11m carbon fibre, and then we took some design cues from our road bikes.

Utilising the Rider-First Engineered™ concept that originated with the Tarmac. Now, the frame design applies specificity to every tube size and carbon layup for every frame size. This creates the optimal balance of rigidity, weight, and responsiveness, so every frame, regardless of size, performs just as we intended. We’ve also tweaked the geometry for more speed and stability by slacking-out the head tube, lengthening the top tube, and correcting the seat tube angle. This way, it feels more planted then ever, and frankly, it’s stupid fast. We also widened the rear spacing to 12x148mm and included internal split-housing cable routing. For the build, this Epic Hardtail successfully balances value with performance, with a custom-tuned RockShox SID fork with Brain, SRAM GX Eagle™ 12-speed shifting, and quick-to-accelerate Roval Control Carbon wheels.

Frame
Specialized FACT 11m, XC Geometry, internal split-housing cable routing, PF30 BB, 12x148mm rear end, triangulated post-mount 160mm brake
Fork
RockShox SID Brain 29, Solo Air, 51mm offset, 15x110mm thru-axle (S: 90mm of travel, M/L/XL: 100mm of travel)
Rear Derailleur
SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed
Number of Gears
12
Shifters
SRAM GX Eagle, trigger, 12-speed
Chain set
Truvativ Stylo, 6K alloy, Boost™ 148, 175mm crankarm, 30mm spindle SRAM Eagle™, alloy, 32T
Bottom Bracket
SRAM PF30
Cassette
SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed, 10-50t
Chain
SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed w/ PowerLock®
Pedals
Supplied
Brakeset
SRAM Level TL
Handlebars
Specialized Mini-Rise, 7050 alloy, 8-degree backsweep, 6-degree upsweep, 10mm rise, 720mm width, 31.8mm clamp
Stem
Specialized XC, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree rise
Grips
Specialized Sip Grip, half-waffle, S/M: regular thickness, L/XL: XL thickness
Rims
Roval Control SL, hookless carbon, 25mm internal width, tubeless-ready, hand-built
Front Hub
Roval Alloy, disc, 15x110mm spacing, torque caps, 32h
Rear Hub
DT Swiss 350, Star Ratchet, 36t engagement, SRAM XD driver body, 12mm thru-axle, 148mm spacing, 28h
Front Tyre
Fast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29 x 2.3″
Rear Tyre
Fast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29 x 2.1
Saddle
Body Geometry Phenom Comp, Adaptive Edge design, Hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm
Seatpost
Specialized, alloy, single bolt, 21mm offset, 27.2mm
Weight
No weight Information Available

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Frame size

Small, Medium, Large, Extra large

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