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Epic World Cup Expert


Epic World Cup Expert

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THINK FASTEST: The Epic World Cup is the fastest XC race bike in the world on smooth to moderately technical courses thanks to its unmatched combination of efficiency, control, and light-weight. World Champ Christopher Blevins said it best, “This thing gives me everything I could want from a hardtail, plus the control and capability of full suspension.” All it took to create this speed machine was a totally integrated development approach, inventing a radical new shock, and four decades of off-road winning experience.

FRAME OF REFERENCE: To deliver maximum speed through ruthlessly efficient power transfer and precision handling, our engineering team set and achieved new standards in torsional rigidity and BB stiffness. This feat required an integrated development approach that merged a structurally superior double diamond layout with its shock cradled inside the top-tube, and finished off with the most sophisticated composite layup in Specialized history.

SHOCKINGLY FAST: The Specialized Ride Dynamics team conceived of and invented a revolutionary shock technology for the Epic World Cup that gives the rider the efficiency and snappy response of a hardtail PLUS the control, capability, and momentum-carrying of full suspension—all with a simple setup. Co-developed with RockShox, the SID Deluxe WCID shock utilizes a unique independently adjustable positive and negative air springs to deliver the sought-after hardtail “snap”, combined with terrain-devouring forgiveness, and the ability to easily personalize set-up for a specific course or tune for rider preference and feel. Set it firm and it rides like a hardtail or open it up and you have a chunk-squashing ripper. But you aren't just limited “open and closed,” the simple nature of its setup allows the rider to set on a spectrum of firm to soft.

PUNCHING ABOVE ITS CATEGORY: The Epic World Cup’s 75mm of rear travel delivers control and capability of a much longer travel bike. Because it’s designed to be ridden at or close to topped-out, it yields the same positive travel as a 100mm travel bike set up with 25% sag. To further optimize suspension performance, the Specialized Ride Dynamics team tuned the spring-rate to be relatively flat through the mid-stroke to handle the majority of bump forces like a longer travel bike. Due to its large size, the custom Mega Jounce Bumper is an “industry first” and plays a crucial role in smoothly managing bottom-out on the biggest impacts.

HAVE WE LOST OUR MINDS? SORT OF: While the new, and groundbreaking SID Deluxe WCID shock provides the unique blend of support and compliance in the rear, the BRAIN is still alive and well in the fork. Its Position-Sensitive technology allows riders to sag into the fork 15mm for a balanced ride, providing supple small bump compliance and a firm pedaling platform without the need for a remote lockout or levers to flip.

THE WEIGHT IS OVER: With a frame weight of just 1,915 grams (painted with shock and all hardware), the Epic World Cup edges out the lightest of competitors. This translates to faster acceleration, more efficiently climbing, and more agile handling. And all of that adds up to speed. We achieved the featherweight and monster stiffness of the Epic WC by applying what we learned in the development of our Aethos, the lightest production road frame ever made, specifically the advanced composite layup and tube shapes.

Technical Specifications

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Fact 11m Carbon, WCID suspension design, Progressive XC Race Geometry, Rider-First Engineered™, threaded BB, 12x148mm rear spacing, internal cable routing, 75mm of travel


SWAT EMT Cage-Mount Tool

Seat Binder

Specialized Alloy 34.9, Steel Bolt


Rear Shock

RockShox-Specialized SIDLuxe WCID Ultimate, Ride Dynamics Developed, Independent negative spring, Rebound Adjust, 215x40mm


RockShox SID SL BRAIN, Top-Adjust Brain damper, Debon Air, 15x110mm, 44mm offset, 110mm Travel



Specialized Alloy Minirise, 10mm rise, 750mm, 31.8mm clamp


Specialized Alloy, Single Bolt, 30.9mm


Specialized XC, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree rise


Specialized Trail Grips


Body Geometry Power Sport, steel rails


Front Brake

SRAM Level Bronze, 2-piston caliper, hydraulic disc, stealth, 180/160mm rotor

Rear Brake

SRAM Level Bronze, 2-piston caliper, hydraulic disc, stealth, 160mm rotor


Shift Levers

SRAM POD AXS controller

Rear Derailleur

SRAM GX Eagle Transmission


SRAM XS 1275, 12 speed, 10-52t




SRAM GX Eagle, DUB, 170/175mm, 34t


Alloy, 34t

Bottom Bracket

SRAM DUB Threaded Wide

Wheels & Tires


Roval Control Carbon, offset design, 29mm internal width, 4mm hook width, Tubeless ready, 28h

Front Hub

DT Swiss 350, 6-bolt, 15mm Thru-axle, 110mm spacing, 28h straight -pull

Rear Hub

DT Swiss 350, 6-bolt, DT Swiss Ratchet, 12x148mm thru axle, XD freehub body, 28h straight-pull


DT Swiss Competition Race Straight-pull

Front Tire

Specialized Fast Trak, Control Casing, T7 Compound, 29x2.35

Rear Tire

Specialized Renegade, Control Casing, T5 Compound, 29x2.35

Inner Tubes

Specialized Turbo Tube



10.5kg (23 lb, 2.4 oz)

Weight Size


* Weights based on production painted frames as pictured. Actual weights will vary based on colourway, frame size, and component variation. Specifications are subject to change without notice.


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Crank Length165mm170mm170mm175mm175mm
Handlebar Width750mm750mm750mm750mm750mm
Stem Length60mm60mm70mm70mm70mm
Saddle Width155mm155mm143mm143mm143mm
Seatpost Length370mm370mm420mm420mm420mm
Head Tube Length93mm93mm95mm110mm125mm
Head Tube Angle66.5°66.5°66.5°66.5°66.5°
BB Height309mm313mm313mm313mm313mm
BB Drop61mm58mm57mm57mm57mm
Fork Length, Full516mm516mm516mm516mm516mm
Fork Rake/Offset44mm44mm44mm44mm44mm
Front Centre665mm701mm726mm757mm788mm
Chainstay Length430mm430mm430mm430mm430mm
Bike Standover Height738mm761mm764mm774mm786mm
Seat Tube Length392mm395mm410mm450mm500mm
Seat Tube Angle74.5°74.5°74.5°74.5°74.5°
Top Tube Length, Horizontal541mm581mm612mm641mm670mm

Rider Reviews

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  • 3 Reviews

Quite Possibly the Fastest PR Crushing Bike you will ever own !!

Quite Possibly the Fastest PR Crushing Bike you will ever own !! This bike to me rides like a cross country race machine, with the ability to do so much more, it corners like a Nascar, it handles steep rocky rooty downhills like a champ, it is well balanced for small -medium sized jumps as well, all around a thoroughbred bike meant to do MANY things very well, it can be set up so many different ways to compliment the terrain you are riding, all in a lightweight package that delivers the most excellent Plush ride you can ask for ,i have a all around biking background, so trust me when i say this BUY THIS BIKE and SEND IT !! im 52 years young and this bike makes me feel 30 again !

Tony D.


EPIC WC the bike that rules them all.

The bike is fast love it rides like a hardtail but easy on your back !!!

Would Recommend?



The best MTB bike ever!

I LOVE THIS BIKE and its so beautiful and smooth

Hjalte b.