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Epic EVO Expert

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2023 Epic EVO Expert

Looking for a bike that soars as well as it sprints? Look no further than the Epic EVO Expert.

Wheels up or head down, the Epic EVO Expert’s masterful blending of inspired handling, capable geometry and laser-focused pedaling efficiency makes sure no rider ever has to make the decision between fast and fun.

While the Epic EVO sees a seemingly modest 20-millimeter increase in suspension travel up front over its Epic stablemate and just 10-millimeters out back, we’ve worked overtime to make sure it’s been implemented in a way that’ll have you saying ‘Whoa!’ as soon as you hit your first stretch of singletrack.

Meticulously engineered to retain as much of the Epic’s standard-setting efficiency as possible, the EVO’s new suspension kinematics work in concert with Rx XC Tune customized suspension front and rear to ensure you're able to make the absolute most out of every inch of travel on tap, while still offering increased anti-squat characteristics for improved pedaling efficiency.

With plenty of practice at staying ahead of the curve, the Epic EVO now lays claim to the most capable iteration of our Progressive XC Geometry ever to grace an Epic. It’s also more versatile than ever thanks to a new flip chip-equipped rear end that allows riders to adjust headtube angle and bottom bracket height to easily customize Epic EVO’s handling characteristics.

SRAM's high-flying GX Eagle AXS group handles shifting duties, while RockShox's SID Select+ is firmly in charge of takeoffs and landings with it's capable Charger 2 RL damper.

Technical Specifications

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Frameset

Frame

FACT 11m Full Carbon, Progressive XC Geometry, Rider-First Engineered™, threaded BB, 12x148mm rear spacing, internal cable routing, 110mm of travel

Seat Binder

Specialized Alloy, 34.9mm

Accessories

SWAT

SWAT EMT Cage-Mount Tool

Suspension

Rear Shock

RockShox SID LUXE Select+, Rx XC Tune, Two Position, Rebound Adjust, 190x40mm

Fork

Rockshox SID Select+, Charger 2 RL Damper, Debon Air, 15x110mm, 44mm offset, 120mm Travel

Cockpit

Stem

Alloy Trail Stem, 35mm bar bore

Saddle

Body Geometry Power Sport, steel rails

Handlebars

Specialized Alloy, 20mm rise, 35mm, 760mm wide

SeatPost

X-Fusion Manic, 30.9, 100/125/150 Travel, 0mm offset

Grips

Specialized Trail Grips

Brakes

Rear Brake

SRAM G2 RS, 4-piston caliper, hydraulic disc, 180mm rotor

Front Brake

SRAM G2 RS, 4-piston caliper, hydraulic disc, 180mm rotor

Drivetrain

Chainrings

32T

Bottom Bracket

SRAM DUB, BSA 73mm, Threaded

Shift Levers

SRAM GX Eagle AXS Controller

Rear Derailleur

SRAM GX Eagle AXS, w/ battery cover

Crankset

SRAM GX Eagle Alloy, DUB, 165/170/175mm, 32t

Chain

SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed

Cassette

Sram XG-1275, 12-speed, 10-52t

Wheels & Tires

Rear Hub

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

Front Hub

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

Spokes

DT Swiss Comp Race

Rims

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

Rear Tire

Specialized Ground Control, GRID Casing, T7 Compound, 29x2.35

Front Tire

Specialized Ground Control, GRID Casing, T7 Compound, 29x2.35

Inner Tubes

Standard, Presta valve

Weight

Weight

11.54kg (25 lb, 7.1 oz)

Weight Size

MD

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

Geometry

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XSSMLXL
Crank Length165mm170mm175mm175mm175mm
Handlebar Width760mm760mm760mm760mm760mm
Stem Length60mm60mm60mm60mm60mm
Saddle Width155mm155mm143mm143mm143mm
Seatpost Length100mm125mm125mm150mm150mm
BB Height336mm336mm336mm326mm336mm
Chainstay Length438mm438mm438mm438mm438mm
Seat Tube Length470mm375mm400mm520mm430mm
Stack611mm603mm593mm629mm597mm
Trail114mm114mm114mm114mm114mm
BB Drop36mm36mm36mm36mm46mm
Fork Length, Full530mm530mm530mm530mm530mm
Reach436mm460mm485mm380mm406mm
Seat Tube Angle74.5°74.5°74.5°75.5°74.8°
Wheelbase1164mm1194mm1227mm1106mm1132mm
Bike Standover Height779mm781mm793mm804mm760mm
Fork Rake/Offset44mm44mm44mm44mm44mm
Head Tube Length95mm100mm115mm135mm95mm
Top Tube Length, Horizontal567mm602mm629mm659mm536mm
Front Center697mm729mm759mm792mm672mm
Head Tube Angle66.5°66.5°66.5°66.5°66.5°
Geometry

Rider Reviews

  • 5
  • 8 Reviews

This bike makes me happy

The bike is light, the controls are so easy to use and best of all I feel so comfortable with the downhills that this a game changer for me. Ordered online and the setup was very easy.

Would Recommend?
Yes!

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Peter B.

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love this bike

love this bike

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Yes!

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Name:
Sharon B.

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Best Mountain Bike I’ve Owned

I’ve been mountain biking for over 30 years. My last bike before the Epic EVO Expert was a Giant Trance Comp Carbon 27.5. I wanted a 29er that was great at climbing but was worried about losing suspension travel. The Epic exceeds all of my expectations. I’m climbing as well as in my 20s and my downhill runs are comparable to those on my Trance. The Epic is the best mountain bike I’ve owned.

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Yes!

Name:
George

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Cool Whip

Climbs like a hardtail and descends like an Enduro! Ok, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, or is it..probably yes, but you see where I’m going here. This bike gives you the best of XC Racing, All Mountain, and getting nasty on that decent!

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Yes!

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Andrew E.

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Impressed & Surprised By Comfort & Speed.

I've had my Epic Evo Expert for 1 week. Very impressed and surprised at how comfortable it feels. It's plush in the open setting and pedals effortlessly like a hardtail without needing to be locked out. I experienced some pedal bobbing until I set the suspension up to be on the firmer side for my weight. Still playing around with damping along with the contact points to dial the bike in but so far so good. Components are great also. Always liked the nice 'snap' sound of the X01 drivetrain (GX cassette). The.G2 RS brakes seem to be better than the previous G2 RSC brakes on my last bike. The RS seem to be quieter and less prone to squealing in the wet which is nice. Love the carbon Roval wheels and the Ground Control tires are surprisingly comfy without being wishy-washy. Bottom line... Specialized have 'nailed it' with this bike. The Epic Evo is balanced, poised and contemporary. Ticks every box. Very happy chappy :)

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Yes!

Name:
Tez

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What a Difference

I was riding an old (2002) S-Works 26" alloy framed bike and it served me well, but I knew it was time for a change. The dealer let me ride an Epic on my local trails to see what it was like and I fell in love. Not only the 29" wheels, but also the geometry was way different. Since I'm not racing, the race Epic wasn't as appropriate as the Epic Evo for my riding. I'd never spent so much on a bike purchase, but I have no regrets - best bike I've ever ridden!

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Name:
Roger

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Love This Bike

I love this bike. I owned an Epic hardtail prior to this and loved it too however I wanted to get a full suspension so I tried a longer travel and really missed the sleek and lighter profile of my Epic. This Epic Evo ended up being perfect for me. Its super light and is really fun to ride. FYI- I tried a NON- SRAM rear Cassette on a ride thinking that AXS specific components were kind of gimmicky and wouldn't really make a difference but I was wrong. It wasn't terrible but made clanky noises on shifts so I went back to a AXS specific combination and it was amazingly quiet. Just thought I would pass that information on. Perfect bike for my trails. Highly recommend. The Specialized Mirror seats are awesome too for an upgrade.

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Yes!

Name:
Michael

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