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Epic Expert

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2022 Epic Expert

When speed comes calling, the Epic Expert doesn’t just answer, it yells back, ‘Catch me if you can!’

Featuring the most efficient suspension platform ever to grace a World Cup start line, the Epic Expert pairs 100-millimeters of Brain-controlled travel front and rear for a package that was born to erase seconds from the clock.

A Smarter BRAIN

Mixing hardtail efficiency and full-suspension capability to impressively quick results, Epic has always been defined by uncompromised commitment to speed.

Well, that and over 100 World Cup wins and podiums too. True to form, the latest Epic continues the tradition, taking advantage of the most efficient Brain suspension we’ve ever created to ensure it’s always on a first-name-basis with fast.

Re-engineered hand-in-hand with the new Epic, the latest BRAIN design resets the expectation for efficiency, employing a new race-tuned pedaling platform to ensure every watt possible is translated into forward motion, while handily soaking up momentum-killing chatter and big hits alike—all more smoothly than ever.

Frame-Changer

Redesigned with a focus on efficient power transfer and better handling performance, the Epic’s all-new FACT 11m carbon frame features a 15-percent stiffer rear triangle in order to take full advantage of the BRAIN's new race-tuned pedaling platform, while the revised carbon layup of the front-triangle sheds weight, sending the Epic’s already sky-high stiffness-to-weight ratio even higher.

Technical Specifications

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Frameset

Frame

FACT 11m Full Carbon, Progressive XC Race Geometry, Rider-First Engineered™, threaded BB, 12x148mm rear spacing, internal cable routing, 100mm of travel

SWAT

SWAT EMT Cage-Mount Tool

Seat Binder

Specialized Alloy, 34.9mm

Suspension

Rear Shock

RockShox-Specialized BRAIN, Rx XC Tune, 5 Position Platform Adjust, Rebound Adjust, Integraded Extension, 265x52.5mm

Fork

RockShox SID SL BRAIN, Bottom-Adjust Brain damper, Debon Air, 15x110mm, 44mm offset, 100mm Travel

Cockpit

Stem

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

Handlebars

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

Tape

Specialized Trail Grips

Saddle

Body Geometry Power Sport, steel rails

SeatPost

Specialized Alloy, Single Bolt, 30.9mm

Brakes

Front Brake

SRAM Level TL, 2-piston caliper, hydraulic disc

Rear Brake

SRAM Level TL, 2-piston caliper, hydraulic disc

Drivetrain

Rear Derailleur

Sram X01 Eagle, 12-speed

Shift Levers

SRAM X01 Eagle, trigger, 12-speed

Cassette

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

Chain

SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed

Crankset

SRAM X1 Eagle Alloy, DUB, 165/170/175mm, 34t

Chainrings

34T

Bottom Bracket

SRAM DUB, BSA 73mm, Threaded

Wheels & Tires

Rims

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

Spokes

DT Swiss Comp Race

Front Tire

Specialized Fast Trak, Control Casing, T5 Compound, 29x2.35

Rear Tire

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

Inner Tubes

Standard, Presta valve

* 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
Stack596mm586mm591mm605mm623mm
Reach390mm415mm445mm470mm495mm
Head Tube Length95mm95mm100mm115mm135mm
Head Tube Angle67.5°67.5°67.5°67.5°67.5°
BB Height314mm324mm324mm324mm324mm
BB Drop58mm48mm48mm48mm48mm
Trail106mm106mm106mm106mm106mm
Fork Length, Full505mm505mm505mm505mm505mm
Fork Rake/Offset44mm44mm44mm44mm44mm
Front Center663mm687mm719mm750mm782mm
Chainstay Length433mm433mm433mm433mm433mm
Wheelbase1090mm1116mm1148mm1179mm1211mm
Bike Standover Height740mm763mm766mm776mm788mm
Seat Tube Length375mm400mm430mm470mm520mm
Seat Tube Angle76.5°75.8°75.5°75.5°75.5°
Top Tube Length, Horizontal533mm563mm598mm626mm656mm
Geometry

Rider Reviews

  • 5
  • 2 Reviews

Pure lightning

I used to ride a ‘98 GT Zaskar LE, time warp 24 years and hop onto an Epic, ha! This bike a dream to ride, I giggle every time I get on it. Worries about loss of power moving to full suspension were quickly answered. I’m a city dweller with great little trails locally and often I move from some urban curbhopping right into techy trails and not once do I think about needing to adjust the Brain system. This bike keeps the wheels on ground through some nasty terrain, I feel like I can pedal through so much, thanks Brain….. speed is hard to avoid. I average 10-15+ miles/ride on technical trails around New England, 20 miles/week and nothing but comfort the whole time. Comments are there about better components for the price, but honestly coming off an old hardtail this bike was totally worth the price tag. I’ll upgrade as needed just like any old bike. Kit is great but good fun is irreplaceable, enjoy your time on the trails, this bike gives that in spades. Let it rip.

Would Recommend?
Yes!

Name:
Steve

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