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Epic Hardtail

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2022 Epic Hardtail

You’ve seen the look. The, are-they-really-about-to-ride-that-on-a-hardtail look. Well, get ready to get it a lot more aboard the Epic Hardtail. Fast and light meets confident and capable in a bike that’s been bred to redefine what’s possible on a cross-country speed demon.

Working towards the lightest bike possible has long been the race within the race, but at what cost? The battle of the grams certainly hasn’t been without its casualties, with hardtail XC race bikes coming to stand for a harsh, twitchy ride at the expense of capability and versatility.

But who said fatigue from fighting against your own bike makes you any faster? Instead, recognizing that the fastest bike is more than simply the lightest bike, we said out with the jarred-to-death tail, the measure-your-posterior’s-sorrows-by-the-yard tail and in with the avant-garde tail. The ridiculously capable, mystifyingly comfortable, head-shakingly light and all-around fast, Epic Hardtail.

Sure, we optimized every inch of the Epic Hardtail frame to achieve the lightest production hardtail frame in the world anyway, but we also prioritized our commitment to creating an Epic Hardtail that’s as capable as it is comfortable with aggressive singletrack-inspired geometry, increased tire clearance and a frame obsessively engineered for increased vertical compliance, all while creating a bike that lives and breathes the fundamentals of fast.

A RockShox Judy Gold fork and SRAM drivetrain highlight the build, effortlessly balancing both value and performance to impressive results.

Technical Specifications

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Frameset

Frame

Specialized FACT 11m, Progressive XC Geometry, Rider-First Engineered™, threaded BB, 12x148mm rear spacing, internal cable routing

Seat Binder

Specialized Alloy, 34.9mm

Suspension

Fork

RockShox Judy Gold, Motion Control damper, Solo Air, 42mm offset, 15x110mm thru-axle, 100mm of travel (XS - 80mm travel)

Cockpit

Stem

3D-forged alloy, 31.8mm, 7-degree

Handlebars

Specialized Alloy XC minirise, double-butted alloy, 8-degree backsweep, 6-degree upsweep, 10mm rise, 31.8mm

Tape

Specialized Trail Grips

Saddle

Body Geometry Power Sport, steel rails

SeatPost

Specialized Alloy, Single Bolt, 30.9mm

Brakes

Front Brake

SRAM Level T hydraulic disc, 2-Piston Caliper

Rear Brake

SRAM Level T hydraulic disc, 2-Piston Caliper

Drivetrain

Rear Derailleur

SRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed

Shift Levers

SRAM NX Eagle, trigger, 12-speed

Cassette

SRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed, 11-50t

Chain

SRAM SX Eagle, 12-speed w/ PowerLock®

Crankset

SRAM X1000 Eagle, DUB, 170/175mm 32T

Chainrings

32T

Bottom Bracket

SRAM DUB, BSA 73mm, Threaded

Wheels & Tires

Rims

Specialized Alloy, Tubeless Ready, 25mm internal width, 28h

Front Hub

Alloy, sealed cartridge bearings, 15x110mm thru-axle, 28h

Rear Hub

Alloy, sealed cartridge bearings, 12x148mm thru-axle, 28h

Spokes

Stainless, 14g

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
Crank Length165mmm170mm175mm175mm175mm
Handlebar Width750mm750mm750mm750mm750mm
Stem Length60mm60mm70mm70mm70mm
Saddle Width155mm155mm143mm143mm143mm
Seatpost Length350mm350mm400mm400mm400mm
Stack594mm608mm608mm622mm636mm
Reach385mm405mm430mm455mm480mm
Head Tube Length95mm95mm95mm110mm125mm
Head Tube Angle68.5°68.5°68.5°68.5°68.5°
BB Height309mm309mm309mm309mm309mm
BB Drop63mm63mm63mm63mm63mm
Trail103mm103mm103mm103mm103mm
Fork Length, Full486mm506mm506mm506mm506mm
Fork Rake/Offset42mm42mm42mm42mm42mm
Front Center641mm668mm693mm723mm753mm
Chainstay Length430mm430mm430mm430mm430mm
Wheelbase1062mm1090mm1115mm1146mm1176mm
Top Tube Length, Horizontal555mm579mm604mm633mm662mm
Bike Standover Height732mm762mm792mm816mm847mm
Seat Tube Length367mm400mm430mm470mm520mm
Seat Tube Angle74°74°74°74°74°
Geometry

Manual Downloads

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Specialized Bicycle Owner's Manual Addendum: Riding With Kids
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Trainer Usage Addendum to the Bicycle Owner's Manual
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Dodatek - POUŽITÍ TRENAŽÉRU
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2022 Rider/Bike Weight Limits and Terrain Conditions
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Specialized Bicycle Owner's Manual (All Languages)
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Specialized Bicycle Owner's Manual (Chinese Simplified)
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Specialized Bicycle Owner's Manual (All Languages)
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Epic HT User Manual

Rider Reviews

  • 5
  • 2 Reviews

Absolute joy!

This thing climbs like a GOAT. I slapped a GX rear derailleur on it and a new/used SID Select + on it right out of the box. That dropped it down to 24.6 lbs and I haven't looked back since. Amazingly fun to ride. I don't race anymore, but still enjoy/demand a bike that performs on my hike-a-bike trips. Worth every 'penny' IMO. When I am done riding the trail,,,,,I'll slap some slicks on it and have an urban terror machine. I really hope SPECIALIZED doesn't drop the Hardtail.


Name:
Al

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