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S-Works Epic

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2021 S-Works Epic

Hey you, yeah, you...the one with the scale out seeing which of the six identical tires on the shelf is the lightest. Sure, some might call you a bit obsessive, but no worries, here, the S-Works Epic is speaking exactly the same language. Countless design hours, endless test laps, terabytes of telemetry data—all of it to make sure not a single ounce of speed was left on the table.

Mixing hardtail efficiency and full-suspension capability to impressively quick results, the S-Works Epic has always been defined by obsessive commitment to speed. Well, that and over 100 World Cup wins and podiums too.

A Smarter BRAIN

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 S-Works Epic frame features a 15-percent stiffer rear triangle in order to take full advantage of the BRAIN's new race-tuned pedaling platform. A dedicated layup schedule and the use of our top-shelf FACT 12m Carbon takes weight savings yet a step further than it's stablemates, while the pièce de résistance comes in the form of a carbon fiber shock link, combining to shave a total of over 100 grams from the previous generation S-works frame—no easy task, mind you.

Pairing perfectly with the Brain rear shock for the most balanced suspension perfomance on an Epic yet, the S-Works' Position-Sensitive Brain fork benefits from RockShox's svelte-yet-stiff SID SL Ultimate chassis, improving front-end stiffness and handling precision while keeping the grams at bay.

SRAM's flagship XX1 Eagle AXS group certainly fits the bill when only the best will do, dispatching shifts with electronic authority while we tasked Roval with creating an entirely new Control SL rim that wouldn't just be able to go toe-to-toe with the Epic's newfound speed and handling performance, but add a bit of its own into the mix as well.

Technical Specifications

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ACCESSORIES

SWAT

SWAT EMT Cage-Mount Tool

DRIVETRAIN

Chainrings

32T

Bottom Bracket

SRAM DUB, BSA 73mm, Threaded

Cassette

SRAM XG-1299 Eagle, 10-50t

Crankset

QUARQ XX1 Eagle Power Meter, Boost™ 148, DUB, 170/175mm, 32T

Chain

SRAM XX1 Eagle

Rear Derailleur

SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS

Shift Levers

SRAM AXS Eagle Controller

WHEELS

Front Tire

Fast Trak, Control casing, GRIPTON? compound, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3"

Front Hub

Roval Control SL, DT Swiss Internals, Ceramic Bearings, 6-bolt, 15mm thru-axle, 110mm spacing, Torque caps, 24h straight pull t-head

Rear Hub

Roval Control SL, DT Swiss 180 Internals, DT Swiss Ratchet EXP, Ceramic bearings, 12mm thru-axle, 148mm spacing, 24h straight-pull

Spokes

DT Swiss Aerolite T-head

Inner Tubes

Presta, 60mm valve

Rims

Roval Control SL, Carbon offset design, 29mm internal width, 4mm hook width, Tubeless ready, 24h

Rear Tire

Fast Trak, Control casing, GRIPTON? compound, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3"

COCKPIT

Saddle

Body Geometry S-Works Power, carbon fiber rails, carbon fiber base

Tape

Specialized Trail Grips

Handlebars

S-Works Carbon XC Mini Rise, 6-degree upsweep, 8-degree backsweep, 10mm rise, 760mm, 31.8mm

SeatPost

S-Works FACT carbon, 10mm offset, 30.9mm

Stem

S-Works SL, alloy, titanium bolts, 6-degree rise

Suspension

Fork

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

Rear Shock

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

FRAMESET

Frame

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

Seat Binder

Specialized Alloy, 34.9mm, Titanium bolt

BRAKES

Front Brake

SRAM Level Ultimate, 2-piston caliper, hydraulic disc

Rear Brake

SRAM Level Ultimate, 2-piston caliper, hydraulic disc

* 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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SMLXL
Crank Length170mm175mm175mm175mm
Handlebar Width760mm760mm760mm760mm
Stem Length60mm70mm70mm70mm
Saddle Width155mm143mm143mm143mm
Seatpost Length350mm400mm400mm400mm
Stack586mm591mm605mm623mm
Reach415mm445mm470mm495mm
Head Tube Length95mm100mm115mm135mm
Head Tube Angle67.5°67.5°67.5°67.5°
BB Height324mm324mm324mm324mm
BB Drop48mm48mm48mm48mm
Trail106mm106mm106mm106mm
Fork Length, Full505mm505mm505mm505mm
Fork Rake/Offset44mm44mm44mm44mm
Front Center687mm719mm750mm782mm
Chainstay Length433mm433mm433mm433mm
Wheelbase1116mm1148mm1179mm1211mm
Bike Standover Height763mm766mm776mm788mm
Seat Tube Length400mm430mm470mm520mm
Seat Tube Angle75.8°75.5°75.5°75.5°
Top Tube Length, Horizontal563mm598mm626mm656mm
Geometry

Manual Downloads

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Specialized Bicycle Owner's Manual Addendum: Riding With Kids
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Tire Pressure and Handlebar Grips Addendum
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Trainer Usage Addendum to the Bicycle Owner's Manual
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2019 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 (English)
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Specialized Bicycle Owner's Manual (Japanese)
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CONTROL SL HUB - SCHEMATICS
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2021 EPIC - USER MANUAL - ENGLISH
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2017 FSR Tool Kit User Manual
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Rider Reviews

  • 4.9
  • 7 Reviews

I'm still in love but...

I don't like the noise of rear brain, I think it's something to improve

Would Recommend?
Yes!

Name:
Bru

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Nothing To Blame

Regardless of your skill... you will never be able to blame the bike. I only ride S-Works Epics; FS and HT. It has been interesting to watch them evolve into the current manifestation. AXS will hook you after the first outing... no going back now. I have had the good fortune of riding these machines in many XC settings across the US... It is pretty much show up and own. The only mods I make: cut the bars to a more narrow stance (turns the bike into a surgical cutting tool) and drop an AXS dropper post in... 19lbs 7oz in tubeless ready to ride form (HT).

Would Recommend?
Yes!

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Erik

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My dream bike Epic SWORKS 2021

The only thing I can say is perfection on two wheels.(The MTB that rules them all)

Would Recommend?
Yes!

Name:
Clarence

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2021 S-Works Epic

I've been blessed to own and enjoy every Epic FSR rendition Specialized has produced for us. I thought I was a HT lifer. However, in 2005 my Buddy encouraged me to get an Epic. I made fun of him, insisting he was a girly man. But the more I watched his Epic absorb the beating I was taking, the more convinced I became. I did it; pulled the trigger over 15 years ago. Even then (2005) I was blown away how well the Epic tracked for me when climbing, and carried me down technical descents. Many Epic models later I got a once in a life time chance to own the 2021 S-Works Epic AXS. Being a Shimano guy, I thought SRAM deserved a chance, as they've come so far over the years. OH MY! The 2021 sums up everything Specialized has learned these 15+ years. Everything about this XC Machine is absolutely phenomenal to this Kid. And the SRAM components put a smile on my face. Even the Level Ultimate Brakes are a very pleasant surprise, thus far. Totally looking forward to racing it here in So Cal, the end of February. Thank you Specialized for listening to your Team Guys. And even us lay Folk.


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Storm R.

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This bike is bike is very poggers

It very fast zoom zoom and super nice. Love new bike ride on it fun


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John M.

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Rocket Sled

This bike is so light and so fast. I went from a 2 generation old epic WC to the new Epic SWorks. The new geo has a learning curve (at first that front wheel felt SO far out in front of me), but now that I'm used to it, I just love this thing. It climbs so well, descends like a dream, the brain is better than ever. Perfect XC race rocket! Highly recommended! Only change I made was to add a dropper.


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Tim

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