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Specialized Epic Expert Bicycle 2022

When speed comes calling, the Epic Expert meets the challenge head-on. Far more cost effective than the fantastic Pro version, the 2022 Specialized Epic Expert keeps the same frame, rear suspension and fork- along with the carbon wheelset, but seeks to save you money elsewhere- largely with the move to SRAM's X01 Eagle 1x12 mechanical drivetrain. Some may truly favor it over the Eagle AXS equipped Pro. 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.

The story of the Specialized Epic has been widely shared in the mountain bike community for well over a decade. The design came to be a regular podium resident at cross country races from regional MTB orgs to World Cups. The controlled rear suspension of the rear BRAIN system allowed the Epic to perform like hardtail, yet be reactive to bump forces, large and small, affording the rider with a more forgiving ride on the rough stuff, while keeping the rear wheel tracking to the ground in all conditions, especially while climbing, which was a true advantage for climbing that also allowed for better control and safety while descending. There was a weight penalty for a full suspension system versus a hardtail, but the benefit gains across all terrain outweighed that cost.

Over the years the Epic has evolved, from lighter alloy frames to really light and stiffer carbon version. The BRAIN system itself, also evolved, usually in the internals is currently a collaboration between Specialized and RockShox. The second generation BRAIN system saw a revamp of the philosophy and application, with a position just behind the rear axle for more accurate and greater sensitivity to small and large bump impacts. Recent frame developments combine to improve the frameset overall. Rear travel went to 100mm, greater tire clearance was built in, and all of the continual evolution resulted in the current Epic Frameset. The model increases rear-triangle stiffness over the last generation for peerless power transfer, while the use of FACT 11m carbon, a dedicated layup and a full carbon shock link also make it a highly capable lightweight full suspension design while offering the most capable handling in an Epic yet. This frameset grade is shared by the Pro, Expert and Comp models.

As it has been 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. Factor in geometry changes that reflect the nature of current' XC course requirements, riding styles- as well as more 29" tire capability, and the balance of the frame with a 100mm Epic frameset's Position-Sensitive BRAIN fork benefits from RockShox's latest SID SL chassis for next-level steering stiffness that still manages to keep the gram count to a minimum.

Specialized developed Rider First Engineering to ensure each frame size had tube sizes, shapes and lay-ups were maximized for the size. The geometry was built around maintaining the stability required for an XC race bike, with a 67.5° headtube angle that allowed for better descending and quicker steering control. It's a tricky challenge but no team loves tricky challenges more than the R&D and testing group at Specialized, and the Epic Expert maximizes the BRAIN systems, frame and engineering to achieve it. As for general features, all frameset routing is internal, including the capability to run a dropper post, and fitments offer opportunity for wired, cabled or wireless shifting systems.

Features

  • Approachable and very capable 29er XC race bicycle with innovative, smart suspension system, SRAM Eagle mechanical shifting
  • Geometry is a more modern XC set-up, built around a 67.5° headtube angle
  • Frame features a 15% stiffer rear triangle in order to take full advantage of the BRAIN's new race-tuned pedaling platform
  • Total of over 100 grams reduced from the previous generation frame w/BRAIN mount
  • More frame details
    • Internal routing for all systems and options (except fork, and BRAIN line to shock), as well as for a dropper post
    • Post Mount disc interface (160/180mm rotor min/max) / Replaceable rear derailleur hanger
    • Clearances: Tire 2.4" (fork is rated at 60mm/2.35") / Chainring size min/max 28-38T
    • Frame can be set-up with forks up to 120mm travel

    Specifications

    • Frame: FACT 11m Full Carbon, Modern XC Race Geometry, Rider-First Engineeredâ„¢, threaded BB, 12x148mm rear spacing, internal cable routing, 100mm travel
    • Rear Shock: RockShox-Specialized BRAIN, Rx XC Tune, 5-Position Platform Adjust, Rebound Adjust, Integrated Extension, 265x52.5mm (13mm sag/ 25%)
    • Fork: RockShox SID SL BRAIN, Top-Adjust Brain damper, Debon Air, 15x110mm, 44mm offset, 100mm Travel
    • Headset: Cane Creek, 41.8/28.6/Flat IS52/40 w/AL Race Seal, Crown race
    • Groupset: SRAM XO1/X1 Eagle 1x12 Mechanical Shifting / Level TL Hydraulic Disc Brakes
      • Shifter: X01 Eagle, trigger, 12-speed
      • Rear Derailleur: X01 Eagle
    • Crankset: X1 Eagle Alloy, DUB, 165/170/175mm, 34T Direct Mount Chainring
    • Bottom Bracket: SRAM DUB, BSA 73mm Threaded
    • Cassette: XG1275 10-52 XD | Chain: GX Eagle 12-spd
  • Brakeset: Level TL Hydraulic levers/calipers (2-piston); 180mm F / 160mm R Centerline rotors
  • Wheelset: Roval Control Carbon, DT Swiss 350 hubset, 6-bolt disc, 2Bliss Ready, 28mm IRW, Zero Bead hook
  • Tires: Front- Fast Trak CONTROL, GRIPTON T5 compound, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3"; w/tubes / Rear- Renegade CONTROL, GRIPTON T5 compound, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.35"; w/tubes
  • Cockpit & Accessories
    • Handlebar: Specialized XC Alloy Minirise, 6.5mm rise, 750mm, 31.8mm clamp
    • Stem: Specialized XC 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree rise, 31.8mm
    • Grips: Specialized Trail
    • Seatpost: Alloy, Single Bolt, 30.9mm
    • Saddle: Body Geometry Power Sport, Steel rails, 143mm width (155mm for Small)
    • Acc: SWAT EMT Cage-Mount Tool
  • Seatpost length supplied by frame size: XS, S 350mm / M, L, XL 400mm
  • Sizes: XS, Small, Medium, Large, XL
  • Colors: Satin Carbon / Smoke Gravity Fade / White
  • Weight: 24.14 (Medium)
Specialized Epic
Size Small Medium Large XL
Wheel Size 29" 29" 29" 29"
Stack 586mm 591mm 605mm 623mm
Reach 415mm 445mm 470mm 495mm
Head Angle 67.5° 67.5° 67.5° 67.5°
Seat Angle 75.8° 75.5° 75.5° 75.5°
Top Tube Length 563mm 598mm 563mm 656mm
Head Tube Length 95mm 100mm 115mm 135mm
Standover 763mm 766mm 776mm 788mm
Fork Trail 106mm 106mm 106mm 106mm
Fork Offset 44mm 44mm 44mm 44mm
Bottom Bracket Drop 48mmmm 48mm 48mm 48mm
Front Center 687mm 719mm 750mm 782mm
Wheelbase 11116mm 1148mm 1149mm 1211mm
Chainstay Length 433mm 433mm 433mm 433mm