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2018 Specialized Epic HT Expert

2018 Specialized Epic HT Expert

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Regular price $4,499.99 USD
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With all of the growth in full-suspension XC bikes, we found that hardtails were starting to become a little same old, same old. So we thought to ourselves, "What better time then now to shake things up with a modern, revolutionary design?" Say hello to the Epic Hardtail Expert.

It's one of the lightest frames we've ever made, tipping the scales around 1175g. And to do so, we built the entire frame from our superlative FACT 11m carbon fiber, and then we took some design cues from our road bikes.

We borrowed the Rider-First Engineered™ concept that originated with the Tarmac. Now, the frame design applies specificity to every tube size and carbon layup for every frame size. This creates the optimal balance of rigidity, weight, and responsiveness, so every frame, regardless of size, performs just as we intended. We've also tweaked the geometry for more speed and stability by slacking-out the head tube, lengthening the top tube, and correcting the seat tube angle. This way, it feels more planted then ever, and frankly, it's stupid fast. We also widened the rear spacing to 12x148mm and included internal split-housing cable routing.

For the build, this Epic Hardtail successfully balances value with performance, with a custom-tuned RockShox SID fork with Brain, SRAM GX Eagle™ 12-speed shifting, and quick-to-accelerate Roval Control Carbon wheels.

Product Information

bottom bracket

SRAM PF30

cassette

SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed, 10-50t

chain

SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed w/ PowerLock®

chainrings

SRAM Eagle™, alloy, 32T

crankset

Truvativ Stylo, 6K alloy, Boost™ 148, 175mm crankarm, 30mm spindle

fork

RockShox SID Brain 29, Solo Air, 51mm offset, 15x110mm thru-axle (S: 90mm of travel, M/L/XL: 100mm of travel)

frame

Specialized FACT 11m, XC Geometry, internal split-housing cable routing, PF30 BB, 12x148mm rear end, triangulated post-mount 160mm brake

front brake

SRAM Level TL

front hub

Specialized, sealed cartridge bearing, 15x110mm spacing, torque caps, 32h

front tire

Fast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29 x 2.3",

grips

Specialized Sip Grip, half-waffle, S/M: regular thickness, L/XL: XL thickness

handlebars

Specialized Mini-Rise, 7050 alloy, 8-degree backsweep, 6-degree upsweep, 10mm rise, 720mm width, 31.8mm clamp

inner tubes

Standard, Presta valve

pedals

Specialized Dirt

rear brake

SRAM Level TL

rear derailleur

SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed

rear hub

Specialized, sealed cartridge bearing, XD driver body, 12mm thru-axle, 148mm spacing, 32h

rear tire

Fast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29 x 2.1"

rims

Roval Control Carbon, hookless bead, 22mm internal width, tubeless ready

saddle

Body Geometry Phenom Comp, Adaptive Edge design, Hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm

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