2009 SEA OTTER CLASSIC COVERAGE: Specialized Global Marketing stud Nic Sims gave us the run down on the upcoming 2010 Specialized 29er mountain bikes.

The new models are an Epic and carbon Hardtail, and both will feature an exclusive carbon-crown/steer tube fork that’s part Specialized, part RockShox.  It’s got a RockShox Reba lower and internals with a Specialized tapered carbon crown and steerer tube like they have on their house brand fork for the FSR.  They claim it’s the stiffest, lightest 29er fork on the market.

These are still “prototypes” in the sense that the final spec isn’t done.  They’re waiting on SRAM’s XX drivetrain, which will adorn the Marathon level Epic and the S-Works hardtail.  Lower level specs are TBD, as is pricing.

Enjoy the Hi Def video, then hit “more” for close up photos of both Ned Overend’s race rig and what will be the stock version (black frame)…

NOTE: Photos and specs on the S-Works hardtail will be in the next post.


Click to enlarge any image.  The white model is Ned Overend’s 29er Epic Comp race bike.  The spec on this one is very nice, but not what you’ll see on the production model.




Truvativ Noir crankset in red and Shimano pedals.


Matching red SRAM XO rear derailleur.  DT Swiss hubs mated to…


…some unmarked carbon fiber rims rolling on Specialized S-Works Fast Trak 29er tires.


SRAM XO shifers on Specialized bar, stem, grips and bar-ends.


Avid disc brakes and DT Swiss hubs on the front, too.

Check the next post for photos of the fork, and our post on Conrad Stoltz’s Epic 29er for some other views.


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