2018 Specialized Epic S-Works Di2 full suspension mountain bike

Last week, we covered the official launch of the Specialized Epic full suspension mountain bike, plus a close-up focus on the new BRAIN shock’s technology. Now, we’ve got actual weights across the range of men’s and women’s models, plus a rundown of models and pricing. Shown above, the Epic S-Works Di2 is the top model with Shimano XTR Di2 and Race Face Next SL cranks and a full complement of S-Works level carbon cockpit parts, including their new seatpost that’s a bit lighter and has a slight setback. Retail on this bad boy is $10,500. Check out the rest of the lineup below…

2018 Specialized Epic S-Works XX1 actual weight

Two S-Works models are offered for men, the other being this XX1 model with SRAM Eagle equipped bike. It gets an electric blue paint scheme that looks pretty damn good in person (this is the bike I rode at the launch event, only in size XL). In size Large, it weighs in at 21.8lb (9.89kg) with XX1 Eagle cranks, shifters and derailleur and X01 Eagle’s black cassette and chain (which weigh the same, just not gold. Retail is $9,500. Both S-Works models use their new FACT 12M carbon.

Also available are S-Works frameset in three stock color options for $5,000…

limited edition 2018 specialized epic s-works colors

…along with these two killer limited edition colorways for the same price.

2018 Specialized Epic Carbon Pro actual weight

2018 Specialized Epic Carbon Pro actual weight painted

Next down is the Epic Pro for $6,500 with the new Truvativ Stylo carbon cranks and X01 Eagle. It drops down to FACT 11 carbon and gets an alloy cockpit. Note the weight difference between the painted (24.05lb / 10.9kg, size Large) and non-painted (23.57lb / 10.69kg) color options is about half a pound. Some of the show bikes (they only had the S-Works and Expert level available for riding) still had tubes in them, too, so may be a bit lighter once you take ’em home and set them up correctly. Also note when bikes are equipped with the bottle cages and SWAT tools.

2018 Specialized Epic Expert actual weight

The Epic Carbon Expert had the sparkliest paint job, with a bass boat glitter going from gold to red. This one comes in at 24.89lb (11.29kg, size Large) with the new alloy Truvativ cranks and SRAM GX Eagle, and alloy Specialized cockpit.

2018 Specialized Epic Carbon Expert actual weight

The Expert model also comes in this matte green/black and a matte gray, retail is $5,200. This green one still had the tubes and plastic cassette spoke guard in place, adding a full pound to the bike (same size Large).

Below the Expert are the Epic Comp Carbon ($4,00o with SRAM GX1, Race Face Aeffect cranks and non-BRAIN equipped Rockshox Reba RL fork) and the Epic Comp Alloy ($2,900 with D’Alusio Smartweld frame and same spec as Carbon Comp).


2018 Specialized Epic S-Works womens mountain bike actual weight

The lightest of the bunch will be the women’s Epic S-Works XX1. Other than cockpit sizing, grip and shock tunes, it carries the same basic spec as the men’s but comes in at 21.32lb (9.67kg, size medium). Retail is $9,500.

2018 Specialized Epic Carbon Womens Comp actual weight

Below is is the Epic Comp Carbon for $4,000 with a weight of 24.43lb (11.08kg). It, along with the alloy version below, share the same drivetrain, wheel and suspension spec as the men’s bikes, just with women’s specific cockpits and shock tunes.

2018 Specialized Epic alloy comp actual weight

The women’s Comp Alloy hits the scales at 26.43lb for $2,900.



  1. There should be an industry rule that prevents the weight from being disclosed until AFTER you test ride a bike.

    So many poor schmucks make thousands-of-dollars purchasing decisions based solely on this unrevealing metric.

    Go ride an exotic German 10-pound full carbon bike and let me know how well it rides under your 200-pound body.

    • People will one day realize, that ‘weight weenifying’ their bike, is the same as building it to your weight. Heavy people need burlier components. But, if you’re a light weight ‘racer’…you can definitely afford to shed some grams from a stock build. It has everything to do with your body weight and riding style. Technically, frames should be adapted to their riders, not the other way around.

      • Pretty much ^^
        I’m 5’5″ and I’ve managed to whittle my 27.5 6fatty Rhyme down to 25lbs, with 2.8 tires! It makes a massive difference when climbing as well as climbing having a bike that is appropriately weighted to the rider.

      • Pretty much everyone I know gave up worrying about weight a long time ago – ride quality and durability are all that really matter. Funny enough, the ones (who are not hardcore racers) I see worrying about weight are the ones that should least worry about the weight on their bike, and start freaking out about the weight on themselves…

  2. I think it’s going to come down to how well the rear shock works and what kind of maintenance it requires. Than stiffness etc

    • Since we’re mountain bikers, by ‘maintenance’, you’re hoping that the recommended service interval is NEVER. Anything less and the requisite, “Ahhh man, I need to service this complex piece of machinery every 200 hours?! This shock sucks!”

      • Ya more to the point if they make it difficult for the rider to do. I think it is fair to say most shocks are serviced when they get to the failure point. My bike has none of those fancy up and down things and I do just fine.

    • There is only one smartweld model and it’s the Epic Comp Alloy.
      As shown above it weighs 26.43lbs out of the box (that’s the womens model but it’s the same frame and part spec)
      Should be able to easily shed a bunch of weight too.
      I wouldnt be surprised if it were possible to get an aluminum model down to 23 lbs or so.

  3. How are these bikes not lighter? My Large Tallboy race bike from 2015 was a legit 22.7 lbs with pedals XX1 build and no dumb light parts.

  4. Nice looking setups!

    I don’t really get not including pedals with the weight. I don’t buy the “personal preference” argument, as we include other personal preference parts like tires and saddles in the weight. Tire weight in particular varies quite a lot, more than pedals typically, and no one I know sticks with stock tires.

    • I agree, bikes should be weighed ‘with all parts necessary to make it rideable’…there is already so much ‘marketing speak’ and disinformation in the bicycle industry these days.

      • Can’t do that… everyone uses different pedals. What about bottle cage, computers, spare tubes…all things most people use but with great variation in weight

    • So, extending your logic, the weight listed should only be the frame, without shock or rear derailleur hanger, since all those can be rolled into “personal preferences” as well.

      I use nitrogen to fill up my tires, so the weight listed is always 0.0000000032g heavier than what I end up with.

      • @Flatbiller The best way to list weights would be the complete bike with everything required to ride it, including pedals. Frame only weight would be great too because that is easier to compare to other bikes for people who swap parts. What I think is weird is an “almost complete bike except for one single part that we leave off” weight.

    • Xtr race pedals weigh 310 grams, if you need to add this to the weight to the bike to compare to other bikes feel free too do so.

  5. Seriously I am surprised these are not lighter. My 2014 WC is 22.05lbs with di2! I think the dumb move that specialized did was redo their tires. The Fast traks that were once 120tpi and weighed 550g(sworks) 600g(control) are now literally 740g on real word scales. They are only 60tpi now too. So you add in almost 200g per tire (400g) and that’s why these models don’t really look any better than their previous models when it comes to weight. I am pretty sure if you put the 120tpi older fast tracks or renegades on this new s works model with maybe some lighter cranks and a few other tweaks you can get it right at 20lbs if not less if you went mega weight weenie.

    Seriously their new tires are tanks.

    • totally, you can/could still get the nice sworks 120 tpi on the specializes web site on clearance but they are going going going gone

    • I loved the low weight of the S-Works Fast Traks on my 2012 Epic… Until I tore the sidewalls on both on my first ride.

      S-Works sidewalls may as well be made of paper. I’ll gladly take the weight penalty to add durability.

  6. Lord their suspension is so old-news…that’s what you get for having to use what you own, circa 1994….So much has progressed in 20+ years but they are stuck flying their own old flag that needs a “brain” to function adequately…

    • Clearly you haven’t looked closely at this, it isn’t a FSR bike. They’ve made a radical departure from the suspension on the rest of their bikes. But hey, it’s the internet, so we should expect people to say things that aren’t true.

      • C’est vrai! but clearly this is nothing “radical” and still requires the brain of a shock to validate it…not so hot! And they still are flacking the Horst story otherwise as they say, “one things stayed the same”, et….And there are plenty of “truths” on the internet…same for TV, Papers and Mags that promote these almost solely based on advertising dollars, right:-)?

  7. pretty sure all the sworks 29 tires are gone bro (unless you can get them on ebay resell)….renegrade is the only light’ish tire now. if you dare use them all year-round.

  8. The lowest priced bike with a listed weight here costs $5,200. 24+lbs for a $6,500 XC RACE bike? Very unimpressed…

    • Trek Top Fuel 9.8 retails $5,200, 23.9lbs with tubes, so under 23lb as we’d ride it, with suspension is superior, too.

      • “Superior” suspension is subjective. The suspension on the Top Fuel is much more active than that of the Epic in situations where it isn’t advantageous or efficient. Unless you use the remote lockout, which with the Epic isn’t something you have to worry about.

  9. The tires are a massive fail, they add around 2/3lb to the weight of the bike and ride like crap.
    Hard to believe they spend so much effort on S Works stuff then spec these tires.

  10. Forget weight. Cut cheese burgers, pizza and soda pop from your diet and you can drop 10LBS in 2 months. That’s cheaper than spending the extra $$$ on. carbon frame you weight weenies.

  11. I’ve had my ’18 Epic Pro for about 3 months and it is a rocket coming from a trail bike. For my local trails 100mm of travel with 2.3 tires front and rear is manageable and can cover much more distance. That being said I am still riding the trail bike for more technical trails but slowly migrating over to the Epic Pro for everything.

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