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…
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…
…along with these two killer limited edition colorways for the same price.
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.
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.
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).
WOMEN’S 2018 EPIC ACTUAL WEIGHTS
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.
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.
The women’s Comp Alloy hits the scales at 26.43lb for $2,900.