The Specialized Epic has put a ton of racers of all levels on podiums around the world. It is a fairly dedicated XC race weapon. But Specialized figured they could tune up an Epic Evo build of the bike with a more aggressive build spec to add more marathon, stage racing & general trail riding versatility.

Specialized Epic EVO aggressive XC & marathon bike

courtesy Specialized, ride photo by Colin Belisle

The new Epic Evo becomes more capable thanks to a modern racing build, well suited for longer days racing in the saddle, aggressive race courses, and more trail riding time. To do that Specialized let the successful 100mm travel flex, pivot Epic frame & rear shock remain unchanged, but added a new longer travel 120mm fork, wider 2.3″ tires, and a dropper seatpost.

Tech Details

Specialized says it’s still a race bike. And with the identical carbon or alloy frames and the  Brain 2.0 rear shock that has won XC World Cups, it will still pedal up like an XC race weapon. The longer travel fork promises both added bump absorption, and slightly slackened geometry for better control over technical terrain.

carbon Epic Expert Evo

Evo handlebars get 3cm wider to 750mm for a bit more trail confidence, but remain lightweight and easy to thread through technical, high-speed singletrack. 125mm dropper post travel (100mm on the Small) gets your butt behind the saddle for the puckering descents, and doesn’t add much weight. Then new 2.3″ Ground Control & Fast Trak tires deliver improved grip, and the ability to run lower pressure.

alloy Epic Comp Evo

The new Epic Evo comes in two models – the carbon framed Epic Expert Evo for $5800 with a GX Eagle group and the $3200 aluminum Epic Comp Evo with NX Eagle. The carbon bike will be available later this month, July 2018, with the alloy model coming a bit later in August.

By popular demand (it wasn’t yet available when we heard about the longer travel builds.)


  1. I’m still dumbfounded when I see GX on a bike that is more than $4.5k. While I understand the whole attraction of having a 1×12, I don’t think that GX is on par in terns of performance/weight with XT making a bunch of GX equiped bike very over priced (IMO). Anyone else remember 2015 when XO was pretty much equal in price point to XT? What changed to shift the GX groupo up into that next rung (it got an extra gear, but didn’t go on a diet or feel any Swiss watcher). I’ve been struggling with this one for awhile now and am wondering what I’m missing…

    • Here in the UK X0 has always been a good chunk more than XTR, going back ten years plus. GX costs more than XT too, even before getting into Shimano’s permanent price war with itself. If nothing else it ensures that Shimano XT will be the most common sight on bikes for another 25 years.

  2. el precio no es por la transmision, un cuadro epic de carbono con el brain ya tiene un precio elevado pero ademas lleva las ruedas de carbono de 1700€, yo creo que eso es lo que hace que el precio sea alto.

  3. ^ But XT “only goes to 11” – not 12 (or 13).

    From Wikipedia (; substitute 12 or 13 for 11:

    [quote] While Nigel is showing Marty his Marshall guitar amplifiers, he points out a selection whose control knobs all have a highest setting of eleven, unlike standard amplifiers whose volume settings are typically numbered from 0 to 10. Believing that this numbering increases the highest volume of the amp, he explains “It’s one louder, isn’t it?” When Marty asks why the ten setting is not simply set to be louder, Nigel hesitates before responding blankly again “These go to eleven.” [/quote]

  4. I’m actually just offended that you guys didn’t include the spectacular promotional video! It’s seriously well done!

  5. Cool: back to the future! This might be the replacement for my 2011 Epic Expert Evo which is still my do-it-all bike.

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