The Specialized Epic is a staple in the mountain biking world, winning hearts and podiums for many years. Perhaps lesser known is their EVO spec, which adds longer travel, wider bars, and a nod towards the recently termed ‘downcountry’ trail versatility. For 2019, Specialized added a new premium-spec S-Works option to the Epic EVO, with 12-speed Shimano XTR, and upgrades all-around to wheels, suspension, and more.
Specialized S-Works Epic EVO mountain bike
Specialized launched the new Epic EVO platform last year, as a slightly more trail-ish version of their full suspension XC race bike. Key updates include slightly longer front suspension travel, wider tires, wider bars, and even a dropper seat post. Both carbon and alloy frame options are unchanged from the standard XC bike, and it generally looks and feels a lot like the 29″-wheeled beast you know and love.
While the Comp EVO and Expert EVO builds work well, it’s par for the course for Specialized to offer a premium build S-Works halo model for their most popular bikes.
The biggest news for the S-Works Epic EVO is the Shimano XTR M9100 1×12 drivetrain with 10-51 cassette and KMC Ti chain. There is also a front suspension upgrade to FOX Factory Step-Cast 34 with Fit4 damper and 120mm of travel, though the rear shock remains a custom RockShox Micro Brain shock w/ Spike Valve. The seatpost upgrades from an X-Fusion manic to the FOX Factory Transfer with Shimano Ispec-EV lever. Wheels upgrade to the SL version of the Roval Control carbon, in 29″ diameter with Boost spacing.
The complete bike has one color choice (Satin Carbon/Holographic Chrome), and will run you $10,400. If you prefer your own spec or more color options, a frameset can be had for $3,750. For more information and detailed build specs, check out the S-Works Epic EVO at the link below.