Need help finding a new mountain bike? Use our mountain bike finder
Image of Specialized Men's Epic Hardtail Comp
2018

Specialized Men's Epic Hardtail Comp

Specialized

3500

Cross Country
Cross country courses are nothing like they used to be. Today's tracks have more in common with trail riding than the pancake flat NORBA courses of yesteryear. For this reason, we threw away the hardtail rulebook and drafted our own chapter to create the Epic Hardtail Comp. We took a revolutionary new frame design and spec'd it specifically for the rigors of racing contemporary XC courses. It's one of the lightest frames we've ever made, tipping the scales around 1175g.
And to make it this light, we built the entire frame from our superlative FACT 11m carbon fibre, and then we took some cues from our road bikes. We borrowed the Rider-First Engineered™ concept that originated with the Tarmac. Now, the frame design applies specificity to every tube size and carbon layup for every frame size. This creates the optimal balance of rigidity, weight, and responsiveness, so every frame, regardless of size, performs just as we intended. We've also tweaked the geometry for more speed and stability by slacking- out the head tube angle, lengthening the top tube, and correcting the seat tube angle. This way, it feels more planted then ever, and frankly, it's stupid fast. We also widened the rear spacing to 12x148mm and included internal split-housing cable routing. For the build, this Epic takes value to new heights with a custom-tuned RockShox Reba RL fork, 1x11 SRAM GX shifting, and fast rolling Roval Control alloy wheels.

Where To Buy

Specifications

Frameset
  • Frame
    Specialized FACT 11m, XC Geometry, internal split-housing cable routing, PF30 BB, 12x148mm rear end, triangulated post-mount 160mm brake
  • Fork
    RockShox Reba RL 29, Solo Air, 51mm offset, 15x110mm thru-axle (S: 90mm, M-XL: 100mm of travel)
Wheels
  • Hubs
    [F] Specialized, sealed cartridge bearings, 15x110mm spacing, 24h [R] Specialized, sealed cartridge bearings, 12x148mm thru-axle, 28h
  • Wheels
    Roval Control 29, hookless alloy, 22mm internal width, tubeless-ready, 32h
  • Wheel Size
    29"
  • Spokes
    Stainless, 14g
  • Tires
    [F] Fast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29 x 2.3" [R] Fast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29 x 2.1"
Drivetrain
  • Chain
    KMC X11, 11-speed w/ Missing Link™
  • Crank
    Race Face Aeffect crank, PF30
  • Bottom Bracket
    Race Face PF30
  • Rear Derailleur
    SRAM GX, long cage, 11-speed
  • Shifters
    SRAM GX, trigger, 11-speed
  • Cassette
    SRAM XG 1150, 11-speed, 10-42t
  • Pedals
    Specialized Dirt
Components
  • Brakeset
    [F] SRAM Level TL, hydraulic disc, organic pads, 160/180mm rotor [R] SRAM Level TL, hydraulic disc, organic pads, 160 rotor
  • Handlebar
    Specialized Mini-rise, 6000 alloy, 8-degree backsweep, 6-degree upsweep, 10mm rise, 720mm width, 31.8mm clamp
  • Saddle
    Body Geometry Phenom Comp, Adaptive Edge design, Hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm
  • Seatpost
    Specialized, alloy, single bolt, 27.2mm
  • Stem
    Specialized XC, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree rise