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2019

Specialized Men's Epic Expert

Specialized Epic 2019

6700

Cross Country

At a glance

The 2019 Specialized Men's Epic Expert is an Cross Country mountain bike. It sports 29" wheels, is priced at $6,700 AUD, has RockShox suspension and a SRAM drivetrain. The bike is part of Specialized's Epic range of mountain bikes.

Lightweight carbon frame? Check. Industry-leading suspension technology? Oh yeah. Race-ready build kit?

You know it. The Epic Expert is not only ready to shine in races, but it’s also ready to put your closest buddies in the pain cave on the weekends. Race courses have evolved over the past few years. They’re more technical, steeper, and more challenging to ride. But instead of quivering in our boots, we saw this as an opportunity to make something special—something that both World Cup athletes and XC riders alike can instantly feel the benefit from. We looked at the sum of parts that make a bike handle well, like the head angle, reach, stack, chainstay length, fork offset, etc., and reevaluated all of it. Increasing the reach made a bike that was more stable at speed and generally more comfortable to ride. Dropper posts? Yep, those fit, and not just a short-travel XC option, but full-length droppers that fit in the 30.9mm seat tube. Head angle? We slacked that out, but not without evaluating the overall handling package. It now lands on a custom offset, 42mm fork that works with the slacker head angle in order to behave itself in tight corners and through switchbacks. Next comes Brain 2.0. The original Brain changed the way the bike world looked at suspension, both in its inefficiencies and benefits alike. And oh, was it good. It won races and put a flag in the ground for us as a true leader in innovation and suspension development, but we knew that we could make it better. Simple physics told us that, by moving the Brain closer to the rear axle, it would be in the most sensitive spot. And after countless hours with the RockShox team, the Brain became more than just a slight upgrade. It’s totally reborn. Now, it reacts seamlessly to bump forces, it has much more consistent damping performance, and finally, it integrates the hoses into the suspension links. This, in turn, improves oil paths, and it creates an incredibly sleek package that outperforms anything on the market. The Epic also has a rider Rider-First Engineered™ design that places complex carbon pieces in all the right places, and this greatly increases stiffness in the front-end for a vast improvement in ride quality and control. To go along with this, each frame size has size-specific tubes that result in the stiffest, best riding XC bike we’ve ever developed—no matter the frame size. And while stiffness, Brain technology, and geometry features are cool and all, we know what you’re thinking, ‘What about weight?’ We’re glad you asked. With the goal of the new Epic to be the fastest XC mountain bike we’ve ever made, weight was at the top of our priorities list. We started with an efficient frame layout and tube shapes that feature clean cable routing, integrated channels through the shock extension, straight tubes with less curves, and optimized torsion profiles in every section. And, if you’re curious, this weight savings is equivalent to shedding a chainstay and shock extension from the previous Epic—nearly 525 grams. The build of the Epic Expert meshes performance with value, featuring a 12-speed SRAM GX Eagle groupset, a RockShox SID fork with bottom-adjust Brain Fade, SRAM Level TL brakes, and a hand-built Roval Control Carbon fiber wheelset. Get ready, because this is going to be Epic.

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Specifications

Frameset
  • Frame
    Specialized FACT 11m, XC Geometry, Rider-First Engineered™, threaded BB, 12x148mm rear spacing, internal cable routing, 100mm of travel
  • Fork
    RockShox SID Brain 29, Solo Air, Bottom-adjust Brain Fade, 15x110mm Maxle® Stealth thru-axle, 42mm offset, 100mm of travel
  • Shock
    Custom RockShox Micro Brain shock w/ Spike Valve, AUTOSAG, 51x257mm
Wheels
  • Hubs
    [F] Specialized, sealed cartridge bearings, 15x110mm spacing, 28h [R] Specialized, sealed cartridge bearings, 12x148mm thru-axle, 28h
  • Wheels
    Roval Control Carbon, 25mm internal width, tubeless-ready
  • Wheel Size
    29"
  • Spokes
    DT Swiss Industry
  • Tires
    [F] Fast Trak, GRIPTON® compound, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3" [R] Fast Trak, GRIPTON® compound, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.1"
Drivetrain
  • Chain
    SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed
  • Crank
    Truvativ STYLO, DUB
  • Bottom Bracket
    SRAM DUB, threaded BB
  • Rear Derailleur
    SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed
  • Shifters
    SRAM GX Eagle, trigger, 12-speed
  • Cassette
    SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed, 10-50t
  • Pedals
    Specialized Dirt
Components
  • Brakeset
    [F] SRAM Level TL, hydraulic disc [R] SRAM Level TL, hydraulic disc
  • Handlebar
    Specialized Alloy Minirise, 10mm rise, 750mm, 31.8mm clamp
  • Saddle
    Body Geometry Phenom Comp, hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm
  • Seatpost
    Alloy, single-bolt, 30.9mm
  • Stem
    Specialized XC, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree rise

FAQ

Q: How much is a 2019 Specialized Men's Epic Expert?

A 2019 Specialized Men's Epic Expert is typically priced around $6,700 AUD when new. Be sure to shop around for the best price, and also look to the used market for a great deal.

Q: What size wheels does the 2019 Specialized Men's Epic Expert have?

The 2019 Specialized Men's Epic Expert has 29" wheels.

Q: What size 2019 Specialized Men's Epic Expert should I get?

After measuring your height, use the size chart below to find the typical Specialized Men's Epic Expert size for your height. Remember that these sizes are a general guide and bike sizes can vary between riders and bikes. The best way to find your size is to go for a test ride.

Rider Height (cm)Rider Height (in)Frame Size
148cm - 158cm4'10" - 5'2"XS
158cm - 168cm5'2" - 5'6"S
168cm - 178cm5'6" - 5' 10"M
178cm - 185cm5'10" - 6'1"L
185cm - 193cm6'1" - 6'4"XL
193cm - 198cm6'4" - 6'6"XXL

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