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2012 Diamondback Sortie 1 vs 2012 Specialized Epic Expert Carbon 29

The Diamondback Sortie 1 and Specialized Epic Expert Carbon 29 are both Cross Country bikes. The Diamondback Sortie 1's frame is made from Aluminium / Alloy, while the Specialized Epic Expert Carbon 29's is Carbon. The Diamondback Sortie 1 has wheels, while the Specialized Epic Expert Carbon 29 has 29" wheels. Both bikes have forks from RockShox. The Diamondback Sortie 1 comes in S, M, L, XL, while the Specialized Epic Expert Carbon 29 comes in S, M, L, XL.

  • Description
  • Buy
  • Frameset
  • Frame Material
  • Frame
  • Fork
  • Shock
  • Motor
  • Battery
  • Wheels
  • Hubs
  • Wheels
  • Wheel Size
  • Spokes
  • Tires
  • Drivetrain
  • Chain
  • Crank
  • Bottom Bracket
  • Front Derailleur
  • Rear Derailleur
  • Shifters
  • Cassette
  • Pedals
  • Components
  • Brakeset
  • Brakeset Brand
  • Handlebar
  • Saddle
  • Seatpost
  • Stem
  • Grips
  • Headset
  • Sortie Trail 5" 6061-T6 Weapons Grade Aluminum w/ Hydroformed Top Tube , Butted / Formed Down Tube / Seatstays, Under Arch Seatstay bridge, Knuckle Box Technology, 9mmx135mm Verticle Drop out
  • Rock Shox XC 32 120mm travel coil spring,
  • Rock Shox ARIO R 200x57mm Air w/ rebound adj
  • (F) 32h SL-6 Alloy w/ CNC Disc Mount (R) 32h SL-6 Alloy Cassette w/ CNC Disc mount
  • 32h SL-6 Doublewall Disc
  • Black 14g Stainless Steel
  • KENDA Slant 6 26x2.1
  • 435, , 24/32/42t, Shimano HG54 10spd
  • Shimano Alivio 9spd Hollowtech
  • 336, Shimano BB-ES25 w/Octalink spindle
  • Shimano Alivio
  • Shimano Deore SGS
  • Shimano Alivio
  • Hayes Dyno, Hayes Dyno
  • DB Lazer Series 31.8mm low rise
  • WTB VIGO comp
  • Easton EA30 Double bolt clamp 31.6mm, , ,
  • Easton EA30 31.8mm
  • DB4L 135mm Kraton
  • Zerostack, shallow steel cups, Loose ball bearing 1 1/8"
  • FACT 9m carbon front triangle, 29" geometry, FACT IS construction , gussetless TT (S/M), M5 aluminium chainstays & seatstays, tapered HT, carbon PF30 BB, 142mm dropouts, sealed cartridge bearing pivots, replaceable derailleur hanger, 100mm travel
  • Custom RockShox SID 29 Brain, inertia valve damper , air spring, tapered alloy steerer, Brain Fade and rebound adj., QR, 100mm travel, 100mm
  • Fox/Specialized remote Mini-Brain w/new 2012 tune, inertia valve , w/ Brain Fade adjust, 187x47mm, 29er hose length
  • Roval Control 29, OS 28mm end caps, QR, 32h / Roval Control 29 142+ , DT Swiss alloy cassette body, 12mm thru-axle, 32h
  • Roval Control 29, alloy disc, 24mm, 32h
  • 29"
  • DT Swiss Super Comp, 2.0/1.65/1.8 stainless
  • S-Works Fast Trak, 120 TPI, 2Bliss ready aramid bead , dual-compound, 29x2.0" / Specialized Renegade Control, 60 TPI, 2Bliss ready aramid bead, dual-compound, 29x1.95"
  • 448mm, , 38/24, KMC X-10, 10-speed, w/ reusable Missing Link, nickel plates
  • Custom SRAM carbon S-2200, 10-speed XC double, PF30 spindle , removable spider, S: 170mm, Others: 175mm
  • 331mm, SRAM PF30, OS press-in bearing, sealed cartridge
  • SRAM X7, 10-speed, S3 direct mount for DMD, bottom-pull
  • SRAM X0, 10-speed, mid cage
  • SRAM X9, 10-speed, trigger, w/MiXmaster clamp
  • Custom Formula R1 S hydraulic, FCS and tool-less reach adj. , metallic pad, MiXmaster shift lever mounts, 160mm rotor, Custom Formula R1 S hydraulic, FCS and tool-less reach adj., w/MiXmaster clamps
  • Specialized XC flat, 2014 butted alloy, 680mm wide, 8º back sweep, 31.8mm
  • Specialized Body Geometry Phenom Comp, hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm width
  • 2014 butted alloy, single bolt setback, 400mm, 30.9 , 36.9mm clamp size, 7050 hard anodized alloy collar, single bolt, 30.9, 36.9mm clamp size, 7050 hard anodized alloy collar, single bolt
  • Specialized XC, 3D forged alloy, 4-bolt, 31.8mm clamp , adjustable rise, S: 75mm, M: 90mm, L: 105mm, XL: 105mm
  • Specialized lock-on, S/M: Grappler, Others: Grappler XL
  • 1-1/8 and 1-1/2" Threadless, Campy style upper with 1-1/2" lower bearing for tapered integrated HT , cartridge bearings

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What to compare

Components

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  • Brakeset
  • Wheels
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