With a Rider-First Engineered design, refined and improved Brain suspension, and a redesigned frame, the new Epic is the fastest, most capable, and best fitting XC bike Specialized has ever created.
First introduced on the Tarmac, Rider-First Engineered is a technology that brings unique carbon layups and tube shapes for every frame size, giving the rider a specifically tuned ride-quality for that size frame.
The new Brain builds upon everything that was great from earlier iterations. Moving it closer to the axle makes for a more responsive system. Oil porting and flow paths have been reengineered to reduce oil turbulence and provide more consistent damping. Watch the video.
XC racing has significantly changed with rough sections of trail that could be mistaken for an enduro stage. The reach was increased to make for a longer, more stable front end, stems shortened and head angles slackened by 1.5 degrees to create a bike that's much more confident at speed and descending through steep and rough terrain.
Full Carbon Frames
All of the new carbon Epics have a full carbon rear end, a first for Specialized. To further save weight, the Horst link's rear pivot is removed with stays that are engineered to flex through the suspension's travel. The new Epics are also compatible with full-length dropper posts.
New Epic Evo
The Evo will be the answer for many Epic riders. When the Epic was overhauled for 2018, it got a dropper friendly 30.9mm seat tube (was 27.2 before). It wasn't previously spec'd with a dropper, but most of the ones we sold had droppers added. Customers were also putting chunkier tyres on them (particularly on the front). The 2018 Epic is already the best XC bike, but people were wanting a little more "trail" out of it.
Basically, the Evo is the even more capable Epic that quite a few customers are looking for. With a longer fork, it's taller in the front end making it a more comfortable marathon bike. Now spec'd with a dropper post, bigger fork, wider bars and meaty tyres, the Epic Evo is the all-day, backcountry ripper.
The Epic has a dropper-friendly 30.9mm seatpost, allowing the Evo to come spec'd with a 125mm dropper that really opens up the bike's capability downhill.
Bigger Fork, Chunkier Tyres
The longer 120mm fork slackens the head angle by a full degree and the tyres are chunkier, making the Evo the rugged XC trail bike.
The Evo comes with wider 750mm bars, for a little more control through the rough bits, but not so wide they went full enduro.*