Specialized put their XC offerings on a diet, went back to the drawing board, and created the lightest mountain bike they've ever made—the S-Works Epic Hardtail. They built the entire frame from the highest-end carbon fiber, FACT 12m, and then took some cues from their road bikes. Specialized 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.
The frame is constructed the from FACT 12m carbon fiber. And when combined with Specialized's XC 29 Geometry, the Epic is guaranteed to deliver uncompromising, blistering speed and agile handling come race day—no matter the course.
An S-Works FACT carbon seatpost features a lightweight construction and a 27.2mm diameter for superb vertical compliance over rough terrain.