2018 S-Works Epic Womens
Lighter, faster and smarter than ever.
With a Rider- First Engineered design, refined and improved Brain suspension, and a redesigned frame, the Women's S-Works Epic is the fastest, most capable, and best fitting women's XC bike Specialized has ever created.
Race courses have evolved over the past few years. They're more technical, steeper, and simply more challenging to ride. Specialized 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. T that out, but not he head angle was slackened 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 the redesigned Brain technology, Brain 2.0. The Brain changed the way the bike world looked at suspension, both its inefficiencies and benefits alike. It won races and put a flag in the ground for Specialized as a true leader in innovation and suspension development, but they knew that they could make it better. 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 new Brain became more than just a slight upgrade. It's totally new. 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 new Women's Epic also gets a serious upgrade in the stiffness department. The Rider-First Engineered tubes place complex carbon pieces in all the right places, which 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 they've ever developed—no matter the frame size.
With the goal of the new Epic to be the fastest XC mountain bike they've ever made, weight was at the top of the priorities list. Specialized 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 optimised 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 350 grams.
For the S-Works model, the build spares no expense, with a custom RockShox SID World Cup fork with exclusive Brain technology, a rear RockShox Brain shock at the rear that's custom-tuned for women, a 12-speed SRAM XX1 Eagle groupset, powerful SRAM Level Ultimate brakes, and hand- built, featherweight Roval Control SL carbon fibre wheels.
- S-Works FACT 12m carbon fibre frame is the best combination of stiffness, strength, and light overall weight, resulting in the utmost efficiency and speed. Meanwhile, the new geometry, RockShox Brain shock, and 100mm of travel, make the Epic the best handling, fastest XC bike you've ever been on.
- Custom RockShox SID WC fork with Brain features a full-carbon upper, top-adjust Brain fade, and a custom offset, making it the perfect match to the new Epic.
- SRAM XX1 Eagle bits handle the shifting duties, providing a wide range of useable gears that make climbing and descending equally doable.
- FRAME S-Works FACT 12m, XC Geometry, threaded BB, 12x148mm rear spacing, internal cable routing, 100mm of travel
- FORK RockShox SID WC Brain 29, Top-Adjust Brain Fade Adjust, Solo Air, tapered carbon crown/steerer, 15x110mm Maxle® Stealth thru-axle, 100mm of travel, 42mm offset, Women's Rx Tune
- REAR SHOCK RockShox Brain, Women's Rx Tune, AUTOSAG, 51x257mm
- INNER TUBES 29x1.75/2.4", 60mm Presta valve
- FRONT TYRE Fast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 29x2.3", 60 TPI, Aramid folding bead, 2Bliss Ready
- REAR TYRE Fast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 29x2.1", 60 TPI, Aramid folding bead, 2Bliss Ready
- CRANKSET SRAM XX1 Eagle, Boost™ 148, 170mm crankarm, 24mm spindle
- CHAINRINGS Alloy 30T
- BOTTOM BRACKET SRAM GXP
- SHIFT LEVERS SRAM XX1 Eagle, trigger, 12-speed
- REAR DERAILLEUR SRAM XX1 Eagle™, 12-speed
- CASSETTE SRAM 1295 Eagle, 12-speed, 10-50t
- CHAIN SRAM XX1 Eagle, 12-speed w/ PowerLock
- FRONT BRAKE SRAM Level Ultimate, hydraulic disc, carbon lever, titanium hardware, organic pads, 160/180mm rotor
- REAR BRAKE SRAM Level Ultimate, hydraulic disc, carbon lever, titanium hardware, organic pads, 160mm rotor
- HANDLEBARS S-Works Carbon Mini Rise, 6-degree upsweep, 8-degree backsweep, 10mm rise, 720mm, 31.8mm
- GRIPS Specialized Sip Grip, half waffle
- STEM S-Works SL, alloy, titanium bolts, 6-degree rise
- SADDLE Women's Body Geometry Myth Expert thin, hollow titanium rails, 155mm
- SEATPOST S-Works FACT carbon, 10mm setback, 30.9mm
- SEAT BINDER Specialized Alloy 34.9mm, Ti bolt
|Bike Standover Height||764mm||770mm||776mm|
|Fork Length, Full||506mm||506mm||506mm|
|Head Tube Angle||69.5°||69.5°||69.5°|
|Head Tube Length||95mm||105mm||120mm|
|Seat Tube Angle||74.75°||74.75°||74.75°|
|Seat Tube Length||400mm||434mm||470mm|
|Top Tube Length, Horizontal||568mm||595mm||623mm|