Mountain Bike Action Bike Test: Specialized S-Works Epic XC Bike
shifting throughout our testing while also giving our cockpit a clean and tidy look. The only exposed cables on the bike are the front and rear hydraulic brake hoses. In front, the Epic features an all-new RockShox SID SL with a custom color-matched paint job. Although the 2020 Olympics has been moved to next year, we could easily imagine this exact build kit rolling up to the start gate.
The frame received an updated and relocated Brain suspension system that uses an inertia valve to open and close suspension dampening. The Brain shock was placed lower behind the rear triangle, allowing the brake to be relocated as well. The new system offers more vertical flex in the chainstays to improve ride quality without giving up performance.
The Brain shock continues to have a five-position adjustable platform designed to give riders options before their race. The dial is impossible to adjust while riding due to its position behind the bike. As the system hits a bump, the inertia valve opens the suspension and absorbs the trail. When the valve settles back down, the suspension returns to a lockout setting. Dialing the adjustable knob on the Brain shock allows…