Mountain Bike Action Bike Test: Specialized S-Works Epic XC Bike

 

take on racetracks and won’t shy away from technical rock gardens, but it excels on smooth singletrack trails.

Diving in an out of corners is made easier due to the lower bottom bracket and shorter stem length. Whether charging a tight section of trail or gaining speed down a longer stretch, the Epic is always begging to go faster.

MODS AND UPGRADES

If you plan to take your Epic straight to a short-track course, the current trim will be more than enough; however, if you’re planning to do a marathon race or trail ride, we suggest a dropper post to increase downhill control. The Epic is fully loaded with everything a cross-country racer might need, from a chain break and spare link hidden inside the top cap to a power meter built into the crankset. If you can afford the S-Works model, expect a bike capable enough to head straight to the 2021 Olympics.

BOTTOM LINE

Specialized has been fine-tuning the Epic for nearly two decades, and the bike sitting in front of you here is the most up-to-date version available today. The bike is truly as race-ready as they come and offers the best components money can buy. From a wireless drivetrain to carbon goodies and a highly tuned suspension system, the new S-Works Epic is as epic as it gets. Any cross-country rider looking to gain an edge over their competition will be hard-pressed to find a faster bike.

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