Epic Bike Check: Alan Hatherly's S-Works Epic

After a last minute team change, Alan Hatherly paired up with his training buddy Matt Beers to form SpecializedFoundationNAD. The under 23 XCO World Champion, now riding for the Specialized trade team, is competing in his first Cape Epic aboard his S-Works Epic. Take a closer look at Hatherly's bike below.

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Alan Hatherly's Specialized S-Works Epic

  • FrameS-Works Epic
  • ForkRockShox SID WC with Brain
  • ShockRockShox/Specialized Micro Brain
  • WheelsetRoval Control SL
  • TyresSpecialized Fast Trak GRID 2.1
  • HandlebarSpecialized S-Works Carbon
  • StemSpecialized S-Works 120mm 17 degree
  • GripSupaCaz
  • Headset CapCarbon Ti
  • SeatpostSpecialized S-Works Carbon
  • SaddleS-Works Romin EVO
  • BrakesMagura MT8 Raceline
  • Brake rotors160mm
  • ShifterSRAM XX1 Eagle
  • Rear derailleurSRAM XX1 Eagle
  • CassetteSRAM XX1 Eagle
  • Crank armsROTOR 2INpower
  • ChainringROTOR 36T
  • ChainSRAM XX1 Eagle
  • PedalsShimano XTR
  • Bottle cagesSpecialized S-Works Carbon Zee Cage II


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The Specialized Epic’s hallmark feature is the Brain suspension in both the fork and shock. As might be expected from one of the world’s best racers, Hatherly sets his Brain to maximum firmness for racing. Hatherly's bike is equiped with a RockShox SID World Cup with the shock being a collaboration between RockShox and Specialized.


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The German company Magura are the brake supplier to team Specialized Racing with the luminous yellow Magura MT8 Raceline caliper immediately catching the eye on Hatherly's otherwise black and red bike. The MT8 Raceline brake lever has a sporty carbon construction.


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Hatherly's Epic is dressed with a SRAM XX1 Eagle 12-speed drivetrain with the exception of a ROTOR 2INpower crankset, which measures power output on the crank axle, and a 36T ROTOR direct mount chainring. Hatherly secures his feet with Shimano XTR pedals.


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The Specialized owned wheel brand Roval supply Specailzed Racing with their wheels. Hatherly is kitted with the Control SL carbon wheelset with the rear hub utilising DT Swiss's fast engaging 54T ratchet system. Alan is racing the Cape Epic on Specialized Fast Trak tyres with a 2.1 inch width and the tougher GRID casing option.


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The cockpit is an all Specialized affair with a S-Works seatpost, handlerbar, stem, and saddle. Specialized has a large selection of saddles to choose from and Hatherly has elected to sit upon the S-Works Romin EVO road saddle for the Cape Epic.


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The Epic frame caters for two bottle cages and Specialized's SWAT box which can squeeze a (small) tube, tyre levers, multitool, and CO2 canister with adaptor.


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BaGearA, Mar 22 2019 12:03

That low profile seat post looks sooooo cool

Thermophage, Mar 22 2019 12:23

OMG a marathon rider with a decent choice is sidewall tyres! :)

Pure Savage, Mar 22 2019 01:02

He put the Epic sticker in the wrong place, how will everyone know at the coffee shop that he had done the EPIC?

Titleist, Mar 22 2019 01:05

What does the bike weigh?

Nick, Mar 22 2019 01:11

What does the bike weigh?


We didn't weight it. Forgot our scale that day.

The Epic ready pro bikes are typically heavier than most expect, because of spares, lots of sealant, etc. We weighed a few of the ones coming up next.

Farrnus, Mar 22 2019 01:58

width of the handlebar?

BaGearA, Mar 23 2019 06:51

width of the handlebar?

Probably 760mm if uncut