Review: 2021 Specialized S-Works Epic Evo

The new Specialized Epic Evo has been given its own unique identity in the Epic range. Where the previous Epic Evo was a straightforward specification change, the new Epic now has its own rear triangle, suspension layout, and no Brain! These changes aim to create an Epic that is more capable and comfortable on the trails than the Brain version.

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Specialized’s marketing and engineers position the Epic Evo as a lightweight trail bike for riders that value speed in all aspects of mountain biking, not simply crossing a finish line first. Specialized wanted to design a bike that is fully capable of trail adventures but still offer a comfortable bike for pedalling through multi-day stage races.

 

The New Rear Triangle


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The Epic Evo is designed around an all-new 110mm suspension system which pairs with a 120mm travel fork. The front triangle is the same as the Epic but the rear is a unique design specifically tailored to the Evo’s broader riding style. To the casual observers, the most notable changes from the Epic are the separation of the shock from the seat stay via an additional link and the absence of the Brain system.

 

The Brain system has been swapped for a metric shock. The shock has undergone Specialized’s custom Rx tuning but, unlike the Brain shock, you can have it serviced by your local suspension mechanic. In fact, there are no proprietary designs or parts on the Epic Evo frame meaning any bike shop can fully service the bike.

 

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If you do really want the Epic EVO components but on an Epic frame with a Brain, the new Epic is approved to take a 120mm fork as the front triangles are identical across the two models. Your local bike shop should be able to replicate the Epic EVO components on a new Epic for you.

 

Geometry


The Evo’s 66.5-degree head angle is one-degree slacker than the new Epic and two degrees over the previous Evo. Combined with a lower bottom bracket height, the new Evo is set to be more composed on the trails. The seat angle has been steepened by ¾ of a degree to improve pedalling efficiency. The Evo also has a FlipChip to steepen the angles by half a degree and bring the bottom bracket up by 6mm to sharpen the handling and increase clearance.

 

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Left: The Epic Evo geometry chart. Right: The new Epic Evo frame profile versus the previous Epic Evo.

 

Improved Construction and Weight


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The S-Works frame is constructed from FACT 12m carbon materials while the rest of the carbon frames in the range make use of FACT 11m carbon for the same stiffness and weight gains as the current S-Works frames. Without the Brain system, the Epic Evo frame is actually a couple hundred grams lighter than the race-orientated Epic frame. Yes, I know what you’re thinking but mountain bikes are not all about weight, the Epic still pedals more efficiently.

 

The S-Works Evo Fact 12m frame weighs 1659 grams while the Epic Evo Pro FACT 11m frame weights 1757 grams. These measurements include frame, shock, hanger, axle, and bolts.

 

Optimized Sizing


A consideration for short and tall riders. Specialized go to great lengths to make sure the experience across the size curve is uniform. They optimise the carbon layup and stress test each frame size to ensure that they each perform the same. It may or may not be attributable to this attention to detail but as a rider who fits an extra-large frame, the Specialized XL always feels just right. It is noticeable when a bike company has simply sized up their test size without much thought.

 

Maintenance and Frame Protection


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With electronic shifting and dropper post, our S-Works Epic Evo test arrived with an internal routing cable port for only the rear brake. This can be increased to accommodate shifter and dropper post routing with other ports where applicable. There is also routing for a cable shock lockout should you desire although you're going to need to buy a different shock. The bottom bracket is BSA 73mm, so it’s threaded for easier maintenance. The chainstay protector features the raised sections first seen on the Stumpjumper and they work exceptionally well to rid the bike of any chain slapping sound.

 

Hydration and Storage


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Of serious importance for all-day riding is hydration and storage for spares. The Epic Evo frame accommodates two full-size bottles across the size curve. The Specialized bottle cage does allow for a multitool to be fitted but there is already a tool stowed in the headset cap so I fitted a SWAT box to carry a tube, CO2 canister and adaptor, and a tyre lever instead.

 

The Components


Through the model line-up the Epic Evo formula features a 120mm fork, a dropper seat post, 4-piston brakes, and the Ground Control / FastTrak tyre combo.

 

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Our test bike was the S-Works model featuring some of the best goodies available. The one component that exceeded expectations is the Roval Control SL wheels. They are impressively light, suitably wide, and use DT Swiss’s excellent ratchet hub internals. As I said in the S-Works Epic review, the new Control SL is the best light-duty mountain bike wheelset that I’ve ridden.

 

Fork: Rockshox’s 35mm stanchion SID ULTIMATE gives the 120mm SID platform some much-needed stiffness to perform on bike such as the Epic Evo.

 

Groupset: SRAM’s XX1 Eagle AXS drivetrain is a luxurious joy to use but not a reason alone to seek out the S-Works model.

 

Brakes: The SRAM G2 Ultimate brakes with their 4-piston calipers are more than up to the task of stopping this speedy 10.4 kg bike.

 

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Cockpit: The star of the cockpit is the wireless RockShox Reverb AXS seatpost. Again, like the AXS drivetrain, it’s a luxury rather than a necessity. You also get S-Works carbon handlebars and an S-Works Power saddle.

 

Tyres: The tyres are a combination of Specialized’s Ground Control and Fast Trak. It is an excellent pairing for fast-paced trail duties that I had ridden on my own bikes. So I was instantly comfortable on the Epic Evo. It’s worth noting that Specialized did elect the Control casing over the more robust GRID casing for this bike but that is an easy fix should you feel that you want more protection.

 

Check out the full specifications for the S-Works Epic Evo below.

 

  • FrameS-Works FACT 12m Carbon, Progressive XC Geometry, Rider-First EngineeredTM, threaded BB, 12x148mm rear spacing, internal cable routing, 110mm of travel
  • SwatSWAT EMT Cage-Mount Tool
  • Rear ShockRockShox SID LUXE ULTIMATE, Rx XC Tune, Two Position, Rebound Adjust, 190x40mm
  • ForkRockshox SID ULTIMATE, Charger Race Day Damper, Debon Air, 15x110mm, 44mm offset, 120mm Travel
  • StemS-Works SL, alloy, titanium bolts, 6-degree rise
  • HandlebarsS-Works Carbon XC Mini Rise, 6-degree upsweep, 8-degree backsweep, 10mm rise, 760mm, 31.8mm
  • GripsSpecialized Trail Grips
  • Front BrakeSRAM G2 Ultimate, 4-piston caliper, hydraulic disc
  • Rear BrakeSRAM G2 Ultimate, 4-piston caliper, hydraulic disc
  • Rear DerailleurSRAMXX1EagleAXS
  • Shift LeversSRAM XX1 Eagle AXS, trigger, 12-speed
  • CassetteSRAM XG-1299 Eagle, 10-50t
  • ChainSRAM XX1 Eagle
  • CranksetSRAM XX1 Eagle, BoostTM 148, DUB, 170/175mm
  • ChainringsSRAM Eagle Alloy, 32T, Direct Mount
  • Bottom BracketSRAMDUB,BSA73mm,Threaded
  • RimsRoval Control SL, Carbon offset design, 29mm internal width, 4mm hook width, Tubeless ready, 24h
  • Front HubRoval Control SL, DT Swiss Internals, Ceramic Bearings, 6-bolt, 15mm thru-axle, 110mm spacing, Torque caps, 24h straight pull t-head
  • Rear HubRoval Control SL, DT Swiss 180 Internals, DT Swiss Ratchet EXP, Ceramic bearings, 12mm thru-axle, 148mm spacing, 24h
  • SpokesDT Swiss Aerolite T-head
  • Front TyreGround Control, Control casing, GRIPTON® compound, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3"
  • Rear TyreFast Trak, Control casing, GRIPTON® compound, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3"
  • SaddleBody Geometry S-Works Power, carbon fiber rails, carbon fiber base, 143mm
  • Seat PostRockShox Reverb AXS, 30.9, 1X remote, (SM:100mm, M: 125mm, L-XL: 150mm travel)
  • PriceR190,000.00
  • Weight (XL frame with sealant and SWAT Tool in Headset)10.44 kg

 

The Epic EVO Range


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  • FrameFACT 11m Full Carbon, Progressive XC Geometry, Rider-First EngineeredTM, threaded BB, 12x148mm rear spacing, internal cable routing, 110mm of travel
  • SwatSWAT EMT Cage-Mount Tool
  • Rear ShockFOX FLOAT DPS Factory, Rx XC Tune, EVOL Air sleeve, Kashima Coat, 3-position adjustment w/ Open Mode Adjustment, 190x40mm
  • ForkFOX FLOAT Step-Cast 34 Factory, Fit4 damper, Kashima Coating, 15x110mm, 44mm offset, 120mm of travel
  • StemSpecialized XC, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree rise
  • HandlebarsS-Works Carbon XC Mini Rise, 6-degree upsweep, 8-degree backsweep, 10mm rise, 760mm, 31.8mm
  • GripsSpecialized Trail Grips
  • Front BrakeShimano XTR M9120, 4-piston caliper, hydraulic disc
  • Rear BrakeShimano XTR M9120, 4-piston caliper, hydraulic disc
  • Rear DerailleurShimano XTR M9100,12-speed,ShadowPlus
  • Shift LeversShimano XTR M9100, 12-speed
  • CassetteShimano XTR M9100, 12-speed, 10-51t
  • ChainShimano XTR M9100, 12-speed w/ quick link
  • CranksetShimano XTR 9100,Hollowtech 2, 162 q-factor, 32t Chainring, SM: 170mm, M-XL: 175mm
  • Chainrings32T
  • Bottom BracketShimano,BB-MT800,Threaded
  • RimsRoval Control Carbon, 25mm internal width, Zero bead hook, Tubeless ready, 28h
  • Front HubDT Swiss 350, 15x110mm spacing, 6-bolt, 28h
  • Rear HubDT Swiss 350, Star Ratchet, Shimano Microspline driver body, 12mm thru-axle, 148mm spacing, 28h
  • SpokesDT Swiss Competition Race
  • Front TyreGround Control, Control casing, GRIPTON® compound, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3"
  • Rear TyreFast Trak, Control casing, GRIPTON® compound, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3"
  • SaddleBody Geometry Power Expert
  • Seat PostFox Factory Transfer, Kashima, 30.9mm, 125mm / 150mm travel
  • PriceR140,000.00
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  • FrameFACT 11m Full Carbon, Progressive XC Geometry, Rider-First EngineeredTM, threaded BB, 12x148mm rear spacing, internal cable routing, 110mm of travel
  • SwatSWAT EMT Cage-Mount Tool
  • Rear ShockRockShox SID LUXE Select+, Rx XC Tune, Two Position, Rebound Adjust, 190x40mm
  • ForkRockshox SID Select+, Charger 2 RL Damper, Debon Air, 15x110mm, 44mm offset, 120mm Travel
  • StemSpecialized XC, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree rise
  • HandlebarsSpecialized Alloy Minirise, 10mm rise, 750mm, 31.8mm clamp
  • GripsSpecialized Trail Grips
  • Front BrakeSRAM G2 RS, 4-piston caliper, hydraulic disc
  • Rear BrakeSRAM G2 RS, 4-piston caliper, hydraulic disc
  • Rear DerailleurSRAM X01 Eagle,12-speed
  • Shift LeversSRAM X01 Eagle, trigger, 12-speed
  • CassetteSRAM XG-1275 Eagle, 12-speed, 10-50t
  • ChainSRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed
  • CranksetSRAM X1 Eagle, DUB, 32t, XS: 165mm, SM: 170mm, M-XL: 175mm
  • ChainringsSRAM Eagle Alloy 32T Direct mount
  • Bottom BracketSRAMDUB,BSA73mm,Threaded
  • RimsRoval Control Carbon, 25mm internal width, Zero bead hook, Tubeless ready, 28h
  • Front HubDT Swiss 350, 15x110mm spacing, Torque caps, 6-bolt, 28h
  • Rear HubDT Swiss 350, Star Ratchet, SRAM XD driver body, 12mm thru-axle, 148mm spacing, 28h
  • SpokesDT Swiss Competition Race
  • Front TyreGround Control, Control casing, GRIPTON® compound, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3"
  • Rear TyreFast Trak, Control casing, GRIPTON® compound, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3"
  • SaddleBody Geometry Power Sport, hollow Cr-Mo rails
  • Seat PostX-Fusion Manic, infinite adjustable, two-bolt head, bottom mount cable routing, remote SRL LE lever, XS-SM: 100mm travel, M: 125mm travel, L-XL: 150mm travel
  • PriceR110,000.00
Epic Evo Comp
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  • FrameFACT 11m Full Carbon, Progressive XC Geometry, Rider-First EngineeredTM, threaded BB, 12x148mm rear spacing, internal cable routing, 110mm of travel
  • SwatSWAT EMT Cage-Mount Tool
  • Rear ShockRockShox Deluxe Select+, Rx XC Tune, Two Position, Rebound Adjust, 190x40mm
  • ForkRockshox SID Select+, Charger RL Damper, Debon Air, 15x110mm, 44mm offset, 120mm Travel
  • StemSpecialized XC, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree rise
  • HandlebarsSpecialized Alloy Minirise, 10mm rise, 750mm, 31.8mm clamp
  • GripsSpecialized Trail Grips
  • Front BrakeShimano SLX, M7120, 4-piston caliper
  • Rear BrakeShimano SLX, M7120, 4-piston caliper
  • Rear DerailleurShimano SLX M7100,SGS,12-speed
  • Shift LeversShimano SLX, M7100, 12spd
  • CassetteShimano SLX, CS-M7100, 12-speed, 10-51t
  • ChainShimano SLX, M7100, 12-speed
  • CranksetShimano SLX 7100, Hollowtech 2, 32t Chainring, SM: 170mm, M-XL: 175mm
  • Chainrings32T
  • Bottom BracketShimano,BB52,Threaded
  • RimsSpecialized Alloy, Tubeless Ready, 25mm internal width, 28h
  • Front HubShimano MT400-B, Centerlock 28h, 15x110 Boost
  • Rear HubShimano MT510-B, Centerlock 28h, 12x148 Boost, Microspline
  • SpokesDT Swiss Industry
  • Front TyreGround Control, Control casing, GRIPTON® compound, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3"
  • Rear TyreFast Trak, Control casing, GRIPTON® compound, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3"
  • SaddleBody Geometry Power Sport, hollow Cr-Mo rails
  • Seat PostX-Fusion Manic, infinite adjustable, two-bolt head, bottom mount cable routing, remote SRL LE lever, SM: 100mm travel, M: 125mm travel, L-XL: 150mm travel
  • PriceR78,000.00

 

Riding the Epic Evo


The rider’s position on the bike is immediately noticeable when heading off for the first ride. The lower bottom bracket, slacker head angle and steeper seat tube give you the sensation of being further inside the bike than the previous Epic Evo when seated. It is an excellent position to put power through the cranks with good control of the front wheel on the steep climbs, thanks to the lower position. At first, I felt like the bike was going to be too short but once you drop the seat post and get out the saddle there is more than enough space.

 

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The Epic Evo is all about responsive feedback. If you like a bike that lets you know exactly what is happening, where you’re stuffing up and where you are pinning it, then Evo is for you. It’s not a magic carpet ride like a full trail bike where the trail can simply disappear under the wheel. There is still a consequence to your decisions but when you get it wrong, it doesn’t bite you quite as hard as an out-and-out cross-country bike. There is some trail bike forgiveness to it. You still have to ride the bike instead of it riding you. And I find that hugely rewarding.

 

The Epic Evo climbs better than I expected. The stock shock has two settings, open or locked. In the open setting, there is pedal bob. It is not the Epic. There is no Brain. But jumping on the pedals the bike remains high in its travel. The super-stiff rear end maintains a recognisable cross-country bike efficiency. Like a pure race bike, the Evo does encourage you to pedal harder and see how long you can hold on for. In rough rocky steep climbs, the bike manages to find traction even in the trickiest conditions. You can sit and pedal through rough terrain like you might on a trail bike but it still reacts to pedalling like a cross-country bike.

 

Locking out the shock makes the bike taught and rigid. It might offer the best pedalling but the bike becomes noticeably less comfortable, requiring more core engagement, and I found myself losing grip. All of this felt a lot more tiring than spinning away in the open setting. So I reserved the lockout for only the smoothest climbs.

 

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Heading down the mountain is all about speed on the Epic Evo. The bike lets you know that you are going fast and it is exhilarating. It picks up speed so swiftly. I found myself flying into corners and clearing obstacles with ease thanks to this newfound speed. The Evo remains high in the travel under pedalling and coupled with the lightweight stiffness, it is a rocket giving it gas to the next obstacle or transitioning across a flat section of trail.

 

The handling of the Epic Evo feels exactly how it is billed. It’s a mashup of genres. It maintains the sharp handling of a cross-country bike but with some trail bike forgiveness. The front wheel is agile allowing you to place it exactly where you want it. It is an extremely light bike so you do feel it getting knocked around in the rocks, especially on the back. But hold the front wheel straight and you will come out the other end where you pointed it. The 35mm stanchion SID Ultimate fork is predictably stiffer than the skinner, racier SID. The feel is not quite as plush as a Fox 34 SC but it performs just as well.

 

With the new Roval Control SL rims, you are supposedly 22% less likely to pinch flat but you still might want to put on some GRID tyres to really thrash the bike through the rough stuff. That said, I usually ride on GRID tyres but I found the Control version to be far grippier in comparison.

 

A marked difference with the Brain suspension is the feedback through the rear suspension. It is far easier to feel how much of it you are using on the Epic Evo. It’s not a bottomless feeling like some trail bikes. There is still only 110mm and it lets you know with a gentle knock when you reach that limit. It also allows for proper pre-load sensation when you hit jumps or pop-off obstacles. Getting airborne is effortless with the Epic Evo and you feel in total control once there. The front end is amazingly light which offers good control of the rear of the bike.

 

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So where does the Epic Evo fit in? Overall it rides slightly more like an XC bike than it does a trail bike. So it is not a replacement for a trail bike. But it is perfectly suited to the vast majority of South African trails being neither under nor over-equipped. If you are looking for a bike that is fun on almost every trail you’ll encounter, the Epic Evo is the perfect companion. It is a ripper on easy flow trails while still offering confidence to push yourself on technical trails too.

 

Compared to the new Epic, the Epic Evo is superbly comfortable and smooth. After a long descent such as the full Red Phoenix or Armageddon in Jonkershoek, I felt much fresher on the Epic Evo. Actually, a lot fresher than many longer travel bikes even after spending hours on the bike. For this reason, the Epic Evo remains a viable race bike, especially for longer format racing. For example, I’d take the Evo bike over the Epic to any stage race. Riding a bike is a workout for the whole body, not just your legs. I’m convinced that the Epic Evo would have an amateur like me finishing fresher each day helping me to recover for the next stage.

 




78 Comments

Knersboy, Jun 23 2020 07:25

I like this. 110/120mm travel, two bottles, threaded bb, no brain. Finally a decent replacement for the Camber.

But where is the alloy version?

Nick, Jun 23 2020 07:31

I like this. 110/120mm travel, two bottles, threaded bb, no brain. Finally a decent replacement for the Camber.

But where is the alloy version?

 

They are being coy about the alloy frames. There is apparently something else related to the Epic coming later in the year which may or may not be it.

Markellis, Jun 23 2020 08:01

This has my name all over it. 


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xamnam, Jun 23 2020 08:08

Santa Cruz...

Butterbean, Jun 23 2020 08:09

This has my name all over it.


Why, did your parents call you S-Works?

Muttley, Jun 23 2020 08:43

Those tyres... they hurt me eyes 

hansolo, Jun 24 2020 07:14

It would be interesting to see how the new/next Camber/Stumpjumper ST compares to the Epic Evo. I like these new trail/XC bikes and think they are a better buy for the average Joe than a pure XC bike.

Any chances of having a group test/comparison on all the options available?

Fond_TF2, Jun 24 2020 07:29

190K - I'll take two :drool:  :drool:

Jakkals., Jun 24 2020 08:37

Gentleman, at this price it makes sense to support local frame builders and get something custom.

 

"especially if you aren't planning to cross the finish line first"

Myth, Jun 24 2020 08:52

Beautiful bike... but frack that's a lot of money for a bike.  My 790 Adventure cost just slightly more :o

MTBeer, Jun 24 2020 09:00

Those tyres... they hurt me eyes 

agreed. looks like a taxi

Hairy, Jun 24 2020 09:49

agreed. looks like a taxi

you guys have no class ... those brown sidewalls are sexy in real life!

MTBeer, Jun 24 2020 09:50

you guys have no class ... those brown sidewalls are sexy in real life!

ja as sexy as a taxi

Nick, Jun 24 2020 10:19

It would be interesting to see how the new/next Camber/Stumpjumper ST compares to the Epic Evo. I like these new trail/XC bikes and think they are a better buy for the average Joe than a pure XC bike.

Any chances of having a group test/comparison on all the options available?

 

I wouldn't be surprised if they phase out the Stumpjumper ST. The Epic Evo is just as capable, is lighter, and pedals better.

PhilipV, Jun 24 2020 10:41

If I was to ride Epic now, the Epic Evo Como would be my bike of choice.
But 80K ZAR for an SLX spec bike just makes me sad.

So much so that I'll make a point of riding my SS a lot more just to remind myself that the brands have gone mad and that I don't have to buy in to the golfing mentality.

avalanx, Jun 24 2020 12:12

Glad the frame has such a low BB that it works well in EVO guise. I think a lot of people underestimate the effect a bigger fork has on geo, raising the BB and slackening the seat angle is not ideal in most cases.

 

The new EVO has pretty spot on angles even with the shift, some other XC bikes(including outgoing epic) have pretty slack seat angles and high BBs with a 120mm fork. All around good work from Spez I think!

DieselnDust, Jun 24 2020 01:27

This has my name all over it. 

 

 

Your name is Skunk Works?

RiverInTheRoad, Jun 24 2020 03:51

As soon as I get lucky in the Lotto I am buying the green one. 

Hairy, Jun 24 2020 07:15

If I was to ride Epic now, the Epic Evo Como would be my bike of choice.
But 80K ZAR for an SLX spec bike just makes me sad.

So much so that I'll make a point of riding my SS a lot more just to remind myself that the brands have gone mad and that I don't have to buy in to the golfing mentality.

You can pick up an Unno XC race rig with slightly lesser spec (Not really) for "only" R156547,09

 

https://www.unno.com/horn/builds/

Hairy, Jun 24 2020 09:13

So a quick experiment using the S-Works frame and looking at building the bike locally without discount from the LBS for parts, and based on what I could find "off the shelf" RE on line pricing.

 


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DieselnDust, Jun 24 2020 10:13

So a quick experiment using the S-Works frame and looking at building the bike locally without discount from the LBS for parts, and based on what I could find "off the shelf" RE on line pricing.

 

 

sensible build with 140mm fork on a 120mm (max) frame.....

Can go cheaper on the fork with a Fox 34SC Performance and better suited to the frame

Hairy, Jun 25 2020 01:17

sensible build with 140mm fork on a 120mm (max) frame.....

Can go cheaper on the fork with a Fox 34SC Performance and better suited to the frame

I missed that sorry.

 

agreed with the 34 option, or one of the lower end new 120mm SIDs

 

edit: still R63000.00 for the frame alone is hardly a sensible starting point now is it lol

Grease_Monkey, Jun 25 2020 06:16

I missed that sorry.

agreed with the 34 option, or one of the lower end new 120mm SIDs

edit: still R63000.00 for the frame alone is hardly a sensible starting point now is it lol

I know I'm the one the brought up price to start with in in this thread, but I am actually surprised the frame isn't more. Right before lockdown I was looking at replacing my alu Sentinel with the new carbon smuggler (not released yet), or a Evil The Offering - but those frame prices have gone up with about 30 - 50% of their RRP during lockdown (there is no way I am paying that regardless of any exchange rate or inflation justifications). If Spez had done the same that would've put their frameset at 90k.

Agreed, 60k is hardly a sensible start to a build though....

hansolo, Jun 25 2020 08:06

The Epic seems to be the bread-and-butter model for Specialized (maybe Levo sales are catching up), I think/hope cheaper aluminium models will be along soon enough. Aluminium Evo's could sell really well if they are priced right.

Jewbacca, Jun 25 2020 08:17

The Epic seems to be the bread-and-butter model for Specialized (maybe Levo sales are catching up), I think/hope cheaper aluminium models will be along soon enough. Aluminium Evo's could sell really well if they are priced right.

Only in SA...

 

In other countries the Epic is pretty far down on the list. The Evo is catching up, but it's only in race obsessed SA where it is top seller.

 

The 'fun' bikes steal the show everywhere else in the dual suss category.