2021 Specialized S-Works Epic

Countless design hours, endless test laps, terabytes of telemetry
data—all of it to make sure not a single ounce of speed was left on the table.

Mixing hardtail efficiency and full-suspension capability to impressively
quick results, the S-Works Epic has always been defined by obsessive
commitment to speed. Well, that and over 100 World Cup wins and podiums too.

2021 Specialized S-Works Epic

2021 Specialized S-Works Epic

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A Smarter BRAIN

True to form, the 2021 Specialized S-Works Epic continues the tradition, taking advantage of the most efficient BRAIN suspension Specialized have ever created to ensure it's always on a first-name-basis with fast.

Re-engineered hand-in-hand with the new Epic, the latest BRAIN design resets the expectation for efficiency, employing a new race-tuned pedaling platform to ensure every watt possible is translated into forward motion, while handily soaking up momentum-killing chatter and big hits alike—all more smoothly than ever.

Frame-Changer

Redesigned with a focus on efficient power transfer and better handling performance, the S-Works Epic frame features a 15-percent stiffer rear triangle in order to take full advantage of the BRAIN's new race-tuned pedaling platform. A dedicated layup schedule and the use of Specialized's top-shelf FACT 12m Carbon takes weight savings yet a step further than it's stablemates, while the pièce de résistance comes in the form of a carbon fiber shock link, combining to shave a total of over 100 grams from the previous generation S-works frame—no easy task, mind you.

Pairing perfectly with the Brain rear shock for the most balanced suspension perfomance on an Epic yet, the S-Works' Position-Sensitive Brain fork benefits from RockShox's svelte-yet-stiff SID SL Ultimate chassis, improving front-end stiffness and handling precision while keeping the grams at bay.

SRAM's flagship XX1 Eagle AXS group certainly fits the bill when only the best will do, dispatching shifts with electronic authority while Specialized tasked Roval with creating an entirely new Control SL rim that wouldn't just be able to go toe-to-toe with the Epic's newfound speed and handling performance, but add a bit of its own into the mix as well.

  • If speed could talk, it’d introduce itself as the all-new S-Works Epic frame. Offering 100-millimeters of brilliantly efficient Brain-controlled travel, the S-Work Epic increases rear-triangle stiffness for peerless power transfer, while the use of FACT 12m carbon, a dedicated layup and a full carbon shock link also make it the lightest full suspension frame we’ve ever created, all while offering the most capable handling in an Epic yet. Nice to meet you, speed.
  • Pairing 100 millimeters of the most efficent travel on earth with RockShox's svelte-yet-stiff SID SL Ultimate chassis, the RockShox SID SL Ultimate BRAIN fork serves as the pinnacle of XC-race supsension perfection.
  • SRAM's XX1 Eagle AXS isn't just the lightest electronic MTB groupset on the market, it's also designed to withstand World-Cup winning chain loads while instantaneously snapping of instantaneous shifts to ensure you're never caught on the back foot.
  • Created specifically to match the increased capabilities of the Epic, the Roval Control SL rim introduces a completely new offset rim profile that features a 29-millimeter-wide internal width and not only increases strength and reduces weight, but also improves pinch-flat resistance by 22-percent.

FRAME
S-Works FACT 12m Carbon, Modern XC Race Geometry, Rider-First Engineered™, threaded BB, 12x148mm rear spacing, internal cable routing, 100mm of travel

FORK
RockShox SID SL ULTIMATE BRAIN, Top-Adjust Brain damper, Debon Air, 15x110mm, 44mm offset, 100mm Travel

REAR SHOCK
RockShox-Specialized BRAIN, Rx XC Tune, 5 Position Platform Adjust, Rebound Adjust, Integraded Extension, 265×52.5mm

FRONT HUB
Roval Control SL, DT Swiss Internals, Ceramic Bearings, 6-bolt, 15mm thru-axle, 110mm spacing, Torque caps, 24h straight pull t-head

REAR HUB
Roval Control SL, DT Swiss 180 Internals, DT Swiss Ratchet EXP, Ceramic bearings, 12mm thru-axle, 148mm spacing, 24h

SPOKES
DT Swiss Aerolite T-head

RIMS
Roval Control SL, Carbon offset design, 29mm internal width, 4mm hook width, Tubeless ready, 24h

INNER TUBES
Presta, 60mm valve

FRONT TYRE
Fast Trak, Control casing, GRIPTON® compound, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, 29×2.3″

REAR TYRE
Fast Trak, Control casing, GRIPTON® compound, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, 29×2.3″

CRANKSET
QUARQ XX1 Eagle Power Meter, Boost™ 148, DUB, 170/175mm, 32t

CHAINRINGS
SRAM Eagle 32T alloy, 104 BCD

BOTTOM BRACKET
SRAM DUB, BSA 73mm, Threaded

SHIFT LEVERS
SRAM AXS Eagle Controller

REAR DERAILLEUR
SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS

CASSETTE
SRAM XG-1299 Eagle, 10-50t

CHAIN
SRAM XX1 Eagle

FRONT BRAKE
SRAM Level Ultimate, 2-piston caliper, hydraulic disc

REAR BRAKE
SRAM Level Ultimate, 2-piston caliper, hydraulic disc

HANDLEBARS
S-Works Carbon XC Mini Rise, 6-degree upsweep, 8-degree backsweep, 10mm rise, 760mm, 31.8mm

GRIPS
Specialized Trail Grips

STEM
S-Works SL, alloy, titanium bolts, 6-degree rise

SADDLE
Body Geometry S-Works Power, carbon fiber rails, carbon fiber base, 143mm

SEATPOST
S-Works FACT carbon, 10mm setback, 30.9mm

SEAT BINDER
Specialized Alloy, 34.9mm, Titanium bolt

SWAT
SWAT EMT Cage-Mount Tool