Specialized says the new Epic is the lightest (production, hardtail) mountain bike on earth
Specialized just announced updates to the Epic hardtail, and it’s a weight weenie’s dream come true. This racy cross-country hardtail weighs 774g in size medium, but that’s not all Specialized wants you to know about the bike.
Looking at the geometry of the new Epic, Specialized slackened the head tube by more than a degree at 68.5°. The designers also reduced fork offset and increased reach for a longer, slacker bike. In their marketing materials, Specialized states that these changes were made in response to “harder” race courses and also to make the bike more comfortable.
The Epic’s silhouette has also been updated, with thinner seatstays and an arched seat tube. The seat tube change, along with a new layer of carbon fiber, would improve comfort and also increase tire clearance. Specialized touts the new Epic hardtail as “the most capable, comfortable and versatile in its class” and the ability to run wider tires could arguably check all three boxes.
Now about the weight. The new Epic loses 101g compared to the weight of the previous version, which itself was 200g lighter than the previous one. Specialized adds the caveat that this is the lightest production hardtail on dirt, but it’s not like there are a lot of custom frame builders working in carbon fiber to get weights that low. We’re also not sure if we’re qualifying the statement with the word hardtail; a full-suspension frame should clearly weigh more. Other than people modifying the stock carbon frames by removing bits, it’s safe to say this is probably the lightest yet.
The high-end S-Works Epic hardtail is priced at $9,520 with an AXS drivetrain. There is also an S-Works “Ultralight” version priced just under $9,020 and an XTR version at $8,520. More affordable versions and bare S-Works frames, and currently listed as “Coming Soon” on the specialized site.
|SEAT POST LENGTH||350mm||400mm||400mm||400mm|
|UPPER TUBE LENGTH, HORIZONTAL||579mm||604mm||633mm||662mm|
|SEAT TUBE ANGLE||74°||74°||74°||74°|
|HEAD TUBE ANGLE||68.5°||68.5°||68.5°||68.5°|
|SEAT TUBE LENGTH||400mm||430mm||470mm||520mm|
|HEAD TUBE LENGTH||95mm||95mm||110mm||125mm|
|BIKE STANDBY HEIGHT||762mm||792mm||816mm||847mm|
|FORK LENGTH, FULL||506mm||506mm||506mm||506mm|