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Specialized Epic 2021 Carbon Hardtail MTB Satin Carbon/Rocket Red

Specialized Epic 2021 Carbon Hardtail MTB Satin Carbon/Rocket Red

Incredibly capable, super light weight and ridiculously comfortable, the Specialized Epic hardtail rewrites the rules of hardtail riding with game-changing success.


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A RockShok Judy Gold fork with motion control damper provide predictable, smooth travel with easy set up and on the fly adjustment. The hassle free Shimano single ring drivetrain provide effortlessly smooth gear shifting over and unparalleled range of gears, while Shimano M61000 hdyraulic disc brakes offer serious bite when you need it with perfecting modulation, ensuring you can always control your speed when things get too rowdy. If you need a little more control when things get steep, the Epic hardtail frame is also dropper post compatible.
With the Epic hardtail, quick and light meets confident capability to create a bike that will make you seriously re-evaluate your ideas of what's possible on an XC bike. You'd think that the lightest hardtail frame in production would give you a harsh, twitchy ride at the expense of capability for the sake of saving the grams. Not the case. Every inch of the Epic hardtail has been engineering to create a frame that's as capable as it is comfortable, with aggressive single-track inspired geometry, big tyre clearance and increased vertical compliance. This bike has speed at it's soul with no sacrifice in your riding comfort.

Key Specifications

  • Frame - Specialized FACT 11m carbon, XC Geometry, Rider-First Engineered™
  • Fork - RockShox Judy Gold, 100mm travel (XS - 80mm travel)
  • Drivetrain - Shimano SLX 12 speed
  • Brakes - Shimano M6100, hydraulic disc

Full Specification

  • Frame - Specialized FACT 11m, XC Geometry, Rider-First Engineered™, threaded BB, 12x148mm rear spacing, internal cable routing
  • Fork - RockShox Judy Gold, Motion Control damper, Solo Air, 42mm offset, 15x110mm thru-axle, 100mm travel (XS - 80mm travel)
  • Shifters - Shimano SLX, M7100, 12spd
  • Chainset - Shimano MT511, 32t Chainring, SM: 170mm, M-XL: 175mm
  • Chainrings - 32T
  • Cassette - Shimano Deore M6100, 12spd w/Hyperglide+, 10-51T
  • Chain - Shimano Deore M6100, 12spd w/quick link
  • Rear Derailleur - Shimano SLX M7100, SGS, 12-speed
  • Bottom Bracket - Shimano, BB52, Threaded
  • Pedals - Not included
  • Rims - Alloy, Offset Design, Tubeless Ready, 25mm internal width, 28h
  • Front Hub - Shimano MT400-B, Centerlock 28h, 15x110 Boost
  • Rear Hub - Shimano MT510-B, Centerlock 28h, 12x148 Boost, Microspline
  • Front Tyre - Specialized Fast Trak Control, Gripton Comppound
  • Rear Tyre - Specialized Fast Trak Control, Gripton Comppound
  • Front Brake - Shimano M6100, 2-piston caliper, hydraulic disc
  • Rear Brake - Shimano M6100, 2-piston caliper, hydraulic disc
  • Handlebars - Specialized Alloy Minirise, 10mm rise, 750mm, 31.8mm clamp
  • Grips - Specialized Trail Grips
  • Stem - Specialized, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 7-degree rise
  • Saddle - Body Geometry Power Sport, hollow Cr-Mo rails
  • Seatpost - Specialized Alloy, Single Bolt, 30.9mm
  • Post Clamp - Specialized Alloy, 34.9mm
Sizing guide
Height Inside leg Men's mountain bike size
147cm-152cm / 4'10"-5'0" 66cm / 26" 13” (X Small)
152cm-160cm / 5'0"-5'3" 69cm / 27" 13”, 14” (X Small)
160cm-170cm / 5'3"-5'7" 71cm / 28" 15”, 16" (Small)
170cm-175cm / 5'7"-5'9" 76cm / 30" 17", 18” (Medium)
175cm-180cm / 5'9"-5'11" 79cm / 31" 18”, 19" (Medium, Large)
180cm-188cm / 5'11"-6'2" 81cm / 32" 19", 20” (Large)
188cm-196cm / 6'2"-6'5" 86cm / 34" 20", 21”, 22” (Large, X Large)
196cm+ / 6'5"+ 91cm / 36" 23", 24” (XX Large)

Using the size guide

Use our mountain bike size guide to find the perfect frame size for you. Choose the right size MTB and your bike will handle better and give you a more comfortable, efficient ride.

Which size mountain bike do I need?

It's simple to work out the right mountain bike size for you. All you need is:

  1. Your height
  2. Your inside leg length

How do I measure my height?

With your shoes off, stand upright against a wall, with your shoulders back and legs together. Use a pencil to make a small mark on the wall above your head — make sure you hold the pencil parallel to the floor. Then measure from the floor to your mark, in centimetres or feet and inches.

How do I measure my inside leg length?

With your shoes off, stand upright with your back against a wall. Place a book/ruler between your legs, level with your crotch. Then measure from the floor to the top of the book/ruler, in centimetres or feet and inches (it's easier if a friend helps).

Q & A

How are mountain bikes sized?

Mountain bikes are usually sized in inches, or using a S/M/L system. An MTB's frame size is traditionally calculated by measuring the length of the seat tube, from the centre of the front chainring to the top of the tube (where the seat post inserts). MTB frame design varies quite considerably across models and styles, so to keep sizing consistent, manufacturers sometimes use a ‘virtual' seat tube measurement. NB. Sizes can vary slightly between manufacturers.

I'm between sizes — which mountain bike size should I choose?

If your measurements suggest that two mountain bike sizes are suitable, then in the end it's a personal choice, but most riders will choose the larger size. A mountain bike with a slightly larger frame is easier to handle than one that feels cramped. You can always fit a shorter stem if necessary, to reduce the reach to the handlebars. Fitting a longer stem, on the other hand, may adversely affect the bike's handling.

Which MTB wheel size is best for me?

Mountain bikes are available in a range of wheel sizes, each with distinctive characteristics and advantages, depending on the kind of riding you'll be doing. Smaller wheels are nimbler, stronger and lighter, while larger wheels roll better over rough terrain. Since smaller wheels tend to suit smaller riders better, while larger riders often prefer a bigger-wheeled bike, some brands (including Cube, Trek and Scott) have opted for a split size strategy on wheel size: small frame sizes come with a 27.5" wheel, large frames have 29" wheels, and medium sizes are available with a choice of either 27.5" or 29" wheels. 26" wheels

26" wheels

The oldest, most recognisable size of MTB wheel, they are now quite rare on new bikes. Although very manoeuvrable, they struggle to carry speed on rough ground. Most modern bikes with 26-inch wheels will be made for smaller frame sizes or freestyle riding.

27.5" (650b) wheels

The most common size on all MTBs, as they provide the perfect balance between cornering and rollover speed. They can be used for a very wide range of riding styles and therefore suit a majority of riders' needs.

27.5"+ (Plus-size, 6Fattie) wheels

Plus-size wheels are fitted with 2.8" or 3.0" width tyres, on a 27.5" rim. This combination gives them a similar overall diameter to 29" wheels, and they can often be fitted to 29er MTBs with BOOST axle spacing on the fork and back wheel. Though they're a little slower to accelerate, 27.5"+ wheels give better grip and cushioning and are ideal for hardtails. You'll also find them on electric MTBs.

29" (29er) wheels

The least nimble, but fastest-rolling platform possible. Small riders may find these difficult to control, but experienced mountain bikers love these for racing and conquering rough ground at speed. 29ers are especially popular with enduro, downhill and cross-country riders.

Are frame sizes different for women-specific mountain bikes?

Yes — for example, a Medium women's MTB will be smaller than a Medium men's MTB. However, the sizing itself is calculated in the same way, so a 17" men's and women's bike have the same frame size. NB. Some manufacturers also change other aspects of frame geometry on a women-specific bike, to offer women a better fit. For example, women tend to have shorter upper bodies than men, so women's bikes can have shorter top tubes (the sloping tube running between the handlebars and the saddle), to reduce the reach to the handlebars.



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