With numerous XC wins, including a gold medal at the Olympics, Specialized's S-Works Epic 29 WC Frameset rocks Brain-controlled suspension for unprecedented climbing and confident descending. The state-of-the-art FACT 11m-carbon frame is not only light, it's super stiff for lightning-fast accelerations and pinpoint handling. The World Cup XC geometry boasts a tighter geometry, single-ring specific design, shorter chainstays and tube lengths, which work together to form explosive power transfer and an even nimbler sense of handling. To get this world-class build started off right, you get a carbon post, a headset, and a cutting-edge 100mm-travel RockShox RS-1 fork, boasting an inverted design with a carbon fiber upper which provides superior stiffness, while behaving with more sensitivity to small bumps and more control over larger hits.
Specialized's FSR suspension offers plush travel, incredible control, unbeatable traction and an overall awesome ride because it's completely unaffected by pedaling and braking forces. This design also eliminates "bobbing" for optimum climbing and acceleration. You'll be amazed.
The Brain is the mastermind behind Specialized's ultra-efficient suspension designs. It automatically turns the suspension "on" and "off" almost instantaneously to always provide the perfect ride. It consists of an inertia valve mounted inside a near-vertical cylinder near the rear axle. The inertia valve controls the shock's ability to compress; the resulting system responds to terrain input (bumps and dips), but not to rider input (pedaling). Forces from the ground activate the inertia valve inside the Brain, which opens and allows the shock to absorb bumps. All Brains also feature Brain Fade technology, which by using the blue dial on top of the Brain cylinder, you can control the breakaway threshold of the inertia valve in your Brain from ultra rigid and efficient to super plush and active and anywhere in between. So you can set up your bike to climb and sprint like a hardtail and still absorb bumps for maximum control over rough terrain; the ideal combination for parlaying all your hard efforts into off-road speed.
This frame utilizes Specialized’s advanced FACT IS (Integrated Structure) construction method. By separating the frame into four main parts — the front triangle, seat tube/bottom bracket, chainstays and seatstays — Specialized is able to optimize each carbon piece for its specific purpose and create a structure that’s incredibly light, impeccably stiff and impressively strong.
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|Frame||Specialized FACT 11M-carbon, World Cup XC 29 Geometry, 142mm dropouts|
|Fork||RockShox RS-1 w/Brain, 100mm-travel, tapered carbon steerer, 15mm thru-axle|
|Rear Shock||Fox/Specialized remote Mini-Brain, w/Brain Fade and Autosag|
|Seatpost||Specialized S-Works, FACT carbon|