Late last year, in the mist and mud of Leogang, Jordan Sarrou did the almost unthinkable and managed to be the first rider to wrestle the rainbow stripes off Nino Schurter since 2015. The 27-year-old (at the time) shattered Nino's air of World Champs invincibility and took the win by nearly a minute from Mathias Fluckiger. At the time Sarrou was racing for Absolute Absalon, with his team manager being the last person to beat Nino Schurter in the World Champs, but the off-season brought him a big move. For the 2021 Olympic year Sarrou will now be racing on Specialized and their Epic full suspension bike.
To welcome him onto the team, Specialized had a surprise waiting for the French rider at their training camp in South Africa - a custom painted World Champs edition Epic for him to race throughout the year. Alongside the traditional rainbow colour scheme, there's a host of lightweight XC racing parts and even some prototype Blackbox kit from SRAM too. Check out all the details below.
Specialized's BRAIN suspension controls the rear end. The system was updated for the 2021 Epic and is designed to lock out the suspension on smooth surfaces without the need for a bar-mounted lever.