Bike Check: Jordan Sarrou's World Champion Custom Specialized Epic

Jan 8, 2021
by James Smurthwaite  


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.

After rocketing around racecourses for almost twenty years, the Specialized Epic was updated for last year to tie in with the Olympics

Jordan lays eyes on his custom ride for the first time.

The rainbow fade on the rear half of the bike is exquisite.

Jordan also gets a custom top tube decal.

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.

As you'd expect for a Specialized Factory team, there's plenty of Specialized kit including Roval wheels and Renegade tires.

Sram provides the groupset with SRAM Level brakes...

... And an AXS XX1 drivetrain

There's also a Blackbox chainring from SRAM that looks to be an update on the Quarq power meter.

A training camp unfortunately also means some time in the pain cave.



60 Comments

  • 38 5
 Cool bike but I still can't get used to the look of the solid silver chainrings.
IMPO, they stick out like a sore thumb. Maybe if they were black???
  • 4 0
 After bending the battery compartment twice I can't figure out why they don't run the cover like they do on the road bike setup. Also not a fan of the silver ring. Basically any other color would look much better with the rainbow color way.
  • 6 0
 makes an extremely expensive bike look like they took a part off a $99 beach cruiser. super wonky looking
  • 6 0
 They’re inspired by the original 1993 Magic Motorcycle (later Coda) C9RD road crank chainring(s) — made by the legendary Pong family on Whidbey Island near Seattle, before Magic Motorcycle’s acquisition by Cannondale. It’s a stout ring design that helps ensure accurate strain measurements used to calculate torque/power. Yeah, black might look sharp. As would Kooka-style Rasta splash ano or fade ano to match the chainstay =P
  • 3 0
 They should've oil slicked it. Missed opportunity right there!
  • 7 0
 It's nothing special... maybe so much that it makes it special again.
No gloss/matte finish, no subtle patterns, no sparkle, no reference to the shape of the frame...
a plain fade in WC colors.Nothing to cheer, nothing to complain about.
  • 12 4
 Same as Alaphilippe's road bike... Not my thing.
  • 7 0
 I wouldn't call this a rainbow colour scheme. Looks like an Olympic rings scheme to me.
  • 1 0
 The UCI rainbow isn’t a ROYGBIV rainbow. If you check out the stripes on any world champ’s jersey, you’ll see that the colors are blue/red/black/yellow/green, same as the Olympic rings.
  • 8 5
 I like the Rasta fade on the chainstay. Do you think it’s a subtle message to the UCI about testing, from the World Champ? =P
  • 2 0
 But it doesn’t have a swat box for „stuff“
  • 1 0
 @Upduro: Hahaha! Good call!
  • 6 1
 Weight???Settings??? Bar lenght???
  • 5 2
 Really nice to see an xc race bike with a stem that is not pointing straight at the ground. This resembles a trail bike more than most xc race bikes I've seen.
  • 4 2
 Yeah slowly but surely XC bikes are beginning to make sense. Slacker geo, wider tires, wider rims, wider bars, shorter stems, droppers... It's almost as though they're going full enduro (in a couple o decades)
  • 3 1
 @nhlevi: Yeah hopefully they have now finally realized that mountain biking is not just about climbing. Judging by this bike that is certainly the case.
  • 4 0
 Just for reference: Renegades come stock on their dirtjumper.
  • 1 0
 The P bikes come with Rhythms. Is there a joke I'm missing?
  • 1 0
 @cmrn: The Rhythms are new for 2021; the P.3 has come with Renegades as recently as the last time you could actually order one and for many years prior.
  • 3 0
 I want! But what about the details: bar width, crank arm length, chainring size, weight, saddle height?
  • 4 0
 Beaut
  • 3 0
 i swear they made the exact same one for tom pidcock like 2 weeks ago ?
  • 2 0
 @ice29 It's either a Power or Power Arc. I can't see the rear profile well enough to tell which one it is.
  • 1 0
 Power - the Arc's wings dip more and the centre crease on the nose is less pronounced that the standard Power.
  • 4 1
 Liked the BMC\Suntour combo. This is plain fade
  • 4 1
 Wish it still had the SRSuntour fork he won the stripes on.
  • 1 0
 Sounds like they finally got their brain straightened out after 20 years. Sweet looking bike except for the ugly ass derailleur.
  • 5 4
 Er wird mit BMC Weltmeister und Specialized schmückt sich mit Ruhm,was soll der Schei...
  • 4 1
 Es ist immer so... Ein Nachteil von der Weltmeisterschaft so spät in der Saison...
  • 3 0
 We must leave to Caesar what belongs to Caesars - BMC in that case By the way compared to DH Worldcup Paintjob I find that some efforts could have been done
  • 1 0
 It's Specialized, so not really surprising.
  • 2 1
 @jeffcapues: It's called business. Specialized no doubt is paying him a salary that BMC could not (or didn't want to!) match.
  • 1 0
 Anyone knows which Spesh saddle that is? Smile (looks like Phenom or Romin Evo)
  • 2 0
 S-works Power
  • 1 0
 Definitely looks like a Power. The tiny nose gives it away.
  • 2 0
 No dropper post or 780mm bar? Unrideable
  • 2 0
 modern xc bikes are a thing of beauty
  • 1 0
 This year's Epic has a nice, clean, balanced look. Way better than previous design.
  • 5 4
 the fourstroke was much better
  • 1 0
 They give him the same paint job as Pidcocks bike?
  • 1 0
 What kind of pedals are those?
  • 1 0
 Hi @Joecx, those are HT Components, the same brand that Nino Schurter uses.
  • 2 0
 They are called "Notshimano", also known as HT
  • 1 0
 what do you think? 20 lbs?
  • 1 0
 whats the name of that bike shop??
  • 1 0
 I freaking love the chainring. Classic throwback design. Big Grin
  • 1 0
 I wish my new bikes were presented to me on a pedestal
  • 1 0
 Did Specialized part with Magura, Rotor and Carbon-Ti?
  • 2 1
 missing a dropper...
  • 1 1
 THE. MOST. BEAUTIFUL.
  • 3 4
 What an ugly paintjob.
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