Specialized has been playing their cards close, and wrapped not only their prototype downhill bike’s suspension design but also their latest cross-country race bike. The cover has come off on the new Specialized Epic in a recent SRAM product knowledge video
, showing off the sleek rear shock assembly.
From what we can tell on the production frame, denoted by the “EPIC” wordmark on the lower seatstay, does not use any variation on Specialized’s BRAIN system. The air valve does seem to be relocated to allow for the rear shock to nestle into the top tube though. There’s no sign of a remote lockout on this build but we’d wager that this will still be an option, like on the prior generation.
The architecture of the frame continues with flex-stay rear triangle, however, the rocker link has been inverted and mounts to the top tube instead of the seat tube. A main pivot sits in line with the top of the chainring and the seatstay flows into the top tube, hiding a rocker link to drive the shock.
We’ve reached out to Specialized to inquire about when this new XC race bike will be available and will update this space.
What goes around comes around, lol
I miss seeing Dave Weagle in the media. I think he's an interesting and entertaining bloke.
I'm with you but, the marketing department may have something to say about that.
I have zero symapthy and respect for Trek. What are they gonna come up next " sketch on a papertowel", headset cable routing? Lol
The narrow wide chainring is a great idea that Sram borrowed. How can you patent something that you acknowledge you copied?
But "rollover" is a choice too. Small wheels interact more with the trail than big ones. If you want little interaction, get the biggest wheels that fit you. Steamroll all you can. If you do want more interaction, get the wheels that give you that right amount of interaction. 26" feels right for me to pump and not get hung up. I definitely notice that it seems easier for me to maintain or gain speed through pumping than for people I ride with who are on bigger wheels. And sure they're skipping and bouncing less on the rough stuff, preserving more speed there seemingly with less effort. All good, choose the wheelsize that makes your bike ride the way you want it to. There is no right or wrong. Just the right compromise for you.
I have zero interest in smart suspension as it exists today, and am not real excited about wireless shifting/dropping, but give me wireless control over everything on the bike from the bars... That seems like a great use of the AXS ecosystem
UP, UP, DOWN, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT, B, B, Start. Now you’re locked out front and back
But how important is the frame? I would make a SWAG of about 1%, your body position being 90%.
Specialized: 40% engineering, 80% marketing. (Marketing math!)
I assumed most pink bikers are down hill oriented.