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used for climbing
Epic EVO Expert
used for descending and sprinting
5'1" – 5'6"
5'4" – 5'9"
5'7" – 6'0"
5'10" – 6'3"
6'0" – 6'5"
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Mar 2022 · Peter Walker
In our 2022 downcountry group test, we pitted the Specialized Epic EVO Expert against 5 of the hottest bikes of the season. Read the full review to find out what Specialized’s carbon rocket is capable of and where it stacks up against the competition. Hit the link for the full review and a list with all other bikes.
Super agile and playful downhill
Rear suspension bobs in open mode and cannot be locked from the handlebars
Dropper remote requires strong fingers
Jul 2021 · Robin Weaver
A super-fast, momentum carrying machine that’s far more capable than its rear travel might suggest
Rocketship fast when you hit the pedals
Far more capable and confident than the amount of travel might suggest
Covers ground incredibly quickly
Accurate line choice is recommended
Rear tyre needs more bite
Mar 2021 · Alan Muldoon
Specialized Epic Evo Expert is streets ahead of its rivals in sizing and geometry. Long reach gives you freedom to get creative on any trail.
Fast and light
Dec 2020 · Guy Kesteven
Extremely light for the category and stiffer and slacker to be faster uphill and down, the new Epic Evo is a blisteringly quick and enjoyable XC/Trail bike if you don’t want extra reach
Superlight frame weight
Excellent SID suspension combo
Great suspension tune
Smart kit choice
Tall seat tube limits upsizing
Controls hit the top tube
Slow freehub engagement
Comp version is even better value
No SWAT downtube storage
Oct 2020 · Benjamin Topf
What happens when you take one of the lightest hardtail mountain bikes, add drop bars and send it off on a bikepacking trip? We did exactly that with the Specialized S-Works EPIC HT AXS Custom and tell you whether the concept works.
Best of the best components
Amazing concept for racers
Frame requires delicate treatment
Fork sags when you pedal standing up
With a 120mm fork and a crazy light 110mm frame, the updated Epic EVO is trail-bike rowdy with a touch of XC speed.
As cross-country bikes evolve, it's no surprise that the Specialized Epic Evo is already a step ahead. It adds travel and length, and loses one element.
FACT 11m Full Carbon, Progressive XC Geometry, Rider-First Engineered™, threaded BB, 12x148mm rear spacing, internal cable routing, 110mm of travel
BB Standard: BSA, 73mm, Threaded
Colors: Gloss Redwood / Smoke; Satin Cast Blue Metallic / Ice Blue
Rockshox SID Select+, Charger 2 RL Damper, Debon Air, 15x110mm, 44mm offset, 120mm Travel
Spring Type: Air
RockShox SID LUXE Select+, Rx XC Tune, Two Position, Rebound Adjust, 190x40mm
SRAM DUB, BSA 73mm, threaded
Specialized XC, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree rise
Specialized Alloy Minirise, 6.5mm rise, 750mm, 31.8mm clamp
Body Geometry Power Comp, Cromoly rails
X-Fusion Manic, infinite adjustable, two-bolt head, bottom mount cable routing, remote SRL LE lever, XS-SM: 100mm travel, M: 125mm travel, L-XL: 150mm travel
SRAM X01 Eagle, 12-speed
SRAM X1 Eagle, DUB, 32T, XS: 165mm, SM: 170mm, M-XL: 175mm, 32T
SRAM X01 Eagle, trigger, 12-speed
SRAM XG-1275 Eagle, 12-speed, 10-50t
SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed
SRAM G2 RS, 4-piston caliper, hydraulic disc
Roval Control Carbon, 25mm internal width, Zero bead hook, Tubeless ready, 28h
DT Swiss Competition Race
DT Swiss 350, 15x110mm spacing, Torque caps, 6-bolt, 28h
DT Swiss 350, Star Ratchet, SRAM XD driver body, 12mm thru-axle, 148mm spacing, 28h
Front: Ground Control, Control casing, GRIPTON® compound, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3", Rear: Fast Trak, Control casing, GRIPTON® compound, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3"