2021 Specialized Epic Expert

A 29″ carbon frame full suspension crosscountry bike with ultra high-end components. Compare the full range

2021 Specialized Epic Expert
MSRP$6,200
SuspensionFull
Travel100mm rear, 100mm front
FrameCarbon
ForkRockShox SID

Wheels29″ Carbon
Drivetrain1 × 12
GroupsetX01 Eagle, X1

BrakesHydraulic Disc
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Gearing

1 × 12 — 12 speed

Epic Expert

28 mph

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The Epic Expert is easier to ride up hills than similar bikes.

The Epic Expert is geared about the same as similar bikes for riding downhill.


Estimated Spec Level

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Specialized Epic EVO Expert – In our 2022 downcountry group test

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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

  • Very composed

  • Intuitive handling

  • Rear suspension bobs in open mode and cannot be locked from the handlebars

  • Dropper remote requires strong fingers

Mar 2022Read Review

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Specialized Epic EVO Expert review

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

Jul 2021Read Review

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Specialized Epic Evo Expert review - MBR

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

  • Expensive

Mar 2021Read Review

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Specialized Epic Evo Expert review

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

Dec 2020Read Review

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Specialized S-Works Epic HT AXS Custom in bikepacking review

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.

  • Acceleration

  • Best of the best components

  • Confidence-inspiring handling

  • Amazing concept for racers

  • Frame requires delicate treatment

  • Fork sags when you pedal standing up

Oct 2020Read Review

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First Ride: 2021 Specialized Epic Evo

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.

Jun 2020Read Review

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Review: 2021 Specialized S-Works Epic full suspension XC race machine

How is the new Specialized S-Works Epic? We got the bike in the hands of a racer to find out! Check out the details inside.

Jun 2020Read Review

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Review: Specialized Epic Evo S-Works

Specialized has done a really good job of taking one bike and making it equally competitive for two different types of riders. If you search out the longest backcountry trails or like to get to the top of your local spot at record time, you may want to take the Epic Evo S-Works for a spin. Read our full review here!

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Geometry

Sizing
XS

5'1" – 5'6"

SM

5'4" – 5'9"

MD

5'7" – 6'0"

LG

5'10" – 6'3"

XL

6'0" – 6'5"

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Specs
Build
Frame

FACT 11m Full Carbon, Progressive XC Race Geometry, Rider-First Engineered™, threaded BB, 12x148mm rear spacing, internal cable routing, 100mm of travel

BB StandardBSA, 73mm, Threaded

ColorsGloss / Satin Oasis/forest Green; Satin Carbon / Spectraflair

Fork

RockShox SID SL BRAIN, Bottom-Adjust Brain damper, Debon Air, 15x110mm, 44mm offset, 100mm Travel

Rear Shock

RockShox-Specialized BRAIN, Rx XC Tune, 5 Position Platform Adjust, Rebound Adjust, Integrated Extension, 265x52.5mm

Bottom Bracket

SRAM DUB, BSA 73mm, threaded

Stem

Specialized XC, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree rise

Handlebar

Specialized Alloy Minirise, 6.5mm rise, 750mm, 31.8mm clamp

Saddle

Body Geometry Power Comp, Cromoly rails

Seatpost

Specialized Alloy, Single Bolt, 30.9mm

Groupset
Rear Derailleur

SRAM X01 Eagle, 12-speed

Crank

SRAM X1 Eagle, DUB, 32T, XS: 165mm, SM: 170mm, M-XL: 175mm

Shifters

SRAM X01 Eagle, trigger, 12-speed

Cassette

SRAM XG-1275 Eagle, 12-speed, 10-50t

Chain

SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed

Brakes

SRAM Level TL, 2-piston caliper, hydraulic disc

Wheels
Rims

Roval Control Carbon, 25mm internal width, Zero bead hook, Tubeless ready, 28h

Spokes

DT Swiss Competition Race

Front Hub

DT Swiss 350, 15x110mm spacing, Torque caps, 6-bolt, 28h

Rear Hub

DT Swiss 350, Star Ratchet, SRAM XD driver body, 12mm thru-axle, 148mm spacing, 28h

Tires

Front: Fast Trak, Control casing, GRIPTON® compound, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3", Rear: Fast Trak, Control casing, GRIPTON® compound, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3"

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