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There's not much that matches the feeling of powering up a
pitch on a featherweight bike, and we designed the new S-Works
Epic Hardtail frame with this in mind. It's less than 900
grams, exceptionally stiff, and it features a Rider First
Engineered™ design. It's the perfect jumping off point to
begin creating your dream build.

Over the last decade, cross country racing has evolved
into a completely different animal—the courses are rowdier,
more technical, and overall, they're inherently different.
Because of this, we realized that the best bike for the job
needs to not only be lightweight and stiff, but also be able
to descend and climb with equal prowess. Determining the best
geometry was the easier of the two, as we took our current XC
race geo and added some trail DNA to the mix. This equates to
a longer top tube, a shortened the head tube, and a slacked
out the front end, the result of which is a tremendous
increase in downhill stability, plus a wider fit range. And
just as importantly, this doesn't require any sacrifice of
climbing proficiency. The weight aspect was more complicated,
though. We were posed with the question, "How do you take
weight out of something that's already so light?" But the
answer was relatively obvious: you get the best mountain bike
engineers together in one room and let the magic come out.

Up until now, there were two ways to lighten up a frame—
use less of the same grade of carbon or use less of a higher-
grade carbon. Option one is never a viable solution as it
sacrifices stiffness and strength, two attributes that
shouldn't be tampered with. And while we did end up using
option two, we weren't content with the amount of weight we
could cut out by just using a different grade of carbon. So
how else do you cut weight? Well, we began looking at our
layup schedules to see if they could be improved, which shed
light on a new discovery—layup inefficiencies.

Beginning with our Rider-First Engineered™ frame
technology, each size Epic Hardtail is specifically tailored
to size—every carbon layup and tube are exclusively selected
based upon hundreds of hours of collected ride data. What does
this mean for you? It not only creates the optimal balance of
rigidity, weight, and responsiveness across every frame size,
but it led us to the discovery of how to save weight through
the studying of the layup.

Through extensive layup studies, we made the discovery
that, by further controlling the construction and layup
schedules, we could drastically decrease weight, all while
maintaining the ride characteristics that you'd expect from a
top-level XC race bike. With this discovery, each frame now
features complex cut carbon plys that allow difficult
junctions to be covered with less overlap. And while this does
complicate the carbon frame puzzle by adding more pieces to
the mix, it allows us to design and place them more
intelligently. The result of this is a lighter frame, stronger
junctions, and a drastic increase in stiffness. We then took
the weight savings one step further by using Japanese military
ballistic-grade carbon, which we now call 12m, to create the
lightest mountain bike we've ever made. How much lighter of a
frame, you ask? Less than 900 grams for a size Large frame—the
same weight as a full 24oz Purist water bottle.

Extra informatie


Specialized S-Works FACT 12m, XC Geometry, internal split-housing cable routing, PF30 BB, 12x148mm rear-end, triangulated post-mount 160mm brake

Seat binder

Specialized Alloy, 30.0mm, titanium bolt


Gloss Oil Slick/Mint