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800g Frame – 2018 Specialized Epic Hardtail

Specialized recently soft launched their 2018 S-WORKS Epic hardtail, which is simply an updated version of the 2017 model. They upgraded the frame to a higher level of carbon, and gave it a fast, bold, look. Then they played mix and match with the colour scheme and finally produced a hardtail that looks XC race ready.

New Frame Tech:

Specialized designed the 2018 S-WORKS Epic with their FACT 12m Carbon. This type of carbon, as we’ve seen on other models, is superior in strength and weight. The superlight hardtail that is getting the spotlight in this article, boasts with an 800-gram frame, one of Specialized’s lightest frames ever for MTB!

That’s not all! The bike looks fast, and that’s all because of the 69.8-degree head tube angle and 74-degree seat-tube angle. A 430mm chain-stay contributes to the frame’s compactness, while SPECIALIZED’s new BOOST technology, makes room for fatter tyres, while still keeping a race profile.

The Epic Hardtail frame is primarily designed for a 90mm – 100mm front shock. Which is adequate, considering this bike will mainly be used in XC races. You can also expect the bike, therefore, to handle relatively sharp on technical parts of the trail.

Final Thoughts:

This was sort-of a preview that we gave you of the bike, and that the 2018 Epic Hardtail is not available world-wide yet. We reckon it’ll only hit South Africa in late September, or possibly early November at the latest, in 2017.

When it does hit though, the 2018 Specialized Epic Hardtail is going to smash the trail!

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