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Specialized S-Works Epic 29er

Just 21.27lb makes it one of the lightest 29er bikes currently available

The spread of 29ers continues, with Specialized giving its race-focused S-Works Epic the big wheel treatment for 2011.

Specialized actually released a 29in version of the Epic last year but with the release of the S-Works model, a race-ready bike if ever there was one, it shows the company’s commitment to the 29er movement.

While from a distance the Epic looks the same as last year’s 26in model, there’s actually quite a lot of change. The carbon fibre frame has been remodeled with a new one-piece top tube, tapered headtube (1 1/8in-1.5in), Pressfit 30 bottom bracket bearings and a 142x12mm thru-axle, which because the dropouts aren’t open-ended means carbon can be wrapped all the way around, reducing the weight.

And the weight? It is claimed to be just 21.27lb (9.66kg) for the all-out S-Works model.

Stops haven’t just been pulled out with the frame. The Roval Control SL Carbon 29 wheels get carbon fibre rims for a weight of just 1400g, and they’re tubeless compatible. For the fork Specialized hooked up with RockShox and the result is a custom Reba 29. It makes use of carbon for the crown and steerer tube and inside there’s Specialized’s Brain gubbins.

All in, an impressive package.




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