The Evo R is the evolution of the fastest XC race bike in the world, with lighter, faster, race-specific parts all around.
Super light FACT IS 9m carbon 29er-specific frame with M5 alloy rear triangle and sealed cartridge bearing pivots delivers strength, rigidity, and suppleness to create an uncompromising 100mm-travel Competitive XC bike
Specialized and Fox blend their brains to develop the FlowControl Mini Brain shock with Brain Fade inertia valve, air spring and adjustable rebound for World Cup - and local trail - domination
Custom RockShox Reba 29 100mm fork with Brain features rebound and Brain Fade adjustments to dial in the perfect platform for 29er bliss
World-class, featherlight S-Works Renegades are 2Bliss Ready and offer maximum speed and control in hardpack or intermediate XC conditions: 1.95" front & rear
S-Works FACT 680mm carbon flat bar is feather light and seriously stiff for XC finesse and power
Custom Specialized Evo XC DMD 1x10 chain guide to keep chain solidly in place while shifting through 10 speeds
Weaknesses: Brakes, even with the Magura mt6 the breaks are still lacking
Great looking and super fast. The only issue is stopping the thing. The equipped brakes are lacking on the high speed downhills, I wish Specialized would just put Formulas on all the upper end bikes and call it day.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: March 17, 2012
Strengths: Light Weight= 23lb 13oz. with Pedals and Carbon Tubeless
Amazingly fast, makes great use of your power. Climbs extremely well. Goes downhill with great confidence. I also own a Sworks Stumpy FSR 29 for comparison on the downhill.
Point it and it goes. Extremely quick steering but not twitchy at all. I was skeptical of the 1 x 10 Drivetrain but it "rocks". Gearing is perfect. May do the same to my Stumpy. I can't say enough of the "brain technology". You can adjust for different riding conditions as if you have more than one bike. Fully closed it's as close as it gets to a hardtail with full suspension compliance when needed. Open the brain setting and full suspension compliance at all times. It really sets the bike apart from all others.
Weaknesses: None yet
If anyone wants an Epic and doesn't want to spend the Sworks bucks... This is it... I rode the Sworks but my riding ability didn't merit paying the extra 4k. I wouldn't put it to good use. Sworks felt even faster !!!
Price paid included Roval Wheels, I already had the pedals.
Similar Products Used: 2009 Giant Anthem Advanced, 2011 Giant Anthem X3(full XTR group), 2012 Stumpy Comp Carbon Fsr 29, 2012 Sworks Stumpy fsr 29(full XTR group)...Still have the all the Specialized...
Bike Setup: XT pedals
Roval Carbon Wheel Set w Racing Ralphs
I Am Specialized
a Cross Country Rider
from Alice Springs, NT Australia
Date Reviewed: January 28, 2012
Strengths: Lightweight and simplistic. The Epic EVO R runs a single chain ring, dropping weight from not only your cranket, but also your bars with an additional shift lever. The carbon bars also drop weight from the set up, along with a SRAM carbon crankset. My total bike weight is a slim 9.8 kg, which would is in the heavier road bike category. In Aust the EVO R is a black frame with fluro yellow accent, Ill be honest, it was a major factor in the purchase, and is a seriouis head turner when rolling onto the start line at my local races.
Weaknesses: The wheelset is a concern for me, although to date, i have not had any major issues. I think ill upgrade to a tubeless set up in the future, but at the moment it is a concern when attacking some gnarlier sections of courses.
I love this bike, the only trouble i have is that i want to ride it all the time, but have to hold myself back in the fear that ill get lazy and lose some cardio. The simplistic design is amazing, saving you from any major or complicated issues. If you want a serious race mahine, without bursting the budjet and going all out on the S-Works, this bike is for you.
Similar Products Used: I run a 2008 Stumpjumper for my training / fun bike. Its not quite the same, but you can definatly sense they come from the same Specialized family.
Bike Setup: The only thing i run which is not standard are some XTR race pedals. I also run quite a heavy tyre set up, on Michelin Toro's, too heavy and i will look at dropping weight when i wear the Toro's down, and look at some better rims.
Guys Im looking for some insight on which Epic to buy.....I would love an S works but they are to expensive for me. Im torn between the Evo vs the Expert carbon. I like the weight savings, carbon rear triangle, and handlebar of the Evo, but im not a SRAM fan. Im curious what others think? Also I ... Read More »
[my review re-posted from Specialized forum]
I finished a race in May thinking that I'd chosen the wrong weapon for the course. It was loose and had several rock gardens in it that made it seem like my hardtail was rolling backward compared to other riders. On smooth, relatively flat courses, my ... Read More »
I finished a race in May thinking that I'd chosen the wrong weapon for the course. It was loose and had several rock gardens in it that made it seem like my hardtail was rolling backward compared to other riders. On smooth, relatively flat courses, my carbon hardtail 26er is incredibly fast, but I w ... Read More »
I trying to buy one of these bikes but have two questions.
1) What size do you think it will fit me best a M of L, Im 5'10"
2) 29r or Evor29r, ( 1x10 or 2x10 )
I live in florida so I think I will be fine with the Evo but I'm worry if I travel to other states and I don't have enough ... Read More »