Specialized Epic Comp XC Full Suspension

4.92/5 (37 Reviews)
MSRP : $3000.00


Product Description

With world champ blood lines, the Comp is race-ready right out of the box.
  • M5 alloy frame rules the Competitive XC category with 100mm of supple FSR suspension, delivering small bump performance and unsurpassed efficiency in smooth terrain
  • 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
  • S-Works The Captain 2.0" front and S-Works Fast Trak 2.0" rear 2Bliss Ready dual compound tires work together to deliver exceptional speed and traction, while minimizing rotating weight
  • Custom Avid Elixir R SL lightweight hydraulic brakes with tool-less reach adjust and long-lasting semi-metallic pads keep you in check with superb control and modulation
  • SRAM's venerable X.9 long cage rear derailleur is super tough and light, yet delivers pinpoint shifts in the worst conditions
  • Specialized BG Phenom Comp saddle with hollow Cr-Mo rails is a lightweight and minimalist design, tuned for sit bone flex and comfortable climbing


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by tobyrider a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: June 17, 2013

Strengths:    Fast enough to race and can hold it’s own for all mountain use.

Weaknesses:    Brain is good, but sometimes it was unpredictable and left me wondering if it was doing its job. The brain also requires maintenance every 100-150 hours, which is more than twice a year for me!

Bottom Line:   
2013 Comp Alloy Lg. I owned this bike for 7 months and averaged about 50 miles/week; it was the bike that got me serious about riding and xc racing and it was my first 29er. Coming off a 26” Stumpjumper I immediately felt like I was cheating when I got on this bike. It weighed about the same (28lbs w pedals) and it was infinitely faster and it never felt “big” to me compared to my 26”. This bike is up for racing and I could take it on the most technical trails we have in Texas. It took a little time and trial and error getting the shock/forks dialed in and learning on how/when to adjust the brain for each trail, but once I did the bike handled anything I through at it.

I ended up selling the bike because I am more interested in racing right now so went carbon hardtail, but I could see an Epic in my garage again. Probably go carbon next time though.

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Favorite Trail:   Northshore Grapevine TX

Duration Product Used:   7 months

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   Plano Cycling & Fitn

Similar Products Used:   26" Stumpjumper FSR, Pivot Les


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dancingoutlaw a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: January 20, 2013

Strengths:    Climbing, descending and everything in between. Feels light and nimble like a much lighter bike yet it stays stable and planted over gnarly terrain like a much heavier bike. The steering is lightning quick. The bike just gives you a ton of confidence to push your limits.

Weaknesses:    This is not a fault of the bike but coming from a Stumpjumper FSR with a stock low-rise bar and going to the flat bar on the Epic, I am bent over a little too far in more of a racing position (which the bike is meant for) and I noticed my lower back hurt a bit more than usual after the ride. I will experiment with the stem to see if just raising it a bit makes a difference. The one thing that I wish was not true about this bike is that you're supposed to send the Brain in to Specialized every 100-150 hours and you're without your ride for 7-10 days and it costs somewhere around $150 I'm told. I guess if that's the additional price for admission, I'm obviously willing to pay.

Bottom Line:   
This review is for a 2012 Epic Comp 29 and I just took it out for the first ride today after getting a great deal on a leftover model from my LBS. I am so glad that I purchased this bike. It is everything I hoped it would be. I rode on trails that I know like the back of my hand from riding a Rockhopper 26 there for one year and a Stumpjumper FSR 26 for 1 2/1 years. The trails fall into more of an all mountain category. Lots of rocks, roots, some very, very fast downhills and some brutal uphill climbs along with a little bit of technical, tighter areas. It's a fantastic place to get a really good feel for what a bike's capabilities, strengths and weaknesses are.

Descending: This is where I was most impressed although I initially feared that I would really miss the extra travel of my Stumpy. I did not. The bike is definitely a little stiffer up front but it soaks up whatever you throw at it and never gets off line. If you have the guts to plow through some rougher sections pretty fast, the bike will not waver one bit. I could not believe it. I'm not saying huck it off big drops- I'm sure you'll bottom the suspension out- but the front fork and the 29" tires do an amazing job of getting you through some gnarly trail.

Climbing: One thing that stood out to me is the front end does not wander. My Stumpy was tough to keep pointed straight sometimes on the steeper sections. Even on tight, ascending switchbacks the bike held the line beautifully. The 29" wheels/tires roll over roots, rocks and ledges much, much better than my 26 and keep the momentum going- which resulted in less fatigue. The lighter weight made a difference here as well, as did the Brain keeping the rear end planted. I did spin out on a wet root going up a pretty hard section and that sucked but the Renegade rear tire is pretty slick. Not sure if a more aggressive tread would have helped but it couldn't have hurt.

Cornering: The steering is so quick on this bike it's hard to believe. It feels every bit as flickable as my 26 Stumpy. It holds a line around sweeping corners and berms b/c the front end doesn't feel like it's going to wash out like the Stumpy did sometimes. Perhaps the rider's forward position and flat bars increase this stability.

Overall: I could not be more pleased. I ordered a set of Roval Control Carbon 29 wheels for it and I can't wait to get those on when they come in and see how it affects all of the above. I can't imagine the bike riding even better but that's what I've read and heard nice wheels will do from so many people. If you're considering buying this bike, I can highly recommend it and think it lives up to the hype and then some.

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Favorite Trail:   All of em

Duration Product Used:   New

Price Paid:    $3300.00

Purchased At:   Carolina Triathlon G

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Rockhopper
Specialized Stumjumper FSR


Bike Setup:   Bone stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rackmaninov a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: November 16, 2012

Strengths:    Quickest FSR, up and down the mountain I've ridden. Brain when set right adds the extra firmness on climbs and only engages when you need it. Nice big wheels and stiff light frame eat up the trails and smallish drop-offs.

Weaknesses:    None yet

Bottom Line:   
I've been looking to pull the trigger on a 29er from my Trance X2 26er for a few months as my mates are eating me up on the climbs. I originally had my eyes on the Giant anthem X1 (albeit the colour scheme is horrendous) and was prepped to have a test ride, but the staff at my Giant LBS were pretty unresponsive so i walked out. I'm thankful that I did as I was put onto the Specialized Camber and Epic comp in the LBS across the road. I've test ridden both, and as amazed as I was with the big Camber, I decided to give the Epic a go before pulling the trigger. The Epic matches the Camber and raises the bar. Admittedly a little more expensive but you really do get what you pay for. This bike is fast, and I mean really fast. If you dont mind a slightly rougher ride on the flat stuff the trade off is worth it. And if you add the brain shock into the equation the call to spend a little bit more is a no-brainer.... Or a brainer if you're into bad puns. Love the sound of the brain kicking in as you eat up the rough stuff.
I was conscious of the trade off with 29ers and your ability/inability to descend but this bike is faster, sharper and grippier than my heavier, plusher trance 26 on the way down technical trails.
I've set PB's on grade 3 and 4 climbs on my first few rides and also on the 12km decent on the way home. This thing eats up everything I've thrown at it so far.
I ride a mixture of well formed SC switchback climbs and fast, occasionally rocky decents.
Love this bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Stromlo

Price Paid:    $3000.00


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mike thompson a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: September 2, 2012

Strengths:    Wow,
Climbs without any pedal induced suspension bob. The new brain works faultlessly. Margura bikes work well with plenty of power. 29 inch wheels roll well and help to maintain speed.


Weaknesses:    None really, could be a little lighter but I'm happy to have the extra strength after folding up my Pivot Mach 5 frame.

Bottom Line:   
This is a great bike. If you are looking for a fast cross country full suspension 29 this should be on your list to test ride.
I was looking seriously at a Giant x29er due to their value for money and performance but I decided on the epic mostly due to the function of the brain rear shock and the balanced feel.
For me this was the better option. The epic is very flickable and handles well.

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Favorite Trail:   Spilt Endz

Duration Product Used:   2 Weeks

Purchased At:   Concept store.

Similar Products Used:   Pivot Mach 5,
Turner 5 spot,
Giant Anthem x29er.


Bike Setup:   Normal 2013 Epic comp setup.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by glowingrock a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: May 25, 2012

Strengths:    speed, comfort, feel, high quality components

Weaknesses:    not super light

Bottom Line:   
I have this bike in the 2004 model. I got it used off of Craigslist. Less than a week ago I bought a 2011 Trek Superfly brand new and I like the Specialized better. I'm now trying to sell the Trek. If I'm able to sell the Superfly, I'm considering doing some upgrades on the Specialized but I'm not sure what needs improving. Rear derailer is XTR stock (at least on the 2004). Gotta love it. I'm convinced that I'm faster on this that the carbon 29er (Trek).

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Favorite Trail:   Ore to Shore, Marquette, MI

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   Craigslist

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   stock components

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mechudocr a Cross Country Rider from florida

Date Reviewed: February 28, 2012

Strengths:    suspension. tires, parts. 2x10 drivechain ,

Weaknesses:    rear hub , 1 month after bought started to make a sound..... so i had to change (under warranty).
shifter X7


Bottom Line:   
Brain system .

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Favorite Trail:   markham park

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $3200.00

Purchased At:   big wheels

Similar Products Used:   trek superfly , rumblefish.


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Epic Crisco a Cross Country Rider from Pleasant Grove, Utah

Date Reviewed: January 22, 2012

Strengths:    FAST & nimble! Amazing climber. I was impressed with the Brain.

Weaknesses:    Haven't found any yet

Bottom Line:   
I picked up the 2012 Epic Comp 29 as soon as it hit the shop. I had been researching several different bikes for my new race steed (Cannondale Scalpel 29, Santa Cruz Tallboy, Giant Anthem). I took as many of them out for a demo as I could. The Scalpel was a VERY close number 2. From the second I hopped on the Epic, it just felt like we were meant to be together.
I took it down the Bearclaw Poppy in St. George, Utah for it's first ride. I flew down the single track faster than I had ever before. Later on the trip in San Diego it made very technical climbs feel easy. I actually wanted to try hard long climbs just to see if I could do them. I even cleaned a hill that is infamous for being nearly impossible during a race down there. Another rider who witnessed it asked to try the bike out (not believing that the bike, not the operator was responsible) and came back stunned with a huge grin on his face. He swore he would be buying one for himself after he got paid again. Since I just have the alloy frame (and it STILL rocks) I can't imagine what the Carbon is like. Now I understand why everyone I talked to said, I can't go wrong with an Epic.
I can't wait for race season!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Wasatch Crest, Utah

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $2600.00

Bike Setup:   X7 & X9 components, RS Reba RL 29

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Noose42 a Weekend Warrior from Greenville, SC USA

Date Reviewed: July 24, 2011

Strengths:    Light, Climbs like a dream, keeps begging for more!

Weaknesses:    Its owner is holding it back.

Bottom Line:   
I wanted to wait till the buyers honeymoon wears off before reviewing and that has finally happened.

I have taken this bike out on the trail several times and used it to cycle after work on the road to get some exercise on it. Obviously it is not made for the road, but locking out the suspension thanks to the brain makes it enjoyable.

Take it on the trail and it shows you immediately that this is where it belongs. It eats up root and rock gardens and gives a lot of confidence in the rider! I've gone through some hairy situations where i thought for sure my back wheel has taken too much of the brunt and the bike just keeps going, auto correcting a bad fish tail from over braking and so forth.

It honestly just plain out performs and delivers in all areas! A friend rented the Epic 29er Comp so I got to compare the two. The 29er got the nickname the "Tower" since between the two you felt much higher, however after about 20 minutes on the bike quickly got used to the feeling and performed exactly where a 29er should, including ground clearance of the same root/rock gardens. I PERSONALLY prefer the 26 from a control standpoint, since you feel much more "IN the bike" than "On-Top" like you do on a 29er, and for me that translates to pushing myself harder on the trail; a bit more adrenaline!

Fantastic bike that truly lives up to its 4.9+/5 reviews!!

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1960.00

Bike Setup:   2010 Specialized Epic Comp with all stock parts.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by suromtb a Weekend Warrior from san juan

Date Reviewed: May 19, 2011

Strengths:    great suspension, tires

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
think this is the best suspension available right now, will consider to change brakes for Shimano xt or xtr

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Favorite Trail:   cabo rojo

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2800.00

Purchased At:   bike stop

Similar Products Used:   Scalpel

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by monagas rider a Weekend Warrior from bayamon, Puerto Rico

Date Reviewed: April 14, 2011

Strengths:    Feels great, The best suspension available

Weaknesses:    none yet

Bottom Line:   
Best money can buy, great suspension

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Favorite Trail:   MONAGAS

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2800.00

Purchased At:   Bike Stop

Similar Products Used:   Trek Topfuel, Cannondale Rize, cannondale Scalpel

Bike Setup:   only change, Specialized the captain Tires I love this tire

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by danil a Cross Country Rider from Cha-Am Thailand

Date Reviewed: February 25, 2011

Strengths:    Having been an avid cyclist most of my adult life in and around Mammoth Lakes California.. a daily rider from 35-60k I take it very seriously and this bike delivers to the max. It's carbon construction is unsurpassed with regards to weight, but it is not just that. The designers obviously paid a lot of attention to rider needs, as well as balance and function//It has it all. I have never before felt so strongly about a bike..to the extent that I would publicly comment about it..

Weaknesses:    You must be a serious rider to max this bike out... but even the Weekend Warriors will fly on this rocket!

Bottom Line:   
The bottom Line is this There is in my mind nothing that compares to this model Of Specialized bike. Anywhere.. anytime...

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Favorite Trail:   Kao Nang Panthurat

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $2900.00

Purchased At:   Specialized. Bangkok

Similar Products Used:   Previous bikes include Access XCL 9.9 also a good bike.. but No comparison to the Epic Comp Carbon Expert

Bike Setup:   standard setup. Front Fork Fox.. can adjust on the fly..

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Dave a Cross Country Rider from Sydney, Australia

Date Reviewed: January 29, 2011

Strengths:    Weight, componentry, rear shock 'brain'

Bottom Line:   
Bought this 2nd hand (2009 model) as my first FS bike. Just love it. It looks great, and rides even better. It weighs less than my old bike (Trek 4500), and soaks up all the bumps, while climbing really well. The rear shock really does what they claim!

I'm more into long cross country rides and a few races, so this bike suits me more than it would someone into DH or big drops. I'm always looking forward to getting out on it again.

Fast too - my first time out I took about 4 mins off my previous best time for my regular 20km loop.

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Favorite Trail:   Ourimbah / Sparrow Hill

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   2nd Hand in AUD

Similar Products Used:   Anthem, Pivot

Bike Setup:   SRAM X9 and X7, DT Swiss 420, Purgatory front, crossmark rear, Elixir R SL, Fox RL 32, Shimano M540

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by m918 a Cross Country Rider from Corvallis, Oregon

Date Reviewed: December 19, 2010

Strengths:    Sharp handling, good stability, and the brain.

Weaknesses:    Steep downhills.

Bottom Line:   
Overall, this is the best bike I have ever ridden. Why? With the 120mm fork, the bike handles much more precise than a Stumpjumper FSR, Blur LT, or a Motolite. If you are building this bike to be strictly a racer, then the stock 100mm fork is great.

The brain rear shock is outstanding. I never thought I would find a setup that I liked as well as VPP, or the Triad on the Stumpy, until now. The setup of the brain is definitely a personal thing and takes some experimentation to find what works best for you. For trail riding, I find that 7 click out still provides an efficient ride, but retains the plushness equal to a Stumpjumper FSR.

Bottom line: The Stumpjumper is designed to be the "do it all" bike in the Specialized lineup. However, I think the Epic is a better overall package after putting the 120mm fork on it because of the improved handling characteristics.

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Favorite Trail:   Bee Sting

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Peak Sports

Similar Products Used:   Blur XC, Blur LT, Titus Motolite, Giant Trance X, Stumpjumper FSR.

Bike Setup:   Epic Comp with Crossmax SLR wheels, Carbon Cranks, Carbon Bars, Fox Float32 120mm fork, Bontrager 2.2 front tire.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Lavoiespeed3 a Cross Country Rider from Québec,Canada

Date Reviewed: September 22, 2010

Strengths:    Suspension avant très bien concue. La suspension arrière travaille très bien, quand ont monte une cote la suspension de bouge pas pour nous aider a pédaler sans perdre de puissance. J'utilise un Small et je le trouve trouve le cadre très agressif

Weaknesses:    Les pneux devrais être a repensé. Ils travaillent très mal en forêt.

Bottom Line:   
Pour quelqu'un qui recherche un vélo très rapide en montagne, sur route et en forêt je vous conseille ce vélo. Très bon rapport qualité prix!

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Favorite Trail:   Panoramique, Chicoutimi

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $2300.00

Purchased At:   Demers Bicycle

Similar Products Used:   N/A

Bike Setup:   Stock avec un pneu arrière Maxxis Cross+Mark

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by randyw a Cross Country Rider from Buford,Ga.U.S.A.

Date Reviewed: September 5, 2010

Strengths:    Without a doubt the brain.I ride the 29'er which is forgiving to start with but the suspension on this bike allows me to stay in the saddle and crank which is what it's all about.

Weaknesses:    Only weakness about this product is the rider!

Bottom Line:   
The Epic Comp 29er is a great bike in my opinion.As I stated I'm 51yrs.old and this bike has allowed me to ride like I never thought I could ride again.It is strong,reliable,smooth& so much fun.I'm even thinking of racing in 2011.It would be very hard to be better than this bike!

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Favorite Trail:   Chicopee Woods&Fort Mtn,

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Adventure Cycles, lo

Similar Products Used:   Nothing similar about a 17yr. old Diamondback hard-tail that I rode,except it had 2 wheels.

Bike Setup:   Stock-maybe younger racers(I'm 51) would want to upgrade shifters & derailers but I'm good with the setup that it came with.

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Ordered an Epic Comp

and I pick it up on wed. After having demo'd numerous other bikes it comes down to the Epic. I wasn't really sure about the "brain" as I thought it was sort of gimmicky but it seems to do the job. For me the Epic seemed to feel closest to a hardtail while still giving the comfort of full sus. I'm su ... Read More »

For SaLe:2012 Specialized Epic Comp 29er full suspension Bike.......$3,500

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2013 epic comp purchase decision

Guys, so close to buying a 2013 epic comp as first full suspension bike. I do triathlon through mid summer on a spesh shiv and love the thing-- very happy with spesh service so far. I am very conflicted regarding the brain and the maint required to keep it. I keep going back to the anthem as my ... Read More »

Touch up paint for 2012 epic comp 29er in red and white

Hey guys I had some problems with my frame corroding (apparently it's due to sweat) and it has caused some of my paint to flake off of the frame. I was supposed to have a one year cosmetic warranty with specialized, but they are being super lame and won't warranty it (even though it's within the ... Read More »

Epic Comp Carbon build up...

Here´s my 2013 Epic Comp Carbon, weight 10.4kg / 23lbs as pictured. yes, I did change some parts from stock build... ;) [img]http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7314/9149721691_b392466058_b.jpg[/img]Read More »

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