Specialized Epic XC Full Suspension

4.59/5 (270 Reviews)
MSRP : $1950.00


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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:4
Submitted by Michael Stark a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: May 17, 2012

Strengths:    Climbs like a hard tail but when the brain is open it absorbs bumps beautifully. Extremely lightweight, and shifts smoothly with shimano xtr and xt.

Weaknesses:    Not too much travel for big hits but that can be adjusted, but if you are looking for something for big hits and drops then get a stumpjumper.

Bottom Line:   
This bike climbs amazingly and then on the downhill absorbs bumps beautifully and has great stopping power, this bike is definetly not for someone who's jumping and taking huge hits, and it's amazingly light. It's the best bike on the market right now for an Xc rider

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Price Paid:    $1250.00

Similar Products Used:   Stumpjumper 2008 fsr


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:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Sherri a Cross Country Rider from Michigan

Date Reviewed: December 7, 2011

Strengths:    Lightweight, smooth shifting, wheelset- a downright cool looking bike. The saddle is surprisingly comfortable...

Weaknesses:    I'm not a fan of the adjustable seatpost... too heavy and of no use for me in the midwest. I think the retail price is a little high considering it's not carbon.

Bottom Line:   
This bike is nimble. Climbs very well and handles great. The tires, while highly ranked, don't fare well on dry clay-like soil as they'll wash out in the corners. Thinkin' about swapping them out. The components are top-notch and I'm impressed with the shifting. This bike is so light that it's easy to flip around on the trails and huck off of drops with ease. I sold the Command post on Ebay and got some good $$ for it. Used the extra dough to buy the new seatpost and a computer.

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Favorite Trail:   Poto

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $3250.00

Similar Products Used:   Giant Trance 2, Kona Kahuna

Bike Setup:   Stock except swapped out the seatpost for a Thomson Elite. Speedplay Frog pedals.

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:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by merrv a Weekend Warrior from Brisbane, Australia

Date Reviewed: May 3, 2011

Strengths:    Geometry, comfort, the brain

Weaknesses:    Less than durable components.

Bottom Line:   
The original model was bomb proof, albeit weighty. This one is neither. Great to go up and down hills, a real XC bike....but in the 18 months I have had it, I have had new front brake calipers and a new seat (under warranty). After the expiration of warranty, I have had the back wheel rebuilt with heavier guage spokes and the rear shock cartrige replaced (due leakage)...and another set of front brake calipers. The Specialized carbon end bars are also a waste of money. Bike dropped twice and required replacement.

A comfortable fun bike, but there are some substandard components that will ensure you get to know your parts supplier on a first name basis.

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Favorite Trail:   the next one

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Original Epic

Bike Setup:   Pretty much off the shelf.

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 Cody Friedman a Weekend Warrior from Cincinnati, OH

Date Reviewed: March 18, 2011

Strengths:    Lightweight, good components.

Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
I am extremely pleased with this bike, I didnt pay alot for it and it is my first full suspension bike so I couldnt be happier, it beats the hell outta my 2010 GF Marlin. I dont have a whole lot of experience with full suspension bikes but from what I have experienced with this one, I would most definately recommend it to others. FUN FUN FUN!!!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $950.00

Purchased At:   Craigslist

Bike Setup:   All stock aside from 08 model rear shock that replaced 06 shock.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by moonbiker a Racer from Ca, USA

Date Reviewed: March 15, 2011

Strengths:    Impressed with the Brain rear shock, works perfect with a Fox terra-logic front fork. Handles excellent and climbs impressively well.

Weaknesses:    Not fond of the color.

Bottom Line:   
Was blown away by how well it climbed for a XC full suspension bike. I raced on a steel hardtail for 10 years and this bike met the hype. Sorry to read about the bad shock experience but as soon as I dialed mine in for the riding I come across, the bike is FAST, FAST, FAST!!@@@!!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Cinderella

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Santa Cruz, Yeti, Ibis, Giant, Trek, Turner

Bike Setup:   Full SRAM X0 with Fox F100 fork, Hope mono mini discs, DT wheels, etc..

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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 »

X0 crank on a 2013 carbon epic

I tried replacing my S-1250 with an 2012 XO crack, but the axle is shorter than my 1250's axle. Is there suppose to be a difference? I thought a PF30 was a PF30?Read More »

Mt. Borah Epic

So I wasn't able to make it to the Festival of the Trails this year, but looking over the site yesterday evening and noticed that they had a new 30mile singletrack race that ran from Cable to Hayward using the CAMBA trails during that weekend as well. Can anyone enter this race or are there some ... Read More »

Epic: Buy vs Build

My 2006 Epic is getting up there in age and miles. I think I'm going to upgrade to a new one. Just wondering what the opinions are on buying a complete bike vs building? I'm not familiar with the wheels on the new epics are. Are they worth keeping or are they throw aways? The cassette and ... Read More »

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