Specialized S-Works Epic Carbon Rim XC Full Suspension

5/5 (2 Reviews)


Product Description

  • Specialized Fox Brain Fade shock
  • Specialized FACT carbon flat bar
  • SRAM X.O trigger shifters
  • DT Swiss XR1540 Wheels


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Joel a Cross Country Rider from Greenville, South Carolina

Date Reviewed: December 16, 2006

Strengths:    Supernaturally fast and stiff (Fox techno) for a full susser. Impeccable handling characteristics and good bump absorption for a 100mm travel bike. Very, very light; and I need a large frame.

Weaknesses:    Less-than-ideal Specialized Rival saddle; flat bar and 0-degree stem are too ball-bustingly aggressive for this middle-aged XC rider, though satisfactory for the dedicated XC racer, who is into Yoga and thrice-weekly massages from A big-handed Swede named Heidi. Frameset not American-made, damnit. (I am an old Cannondale man.) Bike can get sketchy when you overpower up a short technical section, but settles down if you touch the rear brake while pedaling.

Bottom Line:   
The fastest bike I have ever had the privilege to ride. (Much faster than I am!)

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Favorite Trail:   Greens Lick

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $6500.00

Purchased At:   Cycle Center

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale Rush Team Replica

Bike Setup:   Full XTR, Mavic CrossMax, S-Works Fast-Trac tires, Fizik Alliante carbon saddle, Thomson stem (switched to more svelte Elite 25.4 clamp; every bike maker's front end is overdone anymore) and seatpost, Ergon Race grips/magnesium bar ends, S-works 25.4 carbon riser bar

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Harley Mendes a Racer from Ribeirao Preto - Brazil

Date Reviewed: September 21, 2006

Strengths:    Absorvs bumps like no other bike I ever tried. Doesn´t miss a turn, climbs very well. Confortable when you are tired or on an epic ride and may be seated.

Weaknesses:    Price. Front deilleur very close to the bottom link

Bottom Line:   
Despite de genesis geometry of the Sugar race and the weight of the NRS Air, this is the bike to race. No bob noted. Forginving on descents, even when I made little mistakes. No back pain (I won´t be young forever, neither will my column).
I race every time I can, in cross country races, 12hrs and intercity races. Sometime I go for an epic ride (2 or 3 days) and this machine fits it all.

If you can afford it, you won't regret.

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Favorite Trail:   pure cross country

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $6500.00

Purchased At:   Tripp aventura

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Marathon, Giant NRS Air, Gary Fisher Sugar Race, Specialized S-Works M5 (hard tail)

Bike Setup:   XTR group, including disc brakes, SRAM X.O grip shift and rear shifter, Fox F100x (Terralogic), Ritchey WCS ZED tires

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