Specialized S-Works Epic Carbon XC Full Suspension

3.67/5 (6 Reviews)
MSRP : $9900.00

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Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ricardo

Date Reviewed: May 21, 2014

Strengths:    Only Weaknesses until know

Weaknesses:    I Crack on the valve hole inside the front rim, only after 3 rides in normal XC terrain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bottom Line:   
Before write my review, I will wait to hear from my Specialized dealer if they will replace it without problems!!!!!!!!!!!! them I need time to used !!!!

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Duration Product Used:   4 hours

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by trailrunnerx a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: November 1, 2012

Strengths:    Awesome racing bike, light, stiff, and responsive. Love the Brain, it's the perfect racing weapon

Weaknesses:    The frame is brittle, sooner or later it will crack, mine cracked on the downtube.

Bottom Line:   
I will only comment on the frame & fork. Raced this bike for 2 seasons, got a big crack on the downtube, Specialized wouldn't warranty it (they said the frame took a hit). I have friends/teammates with similar frames, and their frames eventually developed cracks as well. Would not buy Specialized again

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Purchased At:   Specialized

Bike Setup:   S-Works Epic frame/fork combo, XTR drivetrain, Mavic Crossmax SL wheelset

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by osokolo a Racer

Date Reviewed: May 4, 2012

Strengths:    LIght but stiff and strong. Efficient.

Weaknesses:    Very dependant on suspension setup. Two clicks in wrong direction and many strengths become weaknesses

Bottom Line:   
After spending many hours in the saddle, I am still on the fence with regards to the real advantage of full suspension 29er racing bike, unless the race is over 2-3 hours... Not sure that this bike is a "do-it-all" XC mountain bike either, and it's high price surely gets in the way too. Having said all that - this bike is damn sexy and probably the closest thing to a purebred hard tail racer, from the other side of the fence. I always disliked the dreaded bob when out of the saddle, hammering as hard as the legs would go... I would not claim that this bike does not bob, but it surely feels very close to a hard tail in out of the saddle situations. I would say this is the biggest positive difference between this bike and other full suspension 29ers in it's category that I rode.

I thought Brain technology was another gimmick created to separate us suckers from our hard earned cash... It is not. It works, despite my persistent state of denial, over a long period of time. Rear suspension works really impressive - very efficient and understated. It sucks up roots and bumps but it stays firm when pedalling hard. That is exactly how it is supposed to work and this is the first full suspension bike that I can say this about.

Front does take more effort to bring in tune with the rear, suspension wise. If they are not in sync - it is very obvious. And detrimental to performance, but then it does apply to all suspension bikes. Even more so to this one. Take time to fine tune the suspension, it will pay big dividends...

The frame is plenty stiff, but not the stiffest full suspension frame out there. When cranking hard, the tops of the crank arms flex more than a quarter of an inch inside - initially rubbing against the drive side chain stay. Required some tinkering to address the issue, but the flex is still there. I weigh 195 pounds and have big legs...

Carbon wheels are excellent. Unbelievably light and strong. Acceleration is excellent, due to less rotational weight, yet I was hitting rock gardens without any hesitation. Very impressive.

Steering is very precise and the bike, if not as nimble as a hard tail - comes pretty close to it. Very manouverable for a 29er.

Downhills are confident at any speed while climbs are easier the more technical they are. Excellent suspension keeps the rear wheel glued to the dirt.

All hardware, links, small parts etc are manufactured to perfection. One look at the bike almost justifies the price. Not quite, but almost. No bike is worth that much, but as long as there are suckers that would dish out that much money, there will be manufacturers that will be making and pricing bikes at that level. Guilty.

For those that race as much as they ride - this could the that one bike to own. If not racing - I would probably save some cash, unless it is really burning a hole in my pocket.

For it's intended purpose - this is the best bike I have ever ridden in it's category.

Life is short. Recommended.

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Similar Products Used:   Trek Superfly 100 Elite, Santa Cruz Tallboy, Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper HT

Bike Setup:   Full XX, Rotor cranks with Q-rings, Magura Marta SL Mag

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by m3bas a Racer

Date Reviewed: April 25, 2012

Strengths:    Light, stiff

Weaknesses:    Suspension takes a lot of playing to get right

Bottom Line:   
Absolutely love this bike. It is my do-all bike, use for general trail riding as well as XC racing. Bigger wheels roll so well feels like more than 100mm suspension travel.
Be patient with the set-up, took me 6 months to tune it to suit my conditions but now its there and its great.
Wheels are incredibily light and stiff but little bit delicate.

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Similar Products Used:   Previous bike Trek Fuel

Bike Setup:   Brain: Front 3 clicks from firm, rear 2 clicks from firm.
Air pressures: Front 95+ve, 110-ve, Rear 185. Rider weight 81kg.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by M3ichael a Racer from Salinas, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: February 7, 2012

Strengths:    Lighter than a super model. Carbon everywhere, can't help just staring at it.

Weaknesses:    Roval wheels had one replaced under warranty due to stress fractures. Kinda like stretch marks but you can't have stretch marks on your super model bike. Sent her in to see the Doc aka the Bike Shop and their team of precision surgeons aka the dudes in the back fixed her up.
On my sixth brake set from SRAM. Lucky I signed a pre-nup when I picked her up. Didn't pay a dime. SRAM is now making the World Cup brake bodies out of Aluminum instead of magnesium. Like them thin and strong instead of thin and weak.
High maintenance. Oh well you have to pay to play.

Bottom Line:   
If you don't have a ride and are looking for a good time.
Get yourself a Specialized S-Works Epic Carbon 29er.
She's fast and she's dirty and will be the best thing that ever happened to you.

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Favorite Trail:   All of them

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $8500.00

Purchased At:   Mike's Bikes Los Gat

Similar Products Used:   Do you compare Angelina Jolie to anyone else? There is no comparison.

Bike Setup:   ESI Grips for better grip ;-)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by cyclingmagnet a Cross Country Rider from Littleton,CO

Date Reviewed: February 4, 2012

Strengths:    Tuneable Brain suspension, a rigid hardtail kind of ride, but rear suspension to make the downhill comfortable. Built for speed.

Weaknesses:    $$, rare times the brain delays on some of the bigger hits.

Bottom Line:   
This is a bad ass bike. Rigid platform, when you want it and soaks up bumps when you need it. It took awhile to dial in the suspension, but once you figure it out (specialized.com videos on how to set it up) this bike does it all. Throw on some big beefy tires soften up the suspension for some sweet trail riding. Throw on some light weight tires and harden up the suspension you ready for some fast XC riding. As close to riding a hardtail, but with the brain you don't need to take the beating on the downs. Good long distance 100miles rig. Sit down and spin on the downs and no bobbing on the ups.

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Favorite Trail:   Colorado trail

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Anthem, Trek Fuel

Bike Setup:   XX, Rotor cranks, Rotor Qrings, stock Specialized carbon bars, post. Stan's Gold race.

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