Ever been in the middle of stage race and needed just a little more margin for error on the descents? Or maybe you've been speeding through the backcountry and felt beat up, near bonking, and you just needed to make it back to the trailhead without going over the bars? Yeah, we’ve been there, too. And that's why we made a bike that’s perfect for those situations. Say hello to the S-Works Epic EVO—it’s, well, a more "epic" Epic.
The Epic EVO ups the fork travel from 100mm to 120mm. This gives you some relief up front while also slacking-out the front-end by one-degree to 68.5º. Next up, we added a zero-offset dropper post to give you more control on descents, but this design keeps your saddle over the BB on steep climbs. We also put some meat on the tires with a grippy 2.3" Ground Control at the front and a stiffer Fast Trak at the rear with GRID protection at the sidewalls.
The Epic EVO also features our Brain 2.0. The OG Brain changed the way the bike world looked at suspension, and oh was it good. It won races and put a flag in the ground for us as a true leader in innovation and suspension development, but we knew that we could make it better. Simple physics told us that, by moving the Brain closer to the rear axle, it would be in the most sensitive spot. And after some lengthy R&D, it's totally new. Now, it reacts seamlessly to bump forces, it has much more consistent damping performance, and finally, it integrates the hoses into the suspension links. This means that the oil paths are improved, and that creates an incredibly sleek package that outperforms anything on the market.
This is also among our first Rider-First Engineered™ MTB frames, where the tubes place complex carbon pieces in all the right places, regardless of the frame size. As a result, stiffness is increased in the front-end for a vast improvement in the ride and in control. And to go along with this, each frame size has size-specific tubes that result in the stiffest, best-riding XC bike we've ever developed.
And while stiffness, Brain technology, and geometry features are cool and all, we know what you’re thinking, "What about the weight?” We’re glad you asked. The weight- savings on the frame is equivalent to shedding a chainstay and shock extension from the previous Epic—nearly 525 grams. And now, carbon models also feature additional tire clearance to accommodate wider, 2.3-inch tires. More traction, ultimately, equals more speed.
The build of this S-Works Epic EVO spares no expense, featuring Shimano’s new 12-speed XTR groupset and brakes, a FOX Factory Step-Cast 34 fork, and a hand-built Roval Control SL carbon wheelset.
FRAME - S-Works FACT 12m, XC Geometry, Rider-First Engineered™, threaded BB, 12x148mm rear spacing, internal cable routing, 100mm of travel
FORK - FOX Factory Step-Cast 34, Fit4 damper, Kashima, Boost™, 44mm offset, 120mm of travel
REAR SHOCK - Custom RockShox Micro Brain shock w/ Spike Valve, AUTOSAG, 51x257mm
FRONT HUB - Roval Control SL, sealed cartridge bearings, 15mm thru-axle, 110mm spacing, 24h
REAR HUB - Roval Control SL, DT Swiss Star Ratchet, 54t engagement, DT microspline, 12mm thru-axle, 148mm spacing, 28h
SPOKES - DT Swiss Industry
RIMS - Roval Control SL, hookless carbon, 25mm internal width, tubeless-ready, hand-built
INNER TUBES - Presta, 60mm valve
FRONT TYRE - Ground Control, GRIPTON® compound, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3"
REAR TYRE - Fast Trak, GRID casing, GRIPTON® compound, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3"
CRANKSET - Race Face Next SL, 170/175mm
BOTTOM BRACKET - Threaded, 30mm spindle
SHIFT LEVERS - Shimano XTR M9100, 12-speed
REAR DERAILLEUR - Shimano XTR M9100, 12-speed, Shadow Plus
CASSETTE - Shimano XTR M9100, 12-speed, 10-51t
CHAIN - KMC X12 Ti, 12-speed
FRONT BRAKE - Shimano XTR Race M9100
REAR BRAKE - Shimano XTR Race M9100
HANDLEBARS - S-Works Carbon Mini Rise, 6-degree upsweep, 8-degree backsweep, 10mm rise, 750mm, 31.8mm
GRIPS - Specialized Sip grip, half-waffle, S/M: regular thickness, L/XL: XL thickness
STEM - S-Works SL, alloy, titanium bolts, 6-degree rise
SADDLE - Body Geometry Phenom Pro, carbon fiber rails, carbon fiber base, 143mm
SEATPOST - FOX Factory Transfer, Kashima, Shimano Ispec-EV lever (S: 100mm, M-XL: 125mm)
SEAT BINDER - Alloy, 34.9mm, titanium bolt
With over 17 years experience offering quality bikes and service, you can rest assured we have deeply considered the quality of the products we sell and have the technical skills to assist if any possible problems arise.
Along with being the ‘local’ bike store to many riders in Auckland, we also have an extensive customer base of riders nationwide. Believe it or not we even have riders from overseas come to us for our quality products and expertise!
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