Specialised has announced the launch of its latest Epic iteration, the Epic EVO.
The Epic is a perennial South African favourite, and Specialized claims it has rocketed more World Champions, Olympians, and mere-mortal-racers to the podium than any bike in its class – we are not sure if all of that is quantifiable, but they certainly are common-as-chips at the front of most marathon and stage races here.
The new bike retains its race red, but with a nod to the more adventurous rider, with the introduction of the Epic EVO dropper post, a longer-travel fork, wider handlebars, and meatier tyres, they’re making the world’s favourite XC race bike a whole lot more versatile.
Can you race this thing? On paper, hell, yes. Epic EVO models use the same frame and Brain 2.0 rear shock as the current Epics. The Epic EVO’s more aggressive component spec, however, also makes it the perfect choice for long rides and marathon races. Think BC Bike Race, the Cape Epic, or any local death march that your inner sadist dreams of churning through at soul-crushing speeds.
HERE’S WHAT’S NEW
• MORE FORK, MORE CONTROL: Day after day of marathon racing hammers your upper body. Remote singletrack is never groomed. The EVOs get longer-travel forks with 120mm of travel.
• WIDER BARS: Spez didn’t go “full enduro” here, but stretching the bar width from 720 to 750 millimetres adds confidence.
• DROPPER POSTS: There are a ton of things that you can do. Sure, you can high-post it on technical trails, but why would you?
• GREATER GRIP & DURABILITY: There’s no such thing as “too much grip.” Durable, traction-boosting, 2.3-inch Ground Control and Fast Trak tyres get the nod with the EVOs.
• SAME EPIC CHASSIS & BRAIN 2.0 REAR SHOCK: The Epic EVO is a more capable Epic, yes, but it’s still an Epic. This means that there’s no bobbing and no energy-sucking suspension squat. Just pure fast.
Pricing, availability and (we really, really hope) a review bike will be available soon from www.specialized.com/za