Specialized Epic Mountain Bike Review

4.61 out of 5
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Rider Questions


Q: Does the epic come with a carbon frame -Guest

A: Most or all of the models come with Carbon Fiber and M5 aluminum alloy options.

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Product Options (13)
Specialized Epic Marathon Carbon
Specialized Epic Expert
Specialized Epic Comp
Specialized Epic Marathon 29er
Specialized Epic Expert Carbon 29er
Specialized Epic Comp 29er
Specialized Epic Expert Carbon World Cup
Specialized EPIC Elite WC
Specialized epic marathon
Specialized Epic Hardtail
Specialized Epic Hardtail Comp Carbon World Cup

March 8, 2020
Model/Year: 2013 Specialized Epic Comp

Pros: Fast Agile Brain Good components

Cons: No Dropper

August 3, 2017
Model/Year: 2107 Epic Comp

Pros: This is my first all suspension bike in years as I crave efficiency but this bike behaves like a hardtail with the benefit of a cushier and frankly more aggressive and confident ride. Amazing tracking abilities and I'm killing my old Strava times on dirt.

Cons: Bottom Bracket is a little creaky and the the brake/shift mechanism a bit clunky.

Recommendation: I purchased this bike on year end sale, its the non-carbon model and upgraded with Roval carbon wheels for rotational benefit. I will be adding a Race Face carbon crank set next week before my trek to OR to further improve rotational speed. For my style of riding (fast X-country) and for the $ tough to beat.

April 18, 2017
Pros: Fast bike (now that it is set up for me). Priced right (Comp). The brain always surprises me through the rocks and roots. I can blast through areas my hard tail would buck me off! Don't get me wrong, everything that came with the bike worked fine and fast. I changed the bike up out pure type-A craziness!

Cons: Components were mix-matched SRAM and Shimano. Brake/shifter combo, yuck! Creaks galore! Bottom bracket is press fit plastic, yuck. The seat bolt gives on the hard hits. Finally gorilla tightened it and so far so good.

Recommendation: I replaced the PF30 press fit bottom bracket with a Wheels MFG Shimano outboard conversion, changed the crankset and other components with Shimano XTR. It silenced the creaks. Not to mention, more power for me with the larger front chainring and 11- speed upgrade. Also, I changed the (steer horn sized) bars with some Enduro bars. In comparison to my 10 year old Epic, I have had immediate results; bettering my best lap time by 2 minutes. The bike is not working me anymore, I am working it. Future upgrades- tougher wheels. I'm heavy and ride hard! My last Epic is still going (also all XTR) and that screams volumes with the amount of abuse/use it has been subjected too. Had to replace its original wheels too. (Mavic 26" 721 with XTR hubs)

January 2, 2017
Pros: Light responsive and fast. Climbs like a mtn goat. Very efficient pedaling.

Cons: I didn't get it sooner!

Recommendation: Fastest bike I've ever owned.

November 30, 2016
Model/Year: 2017

Pros: absolutely amazing!!!! Haven't had a dropped chain yet!!! I cannot say that for my previous bike!!! The Front derailleur is perfect!!!! The Brain is completely amazing!!!! No absolute need for a dropper post once you get seat adjusted properly!!! Best Bike I've ever owned, and I've had 6!!!!

Cons: My previous bike had a dropper post, so it took me some time to get used to a frame( small )that I couldn't fit a dropper in. But no regrets!!! I still fly down hill in front of buddies with droppers!!! Hahahaha!!!!

Recommendation: I think they nailed it with the Epic Comp alloy!!! at first, the gears(34-24 front, 11-42 rear )seemed a little high for me, but my trail bike had 36-22, 11-42 with 175mm. crank arms. My Epic has 170, and I love the shorter arms( I'm 5'6" ), and the 34- 24 is incredibly nice to use instead of fiddling with the rear!!!! The close range is awesome!!! I may want a 22, but not sure yet, but don't feel I'll have a need for bigger than the 34, and love the close range of the front!!! Bottom line: I have a Trigger 29 1 2013, and only test rode a camber in the parking lot. Although I loved the feel of the camber( 2015 model ), I'm am in love with the epic!!! I sat on a buddies fuel ex, just after I bought it, and loved it, but once he left and I hit the trail? The Epic just Jammed!!!! About 2- 3 months now, and haven't ridden the trigger since!!! If you have any Cross Country Chops at all, and live in Ohio, I think you'd never regret it!!!!

October 4, 2016
Model/Year: 2017

Pros: - Good frame geometry
- Fantastic "brain" dumper system

Cons: - creaking saddle (so irritating!)
- reba is less than average fork
- poorly chosen gear ratios. Last modification (2 x11) should go oposite direction - a clear need for faster gears.

Recommendation: Poorly chosen gear ratios. The bigest is probably to climb Mont Everest; completly useless. As a result I quite often go on the highest speed (terrain not asphalt). Riding on small gears has for sure an impact on their quick wear and fast destruction of the chain. Not only saddle but something in the bike is creaking, rattling... New bike :(

March 26, 2016
Model/Year: Expert WC 2015

Pros: Fast, stiff, good contact points and spec

Cons: Brain takes a bit of getting used to, a little heavy

Recommendation: Quick bike, no question - I was especially impressed with the brakes. The suspension felt a little weird and almost clunky, but I think that's just because I wasn't yet used to the Brain. It's also very twitchy and not too forgiving if you screw up, so not a good first bike or all-rounder, but really great at what it is built for - speed.

February 28, 2016
Pros: Sturdy construction

Cons: Weight

Recommendation: Good bike to start with

December 14, 2015
Model/Year: 2015 Specialized Epic Elite World Cup 29er

Pros: Quite simply the fastest mountain bike I've ever ridden / for a 29er very agile & responsive / short chainstay / a great XC bike / lightning fast / 1 x 11 set up perfect / an awesome bike !

Cons: Could've done with maybe 110mm travel front & back without too much compromise , 2016 model a bit of a mark up in price .

Recommendation: I recommend this bike , especially for XC & nice flowing rollercoaster singletracks , a trail weapon !

November 5, 2015
Model/Year: 2015

Pros: Awesome Bike for Climbing, and general XC and enduro type of riding. Carbon frame is nice and stiff, along with the Brain, makes for a comfortable ride over 6 hours. (2015 Model)

Cons: I had many issues with the quality of the components. In the first month i had to take the bike back 4 times! The Magura brakes kept on shuddering and making a real loud noise. After the 4 time, it was only resolved, by replacing the rotors, new pads and re-bleeding the brakes. A week later the bike was back with a squeeky crank. This was found to be a defective bearing and replaced. (Bike was a month old by now, with about 300KM on. After 800km on the bike, i had to replace the SRAM chain ! ( I keep my bike very clean, and lube the chain regularly.) I also had to replace front wheel bearing at this point.

Recommendation: Please up the QA process before shipping bike s. Dissapointed with the bike, my Merida 99-1500 had much less issues in a year than i had with my Spez in 3 months