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2014 Specialized Epic Marathon Carbon Bike

Average User Rating: (Spectacular)
Vital MTB Retail Partners:
Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry

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    “I'm loving it”

    The Good: ride, handling and the fit

    The Bad: too early to say, not keen on the colour but does look nicer close uo

    Overall Review:

    3 rides so far from road to gloopy mud. just changed from the 2012 expert epic and had epics before in 26" wheels. The fit is perfect for me and the handling and power delivery is ideal for the fast xc riding I enjoy. Suspension does seem better than the earlier models - although I had no complaints on those, I always wanted rigid (pedal) feel but with suspension compliance for my old(er) bones. The Epics deliver that fantastically well, super quick, exciting to ride and always rewarding. The Marathon feels stunningly quick. Raced a boy racer in a Nova SR making loads of noise tonight, I recon I accelerated faster...

    I am not as young as I was and the Epics have made me faster than I ever was. loving it.

    Vital MTB Retail Partners:
    Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry


    Model Year 2014
    Riding Type Cross Country
    Sizes and Geometry

    S, M, L, XL View Geometry

    Size S M L XL
    Top Tube Length 22.2 23.3 24.4 25.5
    Head Tube Angle 70.5° 70.5° 70.5° 70.5°
    Head Tube Length 3.5 4.1 4.7 5.5
    Seat Tube Angle 73.75° 73.75° 73.75° 73.75°
    Seat Tube Length 15.7 17.1 18.5 20.5
    Bottom Bracket Height 13.1 13.1 13.1 13.1
    Chainstay Length 17.6 17.6 17.6 17.6
    Wheelbase 42.6 43.8 44.9 46.0
    Standover 30.3 30.5 30.7 31.2
    Reach 15.5 16.5 17.4 18.2
    Stack 23.1 23.7 24.2 25.0
    Frame Material FACT 10m Carbon Front Triangle, FACT IS Construction, FACT Carbon Chainstays, M5 Seatstays, Carbon Bottom Bracket
    Rear Travel 100mm
    Rear Shock FOX/Specialized Remote Mini-Brain with AUTOSAG, Inertia Valve with Kevlar Hose, Brain Fade Adjust, 205x53mm
    Fork RockShox SID 29 Brain, Inertia Valve Damper, Solo Air Spring, Tapered Alloy Steerer, Top-Mount Brain Fade and Rebound Adjust, 15mm Thru-Axle
    Fork Travel 100mm
    Head Tube Diameter Tapered
    Headset 1-1/8 and 1-1/2" Threadless, Campy Style Upper with 1-1/2" Lower, Cartridge Bearings
    Handlebar S-Works XC, Flat Bar, Carbon, 700mm Wide, 8° Backsweep, 31.8mm
    Stem Specialized XC, 3D Forged Alloy, 4-Bolt, 6° Rise, 31.8mm Clamp
    Grips Specialized Sip Grip, Light Lock-On, Half-Waffle Aramid-Infused, S/M: Regular, Others: XL Thickness
    Brakes Magura MT6, Hydraulic Disc, Hi Friction Pad, Alloy Caliper, Storm SL Rotor, S/M: 160mm, L/XL: 180mm Front Rotor / 160mm Rear Rotor
    Brake Levers Magura MT6, Carbon Master Cylinder, Alloy Lever Blade, Hollow Lever Pivot, Reach Adjust
    Shifters SRAM X0, 10-Speed, Trigger
    Front Derailleur Custom SRAM X0, 10-Speed, High Direct-Mount
    Rear Derailleur SRAM X0 Type 2, 10-Speed, Mid Cage
    ISCG Tabs N/A
    Chainguide N/A
    Cranks SRAM Carbon S-2200, 10-Speed XC Double, PF30 Spindle, Removable Spider, Length on Size S: 170mm, Others: 175mm
    Chainrings 38A / 24A, 4-Bolt, 104/64mm
    Bottom Bracket SRAM PF30, OS Press-In Bearings, Sealed Cartridge
    Pedals N/A
    Chain SRAM PC 1051, 10-Speed, PowerLink
    Cassette SRAM PG-1050, 10-Speed, 11-36 Tooth
    Rims Roval Control Carbon 29, Carbon Disc, Hookless Bead, 22mm Internal Width, 32 Hole
    Hubs Roval Control Carbon 29, 15mm Thru-Axle, 32 Hole Front // Roval Control Carbon 29 142+, DT Swiss Star Ratchet, 12mm Thru-Axle, 32 Hole Rear
    Spokes DT Swiss Super Comp, 2.0/1.65/1.8 Stainless
    Tires S-Works Fast Trak, 2Bliss Ready, 29"x2.0", Foldable Aramid Bead, 120 TPI Front // Specialized Fast Trak Control, 2Bliss Ready, 29"x2.0", Foldable Aramid Bead, 60 TPI Rear
    Saddle Body Geometry Phenom Expert, Hollow TI Rails, 143mm
    Seatpost Specialized 2014 Butted Alloy, Single Bolt Setback, S/M: 350mm, Others: 400mm
    Seat Post Diameter 27.2mm
    Seatpost Clamp Specialized 7050 Hard Anodized Alloy, Single Bolt, 31.8mm
    Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions 142+ Dropout x 12mm Thru-Axle
    Max. Tire Size
    Bottle Cage Mounts Yes
    Colors Gloss Carbon/Keronite
    Warranty Lifetime Frame Subject to Exclusions // 1 Year: Suspension Attachment Points, Suspension Related Equipment (Including Pivot Points, Bushings, Shock Units, Front Suspension Forks, Chain Stays and Seat Stays, Shock Links, Fasteners) // 5 Years: Chain Stays and Seat Stays


    Miscellaneous SWAT MTB XC Kit with Bottle Cages, EMT Tool, and Top Cap Chain Tool
    Price $7250.00
    More Info Specialized Website
    Vital MTB Retail Partners:
    Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry