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2018 S-Works Epic

Stalking its prey, ready to devour singletrack
Stalking its prey, ready to devour singletrack Prop bike up with stick. Photoshop. Look pro. XTR braking and shifting is super smooth and efficient, even with the massive 9-46 cassette. the chain runs really close to the chainstay in the 30-9 ratio Power is a game changer for training and pacing in long races. The new Brain, I have been running it in its softest setting and still notice no substantial loss in pedaling forces.  The Ai2 rotors are super light, but there is a noticeable loss in braking power with them, but that doesn't affect a 135 lb racer as much as most people. The Control SLs use a DT Swiss 54 tooth star ratchet, I replaced the stock grease with Chris King freehub oil. Its a little louder now but with much less friction from the freehub, no more ghost pedaling. There is a surprising amount of clearance for a full suspension with short chainstays. 2.35 is probably not unreasonable. I like to run super low pressures in my fork, so I think I need to put that last volume spacer in to add a little more support. Ka$hima I used to run 36 and 38 chainrings with 11-40 cassettes, so I tried the 30 with the 9-46 and it's amazing to spin up climbs and have the same max speed. These pedals are similar in price to XTR, but use sealed bearings and much lighter. This is my first time using a dropper post and I like it a lot.  The slight delay from the button press isn't a big problem on the trail.  However, the amount of time the valve is open causes me to sit back down and drop the post again in accident. The small button is difficult to find sometimes, so I just mash my thumb all over the remote and it gets the job done. It may be a full suspension, but it climbs just as well as my hardtail.  The Strava times don't lie.
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Parts Brand Model Additional info
Frame Specialized S-Works Epic 2018 Medium
Rear Shock RockShox Brain 2.0
Fork Fox 32 SC Factory FIT4
Headset FSA
Handlebar Specialized Prowess 700mm
Stem Specialized S-Works
Grips ESI Chunky Cut down w/ Specialized alloy bar end plugs
Brakes Shimano XTR M9000 Race
Shifters Shimano XTR M9000
Rear Derailleur Shimano XTR M9000 Clutch lever broke off... I mean I modded it for weight savings
Cranks Shimano XT M8000 Stages Power Meter
Chainrings / Sprocket Other Wolftooth Dropstop 30t
Bottom Bracket Other Wheels Mfg Angular Contact
Chain SRAM PC1110 Waxed
Cassette / Rear Cog e*thirteen TRSr 9-46t
Pedals Xpedo M-Force 4 Ti
Front Rim Roval Control SL 25mm internal
Rear Rim Roval Control SL 25mm internal
Hubs Roval Straight Pull; Boost
Spokes DT Swiss Competition Race
Front Tire Maxxis Aspen 2.25 EXO Casing
Rear Tire Maxxis Aspen 2.25 EXO Casing
Saddle Bontrager Montrose Elite Ti Rails
Seatpost Magura Vyron eLECT Dropper
General Info
Model Year 2018
Riding Type Cross Country
Weight 21 lb 0 oz (9525 g)
Additional Info 20 Lbs 4 Oz with rigid carbon seatpost
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