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2021 Specialized Epic EVO Comp Bike

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Epic EVO Comp (carbon/oak green)
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2021 Epic EVO Comp Review

Rating: Featured Member Review
The Good:

Extremely light, fast, and agile (the fighter jet of fs mtbs)
Suspension works effortlessly under you - it feels like (accelerates like) a hardtail, only without getting beat up in rough sections
Glues to switchbacks so well it's almost hard to believe
Climbs better than my road bike (how is this?)
New 2021 design is trick

The Bad:

Brakes aren't as good as I'd like, but they're still getting broken in as well. Not necessarily a bad thing, but I'm a little more over the front end than I'm used to on my Vitus Sentier hardtail. May get some riser bars.

Overall Review:

My Vitus Sentier hardtail had a frame break so it's in the U.K. for a warranty fix. I couldn't stay off the trails any longer, so was very fortunate to find this bike at Bicycle Sports Shop here in Austin; as so many bikes, both online and on showroom floors, are simply sold out right now.

The EVO is exactly what it claims to be - a more trail focused XC racer. It feels like you're on works factory equipment, even though mine is the Comp version ($4,100). This thing is incredible. Razor sharp handling, light as a hardtail, and basically feels like a hardtail in that you don't get any squashy feeling / loss of acceleration. The pedals push the power to the rear wheel like a hardtail, only this bike can handle rough areas effortlessly. It's not suuuuper supple, eating up everything in its path like a full on trail rig, but it doesn't make you feel you're giving anything up either. What it does do, is offer speed unlike other trail bikes. The thing is incredibly quick, but also retains excellent, nimble handling in tight areas. Not to mention it's very light. There's simply nothing sluggish about this bike, it's a bullet and will keep you pushing your limits with a huge grin on your face.

Austin trails I ride consist of a lot of hardpack, flat singletrack which often plows into abrupt, rocky ascents and descents. Haul down the trail and hit an upcoming technical section with total confidence. Can't wait to get my hardtail back, which was my favorite bike ever, and compare it to what I have now in this Epic EVO. I have a feeling this new Specialized is, and will be, my favorite bike for many years to come.


Product Specialized Epic EVO Comp Bike
Model Year 2021
Riding Type Cross Country, Trail
Rider Unisex
Sizes and Geometry
S, M, L, XL View Geometry
Size S M L XL
Top Tube Length
Head Tube Angle 66.5° 66.5° 66.5° 66.5°
Head Tube Length 95mm 100mm 115mm 135mm
Seat Tube Angle 74.8° 74.5° 74.5° 74.5°
Seat Tube Length 400mm 430mm 470mm 520mm
Bottom Bracket Height 336mm (36mm drop) 336mm (36mm drop) 336mm (36mm drop) 336mm (36mm drop)
Chainstay Length 438mm 438mm 438mm 438mm
Wheelbase 1132mm 1164mm 1194mm 1227mm
Standover 779mm 781mm 793mm 804mm
Reach 406mm 436mm 460mm 485mm
Stack 593mm 597mm 611mm 629mm
* Additional Info Geometry with a 530mm length fork, Trail: 114mm, Flip-chip adjustable geometry
Wheel Size 29"
Frame Material Carbon Fiber
Frame Material Details FACT 11m full carbon with internal cable routing
Rear Travel 110mm
Rear Shock RockShox Deluxe Select+, Rx XC Tune, 2-position, rebound adjust, metric, 190x40mm
Fork RockShox SID Select+, Charger RL Damper, DebonAir, 15x110mm, 44mm offset
Fork Travel 120mm
Head Tube Diameter Tapered
Headset Cane Creek, CAA2016, 41.8/28.6/flat IS52/40 with AL Race Seal
Handlebar Specialized Alloy Minirise, 10mm rise, 750mm width, 31.8mm clamp
Stem Specialized XC, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6° rise, 60mm length
Grips Specialized Trail
Brakes Shimano SLX M7120, 4-piston caliper
Brake Levers Shimano SLX M7120
Drivetrain 1x
Shifters Shimano SLX M7100, 12-speed
Front Derailleur None
Rear Derailleur Shimano SLX M7100, SGS, 12-speed
ISCG Tabs None
Chainguide None
Cranks Shimano SLX 7100, Hollowtech 2, 170mm length (size S), 175mm length (size M-XL)
Chainrings 32 tooth
Bottom Bracket Shimano, BB52, threaded
Pedals None included
Chain Shimano SLX M7100, 12-speed
Cassette Shimano SLX M7100, 12-speed, 10-51 tooth
Rims Specialized Alloy, tubeless-ready, 25mm internal width, 28 hole
Hubs Front: Shimano MT400-B, Centerlock, 28 hole, 15x110 Boost
Rear: Shimano MT510-B, Centerlock 28 hole, 12x148 Boost, Microspline
Spokes DT Swiss Industry
Tires Front: Specialized Ground Control, Control casing, GRIPTON compound, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, 29"x2.3"
Rear: Specialized Fast Trak, Control casing, GRIPTON compound, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, 29"x2.3"
Presta, 60mm valve inner tubes
Saddle Specialized Body Geometry Power Sport, hollow Cr-Mo rails, 155mm width (size S), 143mm width (size M-XL)
Seatpost X-Fusion Manic, infinite adjustable, 2-bolt head, bottom mount cable routing, remote SRL LE lever, 100mm travel (size S), 125mm travel (size M), 150mm travel (size L-XL)
Seatpost Diameter 30.9mm
Seatpost Clamp Specialized alloy, 34.9mm
Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions 12x148mm
Max. Tire Size 29"x2.4"
Bottle Cage Mounts Yes - 2 inside front triangle
Colors Satin carbon/oak green metallic
Gloss clay/cast umber
Warranty Lifetime for frame to the original owner
Weight N/A
Miscellaneous Progressive XC Geometry
Rider-First Engineered
Flip-chip adjustable geometry
SWAT EMT Cage-Mount Tool
11mm (27.5%) sag recommended
120mm max fork travel
Price $4,125
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To conquer rough trails as fast as humanly possible, the Epic EVO maintains ultra-efficient pedaling manners but trades the Brain of the Epic in favor of an Rx-tuned metric shock. A purpose-built link yields a 2.8:1 leverage ratio and milks bump-devouring performance from its 110-mm rear travel. 120mm forks with custom Rx-tuned valving complete EVO's balanced, trail-smart suspension.

Tune the ride of the Epic EVO to match your preferred handling characteristics with flip-chip simplicity that allows riders to steepen the EVO's headtube angle by half a degree while raising the bottom bracket height by 6mm.

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