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With all of the growth in full-suspension XC bikes, Specialized found that hardtails were starting to become a little same old, same old. So Specialized thought to ourselves, ‘What better time then now to shake things up with a modern, revolutionary design?’ Say hello to the Epic Hardtail Expert. It’s one of the lightest frames we’ve ever made, tipping the scales around 1175g. And to make it this light, Specialized built the entire frame from their superlative FACT 11m carbon fiber, and then Specialized took some cues from their road bikes. Specialized borrowed the Rider-First Engineered™ concept that originated with the Tarmac. Now, the frame design applies specificity to every tube size and carbon layup for every frame size. This creates the optimal balance of rigidity, weight, and responsiveness, so every frame, regardless of size, performs just as Specialized intended. We’ve also tweaked the geometry for more speed and stability by slacking-out the head tube angle, lengthening the top tube, and correcting the seat tube angle. This way, it feels more planted then ever, and frankly, it’s stupid fast. Specialized also widened the rear spacing to 12x148mm and included internal split-housing cable routing. For the build, this Epic Hardtail successfully balances value with performance, with a custom-tuned RockShox SID fork with Brain, SRAM GX Eagle™ 12-speed shifting, and quick-to-accelerate Roval Control Carbon wheels.