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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Specialized Epic. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
16 reasons to buy
- The Epic is available in two models. The standard model has 100mm of travel in the rear and front. The EVO model has an additional 20mm of travel in the fork.
- This bike is available in numerous builds. The S-Works model is the highest in price and has the best components.
- The handlebars on the Epic are wide and provide riders with excellent stability over a variety of terrain.
- The 'Brain' suspension is an intuitive feature that adjusts to a rider's input and terrain. It does so without the rider ever having to flip a switch.
- Testers agree the Epic climbs quickly and efficiently with its short-travel suspension and perched riding position.
- The Epic's hubs use 28mm torque caps, providing additional stiffness. This allows for greater power transfer riding the Epic.
- Specialized Fast Trak tires feature a GRID casing that provides excellent grip over rocky terrain.
- The Specialized Epic is lightweight compared to other mountain bikes.
- The EVO version of the bike has a dropper post. This increases the bike’s performance on trails, especially on descents.
- Specialized offers the bike with an aluminum or carbon frame. This allows riders to pick a bike that best fits their frame preference and budget.
- The bike is available in sizes small through extra-large, allowing it to be used by riders of a wide height range.
- The bike has a shorter seat post. This allows riders the ability to run a longer dropper post if they desire.
- The Epic accelerates with ease, due to the powerful riding position and stiff frame.
- The Phenom saddle is comfortable, according to experts.
- Specialized includes one water bottle cage with the bike. There is room for up to two bottles.
- The bike has frame protection on the chainstays. This keeps this area free of damage and reduces the noise of chainslap.
5 reasons not to buy
- The standard version of the Epic does not include a dropper post.
- One tester found the SRAM brakes were a bit spongy. They would have preferred Shimano brakes.
- The geometry of the bike perches riders on top of the Epic. This can make steep descents feel awkward.
- The Epic is not designed to slowly maneuver technical terrain and take big hits on the trail.
- Experts agree that the price point on the S-Works version is high. They advised that lower-spec versions are just as capable and are priced more realistically.