Epic World Cup Pro - 2024

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THINK FASTEST: The Epic World Cup is the fastest XC race bike in the world on smooth to moderately technical courses thanks to its unmatched combination of efficiency, control, and light-weight. World Champ Christopher Blevins said it best, “This thing gives me everything I could want from a hardtail, plus the control and capability of full suspension.” All it took to create this speed machine was a totally integrated development approach, inventing a radical new shock, and four decades of off-road winning experience.

FRAME OF REFERENCE: To deliver maximum speed through ruthlessly efficient power transfer and precision handling, our engineering team set and achieved new standards in torsional rigidity and BB stiffness. This feat required an integrated development approach that merged a structurally superior double diamond layout with its shock cradled inside the top-tube, and finished off with the most sophisticated composite layup in Specialized history.

SHOCKINGLY FAST: The Specialized Ride Dynamics team conceived of and invented a revolutionary shock technology for the Epic World Cup that gives the rider the efficiency and snappy response of a hardtail PLUS the control, capability, and momentum-carrying of full suspension—all with a simple setup. Co-developed with RockShox, the SID Deluxe WCID shock utilizes a unique independently adjustable positive and negative air springs to deliver the sought-after hardtail “snap”, combined with terrain-devouring forgiveness, and the ability to easily personalize set-up for a specific course or tune for rider preference and feel. Set it firm and it rides like a hardtail or open it up and you have a chunk-squashing ripper. But you aren't just limited “open and closed,” the simple nature of its setup allows the rider to set on a spectrum of firm to soft.

PUNCHING ABOVE ITS CATEGORY: The Epic World Cup’s 75mm of rear travel delivers control and capability of a much longer travel bike. Because it’s designed to be ridden at or close to topped-out, it yields the same positive travel as a 100mm travel bike set up with 25% sag. To further optimize suspension performance, the Specialized Ride Dynamics team tuned the spring-rate to be relatively flat through the mid-stroke to handle the majority of bump forces like a longer travel bike. Due to its large size, the custom Mega Jounce Bumper is an “industry first” and plays a crucial role in smoothly managing bottom-out on the biggest impacts.

HAVE WE LOST OUR MINDS? SORT OF: While the new, and groundbreaking SID Deluxe WCID shock provides the unique blend of support and compliance in the rear, the BRAIN is still alive and well in the fork. Its Position-Sensitive technology allows riders to sag into the fork 15mm for a balanced ride, providing supple small bump compliance and a firm pedaling platform without the need for a remote lockout or levers to flip.

THE WEIGHT IS OVER: With a frame weight of just 1,915 grams (painted with shock and all hardware), the Epic World Cup edges out the lightest of competitors. This translates to faster acceleration, more efficiently climbing, and more agile handling. And all of that adds up to speed. We achieved the featherweight and monster stiffness of the Epic WC by applying what we learned in the development of our Aethos, the lightest production road frame ever made, specifically the advanced composite layup and tube shapes.

THE BIGGEST FLEX IS NO FLEX: The Epic World Cup sports the full suite of Roval Control SL components: 1,240-gram wheelset, 180-gram seat post, and 250-gram integrated cockpit (70mm x 780mm). Each boasting peerless light-weight, stiffness, and control on the World Cup today.

  • The all-new Epic World Cup frame features Ride Dynamics Developed suspension technology and 75mm of optimized rear wheel travel. Thanks to its shock technology, Epic World Cup delivers unmatched pedal efficiency and is ready for the roughest descents you can throw at it–no lockout switches required.
  • SRAM XO transmission builds on what top riders need in shifting performance and robustness, making it perfectly matched for the brutal demands of modern Cross Country racing.
  • An all-new SID SL BRAIN fork provides 110mm of bump muting performance while discerning inputs from the ground or rider to provide ultimate efficiency.
  • Descending from a long World Cup lineage, hand-built Roval Control carbon wheels feature a modern 29mm internal-width hookless rim–maximizing strength, ride quality, and durability–while keeping weight to a minimum

Frame and Structure

  • Frame: Crafted from Fact 11m Carbon, featuring WCID suspension technology, Progressive XC Race Geometry for agility and performance, Rider-First Engineered™ for optimal balance, a threaded bottom bracket, UDH compatible 12x148mm rear spacing for wheel compatibility, with internal cable management for a sleek appearance, and 75mm suspension travel for trail comfort.
  • Seat Binder: Utilizes Specialized Alloy 34.9 with a robust steel bolt for secure seating.

Utility and Tools

  • SWAT: Comes equipped with a SWAT EMT Cage-Mount Tool for essential repairs and adjustments on the go.

Suspension Components

  • Fork: The RockShox SID SL ULTIMATE BRAIN, featuring a Top-Adjust Brain damper, Debon Air spring for smoothness, 15x110mm thru-axle for stability, 44mm offset for precise steering, and 110mm of travel for effective shock absorption.
  • Rear Shock: RockShox-Specialized SIDLuxe WCID Ultimate, developed with unique Ride Dynamics, includes an Independent negative spring and Rebound Adjust, sized at 215x40mm for responsive rear suspension.

Seating and Control

  • Saddle: Body Geometry Power Expert, designed for ergonomic support and riding efficiency.
  • SeatPost: Roval Control SL carbon seatpost, with a two-bolt clamp and 0mm offset, lengths vary by size (415/370mm) for rider-specific fit, diameter 30.9mm for lightweight support.
  • Handlebars: S-Works Carbon XC Mini Rise, designed with a 6-degree upsweep, 8-degree backsweep, 10mm rise, 760mm length, and 31.8mm diameter for optimal handling and comfort.
  • Stem: Specialized Pro SL, alloy construction with a 4-bolt mount for sturdy handlebar support.
  • Grips: Specialized Trail Grips for secure and comfortable hand grip.

Braking System

  • Front Brake: SRAM Level Silver, equipped with 2-piston calipers, hydraulic disc mechanism, stealth aesthetics, and rotors sized at 180/160mm for powerful stopping capability.
  • Rear Brake: Matches the front, with SRAM Level Silver 2-piston calipers, hydraulic disc, stealth design, and a 160mm rotor for consistent braking performance.

Drivetrain and Wheels

  • Shift Levers: Operated by SRAM POD AXS controller for seamless gear shifting.
  • Bottom Bracket: SRAM DUB Threaded Wide for smooth and reliable pedal strokes.
  • Chain: High-quality SRAM XO Eagle for durable and efficient power transfer.
  • Rear Derailleur: SRAM X0 Eagle Transmission for precise and swift gear changes.
  • Crankset: SRAM XO Eagle featuring a Quarq Spindle power meter, DUB technology, available in 170/175mm lengths, with a 34t chainring for optimal performance.
  • Cassette: SRAM XS 1295, 12-speed, offering a wide 10-52 gear range for versatile climbing and speed.
  • Chainrings: Made from durable alloy, 34t for balanced gearing.
  • Hubs: DT Swiss 350 straight-pull hubs, both front (15mm Thru-axle, 110mm spacing) and rear (12x148mm thru-axle, XD freehub body), featuring 28 straight-pull holes for robust wheel assembly.
  • Spokes: DT Swiss Competition Race Straight-pull for strength and aerodynamics.
  • Tires: Front - Specialized Fast Trak with Control Casing, T7 Compound, 29x2.35" for grip; Rear - Specialized Renegade, also with Control Casing, T5 Compound, 29x2.35" for speed.
  • Rims: Roval Control Carbon with a unique offset design, 29mm internal width, tubeless-ready, 28 holes for a strong and lightweight wheel setup.
  • Inner Tubes: Specialized Turbo Tubes, featuring Presta valves for easy maintenance
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