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FEATURESWhile carbon often gets all the credit, alloy is far from obsolete, especially the M5 premium aluminium with D'Aluisio Smartweld technology found on the Epic Comp Alloy. It's lightweight, stiff, and can also take a beating. But not only that, you also get a redesigned version of the Brain suspension technology that's made the Epic famous.
Race courses have evolved over the past few years. They're more technical, steeper, and simply more challenging to ride. But instead of quivering in our boots, we saw this as an opportunity to make something special—something that both World Cup athletes and XC riders alike can instantly feel the benefit from. We looked at the sum of parts that make a bike handle well, like the head angle, reach, stack, chainstay length, fork offset, etc., and reevaluated all of it. Increasing the reach made a bike that was more stable at speed and generally more comfortable to ride. Dropper posts? Yep, those fit, and not just a short- travel XC option, but full-length droppers that fit in the 30.9mm seat tube. Head angle? We slacked that out, but not without evaluating the overall handling package. It now lands on a custom offset, 42mm fork that works with the slacker head angle in order to behave itself in tight corners and through switchbacks.
Next comes the redesigned Brain technology, Brain 2.0. The Brain changed the way the bike world looked at suspension, both its inefficiencies and benefits alike. And oh was it good. It won races and put a flag in the ground for us as a true leader in innovation and suspension development, but we knew that we could make it better. Simple physics told us that, by moving the Brain closer to the rear axle, it would be in the most sensitive spot. And after countless hours with the RockShox team, the new Brain became more than just a slight upgrade. It's totally new. Now, it reacts seamlessly to bump forces, it has much more consistent damping performance, and finally, it integrates the hoses into the suspension links. This, in turn, improves oil paths, and it creates an incredibly sleek package that outperforms anything on the market.
At the heart of the construction, you'll find our M5 alloy with the exclusive D'Aluisio Smartweld Technology, which strategically places more welding material where it's needed, resulting in an aluminium bike that's more compliant and considerably stiffer at nearly every tube juncture.
The build of the Epic Comp Alloy is value-packed, featuring an 11-speed SRAM GX groupset, SRAM Level TL brakes, and a Roval Control alloy wheelset. Get ready, because this is going to be Epic.
- The M5 Premium Alloy frame with D'Aluisio Smartweld technology finally brings you all the benefits of alloy, like durability, in a lightweight package.
- A RockShox Reba RL fork soaks up the bumps up front, and features both compression and rebound adjustments.
- An 11-speed SRAM GX groupset handles shifting duties, bringing the convenience of one-by to your XC rig.
Specialized M5 Aluminum w/ D'Aluisio Smartweld Technology, threaded BB, 12x148mm rear spacing, internal cable routing, 100mm of travel, flex pivot
RockShox Reba RL 29, Solo Air, compression / rebound adjust, tapered alloy steerer, 110x15mm Maxle® Stealth thru-axle, 100mm of travel, 42mm offset
RockShox / Specialized Micro Brain shock w/ Spike Valve, AUTOSAG, 51x257mm
Specialized, sealed cartridge bearing, 15x110mm spacing, torque caps, 32h
Specialized, sealed cartridge bearings, 12x148mm thru-axle, 32h
DT Swiss Industry, stainless, 3-cross, 2.0"
Roval Control 29, hookless alloy, 22mm internal width, tubeless-ready, 32h
Standard, Presta valve
Fast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29 x 2.3"
Fast Trak, GRIPTON compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29 x 2.1"
Race Face Aeffect, 6000 Series alloy
Threaded BB, 24mm spindle
SRAM GX, trigger, 11-speed
SRAM GX, long cage, 11-speed
SRAM XG 1150, 11-speed, 10-42t
KMC X11, 11-speed w/ Missing Link™
SRAM Level TL, hydraulic disc, organic pads, 160/180mm rotor
SRAM Level TL, hydraulic disc, organic pads, 160 rotor
Specialized Mini-rise, 6000 alloy, 8-degree backsweep, 6-degree upsweep, 10mm rise, 720mm width, 31.8mm clamp
Specialized Sip Grip, half-waffle, S/M: regular thickness, L/XL: XL thickness
Specialized XC, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree rise
Body Geometry Phenom Comp, Adaptive Edge design, Hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm
Specialized, alloy, single bolt, 30.9mm