New Specialized Epic 2021: smarter than ever

Germán M. Porcel - 2020-06-23 18:30:00 - Mountain bike

The new Specialized Epic 2021 will not leave anyone indifferent. Year after year it continues to surprise locals and strangers, and in this Specialized Epic 2021 edition there are some more than notable news. For this reason, we analyze the new machine of the northamerican factory, its similarities and differences with previous versions and everything.

Specialized Epic 2021

Specialized Epic 2021: a smarter mountain bike

They were not going to leave in Specialized that concepts such as innovation or quality were undermined for any reason. It is as if even this coronavirus pandemic has made them work harder and better to present the new Specialized Epic 2021, and the time for the presentation of this now legendary mountain bike has arrived.

The secrecy and suspicion with which the brand has treated the publication of this Specialized Epic 2021 was fueled by certain leaks on Internet, which pointed to the drift of the Specialized Epic 2021 even with images. But it is already official.

The Specialized Epic 2021 is a great change based on many small changes. First of all, a longer, lower, more relaxed geometry, both in the Specialized Epic and in the Specialized Epic Evo 2021: in this, in addition, there is a front tube angle of 66.5 degrees and the possibility of adjusting by flip-chip. A new geometry that has slightly altered the traditional drawing of recent years. Now the Specialized Epic 2021 has a new head tube angle, which makes it more relaxed and modifies the rider's stance, but only slightly. More significant changes are found, for example in the fork or in the rear suspension.

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The second aspect to highlight is Brain technology. It has been somewhat controversial, not only for performance, but for some maintenance or malfunction. Now, the Brain technology of the Specialized Epic 2021 mounts both fork and shock absorber, and differentiates between the pedaling forces of the rider and those generated by the type of terrain and its ability to absorb shocks. It lasts on a smooth and well crushed floor; and automatically changes to active when the terrain requires it. They claim from Specialized that the Brain system of the Specialized Epic 2021 is more durable and greatly improves control.

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In addition, the Specialized Epic 2021 opts for Roval Control SI wheels, which is also an upgrade from previous Roval models, with improved bearings and reduced weight. Of course, DT Swiss hubs, model 350. Fast Trak Gripton 29 ”tires.

Weight goes down. In fact, it was already suspected that the Specialized Epic 2021 in its hardtail version was going to be the lightest on the market: it drops more than 100 grams its previous weight, and breaks the psychological barrier of 9 kg (yes, without pedals, but yes with suspension and wheels), making the Specialized Epic 2021 a real feather.

Finally, in terms of main aspects of this Specialized Epic 2021, it must be confirmed that it mounts SRAM. Throughout. SRAM Level Ultimate 2-piston hydraulic brakes, and SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS 12-crown, with 10- to 50-tooth sprockets, and a single-pot with potentiometer on the Quarq XX1 crankset. This in its maximum splendor, of course, in lower models, reduces this range.

More aspects and prices of the Specialized Epic 2021

There are many more nuances to comment, it is not easy to summarize. 5 sizes, from XS to XL, and a range that ranges from the Specialized Epic 2021 edition S-Works Epic as well as the Epic Evo (as we say, the frame is also sold separately from all components except the fork, that does not admit choice and goes with the mountain bike), goes through the Specialized Epic 2021 Pro, which goes down to a SRAM AXS Eagle; and closes with the Specialized Epic 2021 Expert, with SRAM X01 Eagle. If you mess up, we'll make it simple for you: There are four models for the Epic (Comp, Expert, Pro, and S-Works) and five for the Epic EVO (Base, Comp, Expert, Pro, and S-Works).

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5 sizes, from XS to XL, and a range that goes from the Specialized Epic 2021 edition S-Works Epic (as we say, the frame is also sold separately from all components except the fork, which does not admit choice and goes with the mountain bike), goes through the Specialized Epic 2021 Pro, which goes down to a SRAM AXS Eagle; and closes with the Specialized Epic 2021 Expert, with SRAM X01 Eagle. Their prices, respectively, are decreasing: from € 11,599 for the S-Works model, to € 3,599 for its more accessible version, the Base. Colors vary depending on the model, from gloss, satin oasis and forest green, to a kind of gold.

One of the best mountain bikes on the market, we can already say this Specialized Epic 2021 after waiting for months.

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