For 2011, Specialized comes out with the new Epic S-Works 29er. The new mountain bike uses Specialized’s FSR suspension design. It only weighs 21.27 pounds or 9.66 kilos in S-Works trim and claims the title of being the lightest 29er with full-suspension. The fork is a RockShox Reba 29 with a carbon crown and steerer while the 26″ model uses the E100 fork.
With a one-piece top tube, the new 29er model also has a remote Mini Brain shock and XC geometry for racing. It also has X12 142+ axles. The front and rear triangles are made from carbon. Specialized also employed its own brand of wheels, Roval, on all Epic bicycles. The Epic S-Works 29er uses a 1,400g Roval Control SL whelset with carbon rims.
The cassette body was modified by 2mm outer to give way to a wider spoke bed. Having this, you get a better performance from a stiff well-placed wheel. The new axle system can also give you the advantage of a faster wheel change which Specialized says that you can have it done in just about 25 seconds.
For the Specialized 2011 Epic Comp Carbon 29er, it sports almost the same features as the Epic S-Works 29er and has a Press Fit 30 bottom bracket. This can give you more options on what crankset to use. The new Epics also features 2×10 cranksets except for the low end Epic Comp.
To minimize the use of the Mini Brain lock out system, Specialized did some alterations on the rear suspension to increase anti-squatting. The new Epic 29er also comes in size S (small) to accommodate short riders.
Specialized also adds on the Evo series which aims to be a variant across all mountain bike lines. The Epic Evo R is a race-oriented machine with a 1×10 drivetrain that functions with a chain-keeper. The Epic Evo Trail is for expert level riders with a 120mm travel-fork with same drivetrain as the Evo R but with bigger wheels and tires.