Specialized's Epic Comp Carbon 29er boasts trail-scorching speed whether it's race day or just an after work throw down with your friends. Its FACT-carbon frame with an M5-aluminum rear triangle descends and climbs superbly thanks to 100mm of Specialized's legendary Brain-controlled FSR suspension that delivers unparalleled pedal power and control. You'll also love the smooth RockShox fork, crisp-shifting SRAM 2x10 drivetrain and the Avid Elixir discs, which let you hold maximum speed until the last possible second. Plus, the fast DT Swiss 29er wheels and Specialized tires deliver a superb balance of acceleration and traction.
|Frame||Specialized FSR FACT 9M-carbon w/M5-aluminum rear triangle|
|Fork||RockShox Reba RLT 29, 100mm-travel|
|Rear Shock||Fox/Specialized Remote Mini-Brain, 100mm-travel w/Brain Fade|
|Rims/Wheels||DT Swiss X450SL|
|Hubs||Specialized Hi Lo|
|Spokes||DT Swiss Champion 1.8mm stainless-steel|
|Tires||Specialized S-Works tubeless ready, Front: The Captain, 29 x 2.0; Rear: Renegade, 29 x 1.95|
|Front Derailleur||SRAM X7|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM X9|
|Rear Cogs||Shimano, 10-speed: 11-36|
|Tape/Grips||Specialized lock-on (Small/Medium: Grappler; Large/X-Large: Rocca)|
|Brake Levers||Avid Elixir R SL|
|Brakes||Avid Elixir R SL disc, 7/6-inch rotors|
|Saddle||Specialized BG Phenom Comp|
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The 2011 Epic 29er Comp carbon. In a word? Unbelievable. I felt immediately at home on this bike from the very first ride. The Epic 29er has an admirable combination of confidence-inspiring handling and intuitive maneuverability on tight switchbacks and twisty sections. The new-for-2011 "142mm+" thru axle rear end is a revelation, and pairs up with the Fox made Brain shock to lay down searing acceleration, especially so for a 29er. It's a terrific race / endurance bike that easily does double duty as a trail bike. Or is it the other way around: a trail bike that makes for a great race bike? I've been lucky to have spent extensive time on many different full suspension designs (Intense, Specialized, Titus, Gary Fisher, Diamondback) and had brief test rides on others (Ibis, Giant), and I can honestly say that the 2011 Epic 29er carbon blows the doors off of all of them. (Figuratively-speaking, of course; bikes don't have doors). Climbing, tight sections, rollers, switchbacks, acceleration: five stars. Steep or technical downhills? Three and a half stars. Not an all mountain rig, but definitely not twitchy or nervous handling either. Comfortable, yet rocket-fast. And hellastiff through rough, rocky sections; able to hold a line exceptionally well, off-camber or not. Also, perhaps surprisingly, it's as silent as a single speed on the trail. As for the spec, the 2011 Epic 29er Comp carbon may seem "mid-range" (at [$]? Ouch!), but the performance is simply amazing. The new SRAM 2x10 (24/38T) with an X.9 / X.7 drivetrain is flawless. The Avid Elixir R SL brakes feel better than any other brakes I've previously ridden with outstanding lever feel and modulation. Silent, too. The wheelset is easily set up tubeless (though I did ditch the minimalist Renegade tire, switching the S-Works Captain Control 2.0 to the rear and putting a 2.3 Eskar on the front). Cockpit is all Specialized, and to be fair, pretty nice stuff (not stupid light, and definitely not flashy, but it's solid and it works well). For comparison, I rode both the Comp and the Expert versions of the 2011 Epic 29er. Both have "FACT 9M" carbon front triangles, the difference being an extra G in price, with a spec one level higher on the food chain in the case of the Expert. The verdict? Absolutely indistinguishable performance between the two, except for the noticeably different feel of the Reba Brain fork (Expert) versus the Reba RLT fork (Comp). Not better, necessarily, just different. But as far as drivetrain, brakes, hubs? Blindfold me, and I wouldn't be able to tell the difference. The new SRAM X.9 and X.7 2x10 stuff is THAT good. Lastly, my size medium weighs 26.5 lbs. (w/o pedals), even after my switching to a heavier front tire. The 2011 Epic 29er carbon is almost certainly one of the two best 29er full suspension trail bikes currently in existence. If you value plushness over a solid rear triangle and snappy acceleration, I'd go with a VPP design. Both designs climb exceptionally well. As for me, I'll take the laser acceleration and thru axle rear end of the Brain-equipped Epic 29er carbon any day. THM: Best full suspension bike I've ever thrown a leg over, bar none.