Specialized's EVO models typically feature beefed up specifications for harder riding conditions and the Epic EVO is no exception. The Epic EVO looks to be a bike that retains the pedalling ferocity of the race-weapon Epic but with some sensible trickle down components from the trail riding world to make a more manageable, confidence inspiring race bike.
The Epic and Epic EVO share the same frame meaning the Epic EVO retains the lightweight pedalling focussed design with the 100mm rear Brain suspension system. The Epic EVO will be
available in two models: the carbon frame Expert level and aluminium frame Comp level.
The Epic EVO forks do not carry the Brain suspension found on Epic forks. The travel is also boosted to 120mm. The increased travel means that the front of the bike is ever so slightly higher resulting in some geometry changes over the Epic. Most notably a slacker 68.5-degree head angle which is better suited for rolling through tricky terrain.
With dropper seat posts now commonplace in elite and amateur ranks, it's little wonder that the Epic EVO range comes equipped with dropper seat posts. Instead of Specialized's own Command Post that we usually see on their bikes, Specialized has equipped the EVO with an X-Fusion Manic on the available Expert and Comp models.
Continuing the EVO makeover, the handlebars have grown to 750mm and the stems shortened for a more trail-like steering experience while the Ground Control tyre on the front adds confidence inspiring grip over the FastTrak fitted on the standard Epic.