Pro bike: Kulhavy's Specialized S-Works Epic

Gold-flake paint job commemorates Olympic win

Last week Specialized Racing gave one of its star riders a very special bike. Olympic cross-country champion Jaroslav Kulhavy was given a gold bike to match his gold medal.

“I’m really excited about it,” Kulhavy said. “At first the team gave me the new 2013 white frame, and I thought that was very exciting, and then they surprised me with the special gold one. It was amazing.”

Aside from paint scheme, Kulhavy’s S-Works Epic is quite similar to a stock bike.

And while you can’t buy the gold frame, there is a chance to buy the Olympic neon red version of the bike he raced to the win in London, as Specialized is planning limited edition runs of the S-Works Epic and the S-Works Tarmac SL4 that Alexander Vinokourov used to win the Olympic road race.

Kulhavy did not defend his 2011 world championship title last weekend, but there’s still that little Olympic metal for consolation.

Check out the gallery at right for the details on Kulhavy’s bike.

Complete bike specification

  • Frame: Specialized S-Works Epic 29"
  • Fork: Custom RockShox SID World Cup 29 Brain, inertia valve damper, Solo air spring, 80mm
  • Suspension: Specialized/FOX remote Mini-Brain inertia-valve shock
  • Headset: 1-1/8 and 1-1/2" threadless, Campy style upper with 1-1/2" lower, cartridge bearing
  • Stem: Specialized S-Works CLP Multi Stem 120mm/-21°
  • Handlebar: Specialized S-Works Prowess Carbon XC Flat
  • Grip's: ESI Chunky 
  • Front brake: Avid XX WC 160mm
  • Rear brake: Avid XX WC 140mm
  • Front derailleur: none
  • Rear derailleur: SRAM XX1
  • Levers: SRAM XX1 Grip Shift
  • Cassette: SRAM XX1 10/42T
  • Chain: SRAM XX1
  • Crankset: Specialized S-Works OS carbon 175mm with custom spider for SRAM XX One 36T
  • Bottom bracket: Specialized OS press-in bearing
  • Pedals: Look quartz carbon Ti 
  • Wheelset: Roval Control Carbon 29"
  • Front tire: Specialized S-Works Fast Trak 2.00
  • Rear tire: Specialized S-Works Fast Trak 2.00
  • Saddle: Specialized Romin Pro 143
  • Seatpost: Truvativ Stylo T40
  • Total bicycle weight: 9.6kg/21.16lbs

Rider’s measurements 

  •  Rider's height: 187cm/6'2"
  •  Rider's weight: 75kg/165lbs
Ben Delaney

US Editor-in-Chief
Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
  • Discipline: Road (paved or otherwise), cyclocross and sometimes mountain. His tri-curious phase seems to have passed, thankfully
  • Preferred Terrain: Quiet mountain roads leading to places unknown
  • Current Bikes: Scott Foil Team Issue, Specialized S-Works Tarmac, Priority Eight city bike... and a constant rotation of test bikes
  • Dream Bike: A BMC Teammachine SLR01 with disc brakes and clearance for 30mm tires (doesn't yet exist)
  • Beer of Choice: Saison Dupont
  • Location: Boulder, CO, USA

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