Specialized’s new S-Works Epic Hardtail World Cup is lighter than a Tarmac

This carbon hardtail is the lightest frame the company has ever produced

According to Specialized, the lightest frame the company has ever produced is destined for the dirt, not the pro peloton.

Last year Specialized launched a new race-focused family known as the Epic Hardtail. The company is upping the ante by using a new FACT 12m carbon layup that shaves a few more grams from this cross-country racer, bringing it in at a claimed weight of 800g for a bare frame, size medium. The claimed weight for a medium painted frame with hardware is still just 875g. 

According to Specialized, this is lighter than the Pro Tour-tested S-Works Tarmac frame, which comes in at a bit over 900g.

Specialized increases the weight savings with a top shelf build that includes an SRAM Eagle XX1 drivetrain, RockShox SID World Cup fork with Specialized’s Brain-Fade lockout system and SRAM Level Ultimate disc brakes. The whole package rolls on carbon Roval Control SL wheels wrapped in Fast Trak tires.

The complete bike is said to be well under 20lbs, according to Specialized
The complete bike is said to be well under 20lbs, according to Specialized

With the Fast Trak tires set up tubeless, the complete bike tips the scales at just 18lb for a size medium. 

As one might expect, this will come with a cost – $8,000 for the complete bike and $3,000 for the frame. (UK and Australian pricing was not immediately available.)

Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Anywhere with rock- and root-infested technical singletrack. He also enjoys unnecessarily long gravel races.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Remedy 29 9.9, Yeti ASRc, Specialized CruX, Spot singlespeed, Trek District 9
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following, a custom Moots 27.5+ for bikepacking adventures
  • Beer of Choice: PBR
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA

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