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.
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.)