The Epic’s reputation for relentless XC performance is legendary. With the Brain shock out back delivering superb pedalling efficiency, it’s real race rocket. But because of this uncompromising suspension arrangement, it’s never been a very friendly bike away from the race track.
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With the EVO version, Specialized are hoping to capitalise on the latest Epic’s more relaxed geometry and stiff frame construction, and expand the bike’s appeal a little. Have they succeeded? Yes, and no.
While we were genuinely surprised with the confidence and technical abilities of this bike, the Brain shock is always there reminding you that this is really a race bike at the end of the day. Sure, you can dial the Brain all the way off, but then what’s the point?
As we explain in our video review, the best way we can describe this bike, is as a race bike for when you’re not racing.