The Specialized Epic is the brand's full-suspension cross-country rig that's flung many a racer up to the podium. Its iconic shape has been present on the XC circuit for a while now, so it comes as no surprise that it's due for an update. We've stumbled upon a leaked image of what could be the next iteration of the Epic.
Now, we've only got a screenshot from MTB_action_page's Instagram, so this is speculation at this point, but it gives us a good look at what the next bike could be. At first glance, it looks very similar to the Trek Supercaliber.
This time around, it looks as if Spesh has tucked the shock under the top tube, similar to old Commencal bikes, or adopting a similar shock layout to Trek's IsoStrut. The benefit of IsoStrut specifically is increased stiffness, which is something that would make sense on a newer iteration Epic.
Looking at the spec, there's the SRAM XX1 direct mount derailleur, combined with the rest of the drivetrain, hinting that its release is just around the corner. Of course, there's then a RockShox SID fork and it looks as if this build rolls on Roval wheels, with Specialized tyres.
As for geometry, it's tough to see for definite from this picture as it looks as if the suspension is at the bottom out but it's safe to say that it'll be a little more aggressive than before, to better suit the ever-evolving tracks being raced in modern XC.
We'll be updating this story with more details as it develops.
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