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Specialized Epic Comp Carbon 29

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Epic Comp Carbon 29
2013

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2013 Specialized Epic Comp Carbon 29

Specialized's Epic Comp Carbon 29er boasts trail-scorching speed whether it's race day or just an after work throw down with your friends. Its FACT-carbon frame with an M5-aluminum rear triangle descends and climbs superbly thanks to 100mm of Specialized's legendary Brain-controlled FSR suspension that delivers unparalleled pedal power and control. You'll also love the smooth RockShox fork, crisp-shifting SRAM/Shimano 2x10 drivetrain and the Magura discs, which let you hold maximum speed until the last possible second. Plus, the fast Roval 29er wheels and Specialized tires deliver a superb balance of acceleration and traction.

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Specification Description
Frame Specialized FSR FACT 9M-carbon w/M5-aluminum rear triangle w/142x12 rear axle and tapered head tube
Fork RockShox Reba RL 29, 100mm-travel w/tapered steerer
Rear Shock Fox/Specialized Remote Mini-Brain, 100mm-travel w/Brain Fade and AutoSag
Rims/Wheels Roval 29er
Hubs Specialized Hi Lo disc
Spokes DT Swiss stainless-steel
Tires Specialized tubeless ready, 29 x 2.0; Front: S-Works Fast Trak Control; Rear: Fast Trak
Crankset SRAM S-1250
Chainrings 38/24
Front Derailleur SRAM X7
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore XT Shadow Plus SGS
Rear Cogs SRAM PG-1030, 10-speed: 11-36
Shifters Shimano SLX
Handlebars Specialized XC
Tape/Grips Specialized Sip
Stem Specialized XC
Brake Levers Magura MTS
Brakes Magura MTS hydraulic disc, 6-inch rotors
Saddle Specialized BG Phenom Comp
Seatpost Specialized aluminum

* Subject to change without notice.

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By TimothyW49

from St Paul, MN, USA

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        I am a 5’9� Midwestern single track rider who has activity participated in in age class racing for a couple of decades. A 29er was not on the radar as I looked to replace a well-used but fast 26 until my son, who works part time at a bike shop, arranged for a weekend demo. My transition to 29ers only took a single lap. The Comp is as quick and maneuverable as any 26. The stability through typical single track rocks, roots, sand and curves taken a speed is remarkable. Simply put, the Comp 29er is the best handling single track bike I have ridden. The only downside is weight. The Comp is 3 lbs. heavier than my race ready 26 and that is noticeable on long climbs. (To be fair, this also reflects moving from a top end 26 to a mid-level 29er) As things wear out, the Comp will go on a diet. As a point of note, the 2x10 gearing with push shifting coupled with the larger wheel circumference does take some time to get used to. Reflecting the 29er’s larger wheel circumference, the 36x11 on the 29er gives you virtually the same top gear travel inches as the 42x12 on a 26. In the middle gears, it takes some experimenting to get comfortable. At the lower end, the 22x36 on the 29er will be more equivalent in travel inches to the 22x32 on the 26. With the extra weight, you do get an uphill workout. Given my race results to date, I am at least as fast on the Comp (maybe faster) but do not feel nearly as beat up post-race. All in all, the Comp is an excellent ride

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