Lighter. Smarter. Faster.
Fast and flat, rowdy and technical, punchy and hard—no matter the course, the Epic is the best tool to get you to the top of the podium. Its design is all-new, and boy, oh boy is it fast.
Tracks have changed over the past few years. And while hard-packed fireroads used to rule the XC roost, they’ve been replaced with technical singletrack and rock gardens, all while keeping racers going full gas and on the limit. So, to make sure that the new Epic is the best tool for topping the podium on these new courses, we completely redesigned the frame to be Rider-First Engineered™, developed a modern XC geometry, and created a new Brain rear shock and suspension platform.
New Rear End
In a focused effort to make the Epic, hands down, the fastest XC bike out there, one of the main goals was to drastically reduce weight. In doing so, we removed pivots from the rear end of this new platform, and that decision saved us 240g (39% lighter) in the rear end alone. This, in combination with the new Brain, allowed us to make large improvements in overall performance, while also saving up to 525g in some frames.
You can say that the new Epic is a single-pivot bike. We’ve designed engineered flex zones in the chain and seatstays, however, to emulate the performance of the FSR system. Being designed around a 1x drivetrain, our engineers were able to tune the platform to perform better under pedaling forces. And combined with the sensitivity of the new Brain, the Epic builds on the efficiency of its predecessor.
Removing pivots also makes for a stiffer rear end, and of course, this means better power transfer efficiency. We very much believe in the FSR system as an effective an efficient suspension design, though, so you’ll continue to see it throughout the rest of our mountain bikes.
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