Specialized S-Works Epic 29er, The Six Month Test

Specialized S-Works Epic 29er

Before I tell you about the crop of hot new 2012 gear I saw at Interbike last week, I want to ruminate on the most decisive and exceptional product of 2011. I’ve been testing the Specialized S-Works Epic Carbon 29 for nine months, and I’m still impressed—sometimes even astounded—each time I ride it. Back in April, in the 2011 Spring Buyer’s Guide, I wrote, “This top-shelf race-ready 29er should end the debate over whether big wheelers are sluggish.” With more than a thousand miles on the bike, I’d go a step farther and say that I believe the Epic 29 may just be the final nail in the coffin for the 26-inch XC bike. Hear me out.

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