First Ride Review: 2021 Specialized Epic Pro – No Mercy XC Racing Beast

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Wheel this new Specialized Epic Pro out of the box and you’re immediately struck by how neat and purposeful it looks. Thanks to the SRAM AXS Eagle wireless shifting and a puritanical approach to dropper posts, there are only brake hoses coming from the bars. The bike looks low, long and lean – and lifting it up confirms a truly astonishing lack of weight. It’s barely more than 23lbs or 10kg. I’ve ridden road bikes heavier than that.

Houston, I think we’re in trouble. And that trouble is that the Specialized Epic Pro most definitely isn’t a bike for cruising around on. It’s not even a bike for riding fast – there’s a whole range of Epic EVOs for that. No, the one purpose of the Epic Pro is flat-out racing. It’s not necessarily fussed where or what – whether that be a Cape Epic or a UCI World Cup short course – but it’s built to race. Everything about the bike – the spec, the tyres and the attitude, is set up for between-the-tapes thrashing. 

All I needed to do was to fit the (supplied) tubeless valves, add some sealant to the minimally treaded Fast Trak tyres, fit a cage and SWAT tool and head out into the hills. 

Fast indeed…

All I needed to do was to fit the (supplied) tubeless valves, add some sealant to the minimally treaded Fast Trak tyres, fit a cage and SWAT tool and head out into the hills. 

I’m 5ft 9in or so and the fit on a medium Epic is spot on. Normally, I’m in the funny world between medium and large, but this medium fits well. The 750mm (760 with grips) bars and shortish 60mm stem put everything where you want it to be. 

The Ride

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Review Info

Brand:Specialized
Product:Epic Pro
From:Specialized.com
Price:£7499
Tested:by Chipps for 120km

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