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The winner of the 2016 BikeExchange Top Bike Mountain Bike of the Year - the Specialized S-works Epic XTR
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Cross country mountain bike racing is all about power and precision, how fast the rider can get up the hill and then how fast they can go back down to do it all again. So when it comes to the weapon of choice for cross country racing the bike must provide sublime pedalling efficiency and handle descending with aplomb.
Exceeding these criteria in every area is the S-Works Epic XTR.
With Olympic, World Championship and World Cup titles to its name the S-Works Epic is no stranger to the top step of a podium. It will always hold the title of the first World Championship win for a 29er dually. This bike delivers the best of the best, it's a real head turner dripping in parts of which many only dream.
The FACT 11m carbon frame with 100mm of Brain controlled travel provides feather-light weight, whilst maintaining stiffness and the front end suspension is taken care of by RockShox flagship model, the RS-1 with Brain. Specialized has dressed this bike with their own Roval carbon wheels, but the highlight is the XTR Di2 groupset with its guaranteed flawless shifting and XTR brakes finishing off this class bike. Having the SWAT system and double bottle cages on this bike means the ability to carry spares and enough water for wherever your legs can take you (with the peace of mind in knowing your spares are always there).
The S-Works Epic XTR will be the most envied bike on any XC race start line be it an Olympic Games or a local club dirt crit. It is a true no excuses bike for racing and if it can’t take you to the podium, nothing will.