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Cannondale Trail 8
$485.00
Cannondale's Trail lineup generates a passion for mountain biking—from your first time out to your next big challenge. Light and lively, stiff and snappy, the Trail frames showcase Cannondale's decades of expertise in aluminum craftsmanship. Their Dirt-Tailored geometry brings both quickness and composure, with short chainstays for agility and traction, a slack head angle for unwavering stability, plus wide bars and a short stem for total control. Each Trail model is sweetly priced, but make no mistake—wide range gearing, powerful disc brakes, and durable wheels and tires contribute to big trail readiness. A mountain bike designed to raise your game and ignite a passion for the trail, naming this bike was a no-brainer.
Specialized Rockhopper 29
$500.00
Better performance. Better value. Better Rockhopper. By tapping the fit and handling advantages of pairing each rider with their ideal wheel size and suspension that works its hardest for everyone thanks to our size-specific Rx Tune, we've baked in added performance to the all-new Rockhopper without dialing up the price. Shimano and MicroSHIFT team up for drivetrain duties with a robust 2x8 drivetrain that can handle everything you throw down, while confident braking from Radius CX7 mechanical disc brakes seals the deal of the century. A heart of gold, the Rockhopper's lightweight yet durable Premium A1 Aluminum frame features butted aluminum tubes in order to keep weight low and strength high, all while providing increased standover clearance, slick internal cable routing, and dropper-post compatibility. With the goal of making sure that the Rockhopper offers both the best fit and best performance for every person, no matter their measure, we've paired each Rockhopper frame size with the optimal wheel size. The result is a Rockhopper to fit every rider and the assurance that every Rockhopper is rolling on the best-handling wheel for its frame size. - With Rx Tune on Rockhopper, the SR Suntour XCE brings size-specific travel and spring rates to the show in a performance that’s sure to impress while also ensuring consistent geometry, handling, and suspension performance, regardless of frame size. - Radius CX-7 disc brakes offer confident, consistent braking in any trail condition. - A durable Formula freehub and SunRace 8-speed cassette keep you rolling smoothly without putting up a fuss.
Cannondale Tango 5
$560.00
A mountain bike that generates a passion for the trail — from your first time out to your next big challenge. Light and lively, stiff and snappy. The Tango frames showcase our decades of expertise in aluminum craftsmanship. Dirt-Tailored Geometry brings both quickness and composure. Short chainstays for agility and traction, a slack head angle for unwavering stability, plus wide bars and a short stem for total control. Tango is sweetly priced, but make no mistake — wide range gearing, powerful disc brakes and durable wheels and tires contribute to big trail readiness. Naming this bike was a no-brainer. - SmartForm C2 aluminum frame - SR Suntour XCT DS 100mm-travel suspension fork - WTB SX19 wheelset - 8-speed Shimano Altus components - Tektro hydraulic disc brakes
Specialized Rockhopper Sport 29
$600.00
All barn-burner and no benchwarmer, the Rockhopper Sport throws out the playbook when it comes to putting performance points on the board while playing some serious defense on behalf of your wallet. Game-ready with Tektro hydraulic disc brakes, Altus shifting from Shimano, and an SR Suntour XCM fork that's built to hustle, the Rockhopper Sport can tack up the win on any given Sunday—and the rest of the week, for that matter. A heart of gold, the Rockhopper's lightweight yet durable Premium A1 Aluminum frame features butted aluminum tubes in order to keep weight low and strength high, all while providing increased standover clearance, slick internal cable routing, and dropper-post compatibility. With the goal of making sure that the Rockhopper offers both the best fit and best performance for every person, no matter their measure, we've paired each Rockhopper frame size with the optimal wheel size. The result is a Rockhopper to fit every rider and the assurance that every Rockhopper is rolling on the best-handling wheel for its frame size. - Reign in speed and dial up your confidence with powerful braking from Tektro's M275 hydraulic disc brakes. - 2x Shimano Altus shifting handles drivetrain duties while you focus on the ride. - A durable Formula freehub and SunRace 9-speed cassette keep you rolling smoothly and promise countless miles of fuss-free performance.
Cannondale Tango 4
$650.00
A mountain bike that generates a passion for the trail — from your first time out to your next big challenge. Light and lively, stiff and snappy. The Tango frames showcase our decades of expertise in aluminum craftsmanship. Dirt-Tailored Geometry brings both quickness and composure. Short chainstays for agility and traction, a slack head angle for unwavering stability, plus wide bars and a short stem for total control. Tango is sweetly priced, but make no mistake — wide range gearing, powerful disc brakes and durable wheels and tires contribute to big trail readiness. Naming this bike was a no-brainer. - SmartForm C2 aluminum frame - SR Suntour XCT 100mm-travel suspension fork - WTB SX19 wheelset - 8-speed Shimano ALtus/Acera components - Shimano hydraulic disc brakes
Cannondale Trail 6
$650.00
Cannondale's Trail lineup generates a passion for mountain biking—from your first time out to your next big challenge. Light and lively, stiff and snappy, the Trail frames showcase Cannondale's decades of expertise in aluminum craftsmanship. Their Dirt-Tailored geometry brings both quickness and composure, with short chainstays for agility and traction, a slack head angle for unwavering stability, plus wide bars and a short stem for total control. Each Trail model is sweetly priced, but make no mistake—wide range gearing, powerful disc brakes, and durable wheels and tires contribute to big trail readiness. A mountain bike designed to raise your game and ignite a passion for the trail, naming this bike was a no-brainer. - SR Suntour XCT fork w/ lockout - Shimano Acera rear derailleur - Shimano MT200 hydraulic disc brakes
Cannondale Tango 3
$780.00
A mountain bike that generates a passion for the trail — from your first time out to your next big challenge. Light and lively, stiff and snappy. The Tango frames showcase our decades of expertise in aluminum craftsmanship. Dirt-Tailored Geometry brings both quickness and composure. Short chainstays for agility and traction, a slack head angle for unwavering stability, plus wide bars and a short stem for total control. Tango is sweetly priced, but make no mistake — wide range gearing, powerful disc brakes and durable wheels and tires contribute to big trail readiness. Naming this bike was a no-brainer. - SmartForm C2 aluminum frame - SR Suntour XCM-RL 100mm-travel suspension fork - WTB SX19/Shimano wheelset - 9-speed Shimano Altus components - Shimano hydraulic disc brakes
Cannondale Trail 5
$780.00
Cannondale's Trail lineup generates a passion for mountain biking—from your first time out to your next big challenge. Light and lively, stiff and snappy, the Trail frames showcase Cannondale's decades of expertise in aluminum craftsmanship. Their Dirt-Tailored geometry brings both quickness and composure, with short chainstays for agility and traction, a slack head angle for unwavering stability, plus wide bars and a short stem for total control. Each Trail model is sweetly priced, but make no mistake—wide range gearing, powerful disc brakes, and durable wheels and tires contribute to big trail readiness. A mountain bike designed to raise your game and ignite a passion for the trail, naming this bike was a no-brainer. - SR Suntour XCM-RL fork w/ remote lockout - Shimano Altus/Acera 2 x 9 drivetrain
Specialized Rockhopper Elite 29
$950.00
Yep, we just re-read the spec sheet and still can't believe it, either. The Rockhopper Elite is one helluva lot of bike. Air-sprung fork? Let me introduce you to your new friend, Judy. Discerning when it comes to your drivetrain? You'll find no fault—and no grade too steep—with a wide-range Shimano Deore 1x10 drivetrain. Why stop there? We didn't, in order to allow you the pleasure of stopping yourself with Shimano's eager-to-please and oh-so-capable MT200 hydraulic disc brakes. Each is impressive in their own right, but the magic really lies in how they all come together into a Rockhopper that serves up singletrack with a nice big side of "Whoah, so that's what a real bike feels like." A heart of gold, the Rockhopper's lightweight yet durable Premium A1 Aluminum frame features butted aluminum tubes in order to keep weight low and strength high, all while providing increased standover clearance, slick internal cable routing, and dropper-post compatibility. With the goal of making sure that the Rockhopper offers both the best fit and best performance for every person, no matter their measure, we've paired each Rockhopper frame size with the optimal wheel size. The result is a Rockhopper to fit every rider and the assurance that every Rockhopper is rolling on the best-handling wheel for its frame size. - A breath of fresh air at this price point—and plenty north of it, RockShox’s Judy SoloAir brings air-sprung sensitivity and performance to the masses with a killer value proposition: more bang, less buck. The TurnKey damper deftly dishes out travel, letting you focus on what’s ahead. - Shimano's 1x10 wide-range 10-speed Deore shifting boasts both the pedigree and performance that legends are made of. - Tubeless-ready rims and tires keep your options open and traction on-call.
Cannondale Tango 2
$1,000.00
A mountain bike that generates a passion for the trail — from your first time out to your next big challenge. Light and lively, stiff and snappy. The Tango frames showcase our decades of expertise in aluminum craftsmanship. Dirt-Tailored Geometry brings both quickness and composure. Short chainstays for agility and traction, a slack head angle for unwavering stability, plus wide bars and a short stem for total control. Tango is sweetly priced, but make no mistake — wide range gearing, powerful disc brakes and durable wheels and tires contribute to big trail readiness. Naming this bike was a no-brainer. - SmartForm C2 aluminum frame - RockShox XC30 TK 100mm-travel suspension fork - WTB STX i23 TCS/Shimano wheelset - 10-speed Shimano Deore components - Shimano hydraulic disc brakes
Cannondale Trail 4
$1,000.00
Cannondale's Trail lineup generates a passion for mountain biking—from your first time out to your next big challenge. Light and lively, stiff and snappy, the Trail frames showcase Cannondale's decades of expertise in aluminum craftsmanship. Their Dirt-Tailored geometry brings both quickness and composure, with short chainstays for agility and traction, a slack head angle for unwavering stability, plus wide bars and a short stem for total control. Each Trail model is sweetly priced, but make no mistake—wide range gearing, powerful disc brakes, and durable wheels and tires contribute to big trail readiness. A mountain bike designed to raise your game and ignite a passion for the trail, naming this bike was a no-brainer. - Shimano Deore 1 x 10 drivetrain - WTB STX i23 TCS wheels w/ boost spacing - RockShox XC30 TK fork
Cannondale Cujo 3
$1,150.00
Whatever the trail has in store, Cujo takes it all in stride. With big 27+ tires and stable, confident geometry, it will raise your level and up your game on even the rockiest, nastiest terrain. 27+ wheels combine wide rims with big 2.8" tires for unreal traction and cushiony float on just about any surface the trail can throw your way. Trail-focused geometry delivers a stable, confident feel that encourages you to let 'er rip. A tapered head tube, 110x15mm thru-axle front hub and Boost QR rear hub all contribute to Cujo's solid feel and precise handling. Light, simple 1x drivetrains and hydro discs on all models. Wide range 11-42 cassettes and 30t rings give you a rock-crawling low gear. Wide bars and grippy WTB Ranger tires for control - SmartForm C2 aluminum frame - Suntour XCR 120mm-travel suspension fork - WTB STX i35 rims with WTB Ranger Comp tires - 10-speed Shimano Deore components - TranzX dropper seatpost - Tektro hydraulic disc brakes
Cannondale Tango 1
$1,300.00
A mountain bike that generates a passion for the trail — from your first time out to your next big challenge. Light and lively, stiff and snappy. The Tango frames showcase our decades of expertise in aluminum craftsmanship. Dirt-Tailored Geometry brings both quickness and composure. Short chainstays for agility and traction, a slack head angle for unwavering stability, plus wide bars and a short stem for total control. Tango is sweetly priced, but make no mistake — wide range gearing, powerful disc brakes and durable wheels and tires contribute to big trail readiness. Naming this bike was a no-brainer. The Tango 1 features an integrated wheel sensor that helps track your activity (like speed, distance and calories burned), registers your bike, reminds you of needed service and more, all through the free Cannondale App. - SmartForm C2 aluminum frame - RockShox Judy Silver TK 120mm-travel suspension fork - WTB STX i23 TCS/Shimano wheelset - 12-speed SRAM SX Eagle components - Shimano hydraulic disc brakes
Cannondale Trail 3
$1,300.00
Cannondale's Trail lineup generates a passion for mountain biking—from your first time out to your next big challenge. Light and lively, stiff and snappy, the Trail frames showcase Cannondale's decades of expertise in aluminum craftsmanship. Their Dirt-Tailored geometry brings both quickness and composure, with short chainstays for agility and traction, a slack head angle for unwavering stability, plus wide bars and a short stem for total control. Each Trail model is sweetly priced, but make no mistake—wide range gearing, powerful disc brakes, and durable wheels and tires contribute to big trail readiness. A mountain bike designed to raise your game and ignite a passion for the trail, naming this bike was a no-brainer. - SRAM SX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain - RockShox Judy Silver TK 120mm fork - Cannondale wheel sensor and Intellimount stem
Cannondale Cujo 2
$1,350.00
Whatever the trail has in store, Cujo takes it all in stride. With big 27+ tires and stable, confident geometry, it will raise your level and up your game on even the rockiest, nastiest terrain. 27+ wheels combine wide rims with big 2.8" tires for unreal traction and cushiony float on just about any surface the trail can throw your way. Trail-focused geometry delivers a stable, confident feel that encourages you to let 'er rip. A tapered head tube, 110x15mm thru-axle front hub and Boost QR rear hub all contribute to Cujo's solid feel and precise handling. Light, simple 1x drivetrains and hydro discs on all models. Wide range 11-42 cassettes and 30t rings give you a rock-crawling low gear. Wide bars and grippy WTB Ranger tires for control - SmartForm C2 aluminum frame - RockShox Judy Silver TK 120mm-travel suspension fork - WTB STX i35 rims with WTB Ranger Comp tires - 12-speed SRAM SX Eagle components - TranzX dropper seatpost - Shimano hydraulic disc brakes
Cannondale Scarlet 1
$1,350.00
With confident handling and grippy, floaty 27+ tires, the Scarlet is here to maximize your fun on any trail, anywhere. - SmartForm C2 aluminum frame - RockShox Judy Silver TK 120mm-travel suspension fork - WTB STX i35 wheelset with WTB Ranger Comp tires - 12-speed SRAM SX Eagle components - Shimano hydraulic disc brakes - TranzX dropper seatpost
Cannondale Trail 2
$1,600.00
Cannondale's Trail lineup generates a passion for mountain biking—from your first time out to your next big challenge. Light and lively, stiff and snappy, the Trail frames showcase Cannondale's decades of expertise in aluminum craftsmanship. Their Dirt-Tailored geometry brings both quickness and composure, with short chainstays for agility and traction, a slack head angle for unwavering stability, plus wide bars and a short stem for total control. Each Trail model is sweetly priced, but make no mistake—wide range gearing, powerful disc brakes, and durable wheels and tires contribute to big trail readiness. A mountain bike designed to raise your game and ignite a passion for the trail, naming this bike was a no-brainer. - RockShox Judy Gold RL 120mm fork - TranzX dropper seatpost - Cannondale wheel sensor and Intellimount stem
Specialized Fuse Comp 29
$1,675.00
The Fuse Comp 29 punches way above its weight class thanks to a light-yet-burly M4 aluminum chassis, frame geometry that lends the bike both playfulness and capability, and parts that withstand a serious flogging. - 130-millimeters of plush suspension, courtesy of a RockShox Recon RL fork. - Highlights include powerful SRAM Level disc brakes and a TranzX dropper post. - SX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain gives you single-ring simplicity and gearing to spare. - New Butcher GRID TRAIL offers improved cornering grip. - TranzX dropper post increases the Fuse's maneuverability on steep descents.
Cannondale Cujo 1
$1,700.00
Whatever the trail has in store, Cujo takes it all in stride. With big 27+ tires and stable, confident geometry, it will raise your level and up your game on even the rockiest, nastiest terrain. 27+ wheels combine wide rims with big 2.8" tires for unreal traction and cushiony float on just about any surface the trail can throw your way. Trail-focused geometry delivers a stable, confident feel that encourages you to let 'er rip. A tapered head tube, 110x15mm thru-axle front hub and Boost QR rear hub all contribute to Cujo's solid feel and precise handling. Light, simple 1x drivetrains and hydro discs on all models. Wide range 11-42 cassettes and 30t rings give you a rock-crawling low gear. Wide bars and grippy WTB Ranger tires for control - SmartForm C2 aluminum frame - RockShox Judy Silver TK 120mm-travel suspension fork - WTB STX i35 tubeless-ready rims with Maxxis Rekon tires - 12-speed SRAM SX/NX Eagle components - TranzX dropper seatpost - Shimano hydraulic disc brakes
Cannondale Trail 1
$1,850.00
Cannondale's Trail lineup generates a passion for mountain biking—from your first time out to your next big challenge. Light and lively, stiff and snappy, the Trail frames showcase Cannondale's decades of expertise in aluminum craftsmanship. Their Dirt-Tailored geometry brings both quickness and composure, with short chainstays for agility and traction, a slack head angle for unwavering stability, plus wide bars and a short stem for total control. Each Trail model is sweetly priced, but make no mistake—wide range gearing, powerful disc brakes, and durable wheels and tires contribute to big trail readiness. A mountain bike designed to raise your game and ignite a passion for the trail, naming this bike was a no-brainer. - RockShox Reba RL 120mm Solo Air fork - SRAM NX/SX Eagle drivetrain - Shimano MT500 hydraulic disc brakes - Cannondale wheel sensor and Intellimount stem
Surly Karate Monkey Front Suspension
$2,200.00
Karate Monkey is a highly-versatile trail bike that plays the part of 29er and 27.5+ equally well. Multipurpose Hardtail Mountain Bike Karate Monkey delivers a resilient, lively ride on all sorts of gnarly terrain. Its frame is a highly-versatile canvas for whatever dirty masterpiece your brain cooks up. According to our computing machine (Thor) it can be set up in approximately 487 different configurations. Originally designed as a 29er (and the frame that helped spark the 29" wheel movement), the latest Karate Monkey is designed to perform just as admirably as a 27.5+ rig as well. This allows you to pick your poison — provided your poison is having a really great time while permanently donning a maniacal grin, of course. - Modern trail standards: dropper post compatibility, 44mm headtube, Gnot-Boost rear spacing, thru-axles, suspension-corrected fork - Compatibility with most mountain bike standards makes it the perfect parts bin bike (no rim brakes allowed, though) - Clearance for 29 x 2.5 or 27.5 x 3 tires
All-City Electric Queen NX Eagle
$2,399.00
The All-City Electric Queen was expressly made for maximum fun. Sitting squarely in the “trail” category it goes up almost as well as it comes back down. Short wheelbase, modern trail geometry, and plus size tire clearance makes this a non-stop dirt party no matter what terrain you’re tackling that day. Its whippy 612 chromoly frame with internal dropper post routing, boost spacing, and those short chainstays make berm-carving and wheelies second nature. A RockShox Sektor fork delivers 120mm of travel so you can get after it and carry more speed through the fun stuff, while WTB ST wheels and 3-inch Ranger tires keep you on your line when you’re pushing the limits. Its SRAM NX 1x12 drivetrain delivers a significant gear range to tackle all brands of elevation change, and SRAM Level hydraulic brakes keep your Queen from abusing all that power. You’ll pilot this rad machine from the comfort of a cockpit outfitted by Salsa, All-City, and Promax, ensuring your ride is both Electric and worthy of frequent repetition.
Cannondale F-Si Carbon 5
$2,400.00
No other hardtail descends as fast, climbs as nimbly, or kicks as hard. With the otherworldly performance of the Lefty Ocho, this is next-level cross-country performance, tailor-made to feed the needs of the XC obsessed. - BallisTec carbon frame - RockShox Reba RL Stealth Solo Air 100mm-travel suspension fork - WTB STX i21 TCS wheelset - 12-speed SRAM NX components - Cannondale 1 carbon stem and handlebar - Shimano hydraulic disc brake
Cannondale F-Si Carbon 4
$3,350.00
No other hardtail descends as fast, climbs as nimbly, or kicks as hard. With the otherworldly performance of the Lefty Ocho, this is next-level cross-country performance, tailor-made to feed the needs of the XC obsessed. - BallisTec carbon frame - Left Ocho 100mm-travel suspension fork - WTB STX i21 TCS wheelset - 12-speed SRAM NX components - Shimano hydraulic disc brake
Cannondale F-Si Carbon Women's 2
$3,500.00
No other hardtail descends as fast, climbs as nimbly, or kicks as hard. With the otherworldly performance of the Lefty Ocho, this is next-level cross-country performance, tailor-made to feed the needs of the XC obsessed. - BallisTec carbon frame - Left Ocho Carbon 100mm-travel suspension fork - Hollowgram 23 Superlight HI-Impact carbon wheelset - 12-speed Shimano XT/XTR components - Cannondale 1 carbon stem and handlebar - Shimano Deore XT hydraulic disc brake
Cannondale F-Si Carbon 3
$3,850.00
No other hardtail descends as fast, climbs as nimbly, or kicks as hard. With the otherworldly performance of the Lefty Ocho, this is next-level cross-country performance, tailor-made to feed the needs of the XC obsessed. - BallisTec carbon frame - Left Ocho Carbon 100mm-travel suspension fork - Stan's NoTubes Crest MK3 wheelset - 12-speed SRAM GX components - SRAM Level T hydraulic disc brake
Specialized Fate Expert Carbon 29 - Women's
$4,149.99
Specialized's Fate Expert Carbon 29er is made by women, for women. The women's geometry with a lower, longer, go-fast position shapes this sub-1,200 gram FACT carbon frame. The fit has plenty of standover, and combines Specialized's awesome 29er traits for nimble handling and snappy accelerations. You'll also love how the Fate's specially-tuned RockShox SID suspension fork and 29-inch Roval wheels maintain momentum to let you float over bumpy terrain with ease. Rounding out the build are Avid X0 brakes with just the right amount of stopping power, SRAM's 2x10-speed drivetrain with a super-low 22/36 granny gear, fast-rolling Specialized tires, and a Specialized's women's Body Geometry saddle.
Specialized Epic Hardtail Expert
$4,320.00
With all of the growth in full-suspension XC bikes, we found that hardtails were starting to become a little same old, same old. So we thought to ourselves, 'What better time than now to shake things up with a modern, revolutionary design?' Say hello to the Epic Hardtail Expert. - At a mere 915 grams, the new Epic Fact 11m frame is stunningly light. What’s more, we’ve designed the Epic chassis to be incredibly capable and comfortable, with progressive geometry and an advanced composite layup that boosts vertical compliance. - The RockShox SID Brain 29 features our Brain damper, which knows the difference between rider and terrain inputs—staying firm in hard accelerations on smooth ground, and effectively soaking up imperfections when the trail decides to fight back. You get the highest efficiency possible when hammering up climbs, and smooth compression on the descents—all without ever having to flick a switch. - SRAM's 12-speed GX Eagle groupset, with its 10-50t cassette, provides a wide gear range that lets you spin up the climbs, yet have plenty of top end for the descents. One-by setups also decrease weight and make it next to impossible to drop a chain.
Cannondale F-Si Carbon 2
$5,550.00
No other hardtail descends as fast, climbs as nimbly, or kicks as hard. With the otherworldly performance of the Lefty Ocho, this is next-level cross-country performance, tailor-made to feed the needs of the XC obsessed. - BallisTec carbon frame - Left Ocho Carbon 100mm-travel suspension fork - Hollowgram 23 Superlight HI-Impact carbon wheelset - 12-speed Shimano XT/XTR components - Cannondale 1 carbon stem and handlebar - Shimano Deore XT hydraulic disc brake
Specialized S-Works Epic Hardtail
$7,667.95 $8,520.00 10% Off
Call it a healthy disrespect for the status quo, but we were getting bored with hardtail designs. So instead of playing along with a glued-on smile, we opted to turn the cross country world on its head with a bike that's not only the lightest mountain frame we've ever made. It's our lightest frame—period. Introducing the S-Works Epic Hardtail. Over the last decade, cross country racing has evolved into a completely different animal—the courses are rowdier, more technical, and overall, they're inherently different. Because of this, we realized that the best bike for the job needs to not only be lightweight and stiff but also be able to descend and climb with equal prowess. Determining the best geometry was the easier of the two, as we took our current XC race geo and added some trail DNA to the mix. This equates to a longer top tube, a shortened head tube, and a slacked-out front end, the result of which is a tremendous increase in downhill stability, plus a wider fit range. And just as importantly, this doesn't require any sacrifice of climbing proficiency. The weight aspect was more complicated, though. We were posed with the question, "How do you take weight out of something that's already so light?" But the answer was relatively obvious: you get the best mountain bike engineers together in one room and let the magic come out. Up until now, there were two ways to lighten up a frame—use less of the same grade of carbon or use less of a higher-grade carbon. Option one is never a viable solution as it sacrifices stiffness and strength, two attributes that shouldn't be tampered with. And while we did end up using option two, we weren't content with the amount of weight we could cut out by just using a different grade of carbon. So how else do you cut weight? Well, we began looking at our layup schedules to see if they could be improved, which shed light on a new discovery—layup inefficiencies. Beginning with our Rider-First Engineered frame technology, each size Epic Hardtail is specifically tailored to size—every carbon layup and tube are exclusively selected based upon hundreds of hours of collected ride data. What does this mean for you? It not only creates the optimal balance of rigidity, weight, and responsiveness across every frame size, but it led us to the discovery of how to save weight through the studying of the layup. Through extensive layup studies, we made the discovery that, by further controlling the construction and layup schedules, we could drastically decrease weight, all while maintaining the ride characteristics that you'd expect from a top-level XC race bike. With this discovery, each frame now features complex cut carbon plys that allow difficult junctions to be covered with less overlap. And while this does complicate the carbon frame puzzle by adding more pieces to the mix, it allows us to design and place them more intelligently. The result of this is a lighter frame, stronger junctions, and a drastic increase in stiffness. We then took the weight savings one step further by using Japanese military ballistic-grade carbon, which we now call 12m, to create the lightest mountain bike we've ever made. How much lighter of a frame, you ask? Less than 900 grams for a size Large frame—the same weight as a full 24oz Purist water bottle. For the build, the S-Works spares no expense, opting for a custom RockShox SID World Cup fork with Brain, SRAM XX1 Eagle 12-speed shifting, SRAM Level Ultimate hydraulic disc brakes, and hand-built Roval Control SL carbon wheels. - To provide the optimal blend of stiffness, crazy light weight, and strength, we constructed the frame from our S-Works FACT 12m carbon fiber. And when combined with our XC 29 Geometry, this Epic is guaranteed to deliver uncompromising, blistering speed and agile handling come race day—no matter the course. - The RockShox SID World Cup 29 fork with Brain provides 90/100mm of efficient travel. It features Brain technology that distinguishes between terrain and rider input in order to maximize your power, while a Brain Fade adjusts the oil flow when not hitting bumps. - The 1x drivetrain is controlled by SRAM's venerable XX1 Eagle components to form the ultimate in efficiency and intuitive feel, while also having the added benefit of significant weight savings and minimal required maintenance.
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