specialized s-works epic
A Specialized S-Works Epic frame was my life-time decision I did when I escaped hardtail concept to a full-suspension race mountain bike. Nowadays, looking backward, it was very good decision, although it was one of the first Epic frame concepts (year 2004) with a proprietary FOX Brain suspension technology.
I had been riding this frame for some time when I decided to experiment a bit. I was looking for something special, unusual, thus I took airbrush design in year 2006. At the same time I decided to change my helmet as well as the frame’s design. That was my first experience with bike tuning by airbrush.
The next design change came in year 2008 when I was repairing the final finish of the frame and I "airbrushed" the FOX Float R Brain shock. The custom shock design followed the factory design of FOX F100RLC fork in all details. The last change rose with a Specialized 3D badge on a head tube. More information about shock tuning and custom head badge you can find in section "project".
Thanks to my previous experience, I chose an "extralite" cockpit, seatpost and seat clamp by Extralite again, Mavic CrossMax SL cross-country race wheels and still reliable an "old-fashion" Shimano XTR M952 group (inc. shift and brake housing and cables).
I used my "old-school" Shimano XTR V-brakes with ceramic pads. They came from a newer Shimano XTR M970 group (like SPD pedals) and I was quite satisfied. A Shimano XTR M952`s combo set of brake and shifter levers was replaced by SRAM X.0 system, thus the shifting was under SRAM X.0 Twister control and brake levers were taken from Extralite.
Red Chris King NoThreadSet head set was a perfect choice, as well as red X-Lite Titanium quick releases. Selle Italia SLR saddle with titanium rails did its job well.