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specialized s-works epic

A Specialized S-Works Epic frame was my lifetime decision I did when I escaped a hardtail concept to a full-suspension race mountain bike. Nowadays, looking backwards, it was a very good decision, although it was one of the first Epic frame concepts (the 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, and unusual, thus I took airbrush design in the 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 the 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 the 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 badges you can find in the section "project".

Thanks to my previous experience, I chose an "extralite" cockpit, seat post, 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 the 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 headset was a perfect choice, as well as red X-Lite Titanium quick releases. Selle Italia SLR saddle with titanium rails did its job well.


frame Specialized S-Works Epic 2004 /custom airbrush
fork FOX F100RLC 2008
shock FOX FLOAT R Brain /custom airbrush
headset zone
   headset Chris King NoThreadset
   top cap/bolt CarbonTi /titanium bolt
   headset spacer carbon
   crankset Shimano XTR Hollowtech I
   chainrings Shimano XTR
   bottom bracket Shimano XTR
shift zone
   gear shifters SRAM X.0 Twister Shifter /titanium bolts
   cables/housing Shimano XTR
   front derailleur Shimano XTR M952 Differential Plate /titanium bolts
   rear derailleur SRAM X.0 short carbon cage /KCNC ceramic bearing pulleys
   cassette Shimano XTR Titanium
   chain Shimano CN7701 DuraAce/XTR
   hubs Mavic CrossMax SL
   quick releases X-Lite Titanium
   rims Mavic CrossMax SL Ceramic
   spokes/nipples Mavic CrossMax SL
   front brake Shimano XTR V-brake /ceramic-allowed braking pads
   rear brake Shimano XTR V-brake /ceramic-allowed braking pads
   brake levers Extralite UltraLevers
   cables/housing Shimano XTR
   pedals Shimano XTR SPD
   handlebar Extralite UltraBar UL
   grips Extralite UltraGrips
   handlebar ends ---
   stem Extralite UltraStem UL2 110mm /Extralite titanium bolts
seat zone
   seatpost Extralite UltraPost UL2 /Extralite titanium bolts
   seatpost clamp Extralite UltraClamp /Extralite titanium bolt
   saddle Selle Italia SLR /tubular titanium rails
   front tyre Schwalbe Racing Ralph UST 26x2.1" EVO Kevlar
   rear tyre Schwalbe Racing Ralph UST 26x2.1" EVO Kevlar
   tubes ---
  Specialized water bottle cage /titanium bolts