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Specialized S-Works Epic World Cup 2023 test review Build quality
The Specialized S-Works Epic World Cup 2023 has a high cost, but everything is top quality, nothing has been left to chance and ultimately it is an excellent evolution of the previous model.
The design of the frame and the rear suspension scheme is not exactly original, but everything takes a back seat, because the new bike is overall better than the one it replaces.
Too bad that in this phase of the launch there are only two models and with high prices.
Specialized S-Works Epic World Cup 2023 test review Frame
The frame of the Specialized S-Works Epic World Cup 2023 is a small work of art, very well done, with modern geometries, a quality of construction that is truly at the top of the category, a pity that there are only four sizes, the only real flaw.
However, a certain general complexity of the bicycle should be noted, which will have repercussions on maintenance and management costs in the long term.
But this is a secondary aspect on a top-of-the-range bike.
With these mtb and with this technology, the high purchase price is only the beginning of spending ...
The weight remains very competitive, 9.5Kg.
Always considering the high prices, in addition to the few sizes there are few colors.
In the end, the red version is the traditional one, perhaps even anonymous, but classic for the Specialized fan.
Even if everything is made to the top, quality comes at a price, perhaps a little too much, because competitors don't do worse, but they cost less (sometimes ...).
Specialized S-Works Epic World Cup 2023 test review Assemblies
The range of assemblies of the Specialized S-Works Epic World Cup 2023 is limited to two versions of the frame kit, all with steep prices.
On the other hand it is a top bike, made and built for those who want the top available on the market today.
However, the value for money is more than sufficient, the mtb costs a lot, but everything is top notch.
In the future we think other cheaper versions will arrive, but for the moment the situation is this.
Specialized S-Works Epic World Cup 2023 test review Comfort
Even if it's not the best for ride comfort, as an XC mtb it's more than valid.
Clearly it remains a stiff frame, with stiff rear suspension and relatively little travel.
But it is much more comfortable than a Front and less than a full 120mm.
A good compromise for those looking for an XC mtb but still with good ride comfort.
That said, the ride comfort is good.
Specialized S-Works Epic World Cup 2023 test review Guide
The Specialized S-Works Epic World Cup 2023 is that it follows the tradition of Specialized, with mtb frames, perhaps not very easy to ride, but still intuitive and of very high performance.
Compared to the previous Epic, the whole bike is stiffer, more reactive, faster, but it also requires more commitment in riding and more experience to manage its reactions.
The dynamic behavior highlights a valid stability and an optimal weight distribution, which allows you to climb even technically difficult routes with extreme ease, with an intuitive control, excellent traction.
The low weight, then, facilitates the most difficult and technical ascents.
The new rear suspension works well, a valid alternative to other classic solutions, but having said that, it works like other suspensions, you can find it good or bad, prefer this one, or the Trek one or a classic Cube or Canyon or Giant.
Having tried them all, the Trek one is the stiffest and most difficult to set up, the traditional ones are the smoothest and easiest to set up, the Specialized comes close to the stiffness of the Trek, but remains smoother and more sensitive on small bumps.
The Specialized frame overall is solid.
Good stability and safety downhill, where performance is excellent in absolute terms.
Easy to drive on the plains, where ride comfort is appreciated, but above all its high performance.
A perfect frame on fast routes and with hard and compact surfaces.
Excellent braking and suspension.
A mtb suitable for any route, excellent downhill, flat and uphill; its limit is only the biker ...
The frame is really excellent, it costs a lot, but it's also worth a lot.
Specialized S-Works Epic World Cup 2023 test review Performance
The general performance of the Specialized S-Works Epic World Cup 2023 is very high and it could not be otherwise.
Low weight, rigid frame, "state of the art" suspension, top components ...
There is only one element that can be criticized.
As a result its performance is at the top of the market.
As for the summit?
Hard to tell ... the cyclist who is on it, his legs
and its driving skills make the real difference with other top-of-the-range xc mtb.
What can be said is that this Specialized S-Works Epic World Cup 2023 puts the cyclist in the best technical condition, if he doesn't win a race it's the cyclist's fault, not the bicycle.
It doesn't have one element in which it can be considered inferior to its competitors, it always goes fast, then you need to have the "legs" and driving skills to take advantage of this chassis.
Because, like all high-performance mountain bikes, the stiffer, more responsive and faster a frame is, the more commitment and riding ability it requires.
It costs a lot but if you are looking for a very high performance bike, the money is well spent.
Specialized S-Works Epic World Cup 2023 test review Pros and cons
The Specialized S-Works Epic World Cup 2023 proves to be a mtb of very high performance and excellent overall quality.
It has a great frame, it's light, it's stiff, it's fast.
This is not cheap, this is its real and only flaw.
But it will also hold the value on the used market well, like the other Specialized.
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NDR: the photo does not refer to the specific bike being tested