Epic Bike Check: Alan Hatherly's S-Works Epic
Alan Hatherly's Specialized S-Works Epic
- FrameS-Works Epic
- ForkRockShox SID WC with Brain
- ShockRockShox/Specialized Micro Brain
- WheelsetRoval Control SL
- TyresSpecialized Fast Trak GRID 2.1
- HandlebarSpecialized S-Works Carbon
- StemSpecialized S-Works 120mm 17 degree
- Headset CapCarbon Ti
- SeatpostSpecialized S-Works Carbon
- SaddleS-Works Romin EVO
- BrakesMagura MT8 Raceline
- Brake rotors160mm
- ShifterSRAM XX1 Eagle
- Rear derailleurSRAM XX1 Eagle
- CassetteSRAM XX1 Eagle
- Crank armsROTOR 2INpower
- ChainringROTOR 36T
- ChainSRAM XX1 Eagle
- PedalsShimano XTR
- Bottle cagesSpecialized S-Works Carbon Zee Cage II
The Specialized Epic’s hallmark feature is the Brain suspension in both the fork and shock. As might be expected from one of the world’s best racers, Hatherly sets his Brain to maximum firmness for racing. Hatherly's bike is equiped with a RockShox SID World Cup with the shock being a collaboration between RockShox and Specialized.
The German company Magura are the brake supplier to team Specialized Racing with the luminous yellow Magura MT8 Raceline caliper immediately catching the eye on Hatherly's otherwise black and red bike. The MT8 Raceline brake lever has a sporty carbon construction.
Hatherly's Epic is dressed with a SRAM XX1 Eagle 12-speed drivetrain with the exception of a ROTOR 2INpower crankset, which measures power output on the crank axle, and a 36T ROTOR direct mount chainring. Hatherly secures his feet with Shimano XTR pedals.
The Specialized owned wheel brand Roval supply Specailzed Racing with their wheels. Hatherly is kitted with the Control SL carbon wheelset with the rear hub utilising DT Swiss's fast engaging 54T ratchet system. Alan is racing the Cape Epic on Specialized Fast Trak tyres with a 2.1 inch width and the tougher GRID casing option.
The cockpit is an all Specialized affair with a S-Works seatpost, handlerbar, stem, and saddle. Specialized has a large selection of saddles to choose from and Hatherly has elected to sit upon the S-Works Romin EVO road saddle for the Cape Epic.
The Epic frame caters for two bottle cages and Specialized's SWAT box which can squeeze a (small) tube, tyre levers, multitool, and CO2 canister with adaptor.