Bicycling (South Africa) - - Fetish - R44 500 SPE­CIAL­IZED.COM – JM

UUn­like Can­non­dale, who are only sell­ing the top-spec model of their F-Si lo­cally, Spe­cial­ized has three vari­a­tions of their Epic Hard­tail, to ap­peal to a wider range of buy­ers: the S-Works, the Ex­pert, and this one, the least pricey in the range. Most of your money is go­ing to­wards the frame, which bor­rows road-bike tech­nol­ogy for op­ti­mal rigid­ity, weight and re­spon­sive­ness. The car­bon lay-up is dif­fer­ent across the sizes so that the bike han­dles as in­tended, re­gard­less of whether you ride a small or a large. As is the trend in all dis­ci­plines of moun­tain bik­ing, the head an­gle has been slack­ened and the top tube has been length­ened to get you more planted on the dirt. The rest of the com­po­nents are mid-range: a Rock­Shox Reba RL fork with 100mm of travel, and a SRAM Ea­gle NX driv­e­train. It’s light, fast and fun to ride, whether you’re rac­ing on the week­end or rid­ing your lo­cal trail be­fore work.

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