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Haley Batten of the Specialized Factory Race Team rode to victory at the Shimano Supercup Massi Banyoles last weekend on what looks to be a new Specialized XC Race Bike. Bikerumor reader, Joe Curran, sent us a video of Haley motoring past on Lap 2, when Haley had already established a lead. Despite the muddy conditions, the video does reveal a frame sock hiding what is likely to be a rear shock that is, given the tight spacing, likely to be somewhat integrated into the top tube. Play Is this the 2023 Specialized Epic XC Bike?
Specialized’s top tube sleeve reminds us very much of that time we spotted Jolanda Neff aboard a prototype Trek at the 2019 the Nové Město World Cup. It’s undeniable, there are stark similarities. Of course, any shock-frame integration implemented by Specialized will likely be quite different to Trek’s Iso Strut if only to ensure no patent infringement occurs. Without a glimpse underneath the cover, we are banished to the world of wild hypotheses. Christopher Blevins’s World Championship winning Specialized Epic – Bike Check Here Specialized’s current XC Race Bike is the Epic , a 100mm travel carbon frame benefiting from flexible seat stays; it was last updated in 2021. Our in-house XC expert, Jordan Villella, has spent a not-inconsiderable amount of time aboard the aforementioned, so his guesses are as good as anyone’s. Over to him! The […]
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