You never forget your first taste of real speed, you know, the kind that brings an ear-to-ear grin you just can’t seem to shake. Not to worry, from grinning to winning, the Epic Comp has you covered. Offering 100-millimeters of brilliantly efficient BRAIN-controlled travel, the Epic’s FACT 11m carbon frame increases rear-triangle stiffness for peerless power transfer and introduces the most capable handling in an Epic yet, all while shedding weight over the previous-generation Epic. The Reba RL from RockShox benefits from the SID’s development on the World Cup circuit, providing a race-tested Motion Control damper with external low-speed compression, lockout and rebound adjustments. Shimano’s SLX brakes are second to none when it comes to fuss-free stopping that’s light on the scale and heavy on value. Employing tech from upstream XT and XTR offerings, the Shimano SLX rear derailleur ticks off quick shifts and employs a wide, 12-speed range to ensure jumps between gears are as minimal and efficient as possible. Specialized Alloy tubeless-ready rims feature a modern 25-millimeter internal width, allowing tires to achieve their ideal profile and footprint for optimal traction.