Go bigger, go faster. With its FACT carbon main frame, trail-dominating components, and dialed EVO geometry, Specialized's FSR Expert Carbon EVO is the real deal. Everywhere you shred, the active 135mm FSR suspension, powered by a Fox Float CTD shock, keeps your rear wheel glued to the trail on technical climbs and gnarly descents. Up front, a tapered head tube, slack head angle, and outstanding 140mm RockShox Pike give you the confidence to crush the hard line, throw it deep into a corner, and ride away with a smile on your face. Component-wise, a 1x11 SRAM drivetrain snaps through the gears with the pull provide by the carbon cranks, while the Shimano XT discs let you hang it out until the last possible second, then throw the clamps on with loads of power. Plus, the 29-inch Roval wheels are wide and light, the Specialized tubeless-ready tires grip hard, and the internally routed Command Post dropper post seals the deal.
|Frame||Specialized FACT 9M carbon front triangle, M5 aluminum rear triangle|
|Fork||RockShox Pike, SoloAir, tapered, 150mm travel|
|Rear Shock||Fox Float CTD Factory w/AutoSag, 150mm travel|
|Rims/Wheels||Roval Traverse Fattie, 29mm wide|
|Spokes||DT Swiss Super Comp|
|Tires||Specialized tubeless-ready; Front: Butcher Control, 29 x 2.3; Rear: Purgatory Control, 29 x 2.3|
|Crankset||SRAM S-2200 carbon|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM X01, Type 2|
|Rear Cogs||SRAM X01, 11-speed: 10-42|
|Handlebars||Specialized XC mini-rise|
|Tape/Grips||Specialized Sip Grip|
|Stem||Specialized XC, aluminum|
|Brake Levers||Shimano XT|
|Brakes||Shimano XT, 180/160mm rotors|
|Saddle||Body Geometry Henge Comp|
|Seatpost||Specialized Command Post IR, adjustable height w/remote|
* Subject to change without notice.
|Option||Barcode||Manufacturer's Part Number|
|Satin Blue Tint Carbon/Metallic White/Black / Small||00719676191645||93315-2302|
|Satin Blue Tint Carbon/Metallic White/Black / Medium||00719676194134||93315-2303|
|Satin Blue Tint Carbon/Metallic White/Black / Large||00719676191430||93315-2304|
|Satin Blue Tint Carbon/Metallic White/Black / X-Large||00719676209531||93315-2305|
|Gloss Hyper/Black / Small||00719676221984||93315-2402|
|Gloss Hyper/Black / Medium||00719676191638||93315-2403|
|Gloss Hyper/Black / Large||00719676192864||93315-2404|
|Gloss Hyper/Black / X-Large||00719676220062||93315-2405|
Displaying reviews 1-4
The bike is incredibly light handling, and comes with an attached toolkit and chainbreaker. I would categorize it as 90% of the world's best all mountain bike at 60% of the price, or, "near perfection". That is a pretty good compromise. The front suspension is absolutely perfect, even on tough downhills with jumps, the approximately twelve compression settings are easy to adjust on the fly and ensure it will not bottom out. The forks are incredibly smooth, and combined with a carbon fiber mainframe, its so much fun I am going to have to wear goggles I am riding down so fast now and I otherwise can no longer see from the tearing. The rear suspension despite the Kashima is not as good as the front, but because on downhills all the weight goes to the front, that does not matter that much. The front double piston brake is so strong I feel I can alter the rotation of the Earth when I hit it hard. The X01 1x10 SRAM shifter system works really well, and with two thumb pushes puts you back on gear 1 from anywhere on the cassette. My first negative is that on steep climbs I wish it was geared 2 cogs lower that gear 1. I am getting the Wolftooth 26T front chainring (originally had a 32T) to see if that helps with lowering the gearing for the extremely steep climbs I do. I ride very technical trails and have probably never made it to gears 9 and 10 anyway. Second con is the seat is a little stiff and I will be getting a softer one as well. Finally, I am not sure where to get a bashplate protector for the bottom of the frame but I am being careful in the rocks in the meantime. Other than that, the bike is simple, light, with world-class components, can take almost anything on the downhills, and is a dream to ride. My take is that it has the quality to do 80% of what a downhill bike can do, but with 20% of the weight, which is phenomenal.
This bike want to rolllllll forever. Now the brakes have bedded in, they are working great. My only gripe is the 11speed. You have to be super fit to run it, and there is quite a big jump from gear to gear, but I'm not the most superfit MTBer in the world. I've dropped the chainring from the 32t to 30t just to tide me over till I get used to it. Oh, and 1 of the chainlinks was missing from the SWAT toolset in the head tube. The frame, forks, ride is sublime and eats the trails. Even through the mud, it is sturdy and predictable, even when you are getting out of shape. I'm 6ft exactly and the large is JUST about ok. The fit is very marginal, so sit on one before you buy
I've had this bike for only two weeks but it is already un-ridable b/c of problems with the brakes. Why they would create such a nice bike and then literally ruin it with terrible brakes is beyond me. The rear brakes scream like a dying cat and the entire bike shakes and shudders down every hill. This rear brake issue causes the bike to become very hard to control and is absolutely no fun to ride. The noise is exhausting to hear and makes riding trails much harder b/c you can not concentrate on what you are supposed to be doing. What a disappointment! The rest of the bike is amazing. Great frame, great fork, love the dropper... But b/c of the brakes I can't stand to ride it. A bike that cost more than six grand and it is an embarrassment to ride with my friends b/c of the noise. Terrible. Would not recommend until they include a decent set of brakes and throw the Avids in the dumpster.
I have put over 100 miles on this bike so far. All I can say is it shreds like no other 29er. I went with 150 pike over the 140 and it is the perfect fork for this bike in my opinion. I replaced my 2012 26er stumpie evo and have no regrets! It's a bit pricey, but tons of fun!