No 2011 Epic Marathon Carbon??
Now that the 2011 Spec bikes are out - it is noticeable that the 26" range has a large hole in it below the S-Works. There is no 26" Epic with carbon frame, an E100 shock and top-spec 2x10 gear. You can go single-speed w/ carbon frame (carbon Expert Evo R), or the trail-bike tuned carbon Expert EVO) - but nothing for a competitive XC type outside of the S-Works. Nothing else in carbon. There is far more carbon variety in the Stumpy range.
I thought it was a gimme that a Carbon Marathon with SRAM X0 2x10 would be there.
Is there a reason you're sticking with a 26er? The Expert Carbon 29er is a nice looking bike.
13' Lynskey M290
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There's the Epic Expert Carbon EVO R, which has 26" wheels. It has a 1x10 drivetrain, though.
There was a 26" 2011 Epic Marathon carbon with a picture and specifications linked to from this thread. The product page has been taken down now but it had full SRAM X-0 and a Specialized E100 fork.
bunch of 2011 pics
It might re-appear sometime perhaps? If you ignore all the 29er models then there aren't many Epic models actually on the Specialized website at the moment.
You sometimes get different models for different markets. In the UK for example you haven't been able to buy an aluminium Epic since 2008 (only the carbon ones were imported) and apparently there's only one 29er Epic model for 2011 in the UK?
The 2011 26" Specialized Epic Expert carbon EVO R is probably the closest model. One of those with a different chainset could be quite nice.
Pictured below: 2011 26" Specialized Epic Marathon carbon (red/ black), although it may not actually be available?
2011 26" Specialized Epic Expert carbon EVO R (white/ black)
Which is my point. What many would be looking for in a competitive XC package is the old Marathon - not a 1x10 singlespeed. You buy the Expert Carbon EVO R, and then you have to fit a 2x10 drivetrain.
Originally Posted by jabrabu
Put it another way - in the 26" Epic world, if you had a 2009 Epic Marathon Carbon, what would you upgrade to? In the 2011 line, you only have 29" options. You can't even buy a carbon frame that isn't an S-Works.
Big mistake Specialized. Unless they are yet to roll out more bikes.
A carbon Marathon with a X.0 2x10 drivetrain and good wheels would seem to be such an obvious model to produce that I find it astonishing that it isn't there. Maybe delayed?
Originally Posted by WR304
Here in Australia we are getting a pretty good selection of Epic's this year.
We'll get four 29'ers, which are Comp, Comp Carbon, Expert Carbon and S-Works.
While 26'ers are still more dominant, we'll get Comp, Elite, Comp Carbon, Expert Carbon,
Marathon Carbon (yes, it lives!) and the S-Works.
All are due on our shelves late September early October.
We do however miss out on all of the Epic Evo's.... in fact, the only Evo arriving here will
the Stumpjumper FSR.
I personally was really hoping for the Stumpy HT Evo, but ah well.
A full range of 26" models does make more sense than just having a single 26" carbon Epic with 1x10 gearing.
If you want to see the specifications for the 26" 2011 Epic Marathon carbon, 26" 2011 Epic Expert carbon and 26" 2011 Epic Comp carbon then they appear on the UK Specialized website now.
I'd assume that these bikes are going to be available in Europe and probably most other countries as well?
They still don't appear on the main US Specialized website however.